With an anniversary coming up on May 1, Pinnacle Cart has been around for nearly 10 years now. They offer plans and packages for eCommerce, shop hosting, designing, marketing, and more all available in one place. There are no transaction fees, and Pinnacle Cart works to make running your shop as user friendly as possible.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Features
Our Score
#1
$9 - $179
256
8.5
#2
$30 - $200
256
8.4
#3
$15 - $135
128
8.3
#13
$30 - $150
256
6.7

The Good

Try Pinnacle Cart today free for 14 days! Enjoy using their tools and setting up your own eCommerce shop with the 2 week free trial. This company has been around for almost a decade now offering value to every shop they host online. With more than 40,000 shops being hosted online.

  • Live chat to answer your questions.
  • 30 different themes and templates to use for your eCommerce store.
  • Training programs available to increase your skills with Pinnacle Cart.

Pinnacle Cart has valuable plans at an affordable price. If you decide that you’d like to customize your shop even more, there are 3 design packages available to cover any and all of your shop’s designing needs.

The Bad

Pinnacle Cart doesn’t have their own POS system so they charge an extra $14.95 for the SSL certificate. They only work with over 30 payment gateways, when most competitors work with more than 50 – 70 gateways.

Things that could be improved with PinnacleCart are:

  • Offering a free SSL certificate like most competitors in this industry have done.
  • Unlimited storage with their most expensive, “Enterprise” plan.
  • Explain that there are no transaction fees with using Pinnacle Cart but that there will be with any kind of merchant service.

If you don’t have experience designing online, setting up your shop may be limiting unless you choose to purchase a design package with your plan. All in all your plan and shop fees become pretty pricey compared to others. Generally after the free trial ends, you will also be required to pay $49 setup fee for your shop.

The Bottom Line

Pinnacle is making a strong reputation as possibly the most user-friendly eCommerce site available today. Although, in order to get your shop optimized to your own preferences you may end up spending a lot more than planned for. There are 33 themes to choose from with customizable features for each. Other themes or design packages can cost you up to $3200. Be sure to understand your shop’s plan and pricing details before you get stuck with a loaded bill you didn’t expect to pay.

Monthly Price:

PinnacleCart’s startup plan costs $29.95/month – 1 GB site storage, 2 GB for site traffic , 2 Email Addresses, and US based 24/7 support. A step up is the Small Biz plan for $59.95/month – 3 Get GB site storage, 8 GB for site traffic, 10 email addresses, Quickbooks auto sync, and 24/7 support.  The most popular plan with PinnacleCart is the Entrepreneur plan for $94.95/month –  Get 10 GB site storage, 20 GB for site traffic, 50 email addresses, Quickbooks auto sync, and 24/7 support. The biggest plan is the Enterprise for $149.95/month – Get 50 GB site storage, 100 GB for site traffic, 100 email addresses, Quickbooks auto sync, and 24/7 support.

Fees (Transaction Fees): All of the PinnacleCart plans have 0% Transaction Fees.

Hidden fees (Y/N): Yes. There is usually a setup fee of $49 and there is also a $14.95 fee to purchase the SSL certificate for your shop.

Free trial (Y/N): Yes. The free trial period lasts for two weeks (14 days).

Storefront Security (10=highly secured): 8. Pinnacle Cart storefronts are highly secure. This company is certified PCI compliant, and hosts more than 40,000 stores online. Pinnacle Cart has a preferred payment option with First Data, but still handles a massive amount of transactions by having over 30 secured gateways with supported payment options. Along with the security of the Pinnacle Cart security system, they also offers a free highly secure SSL certificate to protect customer’s information for $14.95.

Storefront Design (10= highly designable): 8. Pinnacle Cart offers about 33 professionally designed themes. The’s also has a theme store where you can pick a theme that specifically corresponds to the industry your product is part of. On top of this, Pinnacle Cart allows third party professionals to design custom themes by request. There are 3 design packages available that you can add to give your shop a more custom look. The Pinnacle Cart design packages range from $1200 – $3200. Otherwise customers with a little coding experience can also design their own storefront using HTML or CSS.

Time in business: Pinnacle officially launched in May 1, 2004.

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