By Sean P Aune

10 Hosted Shopping Cart Solutions To Get You Selling Right Away

By Sean P Aune

Ecommerce just seems to continue growing and growing, and it is becoming almost a requirement that all merchants have an online presence of some kind.  We’ve already covered shopping carts that you host yourself, but sometimes it is nice to just walk in to some place that is ready to go and can take you only a few minutes to set up if you play your cards right.

This is where hosted shopping carts come in handy as they allow you to remove the headaches of maintaining your server, dealing with software issues and more.  These solutions may cost a little bit more, but you can almost view it as saving you money compared to hiring an IT person.

We’ve gathered up 10 of the best solutions that will let you get set up in no time flat, so take a look through and see which one best serves your needs.

Business Catalyst: Adobe’s Business Catalyst, formerly known as GoodBarry, is built with an eye towards allowing developers to fully customize an online store for clients with little to no need for coding.  The service is completely white label so that you can insert your company logo, or that of your client so that they only see the information you choose.  Features analytics, Dreamweaver extensions, easy management and more.

Flying Cart: Flying Cart allows you to build ecommerce sites that vary in size from 50 products up to 1,000, depending on your needs.  There is only a monthly fee and no transaction fees, so depending on what you’re selling this could work out better for you than some of the other solutions.  You can use your own domain name, accept all major credit cards, process through SSL and more.

GoEmerchant: GoEmerchant provides you with solutions to build a full ecommerce store, you can simply add purchase buttons to your existing site if you want.  The company also has a merchant gateway that can be used on an iPhone so that you can take credit card payments virtually anywhere at any time.

ProStores: Powered by eBay, ProStores is a full ecommerce solution that lets you set up an online store using their provided templates, or you can hire a designer to give your store a unique design.  While it isn’t required, you do have the option to also list your items on eBay if you would like to.

Shopify: Shopify is a template-based online store solution that provides you with an easy set up for any type of store, and then gives you numerous templates to choose from.  Thankfully, you can also customize the site as you see fit because most of the templates look like very basic WordPress templates, but once customized the sites look great.

StoreFront: StoreFront specializes in customized solutions for businesses that are tailored to the needs of companies of all sizes.  Their systems integrate with many third-party software packages, multiple merchant gateways, offer up customized store designs and a whole lot more.

uShops: You can sell just about anything you want on uShops for free for the first six months, and then a nominal fee will be charged there after.  This gives you the chance to get your site up to speed and see if your idea will even work before you start paying for it.

WebStore by Amazon: The leading online retailer in the world has come up with a hosted shopping cart solution that allows anyone to use the power of Amazon’s shopping technology on their own branded site.  You also have the option of not only selling the items on your own custom WebStore, but you can also sell the items on the main Amazon site like any number of third-party sellers already do.

Yahoo! Merchant Solutions: The Yahoo! shopping site has been around for years and features an extremely robust shopping cart that allows for cross selling, discounted sales, creating gift certificates, wish lists and a lot more.  The site features several templates you can choose from or you can have your store custom designed. But be warned that Yahoo! uses an unusual language that usually takes specialized designers to work on it, so it can get expensive to customize your store.

Yokaboo.com: A simplified store system that only allows you to accept PayPal, but lets you set up a store quickly and with a look of your choosing.  Perfect for smaller merchants such as small record labels, artists, jewelry makers and more.

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  • Ambal

    Ecwid – 5 minutes to get set up and running. It is a set of e-commerce widgets (e.g. catalog, checkout area, mini-cart section, etc) that you can use all together or separately. You cut’n’paste Ecwid integration code into some place of your web-site where you need a shopping cart to appear and that’s all. Just that simple and yet offers quite robust functionality.

    and it’s free.

    And can be used on FaceBook

  • Although having a list of solutions is nice to have, breaking down the pricing schemas would have made this far more useful.

  • Rishi

    Thanks for mentioning Flying Cart! Any customer that mentions “SitePoint” will get 50% off any plan :)


  • IDS

    Don’t even waste your time (or money) with Yahoo’s Merchant Solution if you want something customized. The system is very archaic and instructions are very difficult to find… buried is more like it.

    As mentioned above this is best used if you intend to use their “cookie-cutter” templates or pay someone a lot to do the customization for you.

  • authentix

    There is a much better one than all of these that I use called Big Commerce. Only been around for since August but much more features that help our business.

  • Would love to see if these applications write SEO friendly sites…

  • Ambal

    Ecwid web-site is http://www.ecwid.com

  • We’ve been using FoxyCart and are generally very happy with it. It’s all CSS and JS based so you can fully customize the appearance and integrate it with your site.

    This article seems to mix up what I think of as two different classes of solutions: shopping carts that you can make act as part of your site, and complete store-building solutions. We use our Webvanta CMS for the product database and all of the site except for the cart, checkout, and receipt pages, which are provided by FoxyCart.

  • Niubi

    I like the look of all of these carts. Currently trying to set up my own ecommerce store and it’s been pretty hard deciding between all the options available! Thanks for the article and comments.

    BTW, does anyone know which of the cart systems is in use at DubLi.com? That’s been one of my favourite cart systems that I found so far.

  • eCorner

    A really interesting article. You might want to look at http://www.ecornerstoresplus.com.au it is Australian based and specialises in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. We have found that many USA based companies want to sell online over here but the latency from the USA and the affect of USA hosting on SEO makes Australia a better location. We can also handle stuff like foreign languages and the local payment and shipping requirements. We use ePages one of the worlds leading ecommerce solutions.

  • mrhasbean

    We’ve had a Business Catalyst site for over four years, have paid many (tens of) thousands of dollars for numerous custom modules to be written and have developed a lot of our own modules to get around the inadequacies in their system. We are actively looking to move away from this system. At this present time we have an outstanding support issue with product weighting on imported products – that just started happening out of the blue – that’s been outstanding for more than three months. We lost ftp access to our site for six weeks – again just out of the blue – this has now been resolved, but at present we’ve had no search facility, which numerous external links from some of our major vendors rely upon, for over a week with no fix in sight. If you have a very simple requirement that fits entirely within the capabilities of their (very limited) system you will probably be fine, but anything out of the ordinary is just beyond their capabilities.

  • mrfancypants

    Highwire Commerce offers a nice affordable service.

  • Dan

    I did a bunch of research looking at the various hosted shopping carts out there, some of the same ones you looked at. I tried to summarize their key features and attributes. At the end of the day they are all VERY similar, it’s more about what you personally like the look/feel of. You can see my comparison at: http://www.dangandor.com/2011/10/hosted-shopping-carts-comparison/

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