eCommerce website builders are a crowded marketplace. These days, both the big shopping cart players and versatile site building platforms release new eCommerce features every other month fighting for the customer.
By doing so they not only reingeneer the way online shops are being built today, but also make it more difficult for us to choose the right shopping cart software.
The good news is that the industry does have a lot of favorable, established softwares you can’t go wrong with. One of these is 3dcart. After years of building custom shopping cart solutions for medium to large businesses, the founder of the company, Gonzalo Gil, thought he could compile many of the most requested eCommerce features into a simple and affordable shopping cart. Today, we are taking a closer look at its seventh release.
#1 Ease of use
Just like most of its competition, 3dcart is a hosted platform that doesn’t require any downloads or installations; all is done in your browser, through your account.
It takes less than a minute to get started, and if you just want to see how it looks, you may skip most of the registration fields (like I did). And for those who are serious about using 3dcart, there is a way to migrate a store from Yahoo Stores, X-Cart and other platforms without losing the design, products and content.
The interface of the platform is well organized and modern. You will be greeted with an introductory video that will help you get started. Additionally, when opening a new section in the editor, there will be a pop-up explaining how it all works. Should you have any questions, you can start a chat directly on the page you are working on.
3dcart has all the essential features for building a store: a handy dashboard displaying real time counters for orders, products and customers; an easy way to add and manage products and galleries; SEO/marketing options and also a bank of third-party modules you can integrate into the site.
3dcart also offers its own POS (point of sale) solution to sell in person. It lets you accept credit cards, cash, check, money order, split payments and more, whether online, in-store, or on the go.
With 3dcart software you can choose from over 100+ supported payment providers, including Paypal and Checkout By Amazon and get accurate rates, print labels and provide tracking information with UPS, USPS, Fedex, Canada Post and AU Post.
|Number of Themes:||100+|
|Professional Templates:||✔ YES|
|Free Themes:||✔ YES|
|Responsive Design:||✔ YES|
|Sort by Industry:||✘ NO|
|CSS Code Editing:||✔ YES|
3dcart offers 100+ free responsive themes and a gallery of premium ones. Every page of your store has a template that can be customized to meet your needs. You can also quickly make broad changes by editing the style sheets.
Although there are lots of free professional templates, you can also choose a premium theme. The cost of paid template is $199. At first it looks too high, but when you want to receive an unique design for your online store, that price is reasonable.
Another big plus to 3dcart is its CSS editor. You don’t have to scan over hundreds of code strings in order to change one parameter. The CSS editor is realized here as a part of dashboard interface and you can change and option you need is a seconds. It’s very easy even for newbies.
#4 Customer support
They’ve taken this aspect very seriously. The site builder offers various types of support: first, you can follow the in-editor prompts, secondly, there is online chat and thirdly, you can schedule half an hour with an ecommerce specialist to learn the basics of setting up and running your 3dcart store.
Also, there is an eCommerce forum, a knowledgebase and even a hotline.
|Mini:||$19.99/mo||✓ 100 Products;
✓ 2Gb Bandwidth;
✓ 2 Staff Users.
|Professional:||$65.99/mo||✓ 10 000 Products;
✓ 10Gb Bandwidth;
✓ 5 Staff Users.
|Professional Plus:||$99.99/mo||✓ Unlimited Products;
✓ 25Gb Bandwidth;
✓ 15 Staff Users.
3dcart offers a free 15-day trial to give sellers the opportunity to check the dashboard and test transactions.
There are several pricing packages covering all types of sellers, where the cheapest version ($19.99/mo) lets you sell up to 25 products, and the highest one ($99.99/mo) unlocks unlimited products.
All plans include free setup, hosting, Bing Ads Credits and what’s most important – are transaction-free. If you want just only to add a ‘buy’ button to you website, you may choose ‘Nano’ plan for $9.99/mo.
For eCommerce projects with high traffic there are a separate pricing options, which start from $199/mo and include up to 250Gb of bandwidth.
The platform seems to be reasonably priced and doesn’t have any obvious flaws. In case you are a 3dcart user, feel free to share your concerns in the comments below this post.
3dcart is a nicely wrapped mix of advanced eCommerce features. It’s been around for 18 year and it shows. Here at SWB we liked the platform’s well structured interface and its customer-centric philosophy.