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Basic Information

Company name
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Comersus Open Technologies LC
Product name
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Comersus Cart
Version
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6.03
Sample customer sites
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http://www.xcelis.com/
http://www.comersus.com/customers.html
Price
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$US370
Average review score
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3 star ratingAverage: 3
(12)
User reviews
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Reviewed by: Mike
"I've used the free version and PowerPack for a couple of sites. I'm an ASP programmer so this cart gave me a lot of useful functionality to start with. I highly modified the released and extended the code to get what I wanted. The problem is that Comersus Cart is in no way optimized for search engine optimization. In fact, the coding practices used in the source are SEO-unfriendly. For example, it uses redirects extensively, links & text (actual content) is very far down the page, links are non-readable (not plain English) and complex. I've had minimal interaction with support, but I did report a few bugs and asked for clarification on items, and I must agree with other posts that they are, for the most part, unresponsive. Example sites Ive done with Comersus are: www.WindsMusic.com and www.doctorsprod.com Both use MySQL backend. I'm currently recommending that to my clients who have Comersus Cart to redo with a modern SEO-Optimized cart or solution like InterSpire or Volusion. After all, what good is a functional cart if you can`t be found on Google?"

Review date: November, 2015   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Jason
"Here is my honest review of the Comersus shopping cart which I hope someone will find use reading. I downloaded the free cart in 2008 and fell in love with the free source code. I quickly paid for the powerpack because I wanted more source code at my fingertips! Once I had the powerpack it was simple and easy to edit bits of code, change sections and customise the cart fully. I use it in the UK and because it is coded so different to the majority of Magento, Oscommerce and Open Source carts, I immediately get HIGHER RANKINGS than any other website. Literally I add a product today, and within days I have the top spot in SERP results. I believe it is because the Comersus code is more rare, therefore google treats my data/website with more importance than common coded sites. This has helped me grow the business to a £500,000 turnover, with zero marketing budget. I really hope you support this software, because the guys work so very hard to make such an amazing cart and hopefully if more and more users take advantage of the amazing features, then they can develop it further. Two things we urgently require are: 1. Mobile diversion site 2. Filter results (Although the above is available via their customisation fee). I Love Comersus."

Review date: October, 2013   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Steven Barnes
"Poor implementation of features makes this software difficult to use, and their support is absolutely terrible. As a developer I am also not impressed by the poor quality of the code. There is little adherence to best practices. Avoid!"

Review date: July, 2012   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Richard
"We have used Comersus for years and have always trusted it to deliver rock solid performance for our customers. It is not only powerful right out of the box, but provides standard coding practices that allow easy administrator modifications. "

Review date: June, 2012   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Jeff
"I have been using ASP carts since 1999. I recently acquired a new domain and was looking for another cart. Comersus is it. Setup was easy by following their instructions in the PDF, although some links to instructions for MYSQL, SQL, and DSN setup would be a great improvement. Comersus has the ability to accept almost any kind of payment gateway available. The templates are easily editable for anyone with an understanding of ASP, or can be used "out of the box" for people who are not comfortable editing ASP. The import feature is a great time saver, as all of my product data and images comes directly from my wholesaler. Once i have all my products in my cart and working on my local server i plan on putting my site live. The order tracking, and other features are what you would find in a $1000+ shopping cart. Also, since this is open source you do not really have to be concerned with the company abandoning the product and moving on after you have invested $1000's of dollars and all of your time. I highly recommend this cart for any and all users."

Review date: February, 2012   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Jeff
"I have been using an asp shopping cart since 1999. I just purchased a new domain name and decided it was time to update. I like the open source carts due to the fact that too many other cart providers simply provide sales and no service. The install instructions where plain and simple. The only thing that could have been improved in the instructions were links to better MYSQL, Microsoft SQL installation and setup instructions. The other thing that would have been nice for non-programming users is how to set the cart up using a access database and DSN. Cart funcationality is great, it integrates easily with just about every payment service. Templates are easy to modify to your liking. I like the excel import feature, it makes my catalog import simple, as my wholesaler provides images, and this keeps me from having to manually type each image. All in all, this is a very powerful cart which is perfectly suited for beginning users (out of the box) through advanced users (as a starting point). Advanced users who understand the way the asp works, will obviously be more satisifed with this cart due to the ease of modification. I would rate this cart 4 out of 5 stars."

Review date: February, 2012   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Daniel R.
"We have used this cart for a wristwatches web store since several years ago. The cart is reliable and fast when you use it connected to a mySQL database. Regarding SEO, the admin control panel includes a feature to use product titles as file names and also metatags. Our store has good SEO and great sales. Support Forum not so good but we have only required support at setup."

Review date: December, 2011   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Chris
"1. Poor or no support. 2. Problems come up and they can't get them fixed for weeks. 3. Cannot talk to anyone on the phone. We left about 4 years ago and it's the best decision we made. Go to Yahoo for a cart that works and 24/7/365 support. You suck Comersus."

Review date: October, 2011   Version reviewed: 6.03

Reviewed by: Ellie
"I don't think I could say it any better than the Dennis. The customer support was horrible and after several hunderds of dollars to customize the cart to be more user friendly I gave it up. I hate many days of lost sales due to coding issues and 1 of 3 customers would call with problems not being able to check out. Now that I am using another, much more professional company, I can not stress enough to everyone that it is worth spending more money for a reputable company."

Review date: May, 2007

Reviewed by: Dennis
"We purchased this software to take our e-Bay business on-line. Comersus was very responsive to our e-mails unitl we purchased the (BackOffice) Power Pack Premium ($370), and from there it went downhill quickly. Unless you are a very good programmer this software is NOT for you (If you're looking for a Out of the Box Solution to begin desgning your e-commerce store then keep looking this one is NOT for you). We were impressed with the capabilities but after purchasing we were surprised to learn all the programming we'd have to do to set-up our site. We can't even get them to return our e-mails, it's like they packed up and left town!! The forum has been of little help to our needed support questions and Comersus wants some big $$$ to offer one-on-one Support. If you make the mistake of purchasing this software, you better be a great programmer or find you a programmer quickly or else you'll be out $370 as is our business. Sorry for the bad PR Comersus but your lack of professionalism, poor Customer Service, and software that is mis-leading in how you market it is what gives on-line retailers a bad name. "

Review date: March, 2007

Reviewed by: John
"This cart seems to lack features and their $100/hr. support fee is outrageous. It may be an excelklent cart, but I'm gonna look elsewhere - it made bad impression on me or a mediocre as the most."

Review date: September, 2005

Reviewed by: David
"I think Comersus is tremendous. I was stuck looking for a low cost shopping cart until I found it. It is very high quality, and provides a rich set of functionality for free. Best of all, it came with all source code and had an active user support forum with no registration required. It provides a large suite of payment gateway links and although my preferred gateway - the National Australia Bank - was not provided, Comersus do provide a detailed gateway writing guide so programmers can quickly and seamlessly tie in their own. I found skinning the site to be a bit tricky but despite that I'm ecstatic with it. The free version only supports Microsoft Access, but because it has proven to be such a good product, my company has ok'ed me spending some money to buy a higher version with SQL Server support. Even then, the higher end prices are extremely reasonable. I'm very happy with Comersus and it solved a real need."

Review date: May, 2005

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Ecommerce Spot Comments This shopping cart comes at free of cost, but the price gets you the other advanced features. It has one of the widest payment options. The security is ensured using RC4 and DES.

Technology

Supported operating systems
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Windows, Linux
Language
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ASP
Database
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My SQL, Access & SQL Server
Source code
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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
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Yes
Gift certificates
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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
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Yes
Search optimization tools
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Yes
Product reviews
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Yes
Newsletters
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Yes
Discount coupons
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Yes
Customer registrations
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Yes
Wish list
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Yes

Shipping

Shipping price range
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Yes
Shipping weight range
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Yes
UPS lookup
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Yes
USPS lookup
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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
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Yes
Authorize.Net
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Yes
Verisign
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Yes
Worldpay
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Yes
Secure Trading
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Yes
Others
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Yes
Non credit card options
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Yes

Support

Customer forums
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Yes
Free support
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No
Paid support
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Yes

Reports

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

 

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Last updated: 16 Oct 2013

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