Shopping Cart Feature Comparison Chart for Magento, Oscommerce, Zen Cart, X-Cart and nopCommerce

Shopping Cart Feature Comparison Chart for Magento, Oscommerce, Zen Cart, X-Cart and nopCommerce

Pay-per-month shopping carts offer less value because they have expensive monthly fees. Also – they usually do not allow access to the source code of the system or much customization of the shopping cart. The following shopping carts below are open-source meaning that you can modify the source code and customize the shopping cart to your needs. The chart below is a comparative study on various features that one might require to implement  a successful E-commerce application.

Magento Oscommerce Zen Cart X-Cart nopCommerce
Free Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Unlimited Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supports SSL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit Customers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Admin Can Edit Products In Order Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Spreadsheet Database Upload Yes No No Yes Yes
Product Attributes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Product Images Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Coupons Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Different Pricing Per Customer Groups Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Graphic Template System Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Saved Shopping Carts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shipping
Live Shipping Quotes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
UPS Yes Yes Yes Extra Cost Yes
FedEx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
USPS Yes Yes Yes Extra Cost Yes
DHL Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shipping to multiple addresses in one order Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Free Shipping Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flat rate shipping(order/ item) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Payments
Google Checkout Pre-installed Yes No No Yes Yes
PayPal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PayPal Pro Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Authorize.net Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accept Checks/Money Orders Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accept Purchase Orders Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Saved Credit Card method for offline payments Yes No No Yes Yes
General
Content Management System for Informational Pages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SEO Tools for meta tags and URLs Yes No Yes Yes Yes
One Page Checkout Yes No No Extra Cost Yes
Multi-Lingual Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Currency Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Store Support Yes No No Extra Cost No
Administration Permission System Roles and Users Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Affiliate Yes Yes (contributions ,158) No Extra Cost Yes
QuickBooks Integration Extra Cost Yes No Extra Cost Yes
XML Sitemap Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Commerce Yes No No No No
Guest Checkout Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Up-Sells Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reward Points No No No No Yes
Cross-Sells Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Polls Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Newsletter Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Tier Pricing Yes No No Yes
Search Engine Friendly URL’s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS Feeds for New Products, New Specials and New Tags Yes Yes Yes No No
Wish list Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Related Items Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Reviews Approve, Edit and Delete Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Tags Approve, Edit and Delete Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Breadcrumbs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Base Integration (Froogle Product search) Yes No No No No Synchronization. Only feed available
Virtual Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable/Digital Products Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tax exempt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tax Rates per location, customer group and product type Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Media Manager with automatic image resizing and watermarking Yes No No Yes Yes
Manufacturers module Extra Cost No No Yes Yes
Contact Us form Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Reports
Integrated with Google Analytics Yes No No No Yes
Integrated with Google Web optimizer Yes No No No No
Cache Management Yes No No Yes Yes
Admin Dashboard for Report Overview Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sales Report Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS feed for New Orders Yes No No No No
Tax Report Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Abandoned Shopping Cart Report Yes No No No No
Best Viewed Products Report Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Best Purchased Products Report Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Low Stock Report Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Search Terms Report Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Reviews Report Yes No No Yes Yes
RSS feed for New Reviews Yes No No No No
Tags Report Yes Yes Yes Yes No
RSS feed for New Tags Yes No No No No
Coupon Usage Report Yes No No Yes Yes
Total Sales Invoiced Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Total Sales Refunded Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Best Customers Report by Total and Number of Orders Yes No No Yes Yes
Export all the reports to spread sheet Yes Yes Yes Yes ( Sales & customer data) Yes
Customer Accounts
Order status and history Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Re-orders from account Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recently ordered items Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Address Book with unlimited addresses Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Default Billing and Shipping addresses Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wish list with ability to add comments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Reviews submitted Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Tags submitted Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Newsletter Subscription management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick order Yes No No Yes No

Conclusion

Magento wins in terms of complex cart, with many more extensions available for free. Its coupons is extensive developed, have good data migration for customers, products. Unlike the other carts, a good server configuration is required to host Magento. While X-cart is going its way; its admin view is older and doesn’t look like web 2.0. For simple features of ecommerce one can go with X-cart or Oscommerce. Most of the configurations like shipping, payments, emails etc, in nopCommerce will require modification at program level. Since nopCommerce is developed using Dot Net, Microsoft Windows license is mandatory. Most of the features in nopCommerce are at a very Basic level of Ecommerce when compared to Magento.

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7 Responses to “Shopping Cart Feature Comparison Chart for Magento, Oscommerce, Zen Cart, X-Cart and nopCommerce”

  1. You had a few good points right here. We carried out an investigation on the topic and also got most peoples will trust your site.

  2. Rakan says:

    I just wanted to say that your information is either NOT CORRECT OR NOT UP-TO-DATE as far as NopCommerce is concerned because at least 2 or 3 of their most recent versions support every single on of the features that you indicated a NO value next to EXCEPT for shipping to multiple locations…

  3. A good article, though many web hosts these days provide oscommerce and zencart for free.

  4. You have a great blog here! I love the content!

  5. Web Develper says:

    Good comparison. I am just about to start a new e-commerce project and this helps alot.

  6. X-Cart says:

    Certified UPS and USPS are included in X-Cart out of the box for many years. Just search for UPS and USPS at X-Cart knowledge base at http://help.qtmsoft.com
    They are mentioned in X-Cart features list, too.

    The same applies to Google Base/Froogle feeds and integration with Google Analytics – these features were (and still are) parts of X-Cart at the moment of writing this comparison.

    Affiliate management. Reward Points, Polls and One Page Checkout are included in X-Cart since version 4.4.0 was released almost a year ago (that happened before this “comparison” was published, btw).

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