Gift Registry and Ecommerce

Volusion and Big Commerce do not have built-in registries.  Volusion can integrate with Wishpot while BigCommerce has a Wish List (a very very poor replica of registry). 3dcart, however, has a built-in gift registry.

This is an important topic for the hosted ecommerce solutions since the opensource ones do have built-in registries as well ( at least some do).

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Wishpot for Volusion

The problem with Wishpot for Volusion is that it’s not hosted on Volusion. Wishpot allows you to create a general online registry that allows you to collect links of products from any website you want and then send to your friends. That is a nice feature and a big pro, since it lets you create a registry for a wide variety of products from a wide variety of stores. It is not good for merchants who want people to create a registry that is just for their online store online. It is popular and good, its just not on Volusion which also means u need to create a new account outside of the volusion store account.

 

The Wish List on Big Commerce

The Wish List on Big Commerce has a few downsides, which are more Big Commerce oversights. You can see some of them mentioned in the forums.  The main issue is that the wish list does not let you know, nor does it mark off if someone purchased the item or not. Imagine sending a wish list (e.g. bridal list) to your friends and they all end up buying the same item for you because the wishlist is just a static list and not dynamic. It is a poor attempt to override the creation of a real registry.

3dcart seems to have on of the simplest to use hosted platform registries.

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Volusion and BC may argue: “how many brides actually use online registries?” But you can bet that with the trend of online usage and online purchases, almost all aspects of everyday life will move online.

Volusion does not have gift registry functionality built-in, but it does integrate with Wishpot.  Wishpot allows you to create a general online registry that allows you to collect links of products from any website you want and then send to your friends. That is a nice feature and a big pro, since it lets you create a registry for a wide variety of products from a wide variety of stores. It is not good for merchants who want people to create a registry that is just for their online store online. It is popular and good, just its not on Volusion which also means u need to create a new account outside of the volusion store account.

About Shai Atanelov

Shai brings his strong analytical skills and in-depth knowledge of usability methodologies to our team. His performance as a project manager, leader and facilitator for cross-functional teams helped him acquire skills required in the design and development of websites and applications.

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