As the economy slowly improves, most of us will look to build are our own online eCommerce stores. Why? Roughly 1 out of every 3 people shop online as its more convenient and there are more buying options.
If you have products to sell, getting into the eCommerce business has never been easier due to the high number of hosted shopping carts on the market. However, the hard part of getting started is choosing the right shopping cart to run your business.
We know how frustrating it can be to know which is the top shopping cart software. That is why we are making the big decision a little easier for you by gathering a list of the top shopping cart software available on the market in 2013. Please note that these are all hosted shopping carts and will achieve you the most success, free open-source carts lack and limit key features.
Top Shopping Cart Software – The Best 13 Hosted Shopping Carts
BigCommerce: BigCommerce is the top dog in the whole eCommerce business. Each plan entitles you to unlimited bandwidth and there are no transaction fees. The $24.95 per month plan entitles you to 100 products, 1 GB of storage, and unlimited bandwidth. There is a 15 day free trail to get you started.
Volusion: Volusion is one of those shopping carts that has several pros and cons associated with its software. Plans start at $15 per month and have limited bandwidth (although, these bandwidth fees are hidden). Volusion does not charge any transaction fees – which makes up for the hidden bandwidth fees. The $15 per month plan entitles you to 100 products and 1 GB of storage. However, many reports state that they have poor customer service and support. Volusion starts you off with a 14 day free trail.
Shopify: Shopify is known for its easy setup and quick store launch as most of the themes are ready to go. The $14 per month plan entitles you to 25 products, 1 GB of file storage, unlimited bandwidth, and 2% transaction fees. These transaction fees can be waived or lowered by signing up for one of there more expensive plans. Each plan comes with a 14 day free trail.
3dcart: 3dcart is truly one amazing piece of software. Plans start at $19.99 per month and give you a certain amount of bandwidth with each plan. The $19.99 per month plan entitles you to 100 products, 2 GB of bandwidth, and $125 in advertising credits. There are no transaction fees with this giant and you are eligible for a 15% discount on all annual plans. 3dcart starts you off with a 15 day free trail to fully test out the software.
Magento Go: Magento Go plans start at $15 per month and this plan entitles you to 100 products, 200 MB of storage, 4GB of bandwidth, and no transaction fees. You have access to a 30 day free trail before purchasing any paid plans.
Fortune3: Fortune3 is a pretty decent shopping cart in terms of features and pricing. The cheapest plan is $24.95 and entitles you to 50 products, unlimited bandwidth and storage. There are no transaction fees if you use their payment gateway, otherwise, it is 1% for external payment gateways. The only downside with Fortune 3 is that you have to download the software. Fortune3 starts you off with an amazing 30 day free trail.
CoreCommerce: CoreCommerce has launched a new promo plan that costs only $13.99 per month. However, it has many limitations and low bandwidth limits. The $13.99 plan entitles you to 10 products, 1 GB of bandwidth, and 250 MB of storage. CoreCommerce does not charge any transaction fees and there is a 15 day free trail available.
Pinnacle Cart: Pinnacle Cart plans start at $30 per month. The $30 per month plan entitles you to unlimited products, 100 MB of disk space, and 1 GB of bandwidth. There are no transaction fees. However, the two cheaper plans have a setup fee of $49.99. Pinnacle Cart starts you off with a 14 day free trail.
AmeriCommerce: AmeriCommerce has plans suited for every type of business. With plans starting at $24.95 per month, there will be something for any sized business. The $24.95 per month plan entitles you to 100 products, 250 MB of storage, and 2 GB of bandwidth. There are no transaction fees. There is a 14 day free trail available to get you started.
1ShoppingCart: 1ShoppingCart plans start at $34 per month. The $34 per month plan entitles you to unlimited bandwidth and 500 products.The only con about this shopping cart is that it charges transaction fees of anywhere between 0.75% to 1.25%. 1ShoppingCart starts you off with a 30 day free trail to fully test out the software.
Ashop Commerce: Ashop is a pretty cool shopping cart that is packed with features. Their plans start at $24.95 per month and give you the ability to get massive discounts if you pay in advance. You are entitled to unlimited bandwidth and there are no transaction fees. Ashop Commerce is known for extremely quick setup and all plans start you off with a 15 day free trail.
Quick Shopping Cart: If you are looking for the cheapest way to get online and selling, the Quick Shopping Cart by GoDaddy is your solution. The economy plan starts at $4.99 per month and entitles you to free web hosting, 20 products, 150 GB of bandwidth, 1 GB of disk space. There are no transaction fees and you are entitled to a free domain if you purchase the annual plan. However, there are no free trails.
Highwire: Highwire is the complete all around shopping cart. There are only two plans available and start at $14.95 per month. You are entitled to unlimited bandwidth and storage and there are no transaction fees. Highwire starts you off with a 14 day free trail.
What is the Best Hosted Shopping Cart?
The best shopping cart on the market is BigCommerce, followed closely by Volusion. We say this because BigCommerce has top of the line features, low pricing, no transaction fees, and no bandwidth limitations. To be considered the best shopping cart and join BigCommerce on the top, Volusion needs to remove the bandwidth limitations off all of their plans.
What is the Cheapest Hosted Shopping Cart?
This is awfully simple to answer and most of you probably know the answer. For those who do not know, the cheapest hosted shopping cart on the market is the Quick Shopping Cart by Go Daddy. Not only is it the cheapest, it has just enough features to get you online and selling. I would recommend this cart to beginners wanting to get the hang of eCommerce without digging deep into their pockets.
Regardless of what shopping cart you decide to go with, be sure it is on the list above. As mentioned earlier, please stay away from free open-source software due to the fact that they lack quality features. However, there are some good premium fee-based open-source shopping carts – we will discuss them in a different review later on.
If you want the best shopping cart, go with BigCommerce or Volusion.
Like always, if you know a hosted shopping cart that did not make our list, leave us a comment and we will tell you what we think.