Established in 2001 and originally designed as purely shopping cart technology called digiSHOP PRO, CoreCommerce became a SaaS eCommerce platform in 2008 in an effort led by CEO Matt DeLong. CoreCommerce now hosts over 13,000 websites in 70 different countries and provides a suite of eCommerce products with its subscription-based service, including a site builder and payment services. The company is headquartered in Nashville, TN.
Beginning development in the late 1990’s, 3dcart was grown out of founder and CEO Gonzalo Gil’s extensive experience in coding shopping cart software solutions for online merchants. After developing the same solutions for many clients, Gonzalo decided to combine all of the most-demanded features into a comprehensive, streamlined eCommerce platform: thus, 3dcart was born. Now, 3dcart is leading the market in its sheer number of built-in features, integrations, apps and SEO tools – all designed to help merchants sell more online. The company’s headquarters is in Tamarac, FL.
Your online store needs to be available to customers wherever they are, and whenever they choose to shop. CoreCommerce hosts stores on outsourced servers belonging to another company, so when problems strike (and they do— frequently) the fix is out of their hands. You're at the mercy of another company that you have no contact with, just to get your store back online.
3dcart, however, handles all our own hosting, and if an issue arises we jump on it immediately, no matter what day of the week. We don't have to contact a third party and hope they address the problem in a timely manner. And with 99.99% uptime, downtime is incredibly rare to begin with. We take our customers' success seriously, so we never hand off responsibility to anyone. 3dcart has your back!
CoreCommerce lacks a content delivery network (CDN), a crucial feature that helps websites load quickly regardless of the visitor's location. Slow-loading sites drive customers away and experience SEO penalties. 3dcart's reliable CDN ensures fast loading for your store for shoppers everywhere.
CoreCommerce's store admin is frequently described as clunky, clumsy, and hard to navigate. When you're trying to run your business, you don't need a confusing interface that takes extra time to figure out. With 3dcart, we've built our admin interface to be as smooth and intuitive as possible, so you can get everything done quickly.
“I tried CoreCommerce but there were just too many problems. Not to mention they advertise as having over 200 themes, but only 17 are responsive. You HAVE to use a responsive theme or get penalties from Google, so technically they only have 17 themes, not 200. I see this as deceptive advertising.”
– Former CoreCommerce Customer
CoreCommerce allows you unlimited product images, but what's the point when it's constrained by limiting your disk space? You'll have to keep a constant eye on your storage to ensure you don't go over the limit. Or use 3dcart, and have unlimited space and bandwidth for all your products.
How do free CoreCommerce themes stack up against free 3dcart themes?
CoreCommerce and 3dcart both offer a selection of free themes for use in building your online store.
But how do they compare? Let’s analyze the differences.
CoreCommerce offers merchants a choice of 18 free, responsive themes that they can use for their online stores. This small selection isn’t helped by the limited site editor that you’ll have access to, only being free to change basic elements like colors, fonts, banners and navigation. Users report that the site editor isn’t very intuitive either, meaning there is a learning curve involved in using their program. Since built-in customization is limited, and you’re not able to preview your edited changes before publishing, you’ll need a combination of extensive HTML and CSS knowledge and luck to ensure that your site looks how you want it to.
3dcart offers a selection of more than 40 free, responsive themes that are unique in design and optimized for any eCommerce industry. To customize your chosen theme design, all core themes can be edited with the built-in Core Theme Editor and Drag ‘n Drop HTML builder easily, without restriction. These intuitive theme editors, in combination with the ability to freely edit any HTML and CSS on the site, allow merchants to fully brand, design and customize their online store to best fit their specific business needs without any added hassle or advanced knowledge required.
3dcart's entire platform is built by a single, competent team with your store's success a top priority. Developers work closely together to bring you all the best features and fix any issues.
CoreCommerce doesn't just outsource their servers, they outsource much of their development as well. This causes significant delays when problems crop up— and they commonly do.
Your issues with control don’t end with CoreCommerce’s outsourced development – you’ll also be extremely limited when it comes to how you can accept payments on your online store. CoreCommerce only integrates with around 70 payment gateways, which is less than half of the more than 160 gateways that 3dcart supports. This short list doesn’t even include major gateways like Square, which shows how truly limited your options are with CoreCommerce. Options for international or high-risk merchants are slim-to-none as well, leaving merchants who want to sell to more customers measly choices, inevitably forcing them to alienate some customers.
Merchants will also be subjected to transaction fees, which differ depending on how much your company makes in monthly sales. These transaction fees can go as high as 2.25% + $0.15 per online transaction and can go as low as 0.15% + $0.10 if you’re bringing in more than $20,000 in sales every month. You may also be subjected to a gateway fee, which can cost up to $20 extra every month. These extra costs add up, putting an undue burden on your success as an online business – at 3dcart, we don’t punish selling with extra fees.
With support for more than 160 payment solutions, 3dcart lets you control every aspect of your business – especially when it comes to payment processing. Your 3dcart store won’t be restricted based on industry or geographical location, meaning you can accept payments from anywhere. Check out a quick summary of our payment features below or see a full list of payment providers here.
Edit your store's theme with our WYSIWYG drag-and drop editor, and see the changes applied right in front of you. Know immediately whether you want to keep or revert your changes— you'll have an updated preview in real time, so you always know how your edits look.
Customize your theme in the admin panel only, with no preview available. Changes take a few minutes to take effect, forcing you to repeatedly refresh your storefront in another tab until they appear. You'll have to repeat this process every time you want to see your changes, even if you decide to change them back.