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About 3dcart and Shopify

Shopify

Shopify was officially launched in 2006 based on proprietary eCommerce software developed by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake, originally to open their own online snowboarding shop in 2004. Over the years, Shopify continued to expand their platform to include a large app store, their own payment gateway (Shopify Payments), and more. Today, Shopify is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and has several offices located in different cities. Shopify contact phone number is 1-855-816-3857

3dcart

3dcart began development in the late 1990s, grown directly from the shopping cart software experience of Gonzalo Gil, founder and CEO. Gonzalo developed shopping cart customizations for numerous eCommerce merchants, and he conceived 3dcart as the ultimate eCommerce platform that would bring all the most-demanded, necessary features together into one streamlined solution. Since then, 3dcart has continued to grow its capabilities through integrations, apps, and more built-in features including the best SEO tools on the market.

The real cost of 3dcart vs. the real cost of Shopify

3dcart: No transaction fees. Shopify charges up to 2%

Looking to take full control of your online store with a payment gateway of your choice? If you’re considering Shopify, expect a major cut to profits thanks to Shopify’s sizeable, unforgiving transaction fees. Unless you opt for their Shopify Payments, you’ll encounter a 0.5%-2% transaction fee for external payment gateways on top of your payment processor’s specified fee.

3dcart gives our merchants the freedom to setup their store just how they’d like, without any hidden penalties or charges. That’s right – 3dcart charges No Transaction Fees, regardless of your selected payment gateway.

3dcart vs. Shopify functionality comparison

3dcart's Built-in features outperform Shopify's third-party Apps with no additional costs

Real-time Shipping Rates

Need to offer customers real-time shipping rates from carriers like USPS, UPS, FedEx, Canada Post and more? At Shopify, real-time carrier calculated shipping is a feature restricted to subscribers of their most expensive plan. 3dcart offers this feature at no additional cost to every merchant, regardless of their selected plan.

Out-of-box features

As a Shopify client, expect to spend a sizeable sum supplementing your store with third-party apps Once you login to Shopify you'll find the need to install additional apps to compensate for missing features. Shopify restricts many of their basic features like gift cards, reports, and abandoned cart tools to their highest-tiered plan. 3dcart includes all these features, plus more, with every plan.

“If you're using lots of apps to add functionality to your Shopify store, you'll realize that not all apps are created equally, and they have varying levels of customization when it comes to look and feel. This can mean a fragmented look for your store.”

– Shopify Developer

Theme selection

The success of your store depends a great deal on the design of your website, which is why 3dcart is dedicated to supplying its merchants with an expansive collection of free, gorgeous responsive themes. Shopify’s meager free theme selection will have you dishing out hundreds of dollars on a premium theme.

Shopify Themes vs. 3dcart

How do free Shopify themes stack up against free 3dcart themes?

Shopify and 3dcart both offer free themes for starting your online store, but which is really better? Let's analyze the differences.

Free Shopify Themes

Shopify offers 10 free themes, most of which are available in 2 or 3 styles which change the colors and other visual elements. The benefits of Shopify's free themes include responsive design and suitability for several different industries. However, there are drawbacks: even with multiple styles available, the overall selection of free themes is limited, so you may have problems finding one that works with the look and feel of your brand. Shopify themes are also written in their own language called Liquid, meaning you (or a developer) must have knowledge of a proprietary coding language to make customizations. This makes free Shopify themes harder and more expensive to use than you might have expected.

Free 3dcart Themes

3dcart offers over 150 free themes with a wide range of benefits. Tons of choices mean far more room for customization, and you'll only need standard knowledge of HTML and CSS to make changes. Responsive design ensures your store is mobile-friendly for shoppers on any device. Plus, 3dcart's powerful Core Template Engine provides an advanced theme framework built on Bootstrap that integrates AMP for product pages, optimized code structure, AJAX and more, for seamless browsing and lightning-fast page load speeds. These provide a boost to SEO in addition to an improved user experience. The only drawback is that multiple styles-per-theme aren't available out of the box, but you still have far more designs to choose from.

Maintain control of your business

3dcart gives you the tools and freedom to manage your store how you see fit

3dcart: Freedom to choose your payment provider

3dcart supports over 160 Payment Solutions, more than any other eCommerce solution. See a full list of payment providers here.

Shopify: Use Shopify Payments or pay penalties

Using external payments gateways:
Penaties between 0.5% to 2.0% per transaction

Checkout on your domain vs. Shared checkout

Maintain your brand thru the entire sales process. Checkout on your own domain (Dedicated SSL.)

Ensure your customers can trust you with their important information by avoiding a redirect when it comes time to collect payment. 3dcart offers custom SSL certificates to keep your customers on your domain and your brand throughout the entire checkout process.

Enterprise-level features available on all plans

3dcart offers the most advanced features to subscribers of every plan

  • Optimized Admin Panel
  • PCI Certified Security
  • 99.9% Uptime
  • Social & Mobile Commerce
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Responsive & Mobile Ready
  • Real-Time Shipping
  • No Transaction fees
  • 100+ Optimized Themes
  • Optimized Admin Panel Interface
  • 24x7 Support
  • Design Editor

A robust & scalable solution vs. a basic platform

With out-of-the box features that adapt to complex business needs

    • Feature
    • 3dcart
    • Shopify
    • Manage Thousands of Categories with complex structures
    • Yes
    • No
    • Product Options
    • Yes
    • No
    • Inventory Control
    • Yes
    • No
    • Cost and Profit Management
    • Yes
    • No
    • Order Management, Edit Orders, Add Items to Orders
    • Yes
    • No
    • Promotion Manager. Stackable promotions
    • Yes
    • No
    • Google Trusted Store only
    • Yes
    • No
    • Yes. Create UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL Labels from Order Management System
    • Yes
    • No
    • Transact B2B & B2C in One Account
    • Yes
    • No
    • Admin Access Levels One Access Level
    • Yes
    • No
    • Multiple Ship - To
    • Yes
    • No
    • Bulk Email Marketing
    • Yes
    • No
    • Affiliate Program
    • Yes
    • No
    • Related Products
    • Yes
    • No
    • Support for Inventory Kits or Product Bundles
    • Yes
    • No
    • Back In Stock Notifications
    • Yes
    • No
    • Product Reviews and Ratings
    • Yes
    • No

The information on this comparison page that was created by 3dcart was believed to be accurate as of 11/1/2013.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need Shopify to drop ship products?
No, Shopify is not a dropshipping company and you can continue to drop ship products from your distributor once you switch to 3dcart.
Can I switch from Shopify Payments?
Yes, Shopify Payment is powered by Stripe, by switching to 3dcart you can choose from 100 supported payment solutions and save money on transaction fees.
What are Shopify's transaction fees?
In addition to your credit card transaction fees, Shopify charges The fees are 2% for the Basic Shopify plan, 1% for the Shopify plan, and 0.5% for the Advanced Shopify plan.
What are the alternatives to Shopify?
There are many alternatives to Shopify, including open-source solutions like Magento, and hosted ecommerce solutions, like 3dcart.
Is Shopify an American company?
No, Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.
How can I cancel my Shopify account?
If you're looking to switch ecommerce providers, you can cancel your shopify account at any time as explained in their help article.
Is there a cost to migrate my products from Shopify?
No, we'll be glad to help you switching over to continue growing your business. We have special incentives for switching and can assist with the products migration for free. Schedule a call with a migration specialist.