3dcart Success Stories: A Behind the Scenes Peek into Successful 3dcart Stores

financialsuccess

Over the years, 3dcart’s community has grown exponentially, with everything from small craft shops to some of the world’s biggest brands having launched with or switched to the 3dcart platform.

In today’s digital age, tackling the eCommerce market is a rewarding yet unquestionably laborious affair, especially without access to the right tools, features and support. Unfortunately, many of our now prosperous and flourishing stores know first hand the trials and tribulations associated with not only open-source eCommerce platforms, but “all-in-one solutions” that are more tailored to a specific niche, like big brands or B2B stores.

For over 18 years, 3dcart has remained steadfast in their simple goal: provide merchants with an all-in-one shopping cart software that not only meets the demands of small B2C and B2B store owners, but large, global brands as well. With access to the industry’s latest tools, features, services, gorgeous responsive designs, hundreds of apps, and frequent updates, 3dcart merchants are not only able to succeed in selling online – they’re able to do so with complete ease.

For many, the road to success is a bumpy road, full of unforeseen setbacks and unavoidable obstacles. With a bit of help from 3dcart and a great amount of perseverance and determination, however, thousands of stores have achieved great prosperity and recognition in their respected industries.

We’re proud of our merchants and the strides they’ve taken to make a name for themselves in one of the fiercest and most competitive markets, which is why we’ve recently launched a new webpage dedicated to their achievements: 3dcart Success Stories.

Stay tuned! In the coming weeks, we’re going to share some of the amazing stories of our 3dcart merchants, and how they were able to succeed where countless others have failed.

Want to share your own 3dcart success story with the world? We’ve love to feature you on our website and blog. Give us the details and we’ll put your store in the spotlight.

How to Migrate Your Bigcommerce Store to 3dcart in 6 Easy Steps

suitcase

If you’re a Bigcommerce store owner looking to switch platforms after the recent hike to monthly prices, odds are you’re sweating over the prospect of potentially losing years of hard work.

Your products, your customers, your web design: what’s going to happen to your online store?

This is a question plaguing countless online merchants as they weigh the pros and cons of switching platforms. Fortunately, migrating to 3dcart isn’t a long or complicated process. In fact, it’s really easy – something you can do on your own, without any fear of data loss.

Once you’ve created an account with 3dcart, all you have to do is complete the following 6 steps to have your store up and running.

1. Choose a Responsive Theme

Recreate the existing look and feel of your online store by choosing any one of 3dcart’s 100+ professionally-designed responsive themes, all of which are completely customizable. If you’d prefer to migrate your existing design to 3dcart, that’s possible too! Our designers can copy your existing layout/graphics to ensure your brand’s image remains the same. If you opt for option two, you’ll need to consult with 3dcart as this process can take a few business days.

2. Migrate Your Data

Once you’ve exported your products from Bigcommerce, all you’ll need to do is make some minor adjustments to the CSV export file’s column headers, and you’re ready to import. As far as images are concerned, you have two options: upload images manually, or go the quick and easy route and use FTP to upload all of them at once.

Don’t leave your customers behind either! Export your customers from Bigcommerce and import them in just a few, short minutes. Our Knowledgebase has step-by-step instructions on how to import your customer information and products.

3. Migrate Content Pages

You’re not restricted to just data – bring over your content pages too. 3dcart’s Site Content section makes it easy to create content pages and menu links. Our Knowledgebase has detailed information about how to create these two types of pages.

4. Connect Shipping & Payments

Configure your shipping, payment and general store settings. 3dcart supports integration with more than 100 payment gateways, and offers real-time shipping calculations for major carriers such as USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, Canada Post, Endicia, and Australia Post. Optionally setup free or flat-rate shipping – with 3dcart, you’ll have complete control of every facet of your store.

5. Setup Your Email Accounts

Setup your email using 3dcart’s free SmarterMail, or through your favorite email client, like Microsoft or Thunderbird. Our knowledgebase offers step-by-step instructions for configuring both options.

6. Point Your Domain to 3dcart

You’re ready to go live! Point your DNS to your 3dcart store, and you’ll be up and running. Our guide has step-by-step instructions on how to make this simple change.

Feeling Overwhelmed or Need a Little Help?

Migrating an online store can seem overwhelming, but it isn’t a process you have to do alone. If you run into any trouble or have any questions, our support team is always available for friendly help.

And if you’d prefer not to have to deal with the migration at all, our experts can take care of the entire process for you. Contact our sales team at 1.800.828.6650 or visit the 3dcart Store for more info about the 3dcart Migration Package.

Genesis Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Genesis” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

genesis-html5

If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Genesis” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Genesis”

Stay Tuned! Additional New and Updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!

10 Things You’ll Love About Upgrading from Bigcommerce to 3dcart

onlineshoppingconceptNumerous Bigcommerce merchants are on the hunt for a new eCommerce platform after pricing for successful stores were hiked 3-10x more per month.

Finding a new shopping cart is one of the toughest, most daunting challenges an online merchant can face, with countless options, all of which can appear similar at first glance, making it hard to find the right one.

3dcart has evolved a great deal over the years, implementing new features, services, and complete platform overhauls in response to the requests of its very own merchants, many of which are former Bigcommerce clients. 3dcart’s innovative platform, comprised of the industry’s latest tools and features, is designed to provide businesses of every shape and size with everything they need to succeed in selling online.

If you’re considering switching from Bigcommerce to 3dcart, here are some exciting 3dcart features you’re sure to love.

1. Back Orders and Wait Lists

Allow customers to order items out of stock with advanced inventory control that supports back orders. When item stock reaches zero, your product will be visibly marked as being on “Back Order”, allowing you to continue accepting orders and ship items when stock is replenished.

Rather not accept orders for items out of stock? Optionally use 3dcart’s Waiting List feature to give your customers the ability to be placed on a waiting list, which will notify them via email when stock has been replenished.

2. Advanced Internal Search

Find orders, customers and products quicker and faster than ever before with 3dcart’s newly refined Quick Search feature. Save precious seconds with a real time preview of possible search results and convenient search categorization labels that help you identify matching results.

3. Massive App Store

Browse the 3dcart app store, featuring more than 400 apps, for new ways to bolster and enhance your online store and customer shopping experience. 3dcart partners with eCommerce’s most vibrant, forward-thinking technological companies, ensuring its merchants always have access to cutting-edge applications and plugins.

4. 100+ Gorgeous Responsive Themes

Customize the look and feel of your store with any of 3dcart’s 100+ professionally-designed, mobile-friendly themes. New templates are added on a frequent basis to the 3dcart Theme Store, which boasts a collection of sleek, edgy, chic, modern, elegant, rustic, and simple themes. Whatever your style, 3dcart is sure to have a theme to match your brand’s image.

5. Unlimited API Calls

Augment the functionality of your store by integrating with any of your created apps, or relay data for order and/or product management. Unlimited API calls may be limited to Bigcommerce’s Enterprise clients, but at 3dcart, every merchant, regardless of monthly plan, has access to unlimited API calls.

6. Advanced Sell More Tools

Grow and expand your online store, and reach a wider audience, with any number of 3dcart’s advanced “Sell More” tools, all of which are included for free with every 3dcart plan. Want to create a sense of excitement and urgency? Create a time-sensitive Daily Deal or Group Deal, which can be featured anywhere on your website.

Increase brand loyalty and maximize sales with 3dcart’s Autoresponder module (included for free with every plan), which will allow you to customize automated messages that will be triggered when an order has been placed. Send a personalized Thank You email, offer an exclusive coupon to entice repeat traffic, or cross-sell a relevant product that your customer might not know about – your options are limitless.

7. Drop Shipping Support

3dcart features built-in drop shipping support, which makes it easy to notify distributors of new order specific information like items, quantity, address, and more. The drop shipping features also allows you to use your drops shipper’s address as the origin address for shipping calculations, ensuring your customers always receive accurate shipping rates.

8. Recurring Order System

Allow customers to subscribe to their favorite products by implementing a Recurring Order System. The AutoShip program conveniently lets customers select the preferred frequency for their orders, guaranteeing the supply of their favorite products never runs out.

9. Innovative 3dcart POS System

Sell online, in-store, on anywhere on the go with the 3dcart POS system. Easily sync your products and orders in just a few short minutes, with the ability to accept credit cards, cash, check, money order, split payments and more. Increase efficiency and save time with automatic syncing, which occurs every 10 minutes, and gain peace of mind knowing that all of your data is securely backed up in the cloud.

10. Expert 24/7/365 Support

Whether you’re in a bind or just looking for some clarification, 3dcart’s friendly, expert Support Team is there when you need them. Available 24/7/365, the 3dcart team is available by phone, chat, or email, and is ready to provide whatever assistance your store requires to succeed.

Sound Appealing?

If 3dcart sounds like the right fit for you and your business, head on over to 3dcart and start a 15-day free trial. If you run into any snags or hiccups, or have any questions about any number of the hundreds of features you’ll have access to, contact our support team at 1.800.828.6650 or visit the 3dcart Support Portal.

Fragrance Shop Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Fragrance Shop” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

fragrance-shop-html5

If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Fragrance Shop” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Fragrance Shop”

Stay Tuned! Additional New and Updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!

Through the Looking Glass: Is Wix Right for You?

questionmark

If you’re running an online store, odds are you’ve encountered a half dozen or more eCommerce platforms that at first glance, pretty much seem to offer, or at least promise, the same bells and whistles.

In recent months, website builder Wix has garnered a lot of attention – they boast a collection of more than 500 beautiful, advanced templates, all of which support intuitive drag and drop functionality.

A pretty impressive number for any eCommerce platform, and one that’s hard to beat. But there’s a major drawback, or flaw, in Wix’s system, one that a lot of store owners are making waves about on eCommerce forums and communities. Despite having one of the largest collections, once you’ve picked a Wix template, there’s no changing your mind. Install a template and you’re stuck with it for the remainder of your store’s lifespan.

Is this a deal-breaker for every store owner? Not necessarily, especially if you’re able to find a gorgeous theme the first time-around. Unfortunately, as many Wix customers are discovering, there are many other limitations to Wix’s platform aside from their peculiar theme restriction.

If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur looking to launch your very first online store, take into consideration the following 10 Wix limitations that can severely hinder your online store’s ability to grow and expand.

  1. You can’t add an SSL certificate

Looking to keep your customers on your domain through the entire checkout process? If you’re a Wix customer, such a feat isn’t possible. To keep shoppers on your domain, your store needs a dedicated SSL certificate, a feature Wix sorely lacks. All WixStore shoppers are redirected to a secure Wix address, which increases the risk of cart abandonment during the most sensitive stage of the checkout process.

  1. No real-time shipping rates

Real-time shipping rates is a feature many online store owners look for in an eCommerce platform, not only to ensure their customers get the most accurate rates, but it helps save invaluable time and energy too. WixStores, however, cannot be integrated with any mail services (FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.), which can lead to an untold amount of extra tedious work for store owners.

  1. No integrated payment providers

If you want to take control of your online store by using your preferred payment methods, that’s likely not going to be possible with Wix. The platform currently supports only 6 payment options, all of which are hosted outside their site.

  1. You can’t import or export products

An online store owner will encounter countless scenarios that require the importing and/or exporting of their products, a frustrating realization for countless WixStore owners as they discover too late that the platform does not support the importing or exporting of products.

  1. Basic category functionality

As online stores grow and expand, it’s only natural that their categories will too. If your store requires multiple levels of subcategories, keep in mind that Wix offers only basic category functionality: you can only have one level of subcategories.

  1. You can’t sort or filter products

Providing customers with a flawless shopping experience is the priority of nearly every eCommerce store owner, and is in large part affected by the ease of site navigation. Unfortunately, WixStores lack the ability to sort or filter products, a handicap that has affected many store owners’ ability to ensure customer satisfaction.

  1. Limited phone support hours

When your online store runs 24/7, it’s important that you have access to helpful, knowledgeable support around the clock. If you’re looking to ensure your business’s security and success, it’s important to consider that Wix phone support is only available from 7am to 4pm PST, leaving their store owners to fend for themselves for the better part of the day.

  1. No support for real-time tax calculation

Setting up taxes is a burdensome yet necessary aspect of eCommerce, which is why automated tax solutions are universally adored by online store owners across the globe. If you’re a WixStore owner, though, get ready to fill your foreseeable afternoons researching and inputting tax rates manually. The platform does not support real-time tax calculation through solutions like Avalara and Taxcloud.

  1. 100+ products will negatively impact your store’s performance

If you sell more than 100 products and are a WixStore owner, be ready to face the consequences. Wix recommends that no store exceeds 100 products, as additional products can adversely impact your store’s performance.

  1. No product reviews

Product reviews are a great way to instill trust and build a reputable brand. This basic feature, however, isn’t something you’ll have access to at Wix. Allowing or integrating product reviews isn’t possible with any WixStore.

Is Wix right for you?

Despite these limitations, Wix still has a lot going for it, and is a great option for businesses that don’t require a ton of customization or features. If you’re serious about selling online, however, and if you’re looking for maximum control of your online store and customer shopping experience, Wix may not be the best platform for you and your business.

For $19.90/month, Wix offers: 20GB storage, 10GB Bandwidth, and 100 products.

3dcart, a platform that offers all of the above features plus much more, is available for $19.99/month, and offers Unlimited Storage, 8GB bandwidth, and 200 products.

So is $.09 worth the frustration and limitations you’ll experience at Wix? That’s up to you to decide.

Bailing on Bigcommerce: 5 Things to Look For in Your Next Ecommerce Solution

manlightbulb

Bigcommerce’s recent price changes have left countless online store owners in a tight spot. The platform’s most successful merchants have been blindsided by an exorbitant increase in monthly fees (3-10+ times more per month).

Merchants and eCommerce experts alike have sough to uncover the reasoning behind Bigcommerce’s decision. But unfortunately, whether the action stems from the pursuit of additional revenue, or a need to eliminate high maintenance costs, its effect is being felt across all of eCommerce, particularly by those who feel they’re being unfairly penalized for their success.

In the past 6 months, nearly 1,000 sites have migrated away from Bigcommerce – a number that continues to grow as more and more stores are alerted of their new monthly fee.

If you’re one of the unfortunate receivers of such bad news, you may be on the fence about whether or not Bigcommerce is worth its new, hefty price tag. But before you hit the market and settle on any ole shopping cart, here are five important questions you should keep in mind as you weigh your options.

1. Does it have an enterprise platform?

As you examine the pros and cons of individual shopping carts, look to see whether or not they offer an enterprise solution. Many of the stores affected by Bigcommerce’s price change experience a high volume of sales and traffic, something a lot of shopping carts’ servers aren’t equipped to handle. Ensure your business’s security and success by opting for a cart that supports enterprise hosting, which generally offers scalable, flexible hosting to meet the needs of the most demanding stores.

2. Can you migrate with ease?

You’ve built an empire, and the last thing you want to happen is to watch it crumble. Consult with individual shopping carts to determine how easy it will be to migrate your store over to their platform. Will you be able to migrate your products, customers, content pages, design? Find out what’s possible and what’s not, and if there are any fees associated with the process.

3. Are your preferred payment gateways supported?

Odds are your business relies on a specific payment solution to process payments. When going through your shopping cart checklist, verify that your preferred payment gateway is supported, and if not, what your available options are. Many eCommerce platforms also charge their merchants a transaction fee when you use a third-party gateway rather than their own. Double check that you aren’t going to be hit by any hidden fees that may eat into your profits.

4. Are their prices competitive?

Pricing varies significantly from one shopping cart to the next. Some platforms offer cheap monthly plans, but restrict their merchants to bare-bones, basic features, while others offer a plethora of advanced tools and features for what amounts to pocket change.

If you’re considering signing up for an enterprise plan, see which platform will get you the most bang for your buck – and more importantly, which ones are worth their asking price. If you’re looking to spend upwards of several hundred dollars a month, ensure you’re given everything you need and want to succeed.

5. Will you be nickel-and-dimed?

Countless online store owners sign up for an eCommerce platform under the false impression that they have everything they need to succeed, only to find themselves unequipped to handle simple, everyday tasks. Their only solution? Pay an extra sum for an app, feature or service.

Verify that the platform you’re considering isn’t holding out on important, basic features in an attempt to nickel-and-dime you. Find out exactly what’s included with your plan, and where you can expect fees to occur.

Start a Free Trial

Ecommerce pricing pages may have a lot of the information you need to make a decision, but you won’t know if a platform is right for you until you experience it first hand. Create some free trial accounts and see how easy it is to navigate, conduct searches and complete everyday tasks. Ensure that you can manage your business with ease, efficiency, and that all the tools and features you need to succeed are available right at your fingertips.

Swirl Girl Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Swirl Girl” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

 swirl-girl-admin

If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Swirl Girl” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Swirl Girl”

Stay Tuned! Additional New and Updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!

3dcart Celebrates Small Business Appreciation Month

womanworking

February may be a month notorious for gifting chocolates, flowers and sentimental cards, but it’s also a time when our nation unites to show our appreciation toward the small businesses that help fuel and drive our economy.

Thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs dedicate their time, energy and lives toward building and growing businesses that shape and affect commerce trends. These individuals, ranging in age, industry experience and background, represent the heart and strength of the U.S.’s bustling, evolving economy.

Unfortunately, pursuing one’s business dream is a rewarding experience that too few are willing or committed to undertake, with fears of financial loss stymieing the aspiration of countless individuals. But with access to the right tools, features and services, accomplishing your business goals is an endeavor that’s not only feasible, but surprisingly easy too.

If you’re hoping to find success in 2016 with your own online store, check out the following important factors you should keep in mind before taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.

Launching Your Business

Running an online store requires a great deal of not only time, but financial commitment too. Before you commit your energy and finances toward realizing your business dream, consider the pros and cons of entrepreneurship and whether you fully understand the costs associated with launching, managing and growing your business.

Though entrepreneurship is an incredibly rewarding experience, it’s not without its fair share of burdensome responsibilities, many of which can impede upon your personal life. Try to be honest with yourself about whether you’re ready to invest the untold amount of time and money your business may require. Unrealistic notions of success or your workload can have devastating effects, so take time to thoroughly research and examine your business idea, competition, and motivation for launching your own business.

Growing Your Business

The key to growing your business is investing time and money into its future. If your business requires financial support, explore your available funding options, such as a line of credit, or a business or SBA loan. Determining whether your business needs a small or large investment will help you narrow your search and select a funding option that’ll best cater to your business’s expansion and/or operation costs.

As an entrepreneur, you need to have a keen understanding of your budget and finances. To cut costs and ensure maximum profits, it’s important to opt for a shopping cart that’ll provide your business with as many essential tools and features as possible. Having free access to marketing tools, eCommerce themes, a POS system, and multichannel selling will allow you to cut costs and invest your profits toward other important aspects of running an online business.

Protecting Your Business

A great business strategy in conjunction with a powerful eCommerce platform is a union destined for greatness. Yet despite this recipe for success, your business will need security measures that’ll protect it from potential failure.

To remain competitive, your business will require a fast website with minimal downtime, advanced cart abandonment tools, and implemented security measures that’ll not only protect your customers’ sensitive data, but prevent fraudulent orders too – a serious and growing concern with the explosive growth of eCommerce.

3dcart’s Small Business Bundle

If you’re finally ready to take the plunge into entrepreneurship, 3dcart’s Small Business Bundle will provide you with everything you need to setup, launch and manage a successful online store.

Available for $99, the Small Business Bundle includes:

  • First Month Pro Plus Plan ($99 value)
  • 1-year Rapid SSL (Up to $129 value)
  • QuickStart Session ($249 value)
  • Premium Theme (Up to $199 value)

This offer is only available for a limited time (ends 2/29/2016). For more information, visit 3dcart or contact our Sales Team at 1.800.828.6650.

Stay tuned! We’ll be featuring additional helpful articles in celebration of Business Appreciation Month.

Makeup Responsive Theme – A FREE Professionally Designed Theme from 3dcart

Here is a preview of our most recent theme “Makeup” — a new, professionally designed responsive theme.

makeup-html5

If you would like to preview the live demo of our “Makeup” theme, you can do so by clicking the link below. Check it out on your phone, tablet or computer; you’re sure to love it for the price, FREE.

3dcart’s Live Demo of the theme “Makeup”

Stay Tuned! Additional New and Updated 3dcart Templates are coming soon!