XLEcom Compared to other Ecommerce Services

XLEcom Compared to other Ecommerce Services
PC Magazine recently wrote a review article that compared the prices, plans, and features offered by the most popular low cost Ecommerce Service Providers. To read this article, refer to the following links. Easy E-Commerce and Summary of Features: Site-Building and Hosting Services

XLEcom was developed not only to include many of the same features offered by these low cost Ecommerce Service Providers, but to offer the user complete independence from these service providers. Also, XLEcom supports multiple web stores at no additional cost.

The table below is a feature comparison of XLEcom to these low cost Ecommerce Service Providers. As you can see, XLEcom in combination with a low cost hosting service, offers the best and most versatile solution at a fraction of the cost.

Summary of Features
as of 2005

XLEcom and Hosting Plan

bCentral Commerce Manager

Bigstep

SimpleNet Commerce

Yahoo! Merchant Starter

Free Merchant Silver

Interland Online Marketing Suite

StoreSense

Number of Individual Stores Supported

No Limit

1 / plan

1 / plan

1 / plan

1 / plan

1 / plan

1 / plan

1 / plan

Costs ($)

One Time Software Cost

$ 35

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Purchase Transaction Fee

None

None

None

None

1.50%

None

None

None

Setup Fee

None

None

None

$ 50

$ 50

$ 25

$ 50

$ 100

Service / Hosting Fee / mo.

$ 7 *

$ 25

$ 30

$ 35

$ 40

$ 50

$ 50

$ 50

Merchant Gateway / mo.

None

$ 15

$ 15

$ 15

$ 15

$ 15

$ 15

$ 15

1st Year Cost for 1 Store

$ 119 *

$ 480

$ 540

$ 650

$ 710

$ 805

$ 830

$ 880

1st Year Cost for 5 Stores

$ 119 *

$ 2,400

$ 2,700

$ 3,250

$ 3,550

$ 4,025

$ 4,150

$ 4,400

1st Year Cost for 10 Stores

$ 191 *

$ 4,800

$ 5,400

$ 6,500

$ 7,100

$ 8,050

$ 8,300

$ 8,800

Store Management

Mass Produce multiple Web Stores

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Host multiple copies of the same Store

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Easily setup to use for non product Service Business

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Option to change Shopping Cart service

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Create, import, and export Store Modules

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Keep an active copy of your site on your computer

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Product Management

Number of Products Supported

65,534 **

10,000

20

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit

Mass Produce 1000's of products Ad in seconds

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Copy and Paste Capability to create additional ads

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Products can have different Display Options

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Turn off "Add to Cart" button on individual Ads

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Globally Turn off  "Add to Cart" button on all Ads

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Shows Discount Amounts

No

No

No

No

Site Management

How you Manage the Design of your Web site

MS Excel

Online through a Web Browser

How you Manage your Products Ads

MS Excel

Online through a Web Browser

Actual HTML Pages reside on web server

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Design Entire Web Site Offline

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Web Site / Product Preview Capability

No

Supports third-party HTML editors

No

No

No

Built-in Web Design Themes

Hosting Management

Option to choose any Hosting Service

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

Gives you 100% complete control of your web site

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

High Probability of Search Engine Indexing

No

No

No

No

No

No

No

SSL enabled throughout the order process

 * Both the XLEcom software and hosting price is included in these values. You can however choose any Hosting Service you want. The hosting prices shown reflect the excellent low cost service plans offered (see the Hosting page). Assumes 1 store per domain name.  With the $6.95/mo. plan,  host up to 6 domains;  $12.95/mo. plan, host 16 domains; $16.95/mo. plan, host an unlimited number of domains. Prices subject to change without notice.

 ** The number of products supported is 65,534 products per product database. However, you can combine multiple published databases into one site to increase the number if needed.