1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
Dismiss Notice
Have you checked if your business appears in our directory? Add your basic information for FREE!

Click Here to know more!!

If you would like links to source leads, upgrade from £12.50 a month!

Click Here to subscribe!
Dismiss Notice

Hi Guest!

Our website stays online because of the support of our advertisers. A huge part of them are from banner ads that appear on our site. While some of them seems to be intrusive for some, these ads are needed to keep our community running and continue providing free membership service for buyers.

In light to this, we request that you disable ad blocking programs or add our website to your ad blocker's whitelist. This keeps us from offering our basic membership to everyone for free and help with maintenance costs of our website.

If you have already disabled ad blocking programs or added us into the whitelist, please ignore this message, this message will disappear in a few seconds!

Shopping Cart and Template Directory

Discussion in 'E-Commerce and Online Selling' started by Proudlock, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Proudlock


    Mar 30, 2010
    After being away for almost two proper years since I first posted this thread, I thought it was only right that now I'm back to update it in a big way. I have been through all the previous links and edited out the broken/non-working ones as well as adding a multitude of newer E-commerce platform options that weren't here before. Hopefully as before this information will serve as a great start to those looking for an E-commerce platform, template or the newest edition - the extensions directory. Here goes, to begin a list of e-commerce platforms available:

    Self-Hosted E-commerce Platforms (Shopping Carts):

    Opencart - Features List Here - free/open source shopping cart
    Magento - Features List Here - free and premium editions available
    CubeCart - Features List Here - free and pro versions available
    CS Cart - Features List Here - free and pro editions available
    X Cart - Features List Here - premium version Gold and Pro
    Zen Cart - Features List Here - free shopping cart
    osCommerce - Features List Here - free online store software
    CRE Loaded - Features List Here - free shopping cart solution
    PrestaShop - Features List Here - free shopping cart platform
    VirtueMart - Features List Here– free e-commerce extension for use with the Joomla CMS
    Pinnacle Cart - Features List Here - Premium Shopping Cart Solution
    AbanteCart – Features List Here – Free Version and Online Live Demo
    SunShop – Features List Here – SunShop is a one-off fee shopping cart software solution

    Content Management System E-commerce Extensions:

    WooCommerce – Features List Here – Touted as the number one e-commerce plug-in for WordPress users and free to use – plus lots of extensions available.
    JigoShop – Features List Here – Another e-commerce plug-in for WordPress – this time it is premium and not free to use.
    Cart66 – Features List Here – Cart66 is another platform for selling on WordPress, it has Cart66 Pro for $149 one-off fee for unlimited site use or you can use the hosted Cart66 Cloud version for a subscription – all with 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.

    Drupal Commerce – Features List Here – This is an e-commerce plug-in made for the Drupal CMS, free to use and has an online live demo – plus lots of extensions available
    UberCart – Features List Here – Similar to Drupal Commerce, this cart works with the Drupal CMS system and is free to download

    MijoShop – Features List Here – A premium e-commerce plug-in for the Joomla CMS system – online Demo Available
    VirtueMart - Features List Here – A free e-commerce extension for use with the Joomla CMS

    Hosted E-commerce Solutions:

    Shopify - Features List Here – 14 Day Free Trial
    Big Cartel - Features List Here – Basic Gold Plan is Free, Bigger Plans Incur Monthly Fee
    Volusion - Features List Here – 14 Day Free Trial
    BigCommerce - Features List Here – 15 Day Free Trial
    EKM Powershop - Features List Here – Free Trial
    Here is a Wiki on making templates for EKM ---> http://wiki.ekmpowershop.com/Modifying_an_ekmPowershop_template
    3DCart - Features List Here– 15 Day Free Trial
    Squarespace – Features List Here – 14 Day Free Trial
    Fortune3 – Features List Here – 30 Day Free Trial
    Shopping Cart Elite – Features List Here – Free Trial and can schedule a demo of the platform with them
    AShop Commerce – Features List Here – 14 Day Free Trial

    +++ Template Directory +++

    Multiple Cart Template Sites:
    http://themeforest.net/- Possibly the number 1 place to look for a template for Magento, Opencart, Zen Cart, PrestaShop, CS Cart, VirtueMart and osCommerce themes – also offers Shopify themes – WooCommerce, JigoShop, UberCart, Cart66 and WP-Ecommerce templates – Huge selection of Responsive themes for relatively small amounts of money.
    http://www.algozone.com/- Opencart, CS Cart, osCommerce, Zen Cart, Magento, AbanteCart and CRE Loaded – Premium templates, quite expensive – some responsive templates and specific mobile template sections for Open Cart, Zen Cart and osCommerce.
    http://www.templatemonster.com/ecommerce-templates.php- Opencart, Magento, Zen Cart, PrestaShop, osCommerce, VirtueMart, CRE Loaded, Shopify, JigoShop and WooCommerce templates available (some free) – a good amount of responsive templates - some CMS/Blog templates also.
    http://www.drupallove.com/- templates for osCommerce, Magento, Zen Cart, PrestaShop and VirtueMart all available here.
    http://www.nice-layouts.com/oscommerce-templates/- osCommerce, Zencart, CRE Loaded and wordpress themes available.
    http://www.hypertemplates.com/type/zencart-templates/- Zencart, Magento, osCommerce, PrestaShop, ViruteMart templates – some wordpress and joomla – some mobile templates but very few responsive templates.
    http://www.templatemagician.com/oscommerce-templates.html- CRE Loaded, Magento, Opencart, osCommerce, PrestaShop, VirtureMart and Zen Cart templates available.
    http://www.membuy.com/- osCommerce, Magento, VirtueMart, PrestaShop, Zen Cart and Opencart templates – a large amount of premium templates and a limited selection of free templates – responsive layouts available for most carts listed.
    http://www.pixemus.com/cs-cart-templates.html- Zen Cart, CS Cart, Open cart and osCommerce – some free and premium templates.
    http://www.12leaves.com/cs-cart-templates/- Zen Cart, CS Cart, Open Cart and osCommerce – some free and premium templates.
    http://websiteskin.com/- Has a few CS-Cart, Open Cart and Shopify Themes Available.

    http://www.opencarttemplates.com/- Free and Premium templates available – small range but some responsive templates.
    http://opencarter.com/index.php?route=common/home- Premium templates available - small range – customization also available apparently.
    http://www.tmdhosting.com/templates/free-opencart-templates.html- some free open cart templates.
    http://opencartmarket.com/- Premium templates – good range.
    http://isenselabs.com/products/index/Dev-Tools-and-Themes/OpenCart-Themes- A small collection of responsive open cart templates – premium.

    Magento Cart:
    http://www.emthemes.com/- good range of premium themes for magento, new themes released every month, full customization available – a good range of responsive templates now available
    http://www.hellothemes.com/- full premium range of themes (some optismised for mobile and Go), tweaks and modifcation services – also PSD to magento theme service, access to as many themes as wanted with the club membership (for developers). New monthly themes released.
    http://templates-master.com/magento-templates.html- Magento premium templates more than 85+ to choose from, 3 months free support and free template installation.
    http://web-experiment.info/- Both free and premium templates available, several responsive and retina templates available – their Magento showcase for inspiration is quite useful.
    http://galathemes.com/- some premium themes available as well as tweaking services – most templates look to be responsive.
    http://www.magento-themes.jextn.com/- premium themes but lower prices than normal, good range and testimonials available on site.
    http://www.mage-world.com/magento-themes.html- good range of premium themes, also some basic free themes. Extensions available.
    http://www.magthemes.com/- free and premium themes, magento plug-ins available and custom theme design available as a service.
    http://www.design4magento.com/- some free and premium templates available.
    http://www.plazathemes.com/- premium templates available from $60 – Plaza Club Membership benefits including responsive design – 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and Live Demo available.
    http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/themes.html- this is the MagentoConnect marketplace for extensions and themes.

    Zen Cart:
    http://www.zencartwebtemplates.com/- premium zen cart templates – good range.
    http://www.iwebshop.co.uk/zen-cart-templates-c-61.html- premium and free templates available. Custom template service also available.
    http://www.picaflor-azul.com/- premium templates and modules available – custom design service.
    http://www.hiddenpixels.com/designer-and-developer-resources/free-zen-cart-templates/- free templates available.

    http://www.templateworld.com/oscommerce.html- large amount of premium templates available – membership available for developers, or cost of template from $25.
    https://www.xtendify.com/en/themes/oscommerce - A collection of premium templates.

    Pinnacle Cart:
    http://www.pinnaclecart.com/cart-themes/ - Pinnacle Cart comes with this selection of templates as standard.
    http://xhtmlfactory.com/services/psd-to-pinnaclecart/- offer a PSD to Pinnacle Cart template design service.

    http://cc3.biz/cubecart-version-4/cat_21.html - Skins and mods available for V3, V4 and V5.
    http://forums.cubecart.com/- place to find good contractors and designers for skinning the cart – good knowledge base also.
    http://www.cubecartforums.org/- a secondary forum with a large catalogue of skins and modules available from developers on the platform.

    CS Cart:
    http://www.codingstaff.com/products/cs-cart-templates- premium templates available - minimum of 2 new templates every month.
    http://www.cscartskins.com/- a handful of premium templates available.
    http://www.cscartrocks.com/- premium templates and add-ons for the cart.

    X Cart:
    http://www.x-cart.com/ecommerce-design-templates.html- e-commerce design templates from the XCart forums.
    http://marketplace.x-cart.com/skins-templates/- XCart marketplace for skins and templates.
    http://x-cart-customization.com/templates/- a handful of premium templates available.
    http://www.carttemplates.com/mods/x-cart-templates.html- a range of premium templates.
    http://www.thexcartstore.com/xcart-templates.html - Several Premium Templates with Responsive and/or Mobile Built-in.

    http://www.woothemes.com/product-category/themes/woocommerce/ - A small collection of themes built purposefully for the WooCommerce plugin (3 free themes available) including some themes that are fully responsive for mobile & tablet use. Also the site has some simple wordpress themes.

    http://themes.shopify.com/- huge array of paid and free themes for the shopify platform – some developed for mobile usage also.
    http://www.shopify-themes.net/- Boasts a large array of themes for Shopify sites with all being responsive and SEO optimized.
    http://www.undergroundmedia.co.uk/shopify-themes- some themes available, full custom development available as well as tweaks and small upgrades.

    Big Cartel:
    http://themes.tonkapark.com/- premium store themes available as well as custom store design.
    http://www.aarcadethemes.com/- another handful of premium themes with good support available. Some free pages available also.

    +++ The All New - Plug-ins and Extensions Directory +++

    I have decided to collate and add a section specifically for plug-ins and extensions for e-commerce platforms, so if you are looking to get more functionality and extend the power of your website then have a little look at the links below:

    Multiple Cart Extensions:
    http://codecanyon.net/?osr=tn – The biggests collection of extensions modules for Open Cart, Magento, osCommerce, Zen Cart, VirtueMart, PrestaShop, UberCart, WooCommerce, JigoShop and WP-Ecommerce all in one place, from small prices and with direct contact to developers.
    http://www.modulebazaar.com/ - 46 PrestaShop and 27 Magento Extension Modules Available Mainly Premium.
    http://www.magneticone.com/store/index.php - Provides Modules for Magento, PrestaShop, X-Cart, Zen Cart, osCommerce, CRE Loaded, Pinnacle Cart, Cube Cart, VirtueMart and Open Cart.

    http://www.woothemes.com/plugins/ - A collection of plug-ins for the wordpress platform including WooCommerce and the well-designed WooSlider.

    Open Cart:
    http://www.opencart.com/index.php?route=extension/extension&path=1&sort=e.date_modified&order=DESC– The Official Open Cart Extensions Marketplace.
    http://opencartmarket.com/opencartmodules.html - A good range of modules.
    http://www.opencartx.com/ - Another marketplace for Open Cart Modules.
    http://opencartaddons.com/free-extensions - A Large Selection of Free Extension Modules and Some Premium Also.
    http://opencartart.com/ - A Small Selection of Priced Modules for Open Cart.
    http://opencartguru.com/ - Another Collection of Open Cart Extensions Mainly Premium.
    http://isenselabs.com/products/index/Dev-Tools-and-Themes/OpenCart-Modules - An In-Depth Collection of Open Cart Modules with Many Social Integration Tools and a More Updated Feel Towards Developing.
    http://opcrat.com/opencart-extensions - A Collection of Creatively Designed Open Cart Extensions.
    http://the1path.com/opencart-extensions - 13 Open Cart Modules – Several Free and Premium.
    http://www.oc-extensions.com/ - An Extensive Collection of Open Cart Modules – Run a Membership Scheme for Multiple Module Downloads under One Blanket Fee.
    http://shop.openbaypro.com/opencart_modules - Good Collection of Open Cart Modules by a UK Based Team which Offers Support.
    http://top1extensions.com/8-free-opencart-modules - 6 Free Open Cart Modules.
    https://www.xtendify.com/en/plugins/opencart - Several Free and Premium Extension Modules.

    http://www.emthemes.com/commercial-magento-extensions.html - A good range of both free and premium extensions for Magento.
    http://templates-master.com/magento-extensions.html - Another large range of Magento extension modules.
    http://web-experiment.info/magento-extensions - 8 Extension modules for Magento.
    http://www.mage-world.com/magento-extensions.html - Good range of extension modules.
    http://www.magthemes.com/magento-plugins-1 - 6 Magento Extension Modules.
    http://www.fmeextensions.com/extensions.html?mode=list – A vast array of Magento extension modules – sometimes offering 15% discount for 3 or more purchases.
    http://www.plazathemes.com/magento-extensions.html - 25+ Magento Extension Modules.
    http://www.gomage.com/ - A good collection of free and premium Magento extensions – also they are a TWF Advertiser.

    Cube Cart:
    http://cubecart.expandingbrain.com/ - Estelle’s Mod Store for Cube Cart has a good range of Add-Ons.

    CS Cart:
    http://forum.cs-cart.com/forum/24-third-party-add-ons/ - CS Cart Forum Lists of Add-Ons and Modules.
    http://www.12leaves.com/cs-cart-modules/ - Banner, Facebook Integration, Image Pop-up Modules.
    http://www.cscartrocks.com/cs-cart-addons - A collection of CS-Cart Add-Ons.
    http://www.alt-team.com/cs-cart-modules.html?sl=EN – Several Free and Premium CS Cart Modules.
    http://www.codingstaff.com/products/cs-cart-addons - A Good Range of CS Cart Add-Ons.
    http://www.carttuning.com/cs-cart-addons/ - 9 CS Cart Premium Add-Ons.
    http://www.magictoolbox.com/cscart/ - A Selection of Premium Image Tools for CS Cart - Potentially Available for Other Carts Too.
    http://cs-cart.seonid.com/cs-cart-addons/ - A Collection of Premium CS Cart Modules.

    http://www.x-cart.com/extensions - The Official X-Cart Extensions Marketplace.
    http://marketplace.x-cart.com/addons-modules/ - Further X-Cart Add-Ons Marketplace with a Greater Range.
    http://www.simplyxcart.com/x-cart-add-on-modules/ - A Large Marketplace of X-Cart Modules – Premium Mainly.
    http://www.xcartmods.co.uk/ - A Small Collection of X-Cart Modules – Some Free but mainly Premium.
    http://www.zone1creative.co.uk/x-cart-modules - 4 Modules - 2 Free & 2 Premium.

    Zen Cart:
    http://www.zen-cart.com/downloads.php - The Main Zen Cart Downloads List.
    https://zen-cart-modules.com/ - A Small Collection of Premium Modules for Zen Cart.
    https://www.numinix.com/downloads/zen-cart-modules - Detailed Collection of Free and Premium Zen Cart Modules nicely Categorised into Specific Sections.
    http://zencart-modules.co.uk/ - Another Modules Marketplace for Zen Cart.

    http://addons.oscommerce.com/ - The Official osCommerce Community Add-Ons List.
    http://www.oscommerce-addons.com/ - A Collection of Free and Premium Add-Ons.
    http://www.hotscripts.com/category/plugins/oscommerce-addons/ - A Large Collection of Mainly Free Add-Ons for osCommerce.

    http://marketplace.algozone.com/abantecart/ - The Extensions Marketplace for AbanteCart.

    http://www.jigoshop.com/extend/ - The Official JigoShop Extension Marketplace.

    Drupal Commerce:
    http://www.drupalcommerce.org/extensions/module - The Official Drupal Commerce Extensions Marketplace.

    I will try and keep the list updated as often as possible, but if anyone else uses the list and notices any errors (pages down, etc.) or has any other options they would like to add to the list please post a response. I am not trying to advertise any of these sites its purely a list to help out people and let them see all the options available (as such I have tried not to put the items in any sort of order in terms of preference or quality).

    I just hope this helps start-ups and those looking at their options for E-commerce applications - if you require any advice or want to discuss your web presence options please get in touch via this thread or a PM for free advice.

    Last edited: May 7, 2014
  2. Anthony


    Oct 17, 2004
    Wow! Thanks for collating all this information and posting this up for our members, Sam.

    Very nicely done!
    Proudlock likes this.
  3. Lace

    Lace Retired Moderator

    Mar 21, 2011
    Marked as sticky :)

    Thank you for this Sam!
    Proudlock likes this.
  4. UKbuyer1


    Oct 30, 2009
    Nice guide Proudlock!
    Proudlock likes this.
  5. Dave


    May 5, 2010
    Great list Sam, thanks for all your hard work.
    Proudlock likes this.
  6. Digitalfever


    Jul 8, 2009
    So deserves to be a sticky !

    Good Job !
    Proudlock likes this.
  7. jack2230


    Jan 4, 2011
    Nice work Sam, this is a great resource and it really deserves the sticky. :D
    Proudlock likes this.
  8. Gary


    Aug 22, 2009
    Somehow I missed this, what a truly great contribution and this alone is deservng of both the sticky and the recognition as member of the month, well done!
    Proudlock likes this.
  9. swalsh82


    Mar 11, 2012
    great work i run 3 of these here's my thoughts:

    OSCommerce - dont even bother. With V3.0 has been in beta testing for over 2 years! When php 5.4 becomes standard all current versions will not be supported

    OpenCart - great. easy, simple and nice to look at

    Magento - the beast. Need a good host with this one but unrivalled in features
  10. Lee McVee

    Lee McVee

    Apr 27, 2012
    Thank you so much for this - so helpful - I can't believe how much information there is in this contribution
  11. petsncharms


    Apr 24, 2012
    Great post and lots of information. I did look through all of these. I am a novice and found some of the open source software a little mind blowing so settled personally for a hosted ecommerce site. But now I am not convinced I made the right choice. Or maybe I did at the time as I did not have the knowledge or experience. However, I am looking again for a new ecommerce option as I would like to set up a website for drop shipping products. I am going to make a seperate post in case anyone can help as I found it difficult previously to find something to meet my specific requirements. It maybe it doesn¨t exist and I will have to use a shopping cart and a seperate web hosting.
  12. leechallenger


    May 13, 2012
    thanks for the great lists , i have just lost about 5 hours looking for the rite template for my business , tbh my brain feels like its been in a tumble washer i don't know if i'm coming or going .i found a few that might be good for me with a bit of tweaking , my business is selling army products , cloths boots webbing cooking utensils camo paint paint ball equipment etc , i found 4 sites that i would like peoples opinions on please



  13. generalu


    May 14, 2012
    I haven't looked deeply into any of these carts/templates, but after looking at these links, I really like the Basico template. I am currently opting for Opencart and the Basico Template.

    Thanks for sharing these links. Much obliged.
  14. hippysunshine


    Apr 6, 2012
    I know this might sound really silly, but say I was to sign up with open cart, do they also provide the web host and domain or do I have to by those separate? And how does opencart work? Is it all controlled online or on my desktop? Why do I need to DOWNLOAD?

    Ecommerce is all new to me so simple terms would be fantastic ha.

    I know my way around XHTML, CSS and wordpress etc but never done eccomerce.
    Would you recommend going down the opencart route or using a shopping cart plugin for a wordpress site?

    I really don't know where to start with all this.

    Let me just explain, I'm opening a vintage clothes shop and decided it might be more worth while and cheaper to do my own website instead of paying the fees on Etsy/Ebay.

    Super confused. x
  15. redspell

    redspell Banned Member

    Oct 12, 2009

    Open Cart is the shopping cart software that you usually use on your own hosting account with your own domain (There are also hosted versions though) much the same as you would install and use Wordpress.

    Using a cart platform like Open Cart will usually give you a lot more ecommerce functions and flexibility with your site configurations than you would get with many of the Wordpress ecommerce plug ins.
  16. adcooper


    Apr 3, 2012
    I would recommend CS-Cart. Our company works with this system for a long time and really loves it. As for Magento, this platform has so many features that not any other platform has but it is heavy and complex for small or medium business, I would recommend it for big retailers.
  17. toobusysylvia


    Sep 14, 2012
    Wow, so much useful information for me. Really thank you for you sharing.
    I have a Magento store, and there are still a lot of thing to learn about Magento.
  18. Bizi


    Aug 15, 2012
    i like 4rth one, couldnt open 3rd one and 1st two are just 6/10
  19. Car Expert

    Car Expert

    Jul 11, 2012

    I'm completely novice to this ecommerce business, was thinking to outsource this, but finding some useful information here. Can anyone help me step by step process to make e-commerce website. What I got here is:
    a)register domain & hosting, any particular website?
    b)install opencart to your hosting.
    c)choose and buy template.
    d)upload your product and description
    e)start selling.

    Is it that simple, the way I'm thinking or it I've to go through some difficult steps, any expert here to help me please!!!
    alex morie likes this.
  20. redspell

    redspell Banned Member

    Oct 12, 2009

    Looks like you have pretty much summed up the process.

    I would advise that you research which of the carts suits you best before you commit as there are pros and cons for all of them (Open Cart offers you good fiunctions and simple Admin area).

    If you need a host that can help you set everything up as part of their service then drop me a PM and I will be happy to help ;)
    Wizard and Car Expert like this.
Back to top

Share This Page