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CS-Cart Referral
Product name
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CS-Cart Professional
Version
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3.0.1
Sample customer sites
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http://www.chevroncars.com
http://www.ambientlounge.co.uk
http://www.watchshopuk.com/
Price
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$US295
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4 star ratingAverage: 4
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Reviewed by: Stephen
"Seems like others were using a different cart. I nick named it "crash cart". About 1 in 3 upgrades would crash the cart. The cart routinely crashed for no apparent reason. I felt the reporting was minimal. It was fairly easy to use and process orders. Speed was not an issue. Support was a major problem. Only available by email, so it took about a day to fix problems. There support staff is very competent and there was never any problem getting the cart going again. Never got an explanation for all the crashes. I used the cart for about 8 months before moving to hosted cart platform, found the cost worked out about the same after the absolutely necessary support contract."

Review date: December, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Arvind
"May be good for the "Users". VERY POORLY WRITTEN from a developer's perspective. NO DOCUMENTATION EITHER!!"

Review date: December, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Flo
"Tried about 25 shopping carts for half a year. Some carts were good but were too much focussed on the US (no good European payment providers, no multi language, etc) CS-cart is the only cart that offers everything we want and more, for a fantastic price. Never had speed problems myself (running on a VPS) but if you have problems, the new version that came out in November 2010 is much, much faster! Help from the forum and CS-cart has been fast and good. Dashboard takes some time to get used to but that's what you can expect from such an extensive program, and once you get used to it you will find that it's extremely flexible: you can edit just about everything. My advice: try it! "

Review date: November, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: kam
"I have tested countless carts over the last 8 months and must say that I am extremely happy with CS-Cart. It was so hard to find one cart with all of the features that I needed, but as a result of reading a review on this site, I decided to give the cart a try. I am so happy with this program and their tech support is incredible. They respond immediately to my issues/questions and are very easy to deal with. I highly recommend this CS-Cart."

Review date: October, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Greg
"Built my first ecommerce website with CS Cart and found it slightly tricky to start with. But a few days of playing around, checking the forum and one email to support and it all fell into place. You really need to know about about CSS to benefit from this - but that's the same for any software. My one email to support was answered and sorted within 12 hours. Take a few days to get to grips with this and I think you'll like it."

Review date: September, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Alex
"Great features, great free addons, great service. Highly customizable(it takes some time to learn and understadn everything, but then you can literally fine-tune the shop). Slow? Not for me. Bugs? Yea, I found several by myself but CS-Cart people fixed thme all very quickly and professionally. Thank you guys from me and my partner. Your cart is simply the best ;)"

Review date: August, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Jean
"I love Cs-cart's logic ! But my costumers hate it and buy products elsewhere. CS-CART IS TO SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWW. Statistics ? if custumors have to wait longer than 3 seconds for a product to just show up, they leave the shop. Be aware of that unless .... you don't want to sell !!!!"

Review date: August, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.15

Reviewed by: Marc
"I have used this software for a number of years and it very good. It very feature rich, well supported and has an active community. I would recommend it to others."

Review date: May, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: Andrew Behla
"I've used many shopping cart solutions in the past and I have to say that hands down, this is the most powerful and easy to use solution. I am a wordpress developer, and I'd say that that the backend admin is on par with wordpress as far as UI goes. I was in a marketing meeting with high level designers and web developers and they were very impressed with the checkout process, backend and range of features that cs-cart has to offer right out of the box. In addition, I was concerned about getting into a shopping cart solution that didn't offer support, and i have to say that the support has been A+. They get back to me within a day, and are clear on answering all of my questions. The bottom line is that you will be hard pressed to find the value, integration, features and support for a cart at this price. Keep up the great work cs-cart, I look forward to working with you long term!"

Review date: May, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: mickael
"I received a A++ customer service from this team, even after more than 1 year I purchased this product. It was a very good choice to buy from them"

Review date: April, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: Andrew
"Very happy with the software and the support has been superb. Strongly recommend it. "

Review date: March, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: Roman
"Why "CS-CART Rocks!" I have used a number of different shopping carts...and tried virtually all of them at one point or another. I am currently running a Joomla/VirtueMart store while developing a new store based on CS-CART. My experience is that VirtueMart is a pain if you want/need anything more than just the simple set up. It has nowhere near the "features" I need to sell my products the way I want to sell them...and their Forums are a mess, literally worthless. I've got simple questions out there that haven't been answered for months... I tried SunShop...it's a reasonably comparable shopping cart to CS-CART...quite easy to work with and not complicated at all. I could recommend it for those just beginning. However, it didn't provide everything I needed to do what I want with my store and it costs about the same as CS-CART. I've been through Pinnacle Cart, Interspire, X-Cart, ViArt, DigiShop and Volusion. None of these can even compare to my CS-CART experience, I've actually had "FUN" working with it and the people here on this Forum...I can't remember the last time I had fun working with an application. The code, format and functionality is well written and organized, once you understand how it works, it's been quite simple to do things that I need to do on my own. Their support has been phenominal! I have made 36 support requests and all but 2 of them were addressed and explained thoroughly the very next day. The 2 that weren't are currently being worked on. I have the utmost confidence in this shopping cart, their support and the people who volunteer their time on this Forum. I can honestly say, by my experience and IMHO this is BY FAR the best shopping cart on the market today."

Review date: March, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: Kevin
"I would steer clear of this cart if I had it to do over again. There are numerous issues with the way the cart handles orders. Also compared to many carts, this cart is designed horribly on the back-end. There are template files EVERYWHERE and it makes for a tough customization. Another big issue is performance. The cart is SLOOOOW... Don't get me wrong, there are some very nice features in CS-Cart but overall there is much to be desired. Test thoroughly and read the CS-cart forums well to go over the issues before you purchase."

Review date: February, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: Christine
"Overall very happy with this cart. The layout on the back side could be a little more intuitive, and it's missing a couple minor options that I'd like, but overall very good for the price. Very modern looking skins."

Review date: February, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: John
"Extremely poor upgrade path, nagging bugs that are not addressed. Support costs "points" which you buy. Unfortunately due to upgrade problems and bugs you end up getting charged "points" for them to fix problems that their software causes. They do not respond to matters in their "support forums". Dont believe what many say in reviews, go see for yourself. Look at their support forums and you will see nothing but problems with bugs, features not operating proper, upgrade nightmares and none of the CS-Cart staff addressing the problems. Instead they want you to buy support points and then they will help you! Again, dont take my word for it. DO a Google Search "CS-Cart forum" and go read for yourself. This purchase was one of the worst decisions I ever made because they send their "supporters" here to review and I believed what people wrote. Its a horrible experience to go through with this software."

Review date: February, 2015   Version reviewed: 2.0.12

Reviewed by: Ryan James
"Hi people, ive been using this cart now for nearly 5 years. Over the years the feature list has grown and grown, but the problem is that the unresolved bug list has also grown. Under that shiny exterior is a cart riddled with bugs, poor support, random cart issue's that seem to happen for no reason. But cs support won't fix it and will blame you and charge you for it. Honestly, if you are after a basic part time cart then its good and the community support is great. If you expect to have more than 5 users online at one time then do yourself a favor and dont waste your money or time with this cart. We are in the process of moving to woocommerce. We have spent thousands on this cart and have had to have large portions of the code rewritten just so features that should have already worked would work properly. Please trust us when we say there are so many problems with this cart and when you have used itfor a long time it us so difficult to simply leave it easily because if the costs. Just move in from it NOW if you are starting a new shop. Before you make any decisions please please please look at the trends for the use of cs cart! People are dumping this cart because of the problems, look at the forums and see the frustration of existing users for yourself. I wish soneone was honest enough to tell us all the at the beginning and we wish wed never heard of this cart. If you buy it, good luck to you! You'll need every but you can muster!"

Review date: September, 2014   Version reviewed: 3.0.1

Reviewed by: ilan
"i will just write down my email to the support. we found the cs-cart one of the simplest Ecommerce that give you more then the complicates others Ecommerce platform Dear Mikhail, Really really thank you for the support and effort. that was very quick happily We do appreciate it, we know what is the meaning of good service and unfortunately we are not face it every where. i m happy that your service is good and you are doing the best to support your customers thanks a lot ilan"

Review date: November, 2012   Version reviewed: 3.0.1

Reviewed by: Mark
"I love the out of box template, clean and simple. The inventory control for product options are fantastic, just what I want. Everything is very easy to get working. Until you get to shipping. This is one area that needs major attention. The cs-cart shipping module is NOT user friendly. When asking for help understanding the shipping, I was asked to give my site login to a cs-cart expert. then I was told they could not help unless I purchased the support. I was going to buy the professional version but If I have to buy support to get any version shipping to function properly, this just tells me there must be something wrong to start with. I have setup a few carts, Volusion, 3Dcart, open cart and more. None of the other carts have shipping modules as bad as CS-Cart. Sorry CS-Cart, you will not bulk me for support on something that anyone should be able to be setup on their own without the purchase of support. I had 2 stores to setup and CS-Cart just lost both."

Review date: September, 2012   Version reviewed: 3.0.1

Reviewed by: yan
"That's funny but there is almost no single feature in cscart that works flawlessly as it's supposed to do. For more than a month I'm digging their code and filling in bug reports on the forum instead of putting it in operation. Looking for alternative multivendor solution "

Review date: July, 2012   Version reviewed: 3.0.1

Reviewed by: Jeff
"We did in depth analysis of all the major carts. For a small business, at a cost of under $500, this is the leader. However it is lacking in one area that most others are lacking, aside from Magento (due to E-bay buying it and partnering with M2E) - that is, seamless integration with E-bay and Amazon stores. Most retailers are deriving a significant if not the majority of their sales from Amazon Marketplace and E-bay. Any cart that doesn't integrate those in will quickly become obsolete in the future. This is why we are beginning to re-examine Magento Community or possibly attempt to write our own E-bay and Amazon modules if Simbrisk doesn't do it quickly themselves. There has been a discussion about E-bay integration on the CS-Cart forums for over 18 months now with no solution."

Review date: June, 2012   Version reviewed: 3.0.1

Reviewed by: Kevin
"As a developer, have tried most carts over the years, but this one is the standout. The Pro package is worth every cent and light-years ahead of magento in terms of speed and ease of setup. 5 minutes, vs an hour just to get the base site running. As others have said, a slow ecommerce system is usually the result of running on an improper, cheap host. I generally use hostgator and have no problems."

Review date: April, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: respecter
"To all "Slow minded" who have problems with speed. Try to spend something more than 40$, how can you run any shop without server?! Or try to install Magento on the same (probably free or limited) hosting, and you will see what is REALLY means slow. This is the best cart I have ever tested price/quality= 10. In my case it runs like "Porche". 5000 products (with a lot of combinations). There is an impression that pages are opening faster when you change them. Of course on DEDICATED SERVER with min. 1 GB RAM / 2 core + 1 TB disk. If you can not afford to pay for the server why do not you try better sell something in the second hand shop and NOT online."

Review date: April, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: Brad
"The software has some great featured and its nicely designed but its unbelievably slow. I spent thousands of dollars having parts of the code reprogrammed to make it faster and even with a top notch dedicated server its still slow. Also I read a lot of comments about how the attitude of the staff and company has changed over the last few years. I 100% agree with these comments. They used to go out of their way to help you and make for happy customers and now there extremely slow at ever responding even for paid support. They make there own deadlines on projects and never hit the deadlines and even when there backed up with work they never work past the 7-8 hour workday. Also if you need support over the weekend you should just give up as no one is around to handle requests. For a growing company this is not acceptable. I used to recommend this company to everyone but now I recommend people to stay away from cs-cart."

Review date: March, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: Kevin
"Good features, fast and stable. We are now shifting several clients using other older platforms to CSCart. Support is good too so not sure why others are complaining. "

Review date: March, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: HobbyGigant
"Coming from Magenta I'm impressed with the functionalitiies and customization capabilities of CS-Cart. Running a high traffic store (> 3.000 p/day) with about 5.000 products. SEO and Product configuration (missing is : combiproduct consist of prod X + Y and Z) need some improvement. Looking forward to use their new multi-store CS-Cart."

Review date: January, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: Elena
"I've spent a lot of time by analyzing different carts and came to a conclusion that CS-Cart is one of the best, considering its price and features available. Actually it has all features you may need, promotion tools, security level, lots of free addons which you may purchase for money using other carts. I've bought my CS-Cart through an official reseller Alt-team and completely satisfied with it. Some people say slow, I cannot say that."

Review date: January, 2012   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: John
"This cart is a dog. Slowest cart that I have ever used for enterprise level selling online. There are nice features but it is just too slow. Tons of abandoned carts. Be warned. Don't just go for the glitz. Customers want easy and fast."

Review date: December, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: Avner
"Originally a user of OsCommerce, but that was a nightmare. I intensively investigated numerous eCommerce solutions over a per of several months, testing out features, ability to customize, create add-ons, etc., and finally decicided on CS-Cart (version 1.3.4). It is rock solid, and while that older version had some bugs, and lacked support for customizing options, I must say that after installing 2.2.3 I am more than happy. There is not much lacking in CS-Cart, and it is very easy to customize the look and feel by only changing the CSS, nothing else. We have over 300 products, including digital products, and have not had any problems so far. Support is excellent. "

Review date: November, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: susan
"Oh boy! really slow, I am biting my hands, I lost $900 buying MV(refund under improvement, 3 weeks now). It is really slow slow slow. I can't afford dedicated server for eCommerce, switched to opencart. And feels like a new life. My recommendation: make sure your infrastructure can handle this messy cart, try trial and do not buy before trying... Just remember it is freaking SLOW"

Review date: November, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: mariano
"does have bugs, also to keep it running smooth the best is to clean logs and cache quite often depend on how busy is your site, but defenitly an excellent product, witha dedicated server i have 9000 visits daily and runs quite good, i do have some duplicate orders and some other bugs but really i cantcomplain :D"

Review date: October, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: ashokan
"the cast is SLOOOOOW, looks are great, but the operations are slow, My sales drop to ground, after switched to cs cart May be one one with 10 $ semi-dedicated server can host this monster"

Review date: October, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: arnols
"Full of bugs, very very slow loading when more that 5 visitors at a time (using dedicated server), New update crash my products list and images, The support forum is not helpful, you need to do code editing, I rent a web expert for 200 $ and solved the issue. My opinion: Don't go for it, worst ever I am trying to switch to a good alternative"

Review date: October, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: Joe
"Out of all the available carts. This is the most feature complete and therefore the best value. However it is not for noobs who use godaddy for hosting. Mine runs great on my VPS. "

Review date: October, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.3

Reviewed by: Flo
"For about 3 months I installed and tried at least 10 shopping carts and choose cs-cart. I'm still very happy I did. It's only getting better, especially after the admin remake which simply looks stunning and is extremely easy to work with. It is self hosted (imho this is much better then a hosted solution, because you don't depend on anyone and can adapt the cart to your specific needs. And believe me, after a year or so, you will). I'm reading some people have problems with their setup, but I installed cs-cart 5 times now on different apache setups and never had a problem. I just send the needed configuration yo the host host and they take care of the proper setup in no time. SEO functions are very good to excellent (each page can have it's own pretty URL), and it is loaded with features. The community is great and very helpful, and cs-carts service usually responds within 24 hours and is extremely helpful. You get a certain amount of support points included in your first buy (also if you buy from a reseller) which is usually more then enough to get help with setup or startup problems. The admin site could be a bit faster, but the frontside (which your customers see) is extremely fast as everything is cached. Using smartoptimizer (a 2 minute install) the cart becomes even faster and scores high on google pagespeed. Using their twigmo app you can manage manage your shop straight from your smartphone, and there is a nice skin for mobile visitors too. Conclusion: cs-cart was already good, but the new 2.2x version and coming upgrades will make it the by far the best cart for users who want to host their software themselves."

Review date: October, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Reviewed by: arnold
"worst cart ever, buggy Seo addon is full of bug, live chat is still in beta and won't show on sometimes. Above all it is VERY VERY SLOW, I am using godaddy hosting"

Review date: September, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Reviewed by: Diane Ashley
"well purchased it through an authorized retailer bad move ... voids any warranty of satisfaction. so thought we would try to make it work got to 2.2.2 pro all the bells and whistles we need installed it and because our private server is compliant up pops a notice that 500 and 400 errors should be expected because of a apache compatibility problem (I will leave the name of the option) heres the options turn it off completely voids PCI Compliance which if deduced the script cannot be PCI compliant and in their usual I don't care attitude they say there is a fix ... right 4 pages of code ... wouldn't you think they would come out with a patch to address it no ... recently read a bunch of sites were hacked on shared servers doesn't surprise me there is no way the owner could see it coming ... oh and I bought a $150 template from Algozone so I am out $440 I wish I could make into a lamp? ... :)"

Review date: September, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Reviewed by: hornet
"I agree with the previous review. The attitude of their support staff has changed drastically over the past few years, as I have a few installations for customers of mine. They are VERY slow at responding to support requests even if you have purchased support credits. They dont pay attention to detail of support requests and seem to rush through the problem. I decided to post this review as we had a site crash the weekend - I logged a call on Saturday and they just replied now (Monday) to say that they are too busy to assist me at the moment!!!???? And I have support credits on my account! Be very careful - they have grown too big too fast and cannot support their loyal clients, in my opinion. I will not use their software again."

Review date: September, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Reviewed by: Mat
"I love CS Cart, I find it really easy to use, install, configure and when i don't the community is always there to lend a hand. I have used a couple of carts, but the innovation and ideas behind this is AWESOME!"

Review date: September, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.2.1

Reviewed by: mirac
"Their support desk and their employees are very rude they never help people even you have points that you pay for . They always send you to their custom development service and try to charge extra money. they are preying on their customers. And Bugsss, a lot of bugs, if you use cs cart you can hack easily. "

Review date: August, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.1.4

Reviewed by: Shampa
"This cart is very very slow - frankly even I would not buy anything from my own website. I do not even like working as an Admin (slow beyond unacceptable). The worst is if you tell them, they get back to you saying this is acceptable (at peak time can take over 3 minutes for the search feature to work). Customers call us up to order and ask if we have something in stock, because site is so slow that they would rather do it over the phone. Am sure only a few call us, most customers probably leave the site never to come back again. We have used oscommerce before and wanted to upgrade and feel using CS Cart big mistake. Also it is the buggiest ever - perfectly working things will break (suddenly shipping options stop working, starts charging customers taxes does not matter which state you are buying from, functionality of separate shipping address from a billing address works today, does not work tomorrow. Will not update SKU nos for some attribute neither the quantity and every 9 out of 10 bugs that you open, their support will close saying "Not a bug" or "Server issues" or "can fix it, you will have to redo all attributes individually(over 3000 products with multiple attributes)". IF you create a gift registry auto generated passcode required to log in to the registry system if you want to keep it private (the code is over 25 characters and you cannot reset it) - so a customer has to copy and paste it and email that to all their guests. Also a customer cannot add or delete anything to their gift registry after the initial creation. Very buggy gift regitry - every time you save the cart decides to double the quantity of some of the items. Have finally given up and moving out - even considering going back to old cart untill we can review another cart completely so we do not have the same issues, a complete waster of money and worse invaluable time."

Review date: August, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.1.4

Reviewed by: Paul
"I have been tinkering with about 6 carts this past 3 months all based on reviews I have been reading from this site and others. I am not a developer, and this has been my first venture into building a shopping cart site. So there were obstacles and adventures; as well as days when my brain hurt. I have decided to us the Cs-Cart software it could do almost 100 percent of my objectives. The free community version as well as the 60 day trial of the pro version were huge in allowing me the time to become semi-proficient with the Cs-Cart. I have actually sent 2 separate queries to the help desk and the concise, acurate answers were waiting in my in-box in the morning, and I'm not even a paying customer yet. So I am purchasing the pro version as I am now fairly comfortable with Cs-Cart and their support system. Probably the one really Big thing the Cs-Cart has that makes it wonderful as compared with the other carts I tried...is the Block editing feature. If you are not a person that works with code and the editing of code in your regular job, than you will probably enjoy the Blocks tool just as I did...You're brain won'f hurt so much after a day of tinkering with your store."

Review date: July, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.1.4

Reviewed by: kathy
"The software does have issues and bugs. Sometimes orders would come through and all the client information would be blank. The biggest problem is the help desk. Because they are located out of the US there is a 24 hour delay in getting any answers."

Review date: June, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.1.4

Reviewed by: Ramesh
"I have used various shopping carts like OSCommerce, Zencart, Cubecart, Interspire, Bigcommerce, X-cart, and have live sites on most of them (except Interspire). I have now finished setting up one store with around 800 products with CS-Cart V 2.1.3, and as per my experience of 1 month, it blows the competitors out of the water, IMHO. Let me back this up with concrete data: a) Features: This is where CS-Cart leaves other scripts far behind. Based on my experience of buying and adding mods, I fully endorse the views expressed in http://forum.cs-cart.com/showthread.php?t=499 , where the poster states that Cs-Cart includes mods worth $ 800 in-built. Another very powerful feature is the “Blocks” & “Hooks” feature. It makes the cart infinitely customizable, without messing around with PHP files. b) Support: In my opinion, this is the biggest strength of the company. The support personnel are extremely professional, knowledgeable and come across as willing to solve your problems. You typically get response within 1 day (less for me, since my time zone is only +2 hours). Some people had implied that support folks try to sell their custom development services. In my opinion, and experience so far, this is an unfair allegation. I have found (like some other posters had also shared), that the support team does help you do minor design changes within the purview of support. You only need to look at the quality of the Knowledgebase at kb.cs-cart.com to get a realistic view of how serious Simbirsk is about helping getting people the maximum from their cart investment. In the last 30 days, I have begun to have a sense of camaraderie with the support folks, and I am very comfortable approaching them with “dumb questions” or minor tweaks, knowing that they will help me meet my needs. For about $ 65 a month (if you go for month-on-month support packs), you get access to people who already know the system in & out. For people like me who don’t know PHP & CSS"

Review date: March, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Indy
"@Arvind It seems that your experience and programing skills are very poor. It is the best ecommerce software ever."

Review date: January, 2011   Version reviewed: 2.1.0

Reviewed by: Adam
"Possibly the worst task to perform with Cs-Cart is to add any custom features / coding yourself. The file structure is horrible. It uses the Smarty PHP Templating language, which is mistake number 1. Then they go and somehow make Smarty less functional, amazing! The Cart is extremely slow, as a 6 year PHP / MySQL developer, I've never seen such a mess when it comes to coding standards and confusion. I would avoid at all costs if you want to customize / change anything."

Review date: December, 2009   Version reviewed: 2.0.6

Reviewed by: Steve Parsons
"We purchased the software for a large implementation for a leading retail chain. Apart from the software being very robust, stable and flexible, we found the CS-CART Support Team to be extremely helpful and very quick in responding to problems, which is a rare find in todays times. We are very happy and will continue supporting them."

Review date: July, 2009

Reviewed by: CS-Cart Lover
"We've been using CS-Cart 2.0.x for the last month, and have been very impressed. The Pros It was a snap to import our current catalog from a CSV file. SEO tools allow us to optimize all pages, including product categories and product pages. The new Web 2.0 frontend interface on the default template is fresh and kinda cool! The included "addons" saved us hundreds of $$$ compared to X-Cart. The checkout process is basically one step, which I think helps get the sale. The administrative reports are very handy especially in conjunction with Google Analytics. We didn't pay the $265 since we purchased from an official CS-Cart reseller, BlueLab.com. Their price was $220, which was a nice savings. Even though we purchased from BlueLab.com, the software and support still came from CS-Cart.com. The Cons CS-Cart 2.0.x is a huge update to the last version of CS-Cart: we noticed a small issue with the new template, but the good news is that CS-Cart is very responsive and pleasant. "

Review date: June, 2009

Reviewed by: Emmanuel
"As a webhosting and website design company, we decided few years ago to 'dump' frustratingly buggy opensource shopping carts for commercial shopping carts that are well maintained and updated regularly and professionally. A thorough search led us to cubecart (opensourced and later commercial) which seem to meet the needs of our various clients at the time. A few years later, we had a client with more 'sophisticated' needs which became apparent to us that cubecart could not meet. A new search led us to CS-Cart. Now we've deployed CS-Cart for more than 18 months now and we were pleasantly surprised at this wonderful shopping cart. We wondered why we never discovered it much earlier. Our clients are very well satisfied with CS-Cart and we will be migrating our older clients to CS-Cart in the nearest possible future. We very strongly recommend CS-Cart over all other shopping carts! No regrets at all for choosing CS-Cart over CubeCart and others... - Emmanuel B. John, PhD - President/CEO, WisdomCybernetics LLC, KS & MD, USA "

Review date: June, 2009

Reviewed by: Nigel
"I'm currently evaluating many carts. I've tried Interspire,Magento,Viart,Avactis,Actinic and more. CS-Cart is without doubt the best BUT..... Its SLOWWWWWWWWW. I tried it on localhost first and thought maybe it was my laptop, but after installing it on Hostgator I get the same Slow response. EG Viart loading < 0.5 Seconds compare that to over 3 seconds for Cs Cart. Its a shame as apart from that its super. But... customers wont hang around long on your site if its slow. Cs Cart... Get a grip and Speed it up a bit..no a LOT ! "

Review date: June, 2009

Reviewed by: Julio
"I have tried other carts before, and cscart a very complete ecommerce solutions, very easy to learn and maintain, Costumer support is probably the best I have ever had, their answers are always clearly explain. I would and will recommned this product to everyone. thank you for a great product and support "

Review date: April, 2009

Reviewed by: kenn
"We are extremely impressed with the level and quality of the support we have been receiving from CS-CART! This fully featured cart is an incredible value for its low price and we will be utilizing CS-CART as the e-commerce platform for all of our SMB clients moving forward. -- Kenn "

Review date: April, 2009

Reviewed by: Bob
"I have tried numerous software packages for several months. The I found CS-Cart and it met ALL of my needs for my wholesale distribution business, if fact it has features that exceeded what I was looking for. And the support is outstanding. The staff is the best I have ever encountered. Keep up the excellent work guys."

Review date: March, 2009

Reviewed by: KBM
"I left Joomla and Virtuemart and Will never go back after paying for CS-Cart 1.3.5 "

Review date: December, 2008

Reviewed by: Chris
"After having perused the documentation and played with the online demo (admin panel and front end) for a while, I am now installing the new version 2.0 beta. First, I am very impressed with the docs - A full 338 page user manual, that looks extremely carefully done. It appears to have been written with an eye towards being understood, and providing a modicum of context, as opposed to the much lazier method, of just listing what each granular function does. The install for the beta cart is WONDERFUL! Although the 1.x admin interface was lovely, the 2.0 interface is even prettier. VERY Web 2.0, in a good way. Tabs up top, with big shiny letters, and enough DHTML so they just open right up, no waiting. Woo hoo! The out-of-the-box experience of the demo store is already so far beyond the visual user experience of Zen Cart! That just feels very Web 1.0, and this is so clean and pretty! Loving it already. Clean, pretty, friendly. Very nice drop-down multi-level category menus. Nice--when you click on the sub-tabs in the product listings, again DHTML means you don't have to wait for a server call. This is very designed with a real buyer in mind -- one-page checkout, easy breezy feel throughout. And so far, they seem to have a *very* rich feature set, even including drop-ship capability, real-time shipping calcs for all the major players, and an amazing array of payment options. And quite happily, since the 1.x version, they have intergrated the WYSIWYG editor so it appears in-frame when you want it, not in a popup window. And it's a good technology -- pretty sure the same as the one used by WordPress. (Note - As a designer, I'd like to be able to DISABLE some of the local formatting options! Probably not too hard to do.) Adding a category, automatically pretty little "add a product" and "add a subcategory" links handily available. They have really thought this interface through -- that is the only way you get simplicity with comprehensiveness! "

Review date: December, 2008

Reviewed by: Jerry
"Super Cart application, easy to work with,and with an amazing list of features... but what is most important is that they have a great and outstanding support !!! These guys are really professionals and know what they are talking about. "

Review date: October, 2008

Reviewed by: Duncan
"Having worked with oscom and zen cart for sometime, The step up to a paid cart was something I researched in depth, CS cart offers great value for money. Then add on the fact that the support is truly outstanding, It adds up to a great buy, Stop searching for your next cart software you have just found it. You will not be disappointed. Unless you have around $3000 to waste on a more expensive cart system. That wont be half as good. BUY IT NOW"

Review date: October, 2008

Reviewed by: Hondo69
"Our company has used most carts out there and discovered they "paint you into a box". Not so with CS-Cart. Very well designed interface with the user in mind. Adding products is quick and easy, not the case with the other carts we used. We've never used a PHP cart before but discovered we don't need to know PHP. Plus, the Forum is very useful and answers most questions quickly. The few times I've contacted Support I had my answer in 24 hours and was back on my way. Our products are complex with many options and CS-Cart provides flexibility displaying the options how I want them. Great Job!"

Review date: August, 2008

Reviewed by: PAUL
"Wow excellent software full of features inc live chat ! The support so far has been good. Easy to install and setup. I would recommend the software. It is nice :-)"

Review date: May, 2008

Reviewed by: Christopher
"As Internet Marketeer I've tested many e-comm solutions and every time there was something missing: SEO, multi-language, technical support, XHTML/CSS, templates etc... Then I found CS Cart... Not only the package has all the features I and my customers needed, but if something extra has to be done as customized projects they can do it on a very professional basis. At first I was reluctant because working with other countries can be a hassle but not with CS-Cart. I have no advantages in writing this review, but the truth is the truth: software and developers are just great!"

Review date: April, 2008

Reviewed by: Carl
"Great software . . . but the speed is an issue. The templates are average. But overall it is the best cart i've seen. Plus it is Worth every penny. "

Review date: April, 2008

Reviewed by: Chris
"TO CS-CART: I would like to tell everyone thank you for the wonderful support so far, and I never been so happier with the ecommerce software. This is the best one I ever came across with. Easy to use, great support, and affordable. Im going to be getting 5 more licenses in the next month or two for sure. What makes this software so great is the different templates for the front end, and the wonderful and easy to manage back end, let alone the amazing support, and help forums. I never been so confindent and happy with this kind of type software. I tried Zen Cart, OS-Commerce, and many more, but for the time crunches I been put in CS-cart makes it easy to get up and running ASAP. I hope to play around with the customization more and making site more unique. Thank You to everyone at CS-Cart.com Christopher L."

Review date: February, 2008

Reviewed by: Robert
"Many features as standard but the support is terrible. Ive found them to be rude on most occassions and when you have a problem they want to charge you extra to fix it, even within the 30 day warranty. They also have an upgrade program which is buggy to say the least, it brought my whole site down including subdomains running other software and they refuse to provide manual upgrade instructions. Read their forums for more on this. Avoid!"

Review date: January, 2008

Reviewed by: Kornel
"I agree with the rest here. My experiences with CS-Cart has been nothing but awesome. I'm not going back to the others. Just about all mods/features can be done thru admin panel with different levels of management. Page includes of coding make it easy to find segments of code if you do want to change anything instead of one super long page of code."

Review date: November, 2007

Reviewed by: Patrick
"These guys at CScart are very professional. I was hesitant at first because they are based in Russia and I am based in the United States. I thought there would be a language barrier. I was proved wrong. The entire cscart team has shown excellent communication skills, timely response to support questions and professionalism in every aspect. The CScart was a great find after hours and days of searching for the best shopping cart software - snackstop.net Patrick"

Review date: September, 2007

Reviewed by: Tip
"As a newby to carts, I had no idea how to choose one, but I got lucky! CS-cart is very helpful. When I needed a way to bulk upload images, they created a special module for me. That's awsome and it's working great. www.dangelointernational.com"

Review date: August, 2007

Reviewed by: Xmivite
"This cart virtually makes every other cart on the market obsolete. 8 years ago, when i started my store there were very few options and most were $1000 or more. I chose to go with miva because of developer support and module extendability. I used tons of mods and was happy to have them. I also had to write a script to build static pages -it was good because of search engines but necessary because of speed. at the time, i knew of no carts that could do this. 5 yrs Later a developer made a mod for this made things little easier. but wow everything was slow - it got to the point that the store administrators were incapacitated because of limitations mostly do to the ineffecient code (time-outs) and incredible time requirements to make any updates. later i decided to go to miva 5 this was the worst decision of my life i had a highly customized store with tons of mods all which i purchased for 5 and a few more to try to get my current store functionality into ,plus i hired 2 developers to write code that wouldnt work in M5 because the never published the new DB function library. ultimate waste of $600 Anyhow i went in search of a new cart and was amazed at the crap that is still out ther 8 years after i originally started. nothing that was search engine friendly and certainly nothing that had all the functionality that i had added to my store with miva mods. I really needed static pages with that just because i have been spoiled on the performance and believe it always helped my conversions. this in itself was almost impossible mind all the other things i required.there were less than 8 out of 1000s that were even search engine friendly. Anyhow when i found cs-cart I knew it was what i needed i demo'd it and was astounded by its features. out the box was most like my store, and it wasnt hard to get some special customizations i wanted took 15 min for what i wasted 2 weeks $600 in M5. all this and search friendly, best function,best admin, best support, best price."

Review date: August, 2007

Reviewed by: Shirley
"They are fantastic, I had my shopping cart integrated and tCS-Cart team and all the transition was so simple and fast, and smooth I was very worry about switching program and I am not computer person they did everything for me and it work so good. without any problems whatso ever I am highly recommand this products "

Review date: August, 2007

Reviewed by: Robert
"CS-Cart is by far the most robust and flexible shopping cart solution out there. It is out-of-box loaded with features and extras that are typically add-ons with other carts. The ability to customize the templates and design is very straight forward once you understand the simplicity of the program. Besides the software being the absolute best, support personelle are absolutely fantastic, from simply questions, to complicated customized features, answers are always within one day, and they are kind and super friendly. I will continue to work with CS-cart for all my e-commerce needs and you should too."

Review date: June, 2007

Reviewed by: Danny
"This cart is great. The help you get from the CS-Cart team is amazing. Quick responses via email and nothing seems a problem. I could go on for ages. I looked at many other carts, but luckily I found this one, no wonder it has been given 5 stars by everyone who has reviewed it before me."

Review date: April, 2007

Reviewed by: Jon
"I bought and used various shopping carts before purchasing CS-Cart. I found it easy to use and customize with no prior PHP knowledge at all. Support is great with a friendly user forum and helpdesk not that you’ll need it. Compared to the amounts I have spent in the past I find CS-Cart excellent value for money, so if you're going to buy cart software this year I suggest spending wisely and spent it on CS-Cart, I look forward to seeing you in the CS-Cart community soon."

Review date: March, 2007

Reviewed by: Jhonathan
"I just want to say that this shopping cart software is freaking amazing, the support aswell is amazing. Now I am a very happy with my purchase of this and love the ability that it has SEO built right in, freaking awesome!!! This KILLS all other shopping cart software, if you don't buy this one, you wasted your money."

Review date: March, 2007

Reviewed by: Laura Hull
"We've had the cart for almost 10 days and are up and running without submitting a single support ticket. While not the simplest cart to set up, it is feature rich and solid. The previous cart we were using was a disaster. I was told that I had a record 31% of all support tickets submitted. Well, when a product doesn't work that's what happens. So it is no small thing when I say that our online store is up and running without one support ticket. CS-Cart does rock. Highly recommend it! http://www.onlyoga.com"

Review date: February, 2007

Reviewed by: Paul
"CS-Cart is the only shopping software I will use. I played around with other carts during the research phase of launching our ecommerce business but decided on them mainly due to ease of use for such a feature rich piece of software. 7 months later and I KNOW that I've made the smart choice. A+"

Review date: January, 2007

Reviewed by: gibsbe
"Excellent design, well written, stable and thats before you realise that the template system is smarty driven! But then you know all that reading the reviews above :) Documentation needs some work, but the support makes up for this."

Review date: January, 2007

Reviewed by: chahine
"bought this software a week back and im actually up and running now. its very scalable,support is quick and its a bit of getting around the huge list of features for the price.. 10 thumbs up for me. :)"

Review date: January, 2007

Reviewed by: Andy
"Totally awesome!! The best I have ever seen. Nothing even comes close! You'll never go back to anything else."

Review date: December, 2006

Reviewed by: Stefano Cecere
"the best php cart around. not only very well featured, but also well designed and supported."

Review date: December, 2006

Reviewed by: David
"This cart is, without doubt, the best shopping cart script you can buy. The support is superb, the forum community is brilliant and, best of all, my customers (and Google/Froogle) loves the site. Having tried other carts, they all fade into the background compared to this classy piece of user-friendly coding."

Review date: December, 2006

Reviewed by: SWS
"After trying almost every cart on the internet such as cube, os commerce, x-cart etc I stumbled across the best ! CS-Cart has more features as standard, a clean ajax interface and support thats second to none. There really is no reason to even consider any other shopping cart. If you want something, its almost definatly a standard feature in CS-Cart. "

Review date: November, 2006

Reviewed by: zoom
"This cart is worth every penny. I have used other carts and have tried other "ecommerce" sites but NONE come even close to CS-CART. It is very easy to modify and putting in your products is a piece of cake. You can be up and running in no time. The help desk it wonderful. and the people in the forums are great too. This is the way to go if you want to have a quality store."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Bryce
"I have used many shopping cart systems from OSCommerce to X-Cart and CS-Cart is the best so far. As long as they keep up with what they have been doing I will never use another cart again."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Marc
"I never review anything, but I had to for this great software. This is the best kept secret in PHP/MySQL eCommerce. I've used nearly every cart out there and could never find any that worked to my liking. After looking long and hard I found CS-Cart, and I so gland I did. This software is beautiful, the store administration is the best I have seen, its UI is so nice it's actual a pleasure to use. Well designed, well thought out and very professional. At its price it's a steal."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: ET Interactive
"I've used many carts, X-Cart, OSCommerce, Zen Cart, and others. Nothing comes close to CS-Cart. They LISTEN to their customers unlike X-Cart, and include features they way customers want them. Their cart comes with the easiest admin interface of any of the others and their choice of templates are included free. They dont nickel and dime you like the other ones. CS-Cart is the only cart for me and my clients. Try it, you won't be dissappointed."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Robert
"I am so glad I found this cart software after using another one for years. I was always busy trying to make options work and installing modification after modification. I always wondered why I couldn't just have a cart with options that worked and that provided systems that I thought should be included but weren't. Then I discovered CS Cart and my prayers were answered. This is a great cart and the forums are very helpful. I have been able to modify my store just by doing a search in the forums. I am in the process of switching over to CS Cart."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: recedo
"This cart is fantastic and backed by a great team of professionals. They listen to comments and most sensible feature suggestions end up in the software within months. Easily the best cart software I have used in years, and the price is amazing too! Support is second to none and there is an active community (check the forum for reviewers usernames if you question the validity of the reviews!). They also offer a reasonably priced customization service that I have used on many occasions. Would recommend to anyone interested in E-Commerce. Hats of to CS. Thanks, Simon"

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Artour
"Million times Excellent!"

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Baballuci
"Having previously tried a number of shopping carts, CS-Cart is by far the best, and easiest to use. Tech support is superb, the forum members are great and always ready to answer any questions. You won't be disappointed."

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Rudy
"This cart does it all, you name it. The new version (1.3.4) has every feauture you can almost imagine and more! Good support, forums, very nice built-in templates, live-help, product configurator, easy install, full code (no zend/ioncube) and i can go on for an hour.......see for yourself. I tried ALL php carts available: this one is the one, trust me!"

Review date: October, 2006

Reviewed by: Snorocket
"I've used many carts and CS is by far the best ecommerce software available, combined with a quick learning curve and an easy to use admin panel make customizing templates to fit your site fun and easy. Plus, if you take a look around you'll quickly see that CS-Cart includes over $800+ in FREE addons that you would have to buy from competitors, just a few of the addons inlcuded FREE with CS are: Affiliate Module Feature Comparison Product Configurator Gift Registry Recently Viewed products Reports Manager Ads/Banner Managment Wish List, Reviews Viewer Point of Sale / Phone ordering CMS/Topics Manager Plus many more mods and addons coded by CS members are available FREE: Next/Prev Product Navigation Tabbed Menus Newest Products Image Captions Download the free trial or take the online demo for a test drive to see one of the best carts in action - Snorocket"

Review date: October, 2006

Add Your Own Review
Ecommerce Spot Comments CS-Cart is a comprehensive package that is growing in leaps in bounds. Version 3 is showing a real maturity.

Lots of nice little touches make it a compelling product. For example, it generates a Google sitemap.xml file. While this is basic and simple to do, it's amazing how many products don't do this.

Sophisticated inventory management, customer rewards points, extensive use as AJAX and more make this a product that belongs on most people's short lists.

A very friendly community is a good asset for those looking to customise. The skinning system is also very powerful.

This is also a free community version and a Multi vendor version.

Technology

Supported operating systems
Help
Windows, Linux, Unix
Language
Help
PHP
Database
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MySQL
Source code
Help
Yes
Reseller discounts
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Yes

Features

Product limit
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No
Category limit
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No
Multi-language
Help
Yes
Gift certificates
Help
Yes
Loyalty program
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Yes
Email merchant on order
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Yes
Affiliates program
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Yes
Site search
Help
Yes
Search optimization tools
Help
Yes
Product reviews
Help
Yes
Newsletters
Help
Yes
Discount coupons
Help
Yes
Customer registrations
Help
Yes
Wish list
Help
Yes

Shipping

Shipping price range
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Yes
Shipping weight range
Help
Yes
UPS lookup
Help
Yes
USPS lookup
Help
Yes
Fedex lookup
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Yes
Canada Post lookup
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Yes

Tax & Payment

Tax by state
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Yes
Tax by country
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Yes
PayPal
Help
Yes
Authorize.Net
Help
Yes
Verisign
Help
No
Worldpay
Help
Yes
Secure Trading
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No
Others
Help
Yes
Non credit card options
Help
Yes

Support

Customer forums
Help
Yes
Free support
Help
Yes
Paid support
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Yes

Reports

Sales reports
Help
Yes
Search reports
Help
Yes
Low stock reports
Help
Yes
Inventory reports
Help
Yes

 

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