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Online shopping: Prestashop vs CS-Cart

During the development of technologies most commercial organizations are moving to online trading. They demonstrate their products, describe it in a favorable light on individual sites. This form works quite profitable for the owners, since clients can view products at any time, carry out online orders and receive online consultation.

For an online store, it is important to choose a suitable platform.


PrestaShop is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms. This platform is the most popular commercial platform. This served as its main task. It is a kind of engine for small and large shops, commercial companies trade sites. PrestaShop is developed in PHP, which uses the Symfony framework. It contains 310 different functions to construct a commercial site.

How to Install: manual

In 2010-2011 Gg. PrestaShop received the prize of the best web applications.

Advantages Of Prestashop

This software has the following advantages:

  • a large number of ready-made templates for shops (template designs are quite diverse);
  • free use (special offer for opened stores that cannot afford to pay big bucks for CMS);
  • the lack of restriction on directories (many platforms impose payment when perelimite units);
  • more than 1900 adaptive (such Adaptive templates help transform the visitor into a buyer);
  • Sales Analysis module availability, conversion, the average check, the number of visits;
  • payment modules;
  • ease of use, availability of hints.
  • the ability to connect additional payment systems;
  • Extensions for marketing promotion company;
  • block structure, management flexibility;
  • performance, high efficiency;
  • ease of downloading without financial investment;
  • free/paid support;
  • on the official site contains tutorials and Gallery.

Functionality Of Prestashop

  • The ability to sort the products according to specified parameters;
  • watermarks on images of products;
  • submission of cost with and without tax;
  • image of discounts as a percentage;
  • customer feedback and evaluation on the production;
  • description of product brands or their manufacturers;
  • information on the number of products in stock.


Is also another Internet platform for creating an online store is a CS-Cart. This application is an effective tool for conducting commercial activities on the Internet. Many companies worldwide are working successfully on this platform. It was established in year 2005.

CS-Cart Capabilities

  • adaptation screen under any smartphone or desktop;
  • affordable editing directly on the site of the store;
  • the presence of multiple catalogs (different domains), which is held by a single admin panel;
  • simple introduction on any social network, blog or web-resource;
  • a large number of features that help you control the store through one window;
  • the presence of filters that help generate sales reports;
  • additional SEO settings that make the store effective search engines.

CS-Cart is a paid application. Price of its licensed version is 24500 rub. This price includes lifetime license, updates CS-Cart (for a year) and technical support.

Having considered both the application, anyone can come to their own conclusions and to choose the most advantageous software. However, for beginners, it is proposed to Prestashop, since it requires no initial investment that is very profitable for most companies.

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