Looking for a balance between ease of use and control over the look and feel of your ecommerce platform? CoreCommerce might be the right application for you. Watch the video below as I walk you through the pros and cons of the Corecommerce shopping cart system.

What is great about CoreCommerce?

After using corecommerce a couple years ago, I revisited it recently for a customer that had specific needs that were not being fulfilled by the other hosted shopping cart. While I ended up not using them for this particular customer, I was pleasantly surprised by the functionality and ease of use of this shopping cart application. In particular, Corecommerce allows you:

  • Lots of control over the look and feel of your website
    • Lots of themes you can use
    • Control the look and feel of the theme by using widgets
    • Control site wide  fonts with about 30 different fonts included
    • Change the colors of buttons, links, etc.
  • Integrated Marketing Programs including
    • Integrated affiliate program – Allow marketers to drive traffic to your store and get paid when someone buys.
    • Normal Comparison shopping feeds but also, Bing Shopping which is free
    • Reward points
    • Refer a Friend
  • Allows customers to sign in with their Google, Facebook or Twitter account
  • Internal Autoresponder and newsletter system – while not as sophisticated as third party platforms (MailChimp, Get Response), it is a great way to get started.
  • Miscellanous programs such as deal a day.
  • No transaction fees.
  • Mailing service – Click here for the mailing service integration I talked about. MAILING SERVICE

What don’t I like about CoreCommerce?

  • While they have an integrated blog, it is very basic.
  • Their third party ecosystem is not up to the scale that Shopify and BigCommerce enjoy. They have about 10 integrations compared to the hundreds that Shopify and BigCommerce have.
  • Supports the main payment system but I wish it supported Stripe.
  • Widget Control – While they give you a lot of widget control I wish they gave you the ability to sort by variants or attributes.
  • No unlimited bandwidth on the lower level plans. Bandwidth is cheap

Pleasantly surprised about Corecommerce

As I stated above, I was pleasantly surprised about corecommerce. It seems to balance functionality and ease of use and I would say it would be a comparable to BigCommerce in many ways. If you want to go ahead and try it free for 15 days. just click the banner below.

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