PROS / X-Cart offers TSL 1.2 encryption, making it the only service that will retain PCI compliance in June 2018 with current encryption levels.
CONS / This is the only service that is not hosted on the cloud.
VERDICT / X-Cart offers many unique features and a robust set of web-design and shopping cart creation tools. However, many of its most unique tools cost extra, making it an expensive plan. If money is not a large concern, then X-Cart is a good online shopping cart selection.
Editor's Note: A new version of X-Cart is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to the new version available for purchase. The manufacturer states the new version offers the following features: two-factor authentication, a built-in CDN, over 75 payment gateways and multilingual support. We will evaluate, rank and review X-Cart's Business Edition when we next update the Shopping Cart Software reviews.
X-Cart’s Standard plan, shopping cart website builder offers most of the features and meets many criteria that are important for building your business online. While every other service on our lineup is hosted on the cloud, X-Cart must be downloaded to your computer. It is available for both Mac and PC. With this service, you also need to purchase a license and pay a monthly hosting fee. Like other shopping cart software on our lineup, there are no setup or transaction fees with service, though your payment processor may charge its own transaction fees.
For our reviews, we evaluated the Standard hosting plan. This plan has 2GB of storage, the lowest of any other service. However, X-Cart offers unlimited product hosting and unlimited bandwidth, which is a bonus.
Some aspects of web-design and shopping cart creation are user-intuitive, while others are more difficult. For example, adding products and product images is a straightforward, simple task. However, changing images and text in other areas of the site was more difficult and had a higher learning curve. While building your site, you can preview that final product before pushing your website live. This allows you to ensure your site is in order before your customers view it.
Only four free templates are available, though you can purchase more. X-Cart has the lowest number of free templates of all the software on our lineup. This online shopping cart platform has a built-in blog and WordPress integration. You can add content delivery network for an additional fee, which may be a good option if your site features video and high-quality images.
If you require a unique domain, you can import your own or pay an additional fee to have an X-Cart representative establish a domain for you. One benefit of signing up with X-Cart is unlimited, personalized email addresses.
In addition to testing the shopping cart website builder, we tested the mobile and desktop checkout system, which your customers would use. Overall, checking out with X-Cart shopping cart software was an easy process; however, sometimes we were not redirected to the cart when adding products, which caused confusion during our tests.
When using X-Cart’s online shopping cart, you can select one of more than 75 payment gateways. If you want to keep your current payment gateway, there is a good chance that X-Cart supports your current provider.
This company doesn’t include customer support or 24/7 customer support. If you want customer support, you must pay an additional fee. X-Cart does have an online knowledgebase where you can search for answers.
Security benefits include fraud detection, which searches for and flags potential credit card fraud. This online shopping cart is the only one on the lineup that offers TLS 1.2 encryption, making it the only company that currently meets the new PCI compliance measures that come into effect in June, 2018.
X-Cart provides the majority of the features needed to build a complete website and shopping cart online; however, many of its features cost extra. Large drawbacks of X-Cart include additional fees, including fees for support, the monthly hosting fee and the one-time license agreement, which can make starting with this service costly. However, if cost is not a concern when deciding to add a shopping cart to your website, then X-Cart is solid choice.