There were many benefits that came with the different X-Cart, which stood apart from the rest of the providers in the industry. There aren’t that many companies that let businesses manage their website from a mobile device, which is something that is standard with X-Cart. We also liked the fact that rather than a free trial period, there is a freemium version that lets you try the product for as long as you’d like.
X-Cart offers many of the best mobile features in the industry:
- The X-Cart Mobile Admin: An app feature that lets you capture payments, view orders, and manage your store on the go.
- Responsive design for visitors who use their mobile device to visit your e-store.
- Shopgate, which is a mobile app that gives your e-store a unique look and feel on a mobile device.
- Other great features, such as a mobile skin and point of sale to process credit card payments anywhere you want to take the physical location of your business.
We also really liked the auction capabilities of X-Cart. It is integrated with eBay very easily. Also, it is possible to set a price floor on your X-Cart so that you can do an auction for particular products on your website.
SSL security was another very important feature for us. There are six different hosted solutions with X-Cart, some with a shared SSL and others with a dedicated SSL. Here are the prices we found and the SSL features:
- Starter: $29.95 per month with shared SSL
- Basic: $49.95 per month with shared SSL
- Standard: $89.95 per month with shared SSL
- Enhanced: $199 per month with dedicated SSL
- Professional: $299 per month with dedicated SSL
- Enterprise: $399 per month with dedicated SSL
Not only are the pricing options scalable for small businesses with the promise of an SSL (some companies require that you buy an SSL certificate through a third-party provider), but you also get a server with a lot of storage and bandwidth. You get anywhere from 20 GB to 160 GB of SSD storage. There is also a cap of 6 TB of bandwidth on the Enterprise option. We found that the SSD server space and high bandwidth means that your e-store loads very quickly on web pages.
All cloud subscriptions feature:
- Solid State Drives
- 99.99% uptime guarantee
- Daily backups
- PCI compliant servers
- A dedicated IP address
- Virus scanning and spam filters
We found that X-Cart was scalable, upwards and downwards, instantly. You can choose a lower subscription tier at a later date or you can upgrade at your leisure.
In addition to the hosted services, you can also download a permanent license for X-Cart. This lets you install the service on your own servers and use your own existing infrastructure.
There were a few things that concerned us about X-Cart. For the lower subscription levels that use a shared SSL, you have to use a subdomain, such as www.yourbusiness.xcart.com. With the higher-end subscriptions, you get your own dedicated domain.
We also did have some concerns about the app integrations. There are many great app integrations to help improve the functionality of your e-store, such as translation modules, but these cost anywhere from $40 to $60 (though there are many available for free).
While we did like the high number of themes, both free and premium, the premium themes were priced out of this world. One theme that we saw advertised, a health theme, costs $99. If you have a legacy version of X-Cart, you have to pay $959 to use this.
We also liked that you could migrate your current e-store to X-Cart, but once again, this came at an extra cost. There is a migration price calculator on the X-Cart website that gives you an estimate for moving your e-store. We would like to see migration help included with the X-Cart cloud subscription.
While the single lifetime licenses may seem like a good idea, there were some red flags, in our opinion. The prices range from $495 to $3,995. You have to pay for additional upgrades and this quickly decreases any savings you might expect from buying a single license.