Shopping Carts to Follow on Twitter
Last week I posted a list of some of my favorite e-commerce gurus on Twitter. Today I want to follow up with a list of popular shopping carts who are also active on Twitter. If you’re looking for a solution or just “into” e-commerce, you may want to follow all of these. Or just find your own provider and follow them to keep an eye on new developments with your software.
A little terminology about the list below. Shopping carts can be either hosted or licensed. A hosted shopping cart means that you get the software and the hosting bundled together, and most of the times you can’t move to a different host. A licensed shopping cart is one that you can download (either free or after purchasing) and then install on any hosting provider that meets the software’s requirements. Some carts have both hosted and licensed versions.
Magento is a popular, open-source PHP shopping cart. It has several licensed versions and a hosted flavor known as Magento Go.
X-Cart is a licensed PHP-based shopping cart.
Volusion is a popular hosted shopping cart that runs on ASP.net.
Miva Merchant offers both a hosted and a licensed version of their shopping cart, which is written in a scripting language called MivaScript.
Pinnacle Cart has both hosted and licensed versions, and is coded in PHP.
Interspire is a licensed PHP cart. See BigCommerce, below, for the hosted version.
BigCommerce is the hosted version of Interspire (see above). It is PHP-based.
Shopify is a hosted-only shopping cart written in Ruby, using the Ruby on Rails framework.
ShopSite Pro is an C-based licensed shopping cart.
Zen Cart is a free, licensed PHP shopping cart.
Next time, one last list – third-party software e-commerce providers.
Is your favorite shopping cart not listed here? Leave me a note in the comments below!
Update – Additions from Readers and Tweeps
AbleCommerce is an ASP.net shopping cart.
Ecommerce Templates has both ASP and PHP versions and is a licensed shopping cart.
There’s also a great list here on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/zippycart/all-shopping-carts/members. Thanks to @ten23media for recommending it, and to @zippycart for maintaining the list.