When creating an e-commerce website, one of the must-have items is a standalone shopping cart. After all, how will your customers buy your products if they have nothing to put them in?
Many may think that integrating a cart into your site is really hard work and requires a lot of programming. But nothing could be further from the truth. Many Web services out there – some well known and some not so well known – offer a complete shopping cart solution that you can use on your site in return for a share of your sales.
Here are 45 possibilities that you might want to consider. Please note that there are many more out there but they are attached to a web template/hosting package, and therefore not “standalone”. Those who already have a Web presence on WordPress or elsewhere should check out these tools instead.
There certainly aren’t too many e-commerce sellers who haven’t heard of Paypal? Although they get some bad press sometimes for freezing funds, they are still an easy solution for inserting a shopping cart into your website. Your customers don’t need a Paypal account, but obviously you do, and all the funds will go into Paypal first. Just insert the yellow HTML buttons into your site by copy-pasting the code provided. Easy as that.
Nipping on the heels of Paypal is Google who, as usual, wants to rule the world. “Google Checkout” used to be its own thing but then it was folded into Google Wallet. Same service, different name. Customers can use the purchase button or can sign in using their Google+ accounts.
Alternatively you may want to go with the other big player in the field – Amazon Payments. Customers sign in with their Amazon account, and you can use “the same sophisticated fraud detection technology used by Amazon.com”. Amazon, being a big name, may give assurances to the customer that their payments are protected. When it comes to the customer getting their credit card out or not, it could make all the difference.
ShopSite claims that with its shopping cart software, you can “host your online store anywhere”. There are a variety of payment methods and the site says that your store will become “SEO-friendly”.
Besides the great sounding name, TomatoCart is also open-source. This means that anyone with the programming know-how can crack open the lid and tweak the code.
This one has a very calming name, and, like TomatoCart, it is also open-source. The developer claims that anyone with “the most basic computer skills” can install Zen-Cart quickly. It also offers a plugins directory with useful add-ons such as admin tools, language packs, and payment modules.
Ubercart is a shopping cart software which integrates with Drupal websites only. It markets itself as the solution for selling digital downloads and event registrations (such as concert tickets).
Another cart with an interesting name, FatFreeCart, this one integrates with your website or blog. It even works with MySpace. No registration is required, and installing it is just a matter of copying and pasting. It also works with Paypal and Google Checkout.
SunShop provides a wide range of features on its payment processor page. These features include digital product sales, a sales platform for Facebook, Rewards Points programs, wishlists, and, more importantly, real-time shipping rates. If you have a lot of international customers, they will appreciate this feature.
3dcart has a specially optimized mobile page for your customers on mobile devices including tablets. However, even though the developer says that you can add 3dcart to an existing website, there are scant details on the features offered, other than the mobile interface.
AgoraCart emphasizes its flexibility and offers features such as multiple tax rates and custom shipping rules. There are also 10+ payment options, thank you pages, and no customer account is required to use the checkout.
SquirrelCart is a bit pricey, but it comes with a wide variety of features. These include the option of adding handling and order fees, sales tax and value added tax (VAT). And there are human verification options, security and SSL. Customers can also add multiple items to their cart from a single page.
Mal’s eCommerce is free of charge, which may be good if you were scared away by SquirrelCart’s prices. It offers “Buy Now” buttons which you can add to your website so you can start selling your stuff. And the shopping cart is hosted on the developer”s servers, so you don’t have to do any complicated setup on your own site.
Storesprite offers 20 integrated payment gateways, including the familiar faces of Paypal and Moneybookers. You can also offer your customers printable receipts, as well as invoices and delivery slips.
Idut is unique in that it only works for one payment provider: Google Checkout. It offers multiple language and currency support, and you can configure the delivery options.
Ecommerce Shopping Cart Software is a solution has a quite sizable list of features on its front page. For example, customers can tell a friend about the products in their carts. There is also a forgotten password look-up. There are also 12 different payment possibilities including Paypal, COD, and check/money order.
DPD is a shopping cart solution for digital downloads. They don’t take a cut of each sale, but they do charge a monthly fee for using the service (this starts at $10 a month with a 30 day free trial). You need to upload your digital products to DPD, and then copy/paste the sale buttons on your own website. Then all transactions are done on the DPD servers, not yours.
Bigcommerce is an eCommerce platform with several different monthly payment tiers and no per-transaction fee. For $80 per month, you’ll get access to what they call “Omni-Channel Sales” that allows you to sell your products across multiple online platforms, including using Bigcommerce as a stand-alone point-of-sale system.
This is a premium WordPress template that turns your site into a shopping cart. Once you pay for the service, it can be used on an unlimited number of websites you own. There are more than 20 template designs through ShopperPress. There are also more than 20 payment gateways built into ShopperPress.
Spree Commerce is an open-source shopping cart app allows you to accept multiple foreign currencies and works on multiple stores you may be managing. Spree Commerce also supports coupon offers on your sit and outside of a shopping cart, it’s a full eCommerce system, too.
CubeCart is a full-service e-commerce solution that allows you to set up an online store or even set up your products on a social media site like Facebook. There is a one-time fee of $126. This e-commerce app does allow merchants to sell digital products, too.
The NetSuite shopping cart feature allows you to publish different prices for products in your catalog based on where they’re posted. That means you can have different prices on your store site than you do on your website or blog.
FoxyCart has no restrictions on where you can sell your products, either an online store or just directly on your website or blog. This app only starts applying fees when your products go live, allowing you to take your time and get all your products entered online before it starts charging. FoxyCart is integrated with more than 60 different payment gateways.
LiveCart is an open-source shopping cart solution. The app developer claims it has a “simple, web-based installation wizard” and that no programming experience is required to get you up and running. LiveCart also offers six months of support for free for new users.
Product Cart is a shopping cart app touts itself as being very SEO friendly. Any template designs for your e-commerce website are already optimized for mobile devices, too.
Volusion has a free mobile app that allows you to accept credit card payments from your smartphone or tablet. So this is one big standout feature of its shopping cart software. Volusion offers a very competitive rate of 2.17 percent on all credit card transactions.
Shopify is one of the most recognizable names in e-commerce and shopping cart apps currently available. In addition to having an online storefront that also allows you to embed products from your store onto your website, Shopify also acts as a point-of-sale system, able to run on tablets, mobile devices, or computers.
Upselling and discount offers are available through this shopping cart app. Cart buttons are simple to add to your site and Infusionsoft also allows you to create an online storefront using its software.
ZeusCart touts its user-friendly interface, something the developer claims is missing from a lot of open-source software available today. The shopping cart app through ZeusCart allows you to manage inventory, organize it by categories and has built-in features to allow you to create customer newsletters, offer gift cards, and more.
With Instant E-Store, a one-page checkout is all that faces your customers when they purchase products through this app on your site. Your customers don’t even have to sign up for an account, making the buying process that much easier. You can place carts at your website’s “borders” so your customers’ selections follow them in a cart as they browse your site.
Magento is no longer accepting new accounts for its Small Business Storefront product. It will shut down all Small Business storefronts on Feb. 1, 2015. Instead, the company is working on a Magento Enterprise Edition and Magento Community Edition, which it believes will be a more competitive e-commerce platform.
OpenCart users have the ability to place their products in an unlimited number of categories and can enter an unlimited number of products. OpenCart supports more than two dozen payment gateways, including PayPal and others. Customers who purchase from an OpenCart shopping cart on your site can also review and rate products.
osCommerce is unique in that it’s one of the few payment solutions that’s integrated with both eBay and Amazon. osCommerce also uses a “token” system that allows your customers to store a credit card through a gateway like PayPal so they don’t have to constantly enter their card information for every purchase through your site.
Open Solution’s Quick Cart Lite touts that it can have you running in just a few minutes. The company says more than 31,000 sites are using Quick Cart Lite already.
1ShoppingCart supports more than 50 payment gateways. This is an option on our list suitable for service-based businesses. Customers can also make recurring payments or subscription-based payments using 1ShoppingCart.
CS-Cart is a full-service shopping cart and e-commerce platform. In addition to serving as your shopping cart on your website, you can create product-based marketing solutions, including banner ads, newsletters and surveys.
JShop Server says it can handle business e-commerce shopping carts for companies with just a few or a few thousand products to sell. JShop Server’s “Send to a friend” feature allows your customers to share your product listing with their contacts on social media.
JustAddCommerce says it’s compatible with all web hosts and that allows you to “create Purchase and View Cart buttons that easily drop on your existing web pages.” To make customizations to your shopping cart pages with JustAddCommerce, you’ll need some familiarity with CSS and HTML, though.
LiteCommerce is completely free and works with payment gateways like PayPal and Authorize.net, among others. This shopping cart platform features drag-and-drop support and gives your customers a chance to do a “quick look” on products they’re considering. Products also have a Facebook comments tab that allows your customers to share their experiences with their friends and contacts.
Miva Merchant handles the hosting of its shopping cart platform. And a Merchant plan (good for small businesses) starts at just less than $50 a month. Miva Merchant says its claim to fame is its longevity in the market and is one of a few shopping cart platforms that’s not funded by venture capitalists. If you choose Miva Merchant, you’re backed by 24/7 live phone support, too.
Give your customers the opportunity to save money through Promo codes and give yourself a chance of improving sales with a “Related Products” search with Shopp. This cart plugin gives you both and includes a shipping and tax estimator. A Merchant account — good for one site — starts at $75.
Pinnacle Cart says its “scalability” allows it to grow with your business. If you’re not comfortable using source code, Pinnacle Cart features drag-and-drop design features allowing even more uninitiated users to have some control over aspects of their shopping carts.
If yours is a service-based small business or one that sells digital and downloadable products, you may want to check out X-Cart. It’s integrated with many of the major payment gateways and can also serve as a point-of-sale system.
PHP PayPal API
PHP PayPal API is a simple way to manage PayPal payments directly on your website. If you have a Website Payments Pro account through PayPal, you’ll be able to accept credit card payments through the platform, too. The company claims other features included with PHP PayPal API allow you to manage transactions, including refunds.
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