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E-commerce Comparison: Payment and Shipping methods

Overview

Payment and shipping options are two main things you need to configure while managing your online store.

NOTE: We do not provide support for shipping and payment methods, one should contact corresponding e-commerce communities or payment gateway providers for assistance.

Payment Modules

Each e-commerce engine has several default built-in payment systems. The additional methods can be added via third-party modules or scripts.

IMPORTANT! – How to choose the payment module: The quality of the Payment module is very important. Make sure the module has been around for a while, it is widely used and tested. New extensions will have a lot of glitches in most cases. The checkout is the most critical part of any e-commerce site, that is why we recommend checking the following aspects:

  • Fraud detection.

  • E-commerce backend and payment services provider (PSP) admin panel configuration.

  • Multi-currency and multi-language options.

  • How well integrated it is with alternative payment methods (e.g. ELV, Vorkasse, etc.).

  • Refunds management from e-commerce admin’s order section.

  • Possibly store payment details (on the PSP) to provide faster checkout to returning customers, using tokenisation technology.

  • Clear payment details recorded on backend, in order to avoid having customer service rep jumping from E-commerce admin to the PSP’s admin panel.

  • Easy to set up and manage a test account, for your test site. That will help you to configure the payment method and be sure that all orders are processing correctly.

  • Detailed logs, to make troubleshooting easy.

One should note that developers of commercial payment extensions provide usually much more complete and qualified support than the free ones. It is recommended contacting a required gateway support beforehand to find our whether the module exists and how it should be configured.

In this article we will compare the main items of these options from the most popular e-commerce platforms: osCommerce, Shopify, Magento, PrestaShop, VirtueMart, Woocommerce, ZenCart and OpenCart.

We grouped the e-commerce platforms basing on their popularity and functionality. If you want to find the detailed information about the payment gateway configuration and support, just click its title in the table.

Magento vs Prestashop

  Magento (Community edition) PrestaShop
Default methods Cash on delivery;
Bank transfer;

Check/Money order;
Purchase Order;
Zero subtotal (No Payment Information Required);
Saved credit cards

Bank wire;
Cash on delivery;
Payments by check
Default payment gateways Paypal
(Payments Advanced; Payments Pro, Payments Standard, Payflow Link, Payflow Pro)
Authorize.net
Authorize.net
Brink’s Checkout
Cadrpay Solutions
First Data
PayPal
PowaTag
Simplify Commerce
Free addons A few hundred of free integrations.
The most popular are Sofort, ePay, Worldpay, 2Chekout, etc.
19 certified modules: Sofort, Skrill, Hipay and others.
Also some open-source modules can be found on the payment gateway providers websites or on the community forum: 2Checkout Quickpay Universal Payment Dalpay, etc.
Paid modules More then 400 official extensions, for example iDeal, Klarna, FirstData, Adyen, Sagepay. About 300 modules on the official marketplace.

Shopify vs Opencart

  Shopify OpenCart
Default methods Bank deposit;
Money order;
Cash on delivery
Bank Transfer
Cheque / Money Order
Cash On Delivery
Free Checkout
Payment gateways Amazon
Paypal
Shopify Payments
Dwolla
Bitpay
Coinbase

More then 70 credit cards gateways

Amazon
Authorize.net
Bluepay
First data
G2APay
Global Pay
Klarna
LiqPay
Nochex
Paymate
Paypoint
Payza
Perpetual Payments
Paypal
Realex
Sagepay
Secure Trading
Skrill
2Checkout
Web Payment
Worldpay
Free addons About 200 third-party modules
Paid modules Commercial modules

osCommerce vs ZenCart

  osCommerce ZenCart
Default methods Cash on Delivery;
Check/Money Order;
Credit Card
Cash on Delivery;
Check/Money Order;
Credit Card
Payment gateways Authorize.net
Braintree
Chronopay
Inpay
iPayment
Moneybookers
Nochex
Paypal
2Checkout
Sage pay
Authorize.net
FirstData
Paypal
Free addons Community addons Community plugins
Paid modules Community addons Community plugins

VirtueMart vs Woocommerce

  VirtueMart WooCommerce
Default methods Cash on Delivery;
Check/Money Order;
Credit Card
Cash on Delivery;
Check/Money Order;
Credit Card
Payment gateways PayPal
Worldpay
Authorize.net
2Checkout
Paypal
Free addons Non-commercial plugins: Dexia, ePayment, PayLeap etc. Free plugins (about 20): Payfast, Simplify Commerce, FuturePay, Amazon and some others.
Paid modules Official commercial plugins (15): Sagepay, Paybox, Slimpay etc. Commercial plugins (about 100): Payment express, e-Path

Shipping Modules

IMPORTANT! – we recommend considering the following point while choosing/configuring the carrier:

  • Implement the required methods depending on your warehouses location and the geographical delivery area provided.

  • The shipping method should be configurable in the admin panel.

  • Work with promotions to allow free shipping.

  • Allow tracking codes to be set against an order.

Magento vs Prestashop

  Magento (Community edition) PrestaShop
Default methods and manual carrier configuration Free shipping
Flat rates

Table rates
Purchase Order;
Zero subtotal (No Payment Information Required);
Saved credit cards

Free shipping
Custom carrier
Default shipping gateways UPS

USPS
FedEx
DHL

FedEx
Sellstrom Global Shipping
Ship2MyID
ShippingEasy
Free addons A few hundred of free extensions. Royal mail, Fontis Australia and many others. Look for open-source modules on the shipping providers websites or on the community forum.
Paid modules About 300 official extensions, for example PostNL, Canada Post, etc. About 200 modules on the official marketplace.

Shopify vs Opencart

  Shopify OpenCart
Default methods Zone shipping City link
Flat Rate
Free shipping
Per Item
Pickup From Store
Weight Based Shipping
Default shipping gateways UPS

USPS
FedEx

Australia Post
FedEx
Parcelforce 48
Royal Mail
UPS
USPS
Free addons Some free apps (about 30) are available in the App Store: Canada Post, Shippo, ShippingEasy, DHL, inExpress, etc. Almost 100 free modules: Canada Post, DHL, DPD, etc.
Paid modules More then 40 commercial apps:Boxify, ShipWorks and others. Commercial modules: ACS, Airmail, BPack, etc.

osCommerce vs ZenCart

  osCommerce ZenCart
Default methods Flat Rate
Zone rate
Per Item
Table rate
Flat Rate
Zone rate
Per Item
Table rate
Pickup From Store
Default shipping gateways USPS USPS
Free addons Community addons:DPD, UPS, DHL, Australia Post, FedEx and others. Community plugins: Royal Mail, DHL, Canada post, FedEx, Ship200 and others.
Paid modules Community addons Community plugins

VirtueMart vs Woocommerce

  VirtueMart WooCommerce
Default methods Zone Rates
Weight Based Shipping
Custom carrier
Flat Rate
Free shipping
Pickup From Store
Default shipping gateways
Free addons Non-commercial extensions: FedEx, etc. Free plugins (almost 10): Shipping Easy, ShipStation,Veeqo, NetParcel and some others.
Paid modules Official commercial plugins (16): USPS, UPS, etc. Commercial plugins (about 30): USPS, POST NL, Canada Post, FedEx, ShipWire