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Ecwid vs. OpenCart

Looking for an OpenCart alternative?

Compare OpenCart to Ecwid and choose the right ecommerce platform to build and grow your online store.

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The easiest way to start selling online

Ecwid wins for Ease of Use, Ease of Setup (G2). In other words, if you just want to get started with selling online, Ecwid gives you the flexibility of embedding ecommerce in your existing site.

While OpenCart seems easy to set up if you know how to deal with servers and have a technical background, it’s not easy at all to maintain and manage it. You will need a developer to edit the layout or design, update the platform, or integrate with 3rd-party services.

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Headless ecommerce

Ecwid lets you add ecommerce anywhere. You can start selling from scratch, on an existing website, on social media, on Google, and even in person.

With OpenCart, you can only create an ecommerce website. Unfortunately, you’ll have to move all your existing online business and traffic to your OpenCart website. Sometimes it’s painful.

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Cloud technologies

With Ecwid, security updates, server maintenance, product changes, new features and online availability just happens. Because it’s cloud. Meaning, we do all the technical routine while you can focus on selling.

With OpenCart, you have to take care of everything yourself. This will take most of your time or significant money to hire a developer.

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Frequent OpenCart concerns

Requires coding skills
Poor customer support
Hard to maintain
Hard to maintain
Code quality
Low code quality
Weak API
Weak API

What our merchants are saying

My experience with Ecwid is currently really good. I work on WordPress, using Ecwid plugin. The Ecwid back-end interface is really user-friendly for the person who has to use it to manage products and orders. And the front-end interface is solid too for the customer of the e-commerce. Ecwid provides most of the tools I need to manage a small to mid-range e-commerce.
We love that it was a quick and easy process to migrate our items into ECWID. It took less than a half hour to have the bulk of our items in with current pricing. The iOS app is a joy to work with and so full featured.
I have spent months to choose e-commerce platform which will work for me. And telling you better then Ecwid for small size business- just can't find.

People trust us

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Appearance and Integration

OpenCart offers very limited options for merchants when it comes to the look and feel of an online store. In order to use OpenCart, your online store must exist through the OpenCart site, which limits the ways that you can have your store appear. You’re either limited to the pre-designed templates available from OpenCart, or you must migrate design elements from your site into OpenCart.

Ecwid, on the other hand, is a great OpenCart alternative, where your online store is easily and seamlessly integrated into your existing or new website. Ecwid works smoothly with all major Content Management Systems (CMS), including WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, and even your Facebook page, or can easily be added to any custom website. This way, you’re in complete control of the look and feel of your online store. Ecwid’s shopping cart, search tool, and other modules can be added anywhere on your site simply by adding a few short lines of code. Then the appearance of those modules can be easily customized to your preferences.

With Ecwid, you’ll be satisfied with the look and function of your online store, and your customers will enjoy a smooth and seamless shopping experience without ever having to leave your site.


If you’ve read an OpenCart review before or have visited their site, you may have seen claims that their out-of-the-box shopping cart is free, which on the surface is true. However, there are many costly add-ons that you’ll need to buy. The prices of these add-ons, which in many cases you will need, can range from $10 to $100, and those costs add up when you’re trying to grow your business. Even simple features, such as resizing or deleting product images require a paid add-on. Those features come free with Ecwid. You also can run into trouble with add-ons if OpenCart makes any upgrades, as the add-ons may not function properly with the upgrade and may require complicated changes to their code.

With Ecwid, you’ll always have access to our free option, which comes loaded with tons of useful features to build and manage your online store. Your online store can be set up in a matter of minutes and functions seamlessly on any platform, including desktops, tablets, and smartphones with our responsive design. Should you find your business growing or that you require additional features and support for any reason, we offer affordably priced plans depending on your needs.

You’ll always know what you’re getting for what you paid, and you won’t have to worry about paying piecemeal for individual features as our packages come loaded with a host of features. And when we make upgrades or make bug fixes, your online store will be updated seamlessly without you needing to make any changes or experiencing disruption to your store.

Customer Support

The customer support on OpenCart is extremely limited and only available through their community forums. Questions and concerns can often go unanswered or await belated responses. Attempts to contact the company must be made through the forums as well. Other OpenCart review sites have noted that the responses on the forum can be condescending or worse to those seeking help.

Alternatively, Ecwid offers robust options for comprehensive customer support. In addition to our responsive and engaged forums comprised of long-time Ecwid users, our technical support team is always on hand to respond to any questions or issues you may have. We also offer an extensive Frequently Asked Questions section and knowledge base, where many of your questions or concerns may be answered. With our advanced plans, you’ll also have access to more one-on-one technical support from our team via email, chat, or phone. At Ecwid, our customer support team always strives to be helpful, responsive, and courteous. We’re here to make your e-commerce experience as pleasant and productive as possible.


If you’ve been looking for an OpenCart alternative, Ecwid offers you plenty of compelling reasons for creating your online store with us. Robust features, easy and smooth integration, free and affordable plans, and helpful customer support are just some of the ways that Ecwid stands out as the ideal e-commerce platform for your business. If you have any questions about Ecwid or require assistance with OpenCart migration to Ecwid, please feel free to contact us.

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