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Yo!Kart vs. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Software: Which is the Best for Building a Marketplace


“How come?, a Yo!Kart review on This is just about advertising CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, that’s it. You must be kidding me.”

That’s what you might think when opening this page. And I can see why you might, but it’s not that simple. Otherwise, I wouldn’t waste 4 weeks diving into Yo!Kart functionality and policies for this research.

There are tons of e-commerce reviews on the Internet: shallow and deep, fair and paid for. Even if an article is published on an “independent” website, it does not make it 100% honest. But what makes? What makes a review worth your attention?

The answer is quite simple – true facts that can be easily examined. Every statement is supported by proofs. Here you’ll find links to independent resources, Yo!Kart’s documentation, screencasts, and screenshots.

If you come across a mismatch in this review, please contact me, and I will be glad to discuss it and make corrections.

So, let’s separate the facts from the fancy. None of the existing e-commerce solutions perfectly suits every project. For some, a hosted multi vendor system is quite enough, in other cases – a custom-made shopping cart is required. Comparing several programs is complicated and time-consuming. Every software developer claims their shopping cart to be “the fastest”, “most reliable”, “robust”.

Understanding online marketplace software basics will help you in choosing the proper solution. For your convenience, I’ve gathered all the necessary information in one place.

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  1. Popularity
  2. Top Cases
  3. Functionality Differences
  4. Customizations and Scalability
  5. Ease of Use
  6. Operation Speed
  7. Mobile Friendliness
  8. Design Themes
  9. Upgrades
  10. Technical Support
  11. Mastering CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and Yo!Kart
  12. Community
  13. Partner Network
  14. Pricing
  15. Conclusion


Yo!Kart emerged in 2015 and its portfolio features 200 stores. CS-Cart has powered 35,000 stores and 1,300 marketplaces since 2005.

Yo!Kart being quite a young e-commerce marketplace platform, is not recognized by technology lookup services such as BuiltWith and W3Techs. None of these tools «sees» Yo!Kart as a standalone content management system. Unlike CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.

The popularity of an e-commerce solution is a significant index to its viability. A widely-used product won’t disappear from the market all of a sudden.

If you use a known e-commerce platform, you’re guaranteed to get upgrades with new cool features, security updates. And, of course, it won’t be an issue to find a reliable developer to make custom features for your marketplace.




What is even more revealing, is the popularity and of actual online marketplaces that use CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and Yo!Kart. Let’s dive into cases and success stories to see… if all of them are a success.

Top Cases

I won’t dwell on design, both Multi-Vendor by CS-Cart and Yo!Kart have really good-looking marketplaces. After all, it’s a matter of taste.

There is a quite popular online marketplace based on Yo!Kart: It has a good Alexa rank in Mauritius (716), but according to Google Trends, it is unknown outside this island nation in the Indian Ocean.

We’d better compare the popularity of marketplaces using web traffic analysis tool Alexa owned by Being the measure of the number of store visitors, the traffic index will show how things stand for the end-users of Multi-Vendor software and Yo!Kart.

Yo!Kart’s portfolio showcases 16 web stores. 5 of them are not indexed by Alexa at all.

Yo!Kart’s web stores are not indexed by Alexa:

It will take you much time to look through all CS-Cart Multi-Vendor – based projects, but try to take a closer look at some of them at least. They have different concepts, different levels of investment. It is really inspiring.

What else serves as an indicator of popularity? Right, it’s the community built around the product. I’ll elaborate the partner network, marketplace with add-ons and themes and training at the end of this review.

Now let’s get right to technical details, the devil’s in the details, as they say.

Functionality Differences

Let’s see what these web marketplace solutions have to offer in terms of shopping mall-specific functionality. For convenience, I divided all marketplace-related features into 2 groups, here they are:

Key Admin Features for an Online Marketplace

Below you’ll see the functionality that is vital for every online marketplace. I’ll tell you why, without these features urged to automate the marketplace business processes, you get a regular web store platform. Not an online marketplace.

Then why should you pay thousands of dollars for the set of features offered by all shopping carts for $200 – 300$?

Vendor Payout System

Why is it important?

Payments management will take 90% of your time if the system is not automated. Every day you will have to deal with commissions and distribution of payments between vendors.

How it works

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor offers both: automatic and manual vendor payouts. For automatic vendor payouts, Multi-Vendor uses PayPal Adaptive Payments and Stripe Connect Payments. Both are included in the cost of the lifetime license.

In Yo!Kart, the payout procedure is carried out manually. They still offer PayPal Adaptive and Stripe but charge $600 extra for them.

PayPal Adaptive—$350

Stripe Payment Gateway—$250

It is stated that Stripe & PayPal are available but at the same time, they are listed as paid-for add-ons on Yo!Kart website. Anyway, I would advise checking what the standard version includes before buying. All this is rather misleading.

Configurable Vendor Plans

Why is it important?

Vendor plans are a tool that helps you increase your revenue. The more convenient the vendor registration process is, the better. Marketplaces have thousands of sellers, and it is important to have an automated vendor management tool at hand. Otherwise, you’ll get stuck in routine operations.

What is more important, you may lose half of the prospect vendors if seller sign-up procedure in your marketplace is inconvenient.

How it works

In CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, prospect sellers can choose a vendor plan before filling out the seller application form.

Apart from commissions, this feature allows you to take a monthly fee from vendors for selling in your marketplace. Secondly, with vendor plans, commissions are pre-set for each plan, and a new vendor just picks the most suitable option. As they say, better once to see, so let’s take a look how vendor plans look like in CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.

Yo!Kart offers «Vendor plans» feature as well. Check out how it works in their demo.

Flexible Product Approval System

Why is it important?

Product management must be simple and efficient. Otherwise, you’ll waste resources for the manual work that is normally carried out automatically.

How it works

In Multi-Vendor, you have 3 options for product management: You can let your vendors showcase products without moderation; Check each product added by vendors; Allow certain vendors to add products without moderation.

Also, you can either allow or forbid vendors to update product details without moderation.

Yo!Kart offers the following solution: Products are not being approved by the Admin, though Admin can inactivate/edit/delete the product if required. Products go live as and when vendor updates them”.

And what if vendors submit products with inappropriate content? It is very important to control vendors’ activity to prevent actions that can harm the image of your marketplace.

Of course, as a marketplace owner, you need to concentrate on global things instead of vendor product approval. The CS-Cart Multi-Vendor system gives all the necessary tools for that.

Running a large-scale marketplace is much easier when delegating certain duties to your staff members. Multi-Vendor software allows registering employees with different levels of access to the admin panel. Including the control of vendors.

Key Vendor Features for an Online Marketplace

Real-time and Manual Shipping Cost Calculation

Why is it important?

Making the life of your vendors easier is your primary task as your income depends on vendors.

How it works

In Multi-Vendor, your sellers can offer customers a real-time calculation of shipping costs.

8 world-famous shipping methods are at their disposal. No need to search for add-ons or make an integration. This is the default Multi-Vendor functionality.

Apart from real-time shipping calculations, vendors can set their own manual shipping methods. The system is quite flexible: shipping charges can depend on the customer’s location, total order cost, weight, and even the number of items in the order.

In Yo!Kart, real-time shipping cost calculation is available via ShipStation API.

multi order shipping


Why is it important?

The more vendors – the better. To attract international sellers, your marketplace must be translated into different languages.

How it works

Yo!Kart supports English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Italian, Arabic.

“Note: Layout supported by the languages is Left to Right only. We can flip the design i.e. build RTL version @additional cost.”

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor has translations to 27 languages including those supported by Yo!Kart. You can complete an existing translation or add new languages using detailed instructions.

Vendor Rating

Why is it important?

Reviews influence vendors’ and thus your income directly. Rating helps vendors get fair credit and earn a good image in customers’ opinion.

How it works

According to Yo!Kart’s FAQ, vendor rating is based on the average rating given to vendor’s products. Only users who have purchased and received the products can give reviews and ratings to products.

And what about users who want to write a comment about the vendor instead of vendor’s product? What if an order failed? It looks like in such cases user are unable to rate vendors and write comments.

With CS-Cart Multi-Vendor you get the feedback and review system with an interactive star rating. Customers can comment and rate vendors, products, categories, and orders.

Paid-for positive reviews are useless as customers want to see honest opinions about sellers and their products. With this in mind, we made it so that comments and reviews in Multi-Vendor are moderated by the store administrator, not vendors.

Catalog Management

Why is it important?

It is not enough just to increase the number of vendors, stimulating your vendors to sell is way more important.

Create a favorable environment for your online vendors. If you’re doing it right, vendor commissions will ensure your well-being. The success of your vendors is your success, so your objective is to make their life easier. That’s why product management must be simple and convenient.

How it works

Global product updates can become a nightmare if your CMS does not offer a bulk update feature. With CS-Cart Multi-Vendor you can edit 45 parameters for hundreds of products in a few mouse clicks.

Yo!Kart does not offer a Bulk Product Update feature, so your vendors will have to edit product parameters one by one.

In short, all this boils down to the following:

payout system

Automatic and manual vendor payouts.

It is stated that Stripe & PayPal
are available but at the same time,
they are listed as paid-for add-ons on
Yo!Kart website.
vendor plans

In CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, prospect sellers can choose a vendor plan before filling out the seller application form.

Apart from commissions, this feature allows you to take a monthly fee from vendors for selling in your virtual mall. Secondly, with vendor plans, commissions are pre-set for each plan, and a new vendor just picks the most suitable option.

Yo!Kart offers «Vendor plans» feature as well. Check out how it works in their demo.
approval system

3 options for product management:
– You can let your vendors showcase products without moderation;
– Check each product added by vendors;
– Allow certain vendors to add products without moderation.

Also, you can either allow or forbid vendors
to update product details without moderation.
Product pre-moderation feature is
not available. All products go live
right away.
Real-time and manual shipping cost calculation
8 world-famous shipping methods for
real-time shipping cost calculation.
Also, custom shipping methods are available by default.

In Yo!Kart, real-time shipping cost calculation is available via ShipStation API.
27 languages including those supported
by Yo!Kart.

English, Spanish, Chinese, German,
Italian, Arabic.
Vendor rating
Customers can comment and rate vendors, products, categories, and orders.

Vendor rating is based on the average rating given to vendor’s products.
Catalog management
With the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor system
you can edit 45 parameters for hundreds
of products in a few mouse clicks.
Bulk Product Update feature is
not available.

Customizations and Scalability


CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is supplied with open access to the source code at no additional cost. It means that you can add new features, local payment & shipping methods, integrate custom design. Any modifications.

You can modify CS-Cart Multi-Vendor software by yourself using Developer Guide.

Alternatively, just hire one of 360 partners listed in CS-Cart Marketplace.

Open source



marketplace website development
It is always a challenge to choose
the right developer. With this in mind,
we classified partners by rating based
on their experience and customer
reviews. Also, you can easily filter
developers by country, language, and
the offered services.

Yo!Kart offers source code except for the framework files. As they say:

“We deploy our framework in encrypted format which is a collection
of functions with a bit different syntax than PHP standard syntax.
However, system is fully editable.”

To learn what skills a PHP programmer must have to work on Yo!Kart framework, please refer to this article.


What differs online marketplaces from web stores? It is the scale: number of products, visitors, suppliers. It’s like comparing Walmart with a local grocery store around the corner :)

As for scalability, actions speak louder than words. Just take a look at, 53 million products… This project can be called an online marketplace by right.

53 millions products — CS-Cart Multi-Vendor

Top 3 marketplaces by Yo!Kart feature 959 products, about 100 products, and less than 50 products. — Yo!Kart: 959 products — Yo!Kart: 100 products — Yo!Kart: <50 products

According to, Yo!Kart is characterized this way:

«Serious Lack of Basic Features/ Customization will suck you. Better spend your money Opensource software like Magento, you’ll get lots of resources outside.

With youkart you’ll be stuck up with Non-negotiable product customization prices.

Pros It is simple to use in certain areas. One can start their e-commerce marketplace quickly. Whatever features they have, they are bug free. However, I am yet to see any successful business build using YoKart.

Cons 1. The flexibility & basic functions are missing. One needs to go for customization even for simple requests like adding a Phone Number Field in the login form can cost you.

2. The company does not have any product upgrade strategy. You are stuck up with whatever version you have. There is no upgrade available; you are not protected. The new version has to be purchased at full cost.

3. They will not give you any help on the code. Indeed everything that needs help is payable».

Another review found on

«Two problems arise with Yo!Kart. One, the themes are lacking, and two, it’s not a system built for beginners. You can customize this design however you want, but it takes technical experience to truly modify the design to something new».

Ease of Use

Here, let’s give the floor to third-party reviewers as impartial judges.

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor

“A quick and easy turnkey web marketplace solution solution that works out of the box, CS-Cart Multi-Vendor stores are user friendly and supported by resilient back end coding and in-depth reporting”—

“…dedicated for creating multi-vendor marketplace, it comes with tons of great features and stylish looking user interface which makes it stand alone in the competition.”—

“CS‑Cart is a very powerful e-commerce platform. Even in the crowded and growing online shopping cart market, CS‑Cart stands out as one of the best with an excellent combination of user-friendliness, affordable pricing, scalability, and extensive functionality.”—American Webmasters Association


“Technically you have four interfaces to look at: Frontend, Buyer side, Admin side and Supplier side. As much as I thought they’d all look drastically different, they don’t.

All backend areas are clean and easy to move around. Although advanced customization is allowed, I would argue it’s not that easy to find on the admin backend.

In fact, a huge downside is that the backend has tons of tabs to choose from. As you can see, the top has nine tabs, while the left side presents another eleven.”

easy web store builder

Another review is taken from and dated February 2018.

To be objective, I’m sure there are negative reviews of CS-Cart Multi-Vendor as well. How to make use of this information?

Draw your own conclusions based on your experience. Pay special attention to the issues mentioned in the reviews while test-driving both solutions. Anyway, ‘forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

Operation Speed

Both web marketplace solutions – CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and Yo!Kart showed good results in Google Page Speed test as refers to product and category pages.

As for homepages, usually, they load slower due to “heavy” image banners, yet in this case, the difference is substantial:

Mobile Friendliness

Responsive themes

Both Yo!Kart and CS-Cart Multi-Vendor have responsive design themes for customer area to make your web store look cool on any device.

marketplace mobile
I checked online demos of Multi-Vendor and Yo!Kart via Google Mobile-Friendly Test, and they passed it successfully.

What about responsive admin panels?

easy web store builder
We’ve developed a responsive administration panel, please check it out and refer to this post for more information.
easy web store builder
Yo!Kart’s admin panel is not responsive which means that it is inconvenient to operate your online market using mobile devices.

Mobile Apps

We’ve almost finished the development of the mobile app for Multi-Vendor, check it out:

web app marketplace

The Multi-Vendor app allows customers to use the following functionality of the Internet marketplace:

mobile shopping cart software
Registration, sign-in, and account management: Naturally, the account data is synced between the marketplace and the app.
mobile shopping cart software
Wishlist and cart management: Just like in your online store, customers will be able to browse categories and add the desired products to cart or wishlist. The contents of the cart and wishlist are synced with your store as well.
mobile shopping cart software
Comments and reviews: The app allows your customers to rate vendors and review products. Naturally, reviews and ratings by other customers are visible (once approved by administrators).

The mobile app for CS-Cart Multi-Vendor costs $495 (one-time fee) + $90 per month. The price includes the configuration of the mobile app and making it live on Android Play Market and Apple App Store.

Yo!Kart offers the mobile app as well, their pricing starts from $399 for Android App and ranges from $999 to $1999 for iOS App.

multi vendor app


1. Yo!Kart doesn’t offer a responsive admin panel while the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor system does at no extra cost.

2. Mobile apps are available for both e-commerce marketplace platforms, but prices are different in favor of Multi-Vendor.

Design Themes

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor includes 9 themes out of the box. What is cool about them, you can customize these free themes using our Theme Editor feature.

multi vendor marketplace theme

With our Theme Editor, you can change the logo, color scheme, fonts, background settings.

What does it mean? You can save thousands of dollars during the first few months of your online marketplace.Just adapt the default style to your individual one. Further, as your business moves on, you can take up the issue of unique design for your virtual marketplace.

You can choose a ready professional design template or hire a web design studio. They will create a unique design for your marketplace.

There are 156 ready themes in our marketplace and 180 partners who specialize in design creation and integration.

ready themes


multi vendor ecommerce theme

Yo!Kart includes 1 design theme. As for its adjustment, you can change just the color scheme.

marketplace theme
  • GoQuick – $1,999 – In Go Quick Package: Custom programming and Template Customization is allowed at an additional cost.
  • GoCustom Lite – $3,999 (partial custom design)
  • GoCustom for – $6,999
shopping cart cost

With CS-Cart Multi-Vendor you get open access to the source code together with the lifetime license that costs $1,450. It means that you can customize the design and functionality according to your needs.


Yo!Kart develops new features and offers them at an additional cost.

PayPal Adaptive
Advanced Theme management
$250 Payment Gateway
Amazon Payments Gateway
Stripe Payment Gateway

2Checkout Payment Gateway
Admin Dashboard Analytics
Product Add–on

Additional Email Alerts
Random Featured Products
on Home Page
Admin Manageable Currencies
Total: $2,500

All the listed features are already included in the cost of the lifetime Multi-Vendor license – $1,450. No need to buy them at an additional cost.

We regularly release software updates that include:

Here is our version history with changelogs.

The license of the CS-Cart multi vendor shopping cart script grants you the right to run the software on a server for an unlimited amount of time. You are also entitled to free access to all updates, whether minor or major, for a period of one year from the date of purchase.

You can prolong this access by purchasing a one-year upgrade subscription plan:

buy and sell marketplace script

All critical security patches and service packs are available to all customers free of charge.

Technical Support

Yo!Kart offers 12 months of free technical support that is “unavailable for those who have done customization in Yo!Kart script on their own or through any 3rd party”.

You can find Yo!Kart technical support pricing packages here. There are 8 levels ranging from $50 to $1,600.

The Multi-Vendor software license includes 90 days of free technical support. It can be prolonged if it is necessary:

Number of creditsPrice
25 credits
50 credits
100 credits
200 credits

For more information on CS-Cart Multi-Vendor technical support, please refer to the following page.

It’s great to be sure that there’s always someone you can ask for help. However, that’s not all that you need. You’ll anyway require educational materials to train your staff members. Here come documentation, video instructions.

Let’s get to the next section to find out whether it is easy to master these two web marketplace solutions.

Mastering CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and Yo!Kart


CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is supplied with a detailed User Guide. It includes 475 articles describing every Multi-Vendor feature. Apart from the User Guide, the Developer Guide is at your disposal.

Below you can see an example of a User Guide article for CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.


multi vendor support

As for Yo!Kart, there’s a FAQ section on their website. It contains 202 questions with answers.


multivendor support

Besides, there are PDF user manuals for Yo!Kart:

multi vendor support services

Unfortunately, there’s no “Search” option in these user manuals, unlike CS-Cart Multi-Vendor User Guide. So, PDFs are less convenient comparing with on-site User Guide with the “Search” function and structured articles.

Video Instructions

The most convenient way to get familiar with an e-commerce platform for you and your employees is to watch video tutorials. We have 60 video lessons for CS-Cart & Multi-Vendor and 10 extra video tutorials.

video lessons

extra video tutorials

shopping cart tutorial

There are video tutorials for Yo!Kart as well.


Why having a huge community around the product is important? Associates not only help each other and share the experience.

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor community members literally influence product development. We give online marketplace owners the ability to request the required functionality and vote for new features in our UserVoice.

We want Multi-Vendor users to look at the big picture. Our clients are aware of recently released features and the planned functionality. All this information is presented in a special section of our website: What’s New in Multi-Vendor.

Apart from technical support, users can easily report any issues they come across while working with the Multi-Vendor system. Thus our marketplace software is constantly being improved.

Currently, 23,579 users are registered in our Forums. They watch videos and comment on our YouTube Channel, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, read our blog.

It’s really pleasant and useful to receive feedback. I’m proud to say that our clients willingly share their experience of working on our e-commerce platform. We’ve recently published 33 video reviews of our customers on our website. Some are related exclusively to Multi-Vendor and some to CS-Cart software in general.

What about Yo!Kart? It has an official Facebook page and Twitter. Their YouTube channel has just 56 subscribers and features 51 videos as opposed to CS-Cart Multi-Vendor’s 1,100 subscribers and 217 videos.

Yo!Kart has a blog with e-commerce articles, but they have neither Community Forums, nor UserVoice for customers to vote for new features. I also didn’t manage to find real customer video reviews of Yo!Kart multi vendor shopping cart script.

YouTube channel


Partner Network

Partners help to grow the community around the product. Basically, their role is to distribute and adapt the platform to the needs of local entrepreneurs around the globe.

We have official resellers in 37 countries. It means it is easy to find a local representative and get support in your native language.

No matter where you are situated, you may well arrange a meeting with one of 300 development partners to discuss your project face-to-face. It is much more convenient compared with Skype and emails.

If your project requires custom functionality, make sure to check our Marketplace with hundreds of add-ons and themes. Most likely, you won’t need to waste time on custom development – there are many ready-to-use add-ons in our Marketplace.

countries with
official resellers

development partners

Getting back to Yo!Kart, I didn’t manage to find any lists of registered partners on their website. Besides, there’s no marketplace with themes and add-ons for Yo!Kart.


The latest version of Yo!Kart has 3 pricing plans:

The lifetime CS-Cart Multi-Vendor license costs $1,450 and it comes with an open access to the source code. It means you will be able to make any modifications.

Both Multi-Vendor and Yo!Kart give the 30-day money-back guarantee.

It would be wrong to compare the pricing just taking into account the license price. There will be extra expenses for:

The latter, custom development, may become a huge object of expenditure…or not depending on the feature set available out of the box.

Multi-Vendor includes all the required marketplace–specific features out of the box. With Yo!Kart you’ll have to pay extra for the key functionality (see section “Functionality differences”).


Why did I decide to compare Multi-Vendor marketplace software with Yo!Kart? From time to time our prospective customers ask us about the difference between these two shopping mall platforms. So, this was a comprehensive reply to this question.

To sum it all up for those who were too lazy to read the whole review :) While choosing multi-vendor shopping cart software, pay a special attention to:

1. The features available out of the box. You’ll save thousands of dollars on customization if all the required functionality is included in the cost of the license.

2. Flexibility. You must be able to customize your web marketplace at no additional cost.

3. The platform’s popularity. There must be a community around the product. If there are no significant examples of major marketplaces or even small though successful markets, that’s a serious cause for alarm.

Multi-Vendor by CS-Cart ticks all the 3 boxes. Objectively, Yo!Kart does not have a significant community and it lacks the features that are vital for online marketplaces.

by Alexander Shabayev
Head of CS-Cart Sales Team