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Choosing the best ecommerce shopping cart software for your business

E-commerce is a necessity for many businesses more than ever. Foundry has chosen a list and a description of the most renowned ecommerce platforms and shopping carts to enable you to chose the shopping cart that fulfills your business needs.



Magento offers 3 difeerent solutions: Go, Community and Enterprise.

Magento Go is a solution for smaller retailers that are looking for selling products without need to manage a server, install or configure any software. Magento provides set of tools such as customable design and options, configurable and grouped products, layered browsing or built-in SEO on any online store service.

Magento Community allows you modify the core code, and add features and functionality with extensions that requires someone with code knowledge in order to configure the store the way your company needs.

Magento Enterprise is for businesses that wish an all-inclusive and hands-off package. Among other features and functionalities, Magento Enterprise includes tax calculation features, manage multiple and independent sites from a single account, email marketing and user-friendly content management system to create new content, insert images video and rich media content.

Magento Community and Magento Enterprise ecommerce platforms are recommended for medium- and large-sized companies.



CS-Cart is an ecommerce solution that can be adapted to any kind of business from small to large size. It is an open source  shopping cart platform that requires help from a developer but enables you customise your online store according to your business demands.

CS-Cart shopping cart software is SEO friendly with a content management system in which you can build a menu that makes the storefront navigation convenient and clear to your web store visitors.



It offers all the features and functionalities that an ecommerce platform should have. It also provides real time sales statistics and notifications showing low stock warnings, orders that need handling and moderation of customer reviews and comments.

CubeCart gives you flexibility to grow by accessing to the code with a well structure guide that allow you to develop your ecommerce site without the need to spend too much time.

Yahoo! Stores

yahoo ecommerce app

This shopping cart will give you everything you need to build your product pages, manage inventory, and SEO for your business.

It is suitable for medium to large size businesses. However, if a small merchant is looking for a solution with a limited budget, Yahoo offers a platform called Starter Plan.

Yahoo! Store offers flexibility. For less experienced ecommerce merchants, Yahoo! Store allows them use its point-and-click simplicity to create their store easily and also it is not time consuming.

For more advanced users or ecommerce developers, Yahoo! Store enables them to incorporate HTML code within their text or use the built in scripting language – RTML – to create custom layouts.



This is a platform that is more convenient for small ecommerce sites. It is pretty simple solution in which the user can customize every aspect of a business store’s theme with complete control over their website’s design. Shopify main selling point is its competitive plans and prices.


Browser based with numerous features, and friendly customer service, X-Cart is a competent platform that is relatively easy to manage and handle. However, templates need programming knowledge in order to carry out a custom design correctly.

Amazon Webstores

It is an all-in-one ecommerce platform that offers solutions for small and large business with complete shopping cart features. Merchants can choose selling their products just on their business website or on Amazon and their own site together.


It is an open source solution and self- hosted that enable you to expand your ecommerce site as much as you like but it requires expertise to optimise your site.

Zen Cart

It is a branched-off project from osCommerce. An open-source and template-based platform that demands basic PHP knowledge. Anyone with just basic web site building and computer skills could customize the site.


A cloud-based ecommerce platform with a list of features makes the Nexternal eCommerce a robust Platform. Probably, it is more suitable for medium to large business.

3D Cart

An all-in-one ecommerce platform for any kind of business including small to large retailers.

What you should look at when choosing an ecommerce solution?

Magento and CS-Cart are Foundry favorites for building an online store. However, we analyse company needs and customers preferences to choose the best solution for our clients.

Here are the main points to evaluate before making any decision.

  1. The ability to customize fields and information according to the market in where your business is.
  2. User experience and friendliness.
  3. Shopping cart engine optimization features.
  4. Customer service support.
  5. Functionality.

How Foundry can help you deploy your ecommerce shopping cart?

Our e-commerce and m-commerce packages can be integrated to your existing website, so you only need one system to have a web and mobile cart running and maximise your visitor’s experience. Let us know your requirements, so we can give you a quote and time frames to get your online shop up and running on time and on budget. Please call 020 8761 2108 or 07772886969.



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