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Choose own Shopping Cart

Choose own Shopping Cart

One day, I search engine for internet Store. I visited website http://www.practicalecommerce.com    , I read:  There are more than 350 engines for on-line Shopping. And any week we say and interview with Engine`s SoftWare developers and klients

I thinked: How many engines?. Yes, I see more than 540 CMS at russian websites. But not all from them shops, and the majority is the engines made by web studios. And if to take only box, then only about 30 will be gathered. So where hundreds? And that the most important whether I passed the best engine? Which somewhere lies, and waits for me. And I decided to find I these hundreds.


Shopping Cart Software are programs of store carts, or in Russian store engines. Specialized class of programs for electronic commerce. It will be a question only of shrink-wrapped software products (further boxes). That is serial, separately alienable, without development. Questions of the choice of the engine are constantly raised by holivarny disputes. Both among developers, and among owners of online stores. Both real, and potential.

In article there are no reviews and arguments what engine is better. Article does not apply for exhaustive completeness and a comprehensive scope. It is a look from web studio. Using political terminology, I would call this position centrist. And extreme positions are taken. On the one hand vendors - the companies the Shopping Cart developers. On the other hand consumers - the eCommerce companies, owners of shops. In market language the web studio is the intermediary. For a look from outside a position quite acceptable.

In a portfolio of my studio there are shops on 5 different engines . Among them paid, free, SaaS and frameworks with store modules.
At the time of writing of article I am not a dealer of any of the engines listed in article. Therefore I have no commercial, professional, personal and any other interests to praise or abuse any of them.

Besides, earlier my studio built shops on the engine of own development . However now we do not support him and completely passed to boxes. I consider such transition inevitable in a segment of shops for medium and small business.


With rare exception, and practically, majority of the Russian box Shopping Cart not specialized, but universal . They are designed in the form of additional expansion unit to a kernel of multifunction CMS. At foreign box Shopping Cart all exactly the opposite . The main functionality of a kernel is a shop which manages directories, goods, payment and delivery. And CMS in shop is just addition. For creation of small information pages and news, it is frequent even without sections and an enclosure.

This article does not aim to discuss advantages or shortcomings of this or that approach. Each market dictates the requirements . Different as well a Shopping cart position in the Russian and foreign classifications of the software.

In the Russian classification

  1. System software
  2. Protection software
  3. Instrumental software
  4. Application software
  • Office applications
  • Corporate information systems
  • Enterprise portal (Shopping Cart)
  • Systems of design and production
  • Systems of logistic support of products
  • Systems of processing and storage of medical information
  • Scientific ON
  • Other systems
  • Clients for access to Internet services:
  • Multimedia

In foreign classification (USA)

  1. Business
  2. Education
  3. Entertainment
  4. Finance and Account
  5. Foreign languages
  6.  Дом, Hobby
  7. Internet, Electronic commerce
  • Automobile Store carts
  • Blogs
  • Control systems of content
  • CSS Manual
  • Management of document flow
  • Electronic commerce
  • Post marketing
  • Chat of the Enterprise
  • FTP
  • HTML Editors
  • Internet browsers
  • Support Live Chat
  • The Design web on Macintosh
  • Personal technical support
  • PHP Editors
  • SEO
  • Store cart (Shopping Cart)
  • Web Analytics
  • Web-design
  • Reviews Web website Bilderov
  • Creations of the Website
  1. Multimedia
  2. Reference / Way of life
  3. Safety and Confidentiality
  4. Utilities

Where to look for and how many was

73 engines - Wikipedia. Article Comparison of programs of store carts.
24 engines - the Top Teng Revyyu. Overview first tens of technology products.
32 engines - Cards of Tu of Cards Migreyshn. Migration from one engine on another.
31 engines - CMS Megezin. the Log about Content management systems.

Results of my searches the book can look in my at PDF Shopping Carts A-Z
It can be downloaded free of charge.
Tables of comparison are issued in other PDF книгу  Comparison of shopping cart software
It can be downloaded free of charge too.

Apparently, was one hundred more, than is on the Russian resources. Namely 130 Shopping Cart of engines. it is more than a half of Of them - SaaS , that is engines in lease.

Order of the prices

Independent engines - for the one-time license approximately from $50 to $1500. 
SaaS (rent) engines from $20 to $100 a month from 100 to 20 000 goods.
That is a threshold of entry in electronic trading rather low .

On start of shop Rent engines are started at once , during 1 day. Also demand much smaller initial attachments - from $20.
But Independent engines too can be purchased with installation ( of $100 ). And too at once to start the shop.
Templates of show-windows shop will cost from $50 to $200 depending on Shopping Cart of the engine for which they are made.

Engines are located as the English alphabet from A to Z according to the name of a brand. Survey information can be found on the sources stated above. Detailed information and a demo of the version on the official sites of vendors. In addition to the list I collected PDF the reference book with following a brief information. Logo, vendor, website address, license price, language of programs.

How to select?

At first sight such wide choice can cast someone into panic.
With type questions:
- And to review it so much?
- Yes, there is a lot of, and there is nothing to select?
- So no wonder and something important to pass?

But to those who are more experienced the answer it is obvious. It is necessary to use Tools of the store engine to search of the Store engine . They are called Filters of goods in Parameters . There is a lot of parameters of comparison, them 120, they are considered below. Of course, all parameters are not necessary. It is enough to select three, four properties or functions, crucially important for your future online store.

For example:

  • Free, PHP, Multi Store, Additional Pictures of goods, Goods Ratings, Mini-basket.
  • License, Not SaaS, Search in a text entering measure, List of the Desirable, Gift certificates, Delivery Tracking.
  • Java, Oracle, Links Previous - the Following goods, Return of goods, Discount cards on separate goods.

After sifting of engines via several such filters in list from hundreds there will be units . And the remained engines can be considered in detail on the website of the vendor. To try test shop and management in the mode the Live Demo . For paid engines to get acquainted with system of technical support. For free at an official forum to estimate qualification of community. Further for testing to connect specialists. To download Trialnuyu the version . To establish on the local server. To look at templates, scripts, the database. To try to adapt a design Subject. To load and unload content. Such detailed acquaintance to the engine will allow to reduce risks of the project . And to lay the foundation in its successful start.

Comparison Parameters

Article in Wikipedia specified earlier gives the most detailed parameters for comparison of store engines. 73 engines, 120 parameters in 14 sections . Such variety of parameters shows only one. Modern Shoppping Cart it is difficult software products. And their complexity constantly increases. Together with growth of requirements of the market. Also responsibility for a right choice of the engine increases.

General information

  • Creator
  • Last Stable Release
  • Date of the Last Release
  • Cost (USD|GBP)
  • Updates
  • License type
  • Programming language


  • Flat file
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Oracle
  • SQLite
  • Firebird

Total characteristics

  • Open source code
  • Uses of AJAX
  • Digital Loadings
  • Integration of eBay Listing
  • Import of the Order of eBay
  • Replaceable Templates of Design
  • Control bar Orders and Sales
  • Subscriptions
  • Taxation
  • Template engine

Characteristics for the Buyer

  • Customer reviews
  • The recommended goods
  • Glossary / Hint of Words
  • To enlarge the Image
  • Mini-Cart
  • Several Addresses
  • The latest goods
  • Newsletter
  • News
  • Links Following / Previous goods
  • Polls
  • Popular goods
  • The page Friendly For the Seal
  • The attached additional pictures of goods
  • Goods rating
  • Reviews of goods
  • Quotations
  • Reassignment
  • Returns
  • Search
  • Search in a text entering measure
  • Search cloud
  • Site map (Visible)
  • Social Tabs
  • To tell the Friend
  • List of the Desirable

Functions of Remuneration of the Client

  • Coupons
  • Gift certificates
  • Membership Is free
  • Membership Only Categories
  • Membership Only goods
  • Prize-winning Points
  • Special offers

Functions of the Panel of Administration

  • Import / Export of goods
  • Statistics
  • Control of Stocks
  • WYSIWYG Editor

Functions of Optimization for Search Engines

  • HTML Directory
  • Meta Tegi
  • RSS feeds
  • SEO friendly Url
  • Site map (XML)
  • GoodRelations RDFa

Safety features

  • List of Control of Access
  • CAPTCHA form
  • Journalizing of actions of Personnel

Other Functions

  • Several Show-windows of shop (Multi Store)
  • Branches
  • API interface (Functions of Remote Control)
  • Minimum Orders
  • Supports Several Sellers (Multi Vendor)

Supports Payment Gateways

  • 2Checkout
  • Authorize.Net AIM
  • Authorize.Net SIM
  • Barclaycard CPI
  • Barclaycard MPI
  • Nochex
  • PayPal Standard
  • PayPal Pro
  • PayPal Payflow Link
  • PayPal Payflow Pro
  • Protx Форме
  • Protx Form
  • США ePay
  • WorldPay
  • Offline Processing
  • Offline Methods

Support of the Alternative design of the order

  • Amazon FPS
  • Google Checkout
  • PayPal Express

Calculation of Delivery in Real Time

  • Australia Post
  • Canada Post
  • City Link
  • DHL
  • FedEx
  • Intershipper
  • Post Service of the USA
  • UPS
  • Purolator

Integration with the Delivery Booking system

  • Australia Post
  • Canada Post
  • City Link
  • DHL
  • FedEx
  • Intershipper
  • Post Service of the USA
  • UPS

Integration with System of Tracking of Delivery

  • Australia Post
  • Canada Post
  • City Link
  • DHL
  • FedEx
  • Intershipper
  • Post Service of the USA
  • UPS


The heading of article contains a question How to find the? Zametye, not the best, namely the. Because the best engines do not happen, however, as well as all ideal. For this reason them and hundreds. That to everyone to find the. Look for and will surely find. The main thing, do not despair. And before beginning drawing up the specification. On design of own original bicycle from scratch , think. Your such bicycle at way can be built and ready for a long time . It is only necessary to find it. Also it is possible to sit down and go safely.

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