I am always looking at new shopping carts that will fit the needs of myself and customers and finallyyellow-logo got the chance to review the Lemonstand Shopping Cart. Lemonstand is a SAAS platform where you create your store and Lemonstand handles the patching, servers, etc.

While I appreciate the carts I use now which include Shopify, BigCommerce, 3DCart, Americommerce, Corecommerce and others, I am always searching for the next new thing.

I was curious about Lemonstand as they touted how much easier it is than other carts and as I looked further I noticed some other functionality I was looking for in an easier package.

Below is a video walk through and review of the platform.

What I Like

It looks like a full functional platform and one that is well laid out. If you do a lot of client work, the ability to easily change look and feel right from specific pages would be a godsend compared to some cart companies like Volusion or even BigCommerce. They also provide subscription type business which is one thing a lot of carts fall down on. I do not believe Lemonstand stores the card numbers so shouldn’t be a PCI compliance issue.

All the themes I looked at are Mobile Responsive, a must in todays world with anywhere between 50% or more of traffic coming from mobile devices. You also never leave your URL when you check out which means they have a multi-URL SSL certificate installed which is a nice thing. It would be nice if the other cart providers did the same thing. What I can’t speak to, is how some browsers react to these types of SSL certificates.

What I Didn’t Like

Its a nice cart but I do not think it is for an e-commerce newbie or do it yourself. It requires quite a bit of customization that has to be done in the code to make it reflect your brand. I also don’t see any PCI compliance certification. While this is obviously not a deal killer (look at the number of people that use WooCommerce), one advantage of a SAAS is PCI Compliance and Security that they take care of for you.

I see they host everything through Amazon AWS which is a pretty beefy but has been known to have some down time (just ask Netflix). While they don’t have a lot of third party pre-built integrations, they do have a beefy API that I am sure a talented developer could use.

Who is this for?

This is for developers that are doing a lot of client work and more sophisticated customers. I don’t think this will be as good a platform for Do it Yourselfers unless they are willing to take the time to learn both HTML and Code. I think this would be a strong competitor to a Prestashop or Opencart if they can get their third party market beefed up.

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Thoughts

I have been pretty impressed by Lemonstand. They seem to be adding features all the time and are pretty open about their roadmap for the platform. I would like to see a roadmap for a PCI Compliance audit to ensure you are getting all the benefits of a hosted solution. I would also like to see them reach out to developers to port existing applications to Lemonstand to make it even more desirable.

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