3dcart was founded in 1997 and is a well-known eCommerce platform designed to help e-store owners be as competitive as possible. With a plethora of features built directly into the software, opening and running an online store is fast and effortless. As of 2014, they power more than 17,500 global merchants.
3dcart Reviews: Features
The features through 3dcart are rather plentiful, with mobile selling, and some of the best tools for selling on places like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Pretty much everything is built-in, giving you access to things like a blog, newsletters, CRM, and email. The backend dashboard is super easy to play around with, and they have a responsive version of the dashboard for making quick updates while on the go.
What's most interesting is that 3dcart has a powerful API for integrating with various other apps and tools. We like this for more advanced developers who really want to get in there and customize.
Along with selling through social sites, you can connect your store to places like Amazon, eBay, and Shopzilla.
They also offer an app store with a substantial number of add-ons, even though the platform doesn't offer as many add-ons as Shopify or BigCommerce they still offer access to the most important ones such as Quickbooks, Shipwire, and ShareASale.
3dcart Reviews: Ease of Use
Upon landing on the 3dcart dashboard, you'll be able to recognize where to go to start building little pieces of your website. It looks similar to WordPress and Shopify, and both of those are fairly easy to understand, with the navigational bar on the left-hand side. We particularly enjoy the fact that 3dcart has a few intro and tutorial videos right on the dashboard. This isn't always the case with eCommerce platforms, so the support here is smooth.
In addition, the steps you need to take are all outlined right in the dashboard, walking you through tasks like customizing your store, adding a product, selecting a payment method, and setting up your shipping methods. Other tabs on the left include Orders, Products, Customers, Marketing, and Reports.
So, let's say you want to add a product. Is it easy to do? It's really not that bad, but I would say that the product pages look a little more intimidating than that of Shopify and BigCommerce. However, everything is there like images, categories, pricing, shipping, descriptions, keywords, discounts, and upselling. In fact, I would argue that the product page is more similar to BigCommerce because they have tons of product features built-in here. Whereas Shopify is more simple and watered down, but you are expected to use apps.
Shopping Cart Packages
Like Pinnacle Cart and Shopify, 3dcart offers a free trial to give sellers the opportunity to actually set up a store and test transactions before committing to the platform. Except 3dcart gives you an extra day to make up your mind, as the trial is for 15 days—both our Editors' Choices for shopping cart tools offer 14 days. As I mentioned earlier, 3dcart doesn't charge for registering a domain. This is a good deal if you don't already have a website—but keep in mind that if you ever leave 3dcart, then you lose the domain, too.
The pricing is 3dcart is pretty straightforward, as the company offers five plans to choose from. Some people may think that this will make the decision a little tougher, but it's always for the better that you have more pricing options. This way, you don't have to get stuck paying for a plan that's too robust or one that doesn't have enough features.
- Nano Plan – For $9.99 per month you receive support for up to 25 products, a maximum of 2,000 monthly visitors and 1,000 newsletter sends.
- Mini Plan – For $19.99 per month you receive support for up to 200 products, a maximum of 4,000 monthly visitors and 1,000 newsletter sends.
- Starter Plan – For $35.99 per month you receive support for up to 1000 products, a maximum of 8,000 monthly visitors and 2,000 newsletter sends.
- Professional Plan – For $65.99 per month you receive support for up to 10,000 products, a maximum of 20,000 monthly visitors and 5,000 newsletter sends.
- Professional Plus Plan – Advertised as the most popular option from 3dcart, the professional plus plan goes for $99.99 per month, and you receive support for an unlimited amount of products, a maximum of 50,000 monthly visitors and 20,000 newsletter sends.
Keep in mind that you get no transaction or setup fees for all of the plans. In addition, each plan includes the following:
- Domain Registration
- API access
- 24/7 support
- Over 100 payment providers
- A Bing Ads credit
- Facebook store
Also, if you decide to pay for your plan on a yearly basis, the monthly costs drop a bit. And you get three extra months for free. Finally, a 15-day trial is offered.
A Nice Mix of Advanced Features
When compared to other shopping cart software such as Shopify or Pinnacle Cart, 3dcart doesn't have the shiniest shopping cart, but it offers a lot of reporting tools and built-in features such as gift certificates, live chat software, and the option of bundling multiple products together. These features would typically be considered add-ons for other platforms or would require buying into higher tiers.
While we consider the Editors' Choice tools to be more robust and more user-friendly, 3dcart is among the best in its class, and its price point demands that you at least give it some consideration.