In the eCommerce market there are a number of different approaches. One simple and accessible platform is that of a straight plugin rather than a traditional service. As one of these plug-ins, SalesCart does an admirable job with the shopping cart experience.
SalesCart starts off with a free pricing plan that includes 10 products for users to test the software. While this is a very small amount it is completely free. Some competing eCommerce platforms with mini-plans of this sort will still charge to utilize the plan after an initial free trial is concluded. In addition to this plan there are three more, each with competitive prices and successively larger product limits. The final, unlimited plan, the only one with competing features to other products, checks in at only $99 per month.
It is in this unlimited plan that LiveChat and Ticket support are available rather than community support, a somewhat paltry support option. You will see unlimited bandwidth and storage for all plans. There are some oddities with SalesCart, specifically the lack of templates within the platform. SalesCart states that any theme or template on the web can be used, which is true, but also lacks some clarity to novice users.
SalesCart can integrate with any website so using the product with your WordPress site will be seamless. You can also forgo a website choosing to sell directly through Facebook. You can also link to 3rd party websites like Etsy and mobile apps. This is where SalesCart shines. When using the service it is best to realize that it is not a full service eCommerce platform. You’ll need to make sure that, as you design your website, you take into account the limits of your web host, as SalesCart does not offer hosting. That being said, once you understand the inherent limitations in a plug-in service, you’ll be able to use them effectively.
SalesCart manages to find ways to do everything within its capability well. You’ll find a number of features that make the shopping experience a fantastic one for customers. As far as back office tools are concerned, SalesCart does fairly well. There are SEO options and the service can integrate with Amazon and PayPal. Our review process did see a number of missing features, specifically shipping issues with backorders and partial shipments, but customers were generally happy with the look and feel of SalesCart in use.
Some hiccups do present themselves in security and payment processing options. While SalesCart is PCI compliant, there are only SSL certificates basic customer data. You’ll need to be wary of what extra costs you might incur with regard to payment gateways and full security features.
Keep in mind that SalesCart is not an all-in-one answer to your eCommerce needs. It wasn’t the top of our plug-in list either. That being said, it does have many beneficial aspects and can service a number of needs.
SalesCart remains a plug-in at heart, and when used as such it can be a great tool to users looking for a simple eCommerce tool to integrate with any number of websites.
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