Compare X‑Cart 4 Classic and X‑Cart 5

X‑Cart 4 and X‑Cart 5 eCommerce platforms are both feature‑rich and customizable, providing huge opportunities for high‑performing online stores. None of the two has limitations when it comes to the quantity of products, orders, payment transactions, staff and user accounts, etc. Both are lightning fast and handle 500K unique shoppers per day on an average VPS server. And, of course, each has its fans. However, they differ significantly. Here are the basic points:

Setup and Installing New Apps

Setup and Installing New Apps

X‑Cart 5 is way easier to manage comparing to X‑Cart Classic both in terms of navigation and settings in administrator dashboard, which are very intuitive, and addons installation. X‑Cart 5 comes with built‑in extensions marketplace, so you don’t have to waste time googling for the necessary features. Just find them via the store back‑end and enable right away. On the contrary, X‑Cart 4 requires some tech skills from administrator.

Customization Potential

Here again X‑Cart 5 beats X‑Cart Classic. In fact, it’s easier to customize X‑Cart 4 as it’s possible to edit any part of code as is, but these customizations make already tricky upgrades even more complicated. Transferring the changes to the upgraded store is almost coding them anew. Whereas, X‑Cart 5 offers virtually unlimited extensibility and customizability due to advanced technologies it’s based on. Customizations in it imply a bit more coding, as each of them is implemented as an addon. But it’s worth it. As said above, such approach keeps upgradability. What is more, transferring these customizations to other X‑Cart 5 stores is easy and they’ll work even if there are other customizations.

Design Features

X‑Cart 5 comes with a far more user‑friendly Webmaster mode than X‑Cart 4. It allows picking and editing templates, updating text labels, customizing CSS/JS and moving layout blocks right on the storefront. So, minor design changes are even in power of merchants with very basic HTML and CSS knowledge. Combining flat and material design, the latest X‑Cart 5 Crisp White default skin makes your store look really modern. Built on CSS with vertical rhythm and Bootstrap Grid System, this template is a perfect base to easily create your new unique one.

Store Upgrades

Store Upgrades

X‑Cart 5 holds all the cards here. Platform upgrades in it surpass those in X‑Cart 4 by far and away. First, they are quick, taking just a few clicks and simple actions. Second, flexible modular architecture makes it possible to customize absolutely everything and still keep upgradability. And finally, wave approach ensures trouble‑free and stable upgrades for merchants.

Platform Maintenance and Development

We keep maintaining X‑Cart Classic and will do it as long as our customers need it. However, it’s X‑Cart 5 that can boast modern technologies, intensive growth and huge variety of addons by X‑Cart team and partners. While new X‑Cart Classic versions come mainly with bug‑fixes and security updates, major X‑Cart 5 releases are also replete with new tools and integrations.

Marketing and Sales

In contrast with X‑Cart 4, X‑Cart 5 keeps pace with the latest marketing trends and tricks, constantly expanding its toolkit to boost your sales. Of course, if you’re a developer, you can code your own tool or integration, if it is missing. However, with X‑Cart 5 it’s easier to achieve. Say, its REST API addon greatly simplifies the integration of your store with 3rd party services.

SEO Tools

SEO Tools

For SEO, the two platforms demonstrate almost the same efficiency, providing advanced tools to gain high rankings in search results. X‑Cart 5, though, has got a more convenient interface for managing SEO settings as they are located in a separate section in the store back‑end. Also, to the difference with X‑Cart 4, it has a better structure of product URLs. Thus, its subcategory path includes all parents categories and subcategories names. It is good for SEO, as the URLs contain additional keywords and it helps the search engines to categorize your content.

International and Multilingual Support

Both work for international sales, but X‑Cart 5 has a slight edge over, as it supports English, Dutch, French, German, Russian, Chinese languages out‑of‑the‑box and offers a handy tool to translate your store to other languages. X‑Cart 4 is available only in English. Yet it’s also possible to translate it to other languages.

Mobile‑friendliness

Indeed, both are fully ready to please your mobile visitors. Still, X‑Cart 5 is ahead with its five fully responsive default skins as opposed to only two in X‑Cart 4. If you you choose to go with other default X‑Cart 4 skins, you can still be mobile‑friendly, however a paid addon is necessary.

Comparing the most popular editions

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Product Catalog & Inventory
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Product Catalog & Inventory
Pricing in the currency of the customer
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Product Options and Attributes
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Price modifiers for product options
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Product attributes as textarea and selectable values
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Product specification
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Product variants
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Adding and updating store data via CSV import and export
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Product comparison / Feature comparison
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Product filter / Refine filter
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Product reviews and rating
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Product tags
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Product tabs
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Gift registry
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Gift wrapping
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Members-only categories
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Members-only pricing options
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Manufacturers/Shop by Brand
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Catalog mode (no checkout)
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UPC/ISBN and Mnf#/Vendor# fields in administrator and customer area
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Bulk product editing
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Downloadable products
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Customer Files Uploads & Product Attachments
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Selling PIN codes, Passwords and keys
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Configurable measurement units, date/time formats and currency symbols
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Amazon S3 cloud storage for store images
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Orders management
Advanced order managmenet: Create/edit orders on behalf of customers, refunds, order notes
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Printable invoices and packing slips
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PDF invoices
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Order messages & disputes right on the order details pages
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Re-order button for customers
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Payment and Fulfilment order statuses
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Payment transactions history
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Order changes history
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Authorize and Capture Transactions modes
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Email order notifications
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Adding and updating orders via CSV import
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Custom payment statuses
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Custom shipping statuses
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Creation of a Not Finished order if a transaсtion fails
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Payments & Checkout
Supported payment gateways
One step checkout
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Multi-Step Checkout
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Anonymous checkout
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Address book
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Off-line payment methods (like Check, COD, Phone ordering)
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Customer login via Google or Facebook accounts on checkout
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Shipping & Tax
Manually pre-defined shipping fees based on client's location and memebership
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Order tracking number (add & send to customers)
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Ship-from address different from Company address
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Products with free shipping
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Real-time Shipping calculation
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Customers IP geolocation check for pre-login shipping cost estimation
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Fulfilment statuses
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Canadian taxes (GST,PST,HST,QST) calculation
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Sales Tax
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Australia GST
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EU, UK VAT
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Real time sales tax calculation tool
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Marketing & Sales
Add to cart popup with product reccomendations
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Bestsellers block in the storefront
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Featured products block
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Related products block for up-selling/cross-selling
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New arrivals, Coming soon, Recently viewed, Customers also bought product block on the storefront
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Basic sales statistics / Bestselling products statistics
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Product image zoom
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Saved cart sessions
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XML Sitemap for search engines
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MailChimp Integration with Ecommerce support
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Social Integration: OpenGraph, Facebook comments, social buttons
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Google tag manager
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Banner System
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Displaying Market/List price next to your product price
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Adding sale discount or a special sale price
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Newsletter subscription from the storefront
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Embedding eCommerce blocks into existing WordPress website
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Disqus comments on product pages
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Percent or fixed-amount discount and free shipping coupons
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Percent and fixed-fee discounts based on the order total and customer's membership level
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Minimum purchase quantity
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Wholesale prices based on product quantity and customer's membership level
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Wholesale pricing for product variants
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Facebook dynamic ads and Facebook pixel
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Product card with Buy button embed code
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Special offers
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Google shopping
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Analytics and Reporting built-in tools & ready integrations
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eBay integration
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Surveys
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Wishlist
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Gift Certificates
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Email Back in stock, Price-drop, Low-stock notifications
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Affiliate Partner Program
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Clean SEO friendly URLs
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Meta elements for product and category pages: page title, meta description and meta keywords.
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Abandoned Cart Reminder
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Call for price
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Product questions
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Customer satisfaction survey
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Product stickers
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Variants table view
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Social tab
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Product carousel
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Hidden prices for non-registered users
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Fractional and Fixed quantities
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Backorder / preorder
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Testimonials
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Excel import/export
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Color swatches
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Price countdown
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Make/Model/Year
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Show Room
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Lookup product details by UPC and name
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SEO health check
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Content, design & navigation
Configurable product listings view
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Thumbnail images for categories
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HTML-enriched product and category descriptions
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Flyout Categories Menu
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Adding custom website pages
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Editing the page content via WYSIWYG
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Editing menus (no code writing)
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Multilevel Primary menu
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Multicolumn Footer menu
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Home page & category page banners uploaded via back-end
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Logo and Favicon uploaded via admin back-end
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Changing color scheme in a few clicks
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Drag & drop layout editing mode
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Custom CSS/JavaScript
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Customizing CSS straight on the storefront
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Editing skin files on the storefront
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Editing text labels on the storefront
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Editing email notifications view
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Editing invoice view
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Managing product images size
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Uploading custom images via admin back-end
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Contact us page
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Categories and static pages sitemap
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Company news block on the homepage
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Previous and Next product links on product details page
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CAPTCHA verificaiton
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Users
Email Account Activation
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Memberships for customers
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User permissions restricting access to backend functions
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Operate as customer mode for sales by phone
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Two factor authentication via Authy.com for admin and customer accounts
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Staff and customer service email notifications
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User profile custom fields
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