4 Most Common Free Shopping Carts Included in Ecommerce Hosting

by on November 2nd, 2012

shopping cartsFinding the right ecommerce shopping cart can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. There are four great free ecommerce programs on the market that are great for managing customers, creating an easy to use storefront and offering multiple products with multiple pricing schemes. The four large ecommerce programs on the market today are osCommerce, ZenCart, CubeCart and AgoraCart.

1. OsCommerce

OsCommerce is a new and fast growing ecommerce solution. It boasts complete compatibility with PHP5. It is easily installed through a web browser, and every feature is automatically enabled. It contains a visual backend that’s easy to use and manage. It is trilingual with English, German and Spanish preinstalled.

OsCommerce contains a template layout that makes upgrades, theme changes and product additions seamless. This ecommerce shopping cart allows for unlimited products and categories. It accepts a multitude of payment methods, including checks, credit cards, money orders, iPayment and 2CheckOut. It also allows for numerous shipping methods, including parcel package and electronic. Shipping amounts can be calculated by total cost of the order, weight of the order and distance to ship the order. This is a great all-purpose shopping cart solution.

2. ZenCart

ZenCart is an extremely popular ecommerce solution. It is free to download, and it’s easy to install and use. The front end is managed by a template design that allows for easy customization and look and feel design changes.

ZenCart allows for a wide range of pricing schemes. Items can be given percentages off, dollars off and coupons can be used. Products can even be listed as “free” and “contact for a price.” It also contains support for multiple languages, including English, French and Spanish.

It has support for multiple types of currency. Customers can pay via PayPal and credit cards as well as many other payment venues, and shipping charges can be customized at the back end. ZenCart is a fully function and total ecommerce solution for online storefronts.

3. CubeCart

CubeCart is a great way to sell both digital and physical products. CubeCart Pro allows for unlimited products, customers, orders and product categories. It supports the use of gift certificates and coupons. It supports multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, Dutch and French.

CubeCart allows payments with multiple currency systems, including U.S. and Canadian dollars, pounds and Euros. It can also be used to display products for visitors and potential customers’ perusal without prices, and it contains numerous charts and grafts for tracking orders, customers and sales.

4. AgoraCart

AgoraCart is a fully functional ecommerce solution. It offers product links that are search engine friendly, the ability to email customers about sales, discounts and special products and the ability to automatically resize images. It is template based which makes upgrades and site design changes extremely simple.

AgoraCart allows customers to purchase products without creating an account. It offers multiple shipping and payment methods and allows for an unlimited number of products and product categories. It also allows the ability to customize shipping methods and shipping prices.

Hosting Companies That Offer These Carts

OsCommerce, ZenCart and Cube Cart are offered by WebHostingHub. AgoraCart, OsCommerce, ZenCart and Cube Cart are offered by JustHost.

Which shopping cart do you prefer and why?  Is it one of the ones not listed above that you think we should add?  Do you prefer Magento?  Let us know in the comments.

About the Author:

Barry Boggs

– has written 19 posts for Cheap Hosting Compared.

Barry is a long-time website developer specializing in credit card websites and Wordpress development. When not working on websites and developing SEO tools, Barry and his wife love to travel whenever possible, especially to Ireland.

Barry currently resides in Chicago, IL with his wife and two dogs.


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