3dcart E-Commerce Review: Comprehensive Solution for Bloggers
3dcart is a powerful, all-in-one e-commerce platform that offers just about everything you could ever want to create and run an online store site.
With tools to take care of site design, inventory management, sales and ad tracking and more, all from the same site backend, 3dcart is a soup-to-nuts e-commerce solution that’s perfect for new or existing sites, but may prove especially beneficial to bloggers who want to launch big with a few hundred products and a full-scale SEO/SEM strategy.
Is 3dcart the best e-commerce solution provider for your burgeoning retail business? Well, it depends on your budget and your brand’s needs, of course, but it certainly offers a few significant advantages over some of its competitors.
Let’s take a closer look at the platform and the company behind it.
3dcart has been in business for 20 years. Launched by Gonzalo Gil, who still serves as the company’s CEO, the company is targeted specifically to medium and larger businesses who need customization as well as a full-scale turnkey commerce solution.
Over 17,500 stores have been built with 3dcart’s software. An Inc. 5000 company, 3dcart is headquartered in Tamarac, Florida.
3dcart offers four separate tiered plans from which you can choose, in addition to a customized enterprise solution (details available upon inquiry).
Excluding the entry-level starter plan, all plans include unlimited orders, products, and bandwidth. There’s also no limit to the storage on 3dcart’s servers to which you’ll have access so you can post as many creative, high-resolution images of your products as you like.
3dcart offers pre-built websites that are engineered to optimize conversions.
You can also create a site from scratch and upload it via FTP, or make individualized tweaks and revisions as you desire. Or you can take advantage of 3dcart partners who specialize in web design experts.
All but the entry-level plan also offer access to some number of other individuals, if you have support staff to help you run your store. Those plans also feature support for digital downloads, which bloggers, in particular, will probably appreciate.
3dcart’s Expertise: SEO
Without a doubt, 3dcart’s area of expertise is SEO. The software offers a number of optimization tools and features that will enhance your e-commerce site’s profile, improve your organic rankings in search engine results, and give your traffic a significant boost.
For starters, 3dcart offers AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) for your product pages, which means those pages load lightning-fast for your visitors. Your design will also be fully mobile-friendly since all themes employ responsive design. Mobile-friendly sites generally enjoy higher rankings.
3dcart can randomly feature some of your products, in order to keep your pages fresh and updated for search engines. The software also creates customized meta tags for your pages, although you can also generate your own meta description and title tags if you choose. It also automatically creates a Product Index and a Category Index in order to build your sitemap, then automatically submits the XML sitemap to Google.
Category breadcrumb navigation and automatically generated ALT tags for your product images further help you simplify the on-page SEO for your e-commerce site.
Download the company’s free e-commerce SEO checklist here.
Other Services for Bloggers
3dcart doesn’t just do shopping carts and payment processing. You’ll have access to additional services such as professional site design, SEO/SEM packages, and SSL certificate installation/configuration services.
In 2016, the company added managed Google advertising services, helping customers run effective Google Shopping ad campaigns to drive qualified prospects to their store sites.
The 3dcart tools also support the addition of a blog to your e-commerce site, if you prefer to have both your blog and your store hosted on a single domain. In addition, you can integrate social media marketing tools, including a Facebook “like” button, a Facebook store, and a social sharing button to make it easier for your users and customers to share your products with their own audiences.
3dcart supports over 100 different payment processors, representing a number of different countries around the world. There are no additional integration or per-transaction fees.
You can see a full list of US-based processors that integrate into 3dcart here, representing credit card processors, ACH and e-check processors, and digital wallet providers.
With 3dcart’s Level 1 PCI hosting, you can be assured of the security of your e-commerce site. When you sign up with 3dcart, you’ll get use of a shared SSL certificate for no extra fee, though it appears you can also add an exclusive SSL certification at your own expense.
3dcart offers a 15-day free trial with no credit card required, giving you over two weeks to check out the company’s features and decide whether it’s the right solution for you.
If you run into trouble, the company hosts support forums where you can ask for and get help from other users and staff. However, as of the time of this writing, this subdomain’s security certificate isn’t communicating with major browsers correctly and is therefore inaccessible.
Fortunately, you have other options with 3dcart. The site’s knowledgebase is also rather extensive. It covers tasks and questions ranging from the simple (what FTP is, and how to use it) to the complex (synchronizing inventory to the POS app).
3dcart also offers what it calls “eCommerce University,” where you can access free mini-courses on various aspects of running an e-commerce business. Popular course topics include loyalty programs, driving sales through discount codes, and configuring shipping options. And of course, there’s in-house individualized support offered 24-7-365.
Onboarding coaching services are available for a fee if you’d prefer expert help to set up and launch your store site. But if you’re already up and running on another platform, and switching to 3dcart, the company will migrate your store for you at no cost.
Billing for 3dcart
3dcart’s plans are based on monthly invoicing and payment. However, if you’re confident of your choice, you can net yourself a nice little discount if you’re willing and able to pay for a year at a time.
There are no contracts, and you can cancel your plan at any time. Additionally, if you find you need a little more than the plan you signed up for provides, you can upgrade at any time.
The company accepts all major credit cards.
Who Will Love 3dcart?
The bottom line on 3dcart is it’s a great solution for physical product retailers offering a few hundred or more items for sale, and for any brand that’s interested in search engine optimization.
The higher-level plans might be too much (or too pricey) for smaller businesses or individual bloggers just getting started in e-commerce, but those brands should be able to take advantage of the lower-cost plans. Even the entry-level plan is probably sufficient for most bloggers who are new to the e-commerce world.
But if you’ve got the budget for it, 3dcart offers a full set of solutions and supplemental services to create, optimize, launch, market, and run your online store.