An alert client of my recently suggested that I investigate CS Cart for his ecommerce website upgrade. For five years, he has been using X-Cart, but while searching for alternatives, he found CS Cart. I was skeptical at first, but when he pointed out that former X-Cart employees created it, I decided to investigate. And I’m glad I did!
For several years, X-Cart, a premier, full-featured shopping cart has been promising X-Cart 5, the next generation X-Cart shopping cart, but X-Cart 5 seems like vaporware at this point. While there have been small improvements to X-Cart in Version 4, X-Cart still behind the curve in modern shopping cart software.
Enter CS Cart. I’m not sure exactly what was planned for X-Cart 5, but CS Cart 3 provides what I expect from a modern shopping cart:
- Flexible, easy to use template system – You’ll probably want your customize the design of your shopping cart. That means you need a sytem that allows you to change the design and look of your site while still allowing you to install shopping cart upgrades. CS Cart is built similar to WordPress and Genesis Framework: it allows you to modify the shopping cart functionality by using overrides instead of modifications to the shopping cart software. Theoretically, this should make it easy to install upgrades to the software without breaking your shopping cart. Of course, you have to stick to CS Cart programming methods for this to work.
- 960 Grid Layout – CS Cart comes with 960 Grid layout with 12 columns or 16 columns. You can set up your template as a 12 or 16 column grid. The 960 Grid Layout makes is very easy to set up complex layouts.