When choosing how to build your Multi-Vendor Marketplace, you’ll invest a bit of time in researching the software you’ll have it built-in. You’re going to want to future proof yourself to have the flexibility to grow and adapt as your businesses evolves and changes to meet market demand. We’ve noticed two, in particular, that stand out. CS-Cart for being a full-fledged multi-vendor marketplace platform. And Magento for being a popular eCommerce platform with a Marketplace extension. We’re going to explore the differences between them and draw our opinion on who is the best multi-vendor eCommerce platform.
What are they?
Both CS-Cart and Magento are eCommerce software. To put that simply they are platforms where you can build an online store. And they both have offerings regarding Multi-Vendor marketplaces. But it’s important to note, they aren’t the same thing.
The way that CS-Cart and Magento are the most different is CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is standalone eCommerce software whilst Magento requires an extension called Multi-Vendor Marketplace by Webkul. As Magento isn’t specifically multi-vendor eCommerce software you’ll need to add a lot of the features through extensions. That’s great because it opens up the door to do a lot of things with your website. But CS-Cart already has a vast range of features included and ready to go out the gate. So with a Magento based website, you’ll need to make sure all extensions are up to date or it can affect the functionality of your website. You don’t have those problems with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.
The source code can be accessed through both platforms. This is important as this is where a developer brings your website to life. The source code is much more complex with Magento and Multi-Vendor Marketplace by Webkul than CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.
You might not be the one who’s engaging with the source code, so I’m going to translate this into a more relatable expense. If your website was a car, you’d take it to the mechanic to get serviced. So think about how this will affect you as the difference between paying $200 for an oil change or $400. Keeping your website online is like keeping your car on the road, so the easier the maintenance is the fewer costs and time delays you’ll be hit with along the journey.
What features are in the box?
It’s important to note here that CS-Cart works as a once-off licence fee with a higher cost than Multi-Vendor Marketplace by Webkul. But the comparison in features shows you what this ends up costing you. In CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, there are more than 500 features available by default. And Webkul offers just basic marketplace functionality.
It would be unfair to call out all the features not offered by Webkul. So we’ll look at a few of the differences in key features that will directly impact how you manage your website. CS-Cart offers Automated Vendor Payouts. This means you can save time and energy daily that goes into dealing with commissions and distributing payments.
They also have multiple levels of administrator access as a feature. As you need to take on employees, this feature will mean that you can have separate accounts and levels of control for different people who work on your website. This keeps private information private and your website secure.
Refunds are an unfortunate reality to any store, offline or online. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor has an easy to use refund system built into the administrative panel. For Webkul, you’ll need to pay for an additional add-on. With CS-Cart Multi-Vendor you get more than 50 payment systems and 6 shipping systems by default. And developers, like us, are happy to incorporate any complex shipping methods or payment integrations as needed. Multi-Vendor Marketplace by Webkul will require you install another 4-5 add-ons before you’ve reached the same functionality as CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.
For a deeper dive into the comparison of CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and Multi-Vendor Marketplace by Webkul, we would recommend looking at this article.
So, which is the Best Multi-Vendor eCommerce Platform?
You know your project best, so the Best Multi-Vendor eCommerce Platform for your website is ultimately your decision. As a developer, we prefer to work with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor for our clients as from purchase it is the most feature-rich and secure platform. We won’t pretend Open Source Magento with the Multi-Vendor Marketplace by Webkul isn’t the cheaper software to use. For us, we value the ability to provide our clients with eCommerce solutions that provide the functionality they want, be that built-in to the software or through API Integrations. The resulting website should be easy to manage and maintain as well as grow alongside your business. And for that reason, we love CS-Cart.
At Fox & Lee, we aren’t limited to CS-Cart development. We work with web solutions that make the most sense for your specific business. This can include customizable plugins and extensions where it makes sense for the job. If you’re looking at starting or refining an eCommerce website, get a quote from us today. You can either give us a call on (03) 9043 1039 or fill out the form below.