Great Alternative to Major Carts
Templates and Design - 73%
SEO - 71%
Products and Inventory - 68%
Marketing Tools and Integrations - 67%
Ease of Use - 79%
Technical Support - 71%
Core Commerce is a solid platform with many of the features you will find in the major shopping cart platforms. They are definitely wiorth looking if you find the bigger players unsatisfying
I’ll be honest, I have only just recently found out Core Commerce existed. In all my years and all my searches it has never crossed my path. As far as I can gather it has been around since early 2008 (whether it is based on a product from before this I don’t know yet). It has not been around as long as Shopify, but longer than Big Commerce.
It is quoted low key. Only 130 odd followers on Twitter, a handful of blog posts each month, 2000 forum posts, 1000+ forum members, not a very deep site (a bit of content here and there but nothing to rock the bookshelves). From first impressions this morning until now, all I keep thinking is that Core Commerce is Big Commerce’s baby brother.
If you read the Core Commerce website they brag about the quality of there templates, including claiming there’s are better than Big Commerce, I think not. Bad Core Commerce. Your templates are passable. Your templates are serviceable. Your templates are usable. But they are not better than Big Commerce. They are out dated to put it mildly. They are a big step up from Volusion, I agree with that, but they are quite a long way off the Interspire/Big Commerce templates.
It’s not all bad news though, the customization is good. Lots of options to change, lots of fine grained control – it’s a bit clunky but it works and I can definitely see people using it at the expense of hiring me. Big points for that, and the other shopping carts would do well to offer as many design customization options.
Pretty crappy. A lot to do with the template you select, but there is a lot of CSS embedded in the page. There is no canonical URL’s, no robot meta tags -I’m not impressed, I hope they are getting on top of this.
Good (there are even some guides and help text).
Lazy and ugly. Not exactly user friendly with ID’s and other identifiers tacked onto the end of most pages. Better than some offerings, but showing their age.
Google Products, Shopzilla are all in there which is a nice feature. Plenty of room for text and page content.
Really ordinary. While all the options are there it lacks the polish of shopping carts of similar price, in fact I think that is the best way to sum up my initial thoughts of Core Commerce.
It lacks polish. Not a death sentence and it has some great features, such as PCI-DSS Compliance for one. This should help it gain market share especially if Big Commerce doesn’t hurry up and get compliant.
Don’t forget to check my post CoreCommerce vs BigCommerce for a more detailed run down of the features, strengths and weaknesses.