3D Cart Review
Price: $19.99/month and up
I mostly write about affiliate marketing here, but I’m still a fan of good, old-fashioned retail. People still need things, and more and more people are buying things online, rather than heading down the street to the mall. Of course, you can’t just type “I sell things” on your site; you need a way to sell them and for people to transact.
For that, you’ll need some ecommerce software, and there are a ton of programs out there that can do it. One of the more prominent ones is called 3D Cart, and they’re saying that their software is both feature-rich and easy to use. Sounds interesting, so I thought I’d have a look.
Read on for the full 3D Cart review.
3D Cart Overview
Ecommerce software comes in two varieties – the do it yourself kind and the hosted kind. I’ve used both and each has their advantages and disadvantages. The do it yourself kind are usually offered as plugins for WordPress. That means that you’ll have to take care of arranging for Web hosting, setting up your Website, and then adding in the ecommerce plugin.
You’ll then have to configure that plugin and make sure that it plays well with all of the other plugins you have installed on your site. That’s not usually a problem, but it does represent a lot of hands-on work. You’ll also have to find a nice theme for your Website and you’ll have to make sure that the ecommerce part of your site integrates well with your site’s theme. I once worked with a plugin that had primarily bright yellows and greens on their sales pages, and there was no option to change that. That make it really hard to integrate with my site, which had pinks and purples as the main colors.
3D Cart isn’t like that, as it’s a hosted solution. You can buy your own domain name and then arrange to have your site completely hosted at the 3D Cart site. From there, you can be up and running in as little as 30 seconds, and you can even get a 15 day free trial.
You’re not tied to the “look” of the 3D Cart site, though; there are more than 100 different themes to choose from, so you can configure your store to look pretty much any way you like. Unlike a lot of ecommerce solutions, you can also edit the pages themselves. I don’t mean the content, such as adding items; I mean that you can edit the HTML of the page to configure it the way you like. You can do that online through your own Web browser, or you can download the files and do it offline.
The themes are responsive, too, making them ready for ecommerce from your mobile customers.
The features with 3D Cart are suitable for super-small stores or huge ones, and you can pretty much choose which features you want to use. You’ve got an easy to use administration panel that lets you add items, photos and descriptions to your site. The 3D Cart software is capable enough to handle stores with tens of thousands of items, so you won’t have to worry about getting “too big” for the software.
Payment is easy; 3D Cart accepts some 150 different payment systems, and they all integrate easily with the shopping cart system, making it easy to accept payments from just about anyone. You’re not tied to your site; either, as your ecommerce package includes a free, iPad compatible point of sale system that will let you accept credit cards just about anywhere you can go to do business.
The 3D Cart “cart abandonment” system is pretty clever; you can set it up to send a prewritten email message to customers who leave items in their cart without checking out to encourage them to complete their transaction. The 3D Cart reporting tools will even keep track of how often this happens and will show you how much business you’ve recovered this way.
The built-in blogging feature lets you add thoughts or articles to your site, which keeps your customers informed about updates on your site as well as helping with search engine optimization. Included email tools lets you keep in touch with your customers, one at a time or in groups, so you can offer them discounts or provide routine follow-up messages after making a sale.
Discounts, coupons and sales are easy, too and are easily configured using a variety of adjustable parameters. Want to drop ship? 3D Cart can handle that, and one of their most popular packages integrates with Doba.com, a large dropshipping company, making it easy to ship things directly from the wholesaler to your customers.
Pricing on 3D Cart is dependent on a number of factors, but it’s primarily based on the number of items you have in your store. The Mini plan starts at just $19.99 and allows you to have up to 200 items. There are six other packages, including an Enterprise package that can pretty much handle any sized store you want to build.
3D Cart has been in business for 18 years, and they have had a reliable 99.94% uptime. They have 24/7 monitoring and a responsive tech support team.
Pros and Cons of 3D Cart
- Easy to set up
- Diverse and easily configurable
- Can handle thousands of products and hundreds of payment systems
- It’s not free
3D Cart Summary
Is 3D Cart a scam? Not at all. It’s a solid, reliable, affordable ecommerce hosting platform that’s flexible enough to handle just about any business, big or small. You can accept pretty much any form of payment you like, and the 100 themes will give you the flexibility to make the store look like your store, and not like it’s part of someone else’s Website.
You can grow the site as you like, check stats easily, and change themes whenever it suits you. If you’re looking for an easy to use, affordable ecommerce solution, 3D Cart is a good choice.