In terms of features, CS Cart is very much comparable to Interspire Shopping Cart’s Ultimate Edition, which is surprising as it retails for $285 US compared to $1,795 US with Interspire. The CS Cart design is fully customisable and is 100% template driven (using smarty templates). For those of you who are not sure what this means and why it is important you can interpret it as having the core files totally separated from the design elements, making the software much easier to customise and more importantly much harder to break. On top of this the developers have also provided you with an inbuilt a Block Management feature, which further facilitates the design customisation by allowing the cart administrator to create and drag blocks of content around the interface until the desired look and feel has been obtained. No HTML or PHP skills required!
Unlike other providers, the software allows you to add an unlimited number of products and categories to your catalogue. Fortunately, large product catalogues are pretty easy to manage via the bulk product management or the import/export tools. Quantity discounts, configurable products, digital product delivery and a flexible range of product options round out the product related features. Logging in via the web-based administration panel allows you to easily and quickly make changes to your store via a large range of configurable options and settings. You can set up an unlimited amount of admin accounts, each of which can be set at a different access level which is great for limiting staff members from gaining access to sensitive information. The localisation features are strong. There are currently 8 languages translated and the software can be configured to cater for any particular currency, measurement unit, or date-time format. On top of that the software is also able to handle a range of different localised tax calculations (e.g. VAT in England, GST in Australia etc). CS Cart has included over 50 integrated payment systems and has a flexible range of shipping options that would cover the needs of most online retailers. There is also a wide range of marketing and promotional tools that include an affiliate program, SEO friendliness, gift certificates, gift registry, reward points, coupons, discounts etc. I won’t bother with explanation of the rest of the features because it would only be repeating what is on their website, but you can rest assured that it is jampacked and very impressive.