Best Shopify Competitors: Shopify vs. 3dcart

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About 3dcart and Shopify

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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

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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.

Understanding the cost of running a Shopify Store

3dcart adds no transaction fees. Shopify charges up to 2%

If you're considering Shopify for your online store, 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. Shopify Payments only covers credit cards, not the alternative payment methods that your customers demand — and if you already have your own merchant accounts, you won't be able to use them without paying Shopify's fees.

3dcart gives our merchants more freedom and more potential for profits. We integrate with over 160 payment gateways at no extra charge to you. Accept payments however you'd like with no transaction fees, no penalties, and no hidden charges.

That's not the only way 3dcart proves itself to be a cheaper alternative to Shopify. Any Shopify plans comparison side-by-side with 3dcart will demonstrate that 3dcart is the better deal all-around. Why? Shopify restricts many important features to higher-tier plans. Worse, some features aren't available in Shopify at all without paying an additional fee for apps, no matter what tier of plan you're on. But 3dcart includes all the essentials no matter what plan you choose, and hundreds more features are built in overall. Switching to 3dcart will eliminate the need for the vast majority of Shopify apps and save you even more money.

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Shopify functionality limitations

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

sad iconReal-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.

sad iconOut-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.

sad iconTheme 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.

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“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

sad iconCheckout on your own domain vs. shared checkout

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. On Shopify, you need to upgrade to their highest plan to get your own checkout.

Shopify Themes vs. 3dcart Themes

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 Comparison

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

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.

Shopify Payments Alternatives

Why pay extra just for flexibility with payment providers?

3dcart: Freedom to choose your payment provider

3dcart supported payment providers

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

Shopify Payments

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

Shopify Payments is Shopify's own payment gateway, which includes a merchant account and credit card processing at industry-standard rates. It's a friendly option for beginners who don't have their own merchant account or don't feel confident connecting payment processing to their online store. Shopify Payments is currently available in 11 countries and can be sufficient for credit card processing for several industries.

However, Shopify Payments comes with several downsides. First, it's only for credit card processing. Today's online customers expect more payment options from online stores, such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, and other digital wallets. Most businesses need these payment processors to ensure they can serve the most customers. Some industries benefit from other payment types as well, such as cryptocurrency, financing options, and more. Customers often turn away from online stores that don't accept their favorite payment method. On Shopify, you'll be penalized for adding these alternate payments.

Shopify Payments is also not available to several types of businesses, especially those in "high-risk" industries — which can include strongly-regulated products like tobacco and alcohol, other age-restricted products, and any industry subject to a high number of fraudulent purchases. To sell these products, you need a special high-risk payment provider, but no matter what you sell, it's clear that Shopify Payments is not sufficient for any but the smallest online stores.

Shopify Payments

3dcart gives you the freedom to choose your payment provider

3dcart supports over 160 payment solutions, more than any other eCommerce provider. With a 3dcart store, you can accept payment in any way you see fit from any country in which you want to do business. Check out a quick summary below or see a full list of payment providers here.

  • Credit Card Processors
  • Digital Wallets
  • High-Risk Providers
  • Pay-Later Financing
  • ACH and eChecks
  • 3D-Secure

Shopify Plus Enterprise Features Available on All Plans

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

3dcart plans outdo Shopify plans at every step. With more built-in features, 3dcart cuts down the need for apps or plan upgrades just to get the features you need. In fact, every 3dcart plan includes features Shopify reserves for its highest tiers, including Shopify Plus. Imagine being able to get Enterprise-level eCommerce features for your brand new startup — with 3dcart, you can.

Large businesses are in for a treat as well. 3dcart Enterprise is the best alternative to Shopify Plus, with better functionality, more features, and better support. Why let your business stagnate when you can continue to grow?

Enterprise-level features
  • 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

Shopify Feature Comparison

3dcart offers more 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
    • Promotion Manager. Stackable promotions
    • Yes
    • No
    • Google Trusted Store only
    • 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 1/18/2019.

Shopify is the most popular eCommerce platform,
but it may not be the best for your business

Frequently asked questions about Shopify Alternatives

Do I need Shopify to drop ship products?
No, while Shopify dropshipping is common, it is not a dropshipping company and you can start a dropshipping business on any platform, including 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. Learn how to migrate from Shopify.