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Liz Hull

Liz Hull

Liz Hull is a writer for Merchant Maverick. In her three years with Merchant Maverick, she has tested and reviewed over 40 eCommerce platforms and published two ebooks on the topic of online selling. Liz has also been published in Startup Nation and Home Business Magazine Online. Liz has a BA in English and Spanish from George Fox University.

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    Mike Sorel

    Good getting thru the extension scam.. 5 out of 6 extensions that I purchased didn’t work and always got the same answer..The so called developer always wants admin and ftp access to your site and server..Reminds me of the fake Indian PC repair scam…

      Shaikh Irfan

      Organization Name: Shaikh irfan

      Your customer services is very bad,
      I ordered 5 mobile phone, when i received my order 4 phone working and one phone was not wotking,
      25 days finished i did so many time complained but no one give me answare.
      Always I’m thinking why i used this side.
      Bullshit online shopping site.

      • Organization Name: Shaikh irfan

      Hello, very nice and in depth review. Thank you.
      As an independent developer, which shopping cart would you suggest that will cost minimum/no expenses (add-ons and other things) ?

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        Liz Hull


        While there are no shopping carts that will be 100% cost free, I recommend you take a look into open source solutions. My favorites are Magento, WooCommerce, and PrestaShop. All three of these options are fully customizable and come with powerful feature sets already built-in. You won’t have to pay to download or use the software.

        However, you will always have additional expenses to consider. You’ll need to pay for hosting, SSL certificates, and any add -ons/plugins or design support you may need. There is no free platform, but if you have a lot of technical ability already, you may find open source platforms to be very affordable.

        Hope that helps!


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          Tech support – useless. Cant troubleshoot problems. They are just spinning in circles without fixing a problem. Multicart options doesnt change status of orders coming from other multistores on the system – useless. Getting a refund for a bad non working plugin – useless. So its a lottery when buying their plugins on their website. I switched. I got fed up.


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            Bryan Dale

            Its interesting that you recommend Shopify over Opencast. I’m not familiar with Pinnacle and Lemonstand, but I have been using Shopify for about nine months and I’m now switching to Opencart. The main difference from my point of view is the monthly fees, not only to get started but for each and every extension that you add to Shopify. I like that Opencart has no cost for the basic package and that most of the extensions are a one time fee rather than a recurring cost. The fees also tend to be much lower than for comparable packages from Prestashop. I will need to pay those one time costs on a few extensions to replicate what I have with Shopify, but there are other capabilities in Opencart that Shopify doesn’t have like the excellent multi-currency support.


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              Bryan Dale

              Since I wrote my last comment I have completed the transaction to Opencart. I paid one time fees for several extensions and on a few I encountered installation issues but in each case I received excellent support from the developer of the extension. The only serious issue I encountered was that Opencart doesn’t support independent tracking of inventory for each sku when their are multiple options like color and size. There are extensions that fix this but because it’s non standard it won’t integrate with your accounting software. I’m exploring Magento as a more sophisticated but also free option. Having said that I don’t need to have that much detail in my accounting software so the inventory tracking in Opencart works for me.

              I will confess that I am a sophisticated computer user and I found little value in what Shopify was supplying for their very high monthly fees (and additional monthly fees for add ons). Even so I think that a less sophisticated user could pay a one time fee to a consultant to set this up and avoid the repetitive monthly fees from Shopify. There are hundreds of themes to choose from some free and some for a fee like Shopify. I paid $35 for an Opencart theme. The developer made some changes and installed it for me at no charge. I’d call that a great deal.

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                Mark Worsnop

                Bryan, Thanks very much for spending the time to add more comments. I have used several carts before that have a one time charge. One is darn complicated as far as their “special” design templates. I would just like something that works and doesnt cost a fortune! BTW your web looks great. Is that using opencart?

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                  Cindy Bendel

                  Thank you for your comments. I tried Shopify before but didn’t want to pay their monthly fees. So I gave OpenCart a try and am pretty satisfied. It works for a new small business like mine. Lately I’ve been feeling the pressure to give Shopify another try, so many other small online businesses are using it and I felt like I was missing out. So once again I’ve given it a try and ready to walk away (again). For me OpenCart is much easier to work with. I bought a template that has great support. I feel like I have more control over the look and feel of my store without having to pay a someone a lot money to develop it for me. Sure Tesla is using Shopify, and when I am a solid money-making business like them I will consider it. But for now OpenCart works.

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                    This is a nice article. I’ve been looking for shopping frameworks, Opencart came up and I wanted to find out more about it so I stumbled here. Going to keep looking, hope you keep writing.


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                      “I don’t want to waste time slogging through third-party add-ons for things that should come standard, like 1-click checkout or a mobile/tablet optimization.” is spot on. An ecommerce solution that fails SEO from the word go. There is more – SEO urls and stuff like manufacturer description which is really a just category description in any other cart/cms are also not standard and you must pay for those. Even scarier is that fact after an upgrade their developers are often left out with many extension writers unable to upgrade their own scripts. Extension writers prefer using a third party engine VQmod rather than Opencart’s own OCmod. Have you ever been left in a situation where you are in mess because a third of your extensions don’t work because either the developer cannot update their extension or has abandoned the project completely. There are many many many examples.


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