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Shopping Cart Feature Comparison Chart

I had been researching for the open source Shopping cart and found lot of solutions. it was difficult for me to decide which one is good.

This feature comparison chart compares the out of the box features of each cart. Sometimes a cart will have an available add-on module to install the feature listed.

Magento Oscommerce CRE Loaded Zen Cart X-Cart OSCMax VirtueMart
Free Yes Yes Yes, but has pay versions Yes No Yes Yes
Unlimited Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports SSL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit Customers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Admin Can Edit Products In Order Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Spreadsheet Database Upload Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Product Attributes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Product Images Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Coupons Yes No Yes Yes Costs Extra Yes No
Different Pricing Per Customer Groups Yes No Costs Extra Yes Costs Extra Yes Yes
Graphic Template System Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Shipping Quotes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Checkout Pre-installed Yes No No No No Yes No
Paypal Yes Yes, but not IPN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paypal Pro Yes No No No Yes No No
Content Management System for Informational Pages Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SEO Tools for meta tags and URLs Yes No Yes, URLs cost extra Yes Yes Yes No
One Page Checkout Yes No No No No No No
Multi-Lingual Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Currency Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Store Support Yes No No No Cost Extra No No
Web Hosting Requirements Semi Dedicated $25/m – $100/m Shared Hosting Shared Hosting Shared Hosting Shared Hosting Shared Hosting Shared Hosting
Our Overall Opinion from 1 – 10 8.5 (10 if not for steep hosting cost) 7 8.5 8 7 7 7

Final Thoughts

If you decide to go with an Oscommerce based shopping cart, we recommend that you start with one of the loaded versions – Zencart, CRE Loaded, or OSCmax – in order to save you lots of money on installing additional modules to the plain Oscommerce version. You can then use your development money to put in your own custom modifications, design, etc. rather than installing all of the basics.

If you decide to go with Magento, make sure to chose a fast enough web host. It does not run fast enough on most shared hosting plans.

Do you need help with setting up, customizing or maintaining your E-commerce web site? Please contact us and we would be happy to provide you the needed services.


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