The differences between Magento and X-cart Shopping carts

When you want to sell your products online, you are often confused with many choices for shopping carts for your eCommerce website development. The top 2 shopping cart choices are almost always Magento and X-cart. Magento has moved on from version 1 to 2 now. Many serious flaws in Magento system has been addressed but many other flaws still remain. This is a real leap forward and should make Magento the top shopping cart again.

X-cart’s latest version is X-Cart 5. While it technically follows up on X-Cart 4, it is a rebuilt version of classic x-cart which was a decently successful shopping cart. Basically X-Cart 5 is to X-Cart, what Magento 2.0 is to Magento 1. And with X-Cart having a rapid development cycle, this could mean X-Cart 5 takes a lead in the licensed carts segment.

Anything wrong with Magento?

That is a good question, because they clearly didn’t become this big by being a flawed product. Magento is an excellent system but it has its downsides. The main reasons of concern are:

  • The large file system and database setup, along with the inefficiencies this brings.
  • The complicated theming system that requires many files for each part of your layout. This is the best example of the file system’s inefficiency.
  • Lack of mobile support within system in Magento 1. Magento 2 addresses this well.
  • Not listening to feedback. This despite being open source and having a community edition to get feedback. Developers are constantly asking for a rebuild of the file system, a more efficient database and mobile support. Magento 2 finally addresses the concerns but 2 is still at its infancy.

How about X-Cart?

X-cart has a feature set that comes close to Magento. Moreover, what’s important for you as a developer, is that X-cart knows Magento’s flaws and X-cart ensures their product is better.

This means:

  • A more efficient file system (half of Magento’s) and database setup.
  • An easier Template system.Template will be something you have to learn in either system, but it helps if you don’t have to go through tons of files for a few simple adjustments.
  • Mobile X-cart made it an integrated part of their product, which is always better than adding stuff later on.
  • X-cart supports 3rd party x-cart developers They respond to your feedback’s.

That said, Magento is a better solution for large and enterprise business. X-Cart is a really good alternative to Magento for smaller online businesses. X-carts is also easier for developers to develop on versus Magento.


Magento is a true workhorse. Magento’s log table has too much data while having an attribute system. It is that flexibility of attributes that is implemented as EAV models that is partly to blame for the large number of tables and objects. Also, you may want these logs for a myriad of other analytics reasons. To summarize, the software, file structure and db complexity are issues of Magento. If you are not an expert Magento developer, Magento can easily intimidate you. You’ll find more third-party themes for Magento that you would for any other open commerce system which is not the case with X-cart. But simplicity is there for X-cart. So if you have some funds available for strong e-commerce system and you are sure you will want to expand in near future, you should go with Magento. If you are unsure about your business goals; not looking to expand too much, X-cart may be a better solution for you.