What shopping cart platform to choose?”- this is the main question any online store owner faces. People who have ever tried to find an answer to this question know that there are lots of shopping cart solutions available in the market so that a newbie can be completely lost in examining all of them. In this article, we would just share our experience and knowledge about two e-commerce platforms – Magento and CS-Cart. Working in e-commerce area for many years, we had a chance to test and compare different shopping carts and came to a conclusion that if you are going to start an e-commerce business and your goal is a product/feature rich, stable online store with lots of possibilities, you should take a close look at Magento and CS-Cart.
Comparison between Magento and CS-Cart E-commerce System
Where Magento (Community version) is freely available for download and CS-Cart coming with paid license purchase based. Both have advantages and disadvantages in their implementation, support, online document. We as Dtech Systems implemented both eCommerce system for our clients as per their requirements.
User Environment Design
|Front-end Design||Pretty Well||Not bad|
|Easy Design||None||Pretty Well|
|Admin Experience||Good||Pretty Well|
|Product Comparison||Pretty Well||Pretty Well|
|Intelligent Recommendations||Not bad||Not bad|
|Product Reviews||Not bad||Bad|
|HTML5 Image Uploader||Pretty Well||None|
|Bulk Product Update||None||Good|
|URL Rewrite||Pretty Well||Pretty Well|
|Free Shipping||Not bad||Not bad|
|Sell On eBay||Good||None|
|News or Blog||None||Average|
|Custom Contact Form||None||Perfect|
|Banners Management||Not bad||Perfect|
|Email Templates||Bad||Not bad|
|Return Requests||Not bad||Good|
|Order Statuses||Pretty Well||Good|
|Taxes||Pretty Well||Pretty Well|
|Store Locator||Pretty Well||Good|
Before drawing any conclusions let’s look at a comparison table which gives a quick summary overview:
|Free but Customizations are Expensive||$345-$395, Cheaper Customizations|
|Rich Functionality, Lots of Features||Rich Functionality, Less Extra Features|
|Good speed but for product-rich stores’ dedicated server is recommended. Hosting is Expensive.||Faster but you should also choose the right hosting for product-rich stores. Hosting is cheaper.|
|Customizable but you have to learn a lot or be a professional developer||Customizable but you have to learn or be a professional developer|
|Active Community||Active Community with Free Assistance|
Is it Live?
|Yes, Constantly Evolving, Upgrades Available||Yes, Constantly Evolving, Upgrades Available|
|Over 500||Over 80|
Both platforms “CS-Cart and Magento” may serve the same purpose of offering a good number of powerful tools for creating and managing a fully-featured online store. Both CS-Cart and Magento can be a very good choice for fast-growing business. But if your goal is a website with basic shopping cart functionality (for example, catalog website), we would recommend something easier because Magento or CS-Cart Professional will be too complex to manage.
In our opinion, Magento is a must-have solution for big stores who want to have an absolutely stable, robust, bug-free platform with complex shopping possibilities and who have a certain budget to spend on good hosting and customizations.
As for CS-Cart, it is a reliable, fully-featured choice for small but growing, medium and big business, the platform is not free but unbelievably cheap for provided functionality which can be compared to Magento. CS-Cart custom works are cheaper and you are more free in choosing the right server. There are some more points to consider if you make a choice between Magento and CS-Cart, and all of them are connected with your personal business needs, budget, and available resources.