TomatoCart V1.1 vs. ZenCart V1.3.9c PrefaceZenCart and TomatoCart are both open source shopping cart based originally onosCommerce, running on the LAMP environment (Linux, Apache, MySQL, andPHP). Developed since 2003, ZenCart has gained popularity with its reliability,solid feature list and ease of use. However, TomatoCart, started in 2010 is still arising star, which is well known for its innovative “winbows” admin panel withmore concern about user experience and functionality.This article is written for those who are not familiar with TomatoCart or those whocan’t make a decision when facing the two eCommerce solutions. Focusing onfunctionality (built-in functionality in majority) comparison, the content of thearticle is objective with no discrimination. EssentialsBoth carts are quick to install and easy to learn. The requirements of two cartsindicate low cost on hosting. However, different from web 1.0 technology basedosCommerce, TomatoCart applies the modern web 2.0 technology such as RIA(Rich Internet Application), Ajax, which provides a familiar windows operationenvironment and boosts the operation efficiency. TomatoCart Zen CartRequirements PHP5.1.6+ PHP4.0+ MySQL4.1.14+ MySQL4.1.13+ or 5.0.7+Open SourceUnlimited productsFee none noneSSL support Full or shared SSL full or shared SSLKnowledge level for intermediate intermediatecodingEase of use easy easy
AppearanceFront end: TomatoCart ZenCartAccording to w3schools’research, most users are using a screen resolution of1024x768 pixels or higher, with a color depth of at least 65K (Learn more?).Thatmeans, compared with the Zen Cart’s 750px width template, TomatoCart’s frontend with a template in 960px width caters to more users nowadays.Back end:
TomatoCart ZenCartSee any difference? Right, Zen Cart inherits the traditional looking ofosCommerce; while the desktop-looking admin panel of TomatoCart is multi-window-supported, which brings clients sleek and efficient operation experience.What’s more, you are allowed to set shortcut, auto run, quick start and contextmenu at your discretion. Site Management Site management, generally speaking, should include all the basic tools to
organize your sites and it decides the performance of your sites and the flexibility of your site settings. In addition to basic site management tools, TomatoCart has created its unique tools such as department management, which allow customers to choose the department they’d like to contact. While ZenCart is featured with TomatoCart Zen CartMulti-LingualMulti-CurrencyTaxWeight ClassesZone/CountryWYSIWYGSeparate Web MailEmail templateNewsletter ManagementWatermark ToolRoles Permission Limited Add-onManagementReportsCaptchaMaintenance ModeDepartment Management CMS: CMS, simplifying your publication of web content, is a special and indispensable part of shopping cart software. If you wanna make your site attractive, impressive and distinctive, you should turn to help of CMS. Ranging from simple article to indicative video, high-end CMS is capable of doing nearly anything you comes up with. But it doesn’t absolutely indicate the more, the better. It’s up to your demand. Never be too greedy, which always run counters to your desire. TomatoCart ZenCartArticleGuest BookPollsSlide Images/Image MenuProduct SliderProduct ScrollerVideosEZ-PagesTemplate Layout
Catalog Management As a proverb says, effort doubled, result halved. I do believe a clear catalog layout makes your work simple! Let’s take a careful look at this part. TomatoCart ZenCartCategory managementDownloadable/DigitalProductsManufacturerSpecialsFeatured ProductUpcoming ProductPopular Search TermsProduct comparisonsProduct reviews/ratings limited Product ManagementTomatoCart is featured with a sleek experience when you are adding newproducts; however, ZenCart is a little messy. TomatoCart ZenCartMultiple Images PerProductReports limitedDuplicate ProductsBatch AddProduct/specialsShort descriptionUp-sells in ShoppingCartAttachmentAccessoryImage Zoom
Customer Management How to manage your customers? Treat them all the same? Definitely not! Different treatment is needed here to boost your online sales. For example, you can divide them into several customer groups and give them different discounts according to their order records. In a word, a perfect customer management is also a powerful marketing tool. TomatoCart ZenCartStatus settingAdd in adminBatch AddStore CreditsCustomer groupWhish ListIP Order ManagementSometimes, orders will be taken by phone, which requires the shopping cartsystem with a manual order-adding functionality. Sometimes, customers mayreturn a product. And sometimes… There are a lot of exceptions you have to takeinto consideration. Let’s see whether your shopping cart software has thought ofthe exceptions in advance! TomatoCart ZenCartManage orders from adminCreate, edit orders from add-onadmin panel.Create one or multipleinvoices, shipments andcredit memos per order toallow for split fulfillmentReturn RequestAbandoned CartTrack OrderStore Credit/Credit SlipsOrder statuses
Marketing, Sales and SEO Nowadays, Marketing is considered as a key to popularity and success. Without exception, it is also a significant part of shopping cart software. Built-in promotional tools not only cut down on the cost but also boost your revenue. Aside from promotional tools, SEO brings you a good result when customers are searching store or product via search engines. TomatoCart ZenCartGoogle Site Map add-onURL Rewrites add-onMeta-information forproducts andcategoriesCoupons limitedCatalog PromotionalPricingMulti-tier pricingCustomer groups each add-onwith its own pricingstructureWish listCross SellAccessoryRSS FeedNewsletterGift Certificates CheckoutCheckout determines the sales conversion. Customers will be bothered bycomplex check out processes and limited choices. TomatoCart ZenCartDelivery / BilllingaddressOne-Page Checkout add-onCheckout without add-onaccount/GuestCheckoutShipping to multipleaddresses in one order
TomatoCart ZenCartGift Wrapping Payment Gateways:People all around the world definitely have different favored payment methods.What if they can’t find the gateway they are looking for or there is no otheralternative payment gateway? What a frustrating shopping experience!Consequently, multiple choices of payment methods should be prepared to satisfyall kinds of need. Here we just compare the built-in payment gateways of bothshopping cart.Till now, TomatoCart supports more than twenty integrated payment gateways.As to ZenCart, You may see payment module add-ons of it here .