Multi-Vendor—eCommerce Marketplace Platform
Multi-Vendor digital marketplace platform is standalone eCommerce software that allows you to build a digital marketplace business. On the marketplace, independent eСommerce vendors market and sell their products through a single storefront. CS-Cart multi-vendor software supports an unlimited number of sellers on a single digital marketplace.
What is a Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform?
Multi-Vendor is an on-premise e-commerce marketplace platform. It helps a vendor market their products online, even do business globally. On a multi seller website, every seller has their own backend panel and a digital storefront—their very own micro store with all the necessary eCommerce business features. Our marketplace php software allows you to offer a seller payment plans and take commissions for their sales automatically. You also have the digital marketplace open source code at your disposal to customize the platform the way you want: just hire developers and adapt the platform precisely to your business needs.
Our Clients’ Success Business Stories
ShopClues is one of the largest multi-vendor websites in the world and the largest digital marketplace in India. It has millions of products, hundreds of thousands of sellers, multiple mentions in mass media, and a bunch of awards. And this business is built on our software platform.
Yumbles food marketplace is a perfect place for food lovers! This eCommerce marketplace business offers yummy hand-made food directly from top independent UK producers. Each merchant here is an indie food maker.
Mode is a digital marketplace of fashion goods from New Zealand. This platform actively supports genuine New Zealand businesses, so you will only find here products that are all from NZ-based fashion boutiques.
1,300marketplace businesses have been created with our Multi-Vendor digital marketplace software platform.
Most Award-Winning Marketplace Platform
CS-Cart marketplace platform was awarded the marketplace business software category leader of 2020 by the SourceForge service. Thanks to great user reviews, our multi-vendor software made it to the top of the rating. Also, CrozDesk and SoftwareSuggest business software aggregators awarded Multi-Vendor marketplace platform the “Best Choice”, “Best Customer Experience”, and “Most Popular” badges.
Video Testimonials about CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Marketplace Platform
BenessereMarket is a marketplace that offers products for health and well-being. This business was built on the CS-Cart marketplace platform in 2016. This is a business project created with the support of MicroComm—a Health Information Technology service.
Artzyme is an Indian digital marketplace dealing with handmade, vintage, unique, and natural Hasthkala and Karigari art products. This online art goods marketplace was officially launched in 2016. This marketplace business aims to take local handmade arts, handicrafts, and antique home decor to the global markets to support artisans.
iStore is an eCommerce marketplace launched with the support of Store Online Pvt Ltd., Nepal. On this digital platform, you can buy and sell any kind of electronic goods and accessories, fashion and design items, home and garden goods, tools and accessories, and more. The goal of this marketplace business is to reduce unemployment problems in Nepal.
QooCart marketplace was developed with the support of T Trade Consulting & Services Company, Ltd in 2014. On this marketplace, merchants sell Thai fashion items and food, goods for home, beauty products, electronics and gadgets, and other goods. The marketplace supports independent sellers, allowing them to create powerful digital distribution channels and develop their business via the software platform and build trust.
Peopleskart.com is a marketplace from India. It’s a venture of Salasar e-commerce Total Solutions Pvt. Ltd., launched in 2014. The mission of this digital marketplace is to provide the best quality service to both the eCommerce sellers and the buyers and to build strong relationships among them making the online shopping experience much easier and comfortable with this business platform.
What Business You Can Build with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Platform
CS-Cart eCommerce marketplace platform allows you to build various kinds of multi-vendor business websites working in absolutely different niches and by different business models. Want to build a super customizable retail marketplace? No problem. B2B service marketplace? You got it. C2C product or service marketplace like Craigslist? You know the answer.
Retail online marketplace
like Amazon, Etsy, and AliExpress
Multi-Vendor marketplace platform supports over 500 built-in features for retail business.
Services multi-vendor marketplace
like HomeAdvisor and Coursera
It doesn’t matter what you sell—physical products or service—CS-Cart marketplace platform is ready for all.
Digital products platform
like iTunes and Steam
With our digital marketplace platform, you can sell music, movies, electronic tickets, and apps. Anything that a customer downloads after the purchase.
like Booking.com and RentalCars.com
CS-Cart digital marketplace platform can support a booking business. Its open-source code allows you to implement all the necessary features via custom development or ready-made add-ons and build a successful marketplace.
B2B and C2C websites
like Alibaba and Craigslist
Our digital marketplace platform perfectly suits selling industrial and medical equipment, and office supplies. It is also suitable for creating C2C marketplaces.
Key Admin & Vendor Features
Advanced seller payout system
With CS-Cart eCommerce marketplace software, you don’t have to worry about how to distribute the money among the merchants. The automatic seller payout service will send money to the marketplace sellers and your share—to you.
Configurable vendor plans
Vendor plans allow you to earn extra money by taking regular payments from a seller for doing business on your marketplace platform. Set conditions and limitations for each plan and define the monthly fee. If you let it, a seller can create a free online store, unlimited products, and categories.
Multiple levels of administrative access
This is one of the most important enterprise grade marketplace management features: you can assign privileges to your managers so that they could only have access to the platform features and data they work with: orders, reports, catalog, design, etc. This feature also helps to maintain the data privacy on your digital marketplace platform.
Flexible product approval system
An eCommerce seller adds products to your marketplace themselves. After adding products, a seller has to wait for you to approve them. This way, you can be sure that only approved products or services appear on the marketplace storefront.
Advanced order management system
The CS-Cart digital marketplace software has a built-in support for a CRM to manage orders and customers. When a customer places an order, it automatically appears in the order management section of the platform. You can edit it, set statuses, or create orders manually.
Detailed statistics and reports
On your marketplace, both you and your sellers can view sales statistics and reports with diagrams and detailed information about transactions and the business in general.
Separate control panel
Your online store seller gets access to a personal seller portal just like the admin has. In this control panel, a seller can upload products, edit the design of their micro store, set up filters, and more.
Separate micro-store for every seller
Every digital marketplace seller can get a fully-featured personal storefront that is called a vendor micro store. A micro store features the search by seller products, filters, category tree, and other must-have elements of an eCommerce marketplace platform. There’s also an option for a customer to pay separately for products from different vendors at checkout.
26 built-in translations
The Multi-Vendor platform has 26 languages out of the box. If you work globally, multiple languages are a must for your digital marketplace.
Real-time and manual shipping calculations
CS-Cart marketplace software platform has multiple integrations with major logistics services out of the box: DHL, USPS, FedEx, UPS, Australia Post, SwissPost, Canada Post, and Temando. More 3rd-party business delivery services are available as ready-made add-ons. You can also integrate the marketplace with your local shipping service thanks to a platform’s powerful API.
Comments and reviews
On your eCommerce marketplace, customers can review products, comment on products, and rate the sellers. This is a powerful marketing tool not only to build trust but also to filter out bad-quality products and marketplace sellers.
Vendor account balance, sales reports & statistics
Your sellers can see the sales statistics with graphics and detailed information about transactions and the whole business. This is a great marketplace management tool to control sales and boost conversions on the platform.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can build a marketplace on the CS-Cart software in almost any country. CS-Cart Multi-Vendor supports multi-currency and it is multilingual. There are flexible tax and region settings and over 70 payment and shipping options, so you will definitely find the right feature and settings combination for your regional marketplace.
Also, there are hundreds of ready-to-use business integration modules for local payment and shipping services in our app marketplace.
Check out examples of digital marketplaces built on the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor platform—there are hundreds of them worldwide. You can filter a marketplace by topic, country, and business model.
We provide the Amazon Cloud Hosting service with 24/7 monitoring. We will install the CS-Cart marketplace platform for you, make all configurations of the server, and support the server with no extra cost. The pricing for this service starts from $69 per month.
But you’re free to use the server of any hosting provider of your choice to build your marketplace on. Just make sure your hosting plans are compatible with CS-Cart marketplace platform system requirements.
To build a custom digital marketplace, contact our partners. Take a look at the list of developers in our Marketplace. Please contact them to get a quote for a platform modification service.
If you have an in-house development team, you can build custom eCommerce business functionality yourselves—the CS-Cart code is open.
The cost for a digital marketplace build consists of a one-time payment for a license + a monthly fee for hosting. We have only one obligatory fee, it is for the license, and it is a one-time fee, not regular. Regarding the hosting: it’s up to you to choose the service provider, just make sure the hosting meets the eCommerce marketplace platform requirements so that you could build a marketplace with fast loading times.
It is optional to purchase the upgrade subscription for your digital marketplace platform. On purchasing a license you will get 1-year of free updates. We normally release from 4 to 6 updates during a year. Every software update brings new features, enhances marketplace usability and business security, and updates built-in integrations with 3rd-party business services.
When the upgrade subscription expires and you want to upgrade your digital marketplace platform to the latest version, you will have to buy a 1-year upgrade subscription service. By the way, with CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Ultimate, you will get free lifetime updates for your marketplace.
Of course, you will be able to continue using the existing version of the marketplace software without purchasing the upgrade subscription service. It is up to you whether to update your marketplace or not.
When an upgrade subscription is about to expire, you’ll get a notification right to your marketplace admin panel so as not to miss the discounted price for the subscription. The thing is that the upgrade subscription service will cost you less if you prolong it before it expires.
For more detailed information on the upgrade subscription service conditions please refer to our upgrade policy.
We have zero hidden payments.
Normally, our technical support service is paid. Two options here:
- You can purchase support credits and use them as the currency to pay for every technical support ticket.
- You can subscribe to our customer care service (advanced technical support) and get advanced support features with no extra cost and no need for credits. This is a recommended technical support service option when you build a digital marketplace.
However, when you purchase a CS-Cart Multi-Vendor platform license, you get a limited period of free technical support service for your digital marketplace as a bonus. For the standard edition of CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, the free support period is 45 days. For the Plus, it is 90 days. With the Ultimate edition, you will get 365 days of marketplace VIP support service.
VIP customer care means advanced support with extra services (such as online chat) and without the need for support credits. It is currently available only for a marketplace, which you build on CS-Cart Multi-Vendor Ultimate.
After the free support period is over, and you still need to use our technical support service, you can purchase the monthly subscription or credits. To build and maintain a marketplace, we recommend the subscription.
The pricing for the subscription is as follows:
- $169 USD for 1 month of customer care service
- $300 USD for 1 month of VIP customer care (VIP customer care means advanced technical support with extra services, such as online chat and without the need for credits)
Please refer to our Support Policy to see all the information.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, so there are no risks for you. If within 30 days from the moment of purchase you realize that the CS-Cart digital marketplace platform is not what you are looking for and you don’t want to build a marketplace on it, you can get a full refund.
We designed CS-Cart to be a standalone marketplace platform in the first place. It guarantees stability, hassle-free configuration, and the uniformity of the marketplace you build.
But it is still possible to integrate the CS-Cart Multi-Vendor backend with your existing frontend thanks to open code. CS-Cart also has a powerful API support for this purpose. In this case, you’ll need to hire developers to build this kind of a marketplace platform integration. You can not only integrate the Multi-Vendor backend with the existing frontend but also connect any third-party service.
You can't enter the license number into the demo, but it is possible to transfer data from your online demo to a live marketplace.
A personal marketplace demo works for 15 days for demonstration purposes only. If necessary, you can export products, categories, features, and other data from the demo to your live marketplace.
Sure, you can do it on special terms. Usually, it is quite simple to move to a more advanced edition of our digital marketplace platform but there could be important nuances in some cases. Please contact us for details.
There are several ways to draw income on your marketplace with the CS-Cart platform once you build it.
Here are some of the most obvious:
- Get commissions for every transaction on your digital marketplace: a vendor sells a product → you get a commission for this sale.
- Set a fixed monthly fee for selling products on your marketplace: you can do it via built-in vendor plans.
- You can advertise your digital marketplace vendors and increase their sales, which leads to more income.
- Set a fee for additional marketplace platform functionality. For example, setting up an exclusive vendor store design or an additional dedicated storefront for a vendor (in Ultimate only).
You can choose any of these options or set all of them at once.
In order to make your further steps easier and start getting profit from your digital marketplace, we provide you with a range of practical advice given by real owners of lucrative virtual shopping malls. Please refer to the link to see our Marketplace Academy. In the Academy, you’ll find guides on how to build an online mall and benefit from your marketplace, how to attract sellers, how to promote your marketplace, and much more.
Schedule a one-on-one discussion with one of your marketplace experts to bring your marketplace innovation to life. We can consult you on what you’ll need to build a profitable marketplace.Book a time now
5 Reasons to Choose CS-Cart Marketplace Platform
The most popularOur platform is one of the most popular marketplace systems in the world. It perfectly suits any kind of an online marketplace—whether you want to build a big all-in-one shopping mall or a mix of a marketplace and a social network.
The most feature-richUnder the bonnet, the Multi-Vendor marketplace script has the most feature-rich shopping cart platform—CS-Cart. It means that your e-commerce marketplace will have all the CS-Cart features.
Free customer care for 3 monthsWhen buying the Multi-Vendor marketplace software, you get 3 months of free premium technical support. No other ecommerce marketplace solution can offer this.
Easy to learnThe Multi-Vendor marketplace platform has the richest documentation and video tutorials. You will easily learn how to build, manage, support, and configure your internet marketplace and impart your knowledge to your online marketplace vendors.
No risks at allWe offer a 100% money-back guarantee during 30 days after the purchase. If you are not satisfied with our digital marketplace script, we'll refund your money with no hassle. You don't risk anything when you build an online marketplace with the Multi-Vendor ecommerce software.
3 Months of FREE Premium Technical Support for Your Marketplace
Our support team is ready to help you 15 hours a day including Saturday and Sunday. Each of our support engineers takes special training—that’s why these guys know the CS-Cart marketplace solution all the way from A to Z. All the support communication takes place in our Help Desk system in writing. The communications are stored: even if another engineer takes your case, you won’t have to describe your problem again. Overall, our support engineers are good fellas. And yeah, they have a Christmas tree in their office all year round. Don’t ask.
Multi-Vendor Marketplace Video Tutorials
Why Multi-Vendor is the Platform You've Been Looking for
Multi-Vendor is a perfect marketplace software solution to build a digital shopping mall. In this video, we speak about general features of our marketplace system and things Multi-Vendor software does best.
How to Overcome the Chicken and Egg Problem with Multi-Vendor?
Every online marketplace has 3 pillars: the owner, the vendors, and the customers. So that you prosper in your business, you need to attract more vendors on the digital marketplace and give them convenient tools to attract customers. Watch this video to learn how to do it.
How to Cooperate with Vendors?
The CS-Cart marketplace platform offers you 3 tools to build good cooperation and relationships with your online vendors: proper payments management, access privileges, and feedback and statistics. Watch how to use these tools right.
How to Manage a Marketplace with Multi-Vendor?
With a large digital marketplace comes great responsibility. Managing such an online marketplace is like piloting a plane—tons of knobs and switches. In this video, we’re telling you about these switches and knobs.
How to Manage Mini-Stores?
Everyone needs a private space in his or her life. In eCommerce as well, marketplace sellers need their private online stores to present their companies and products the way they want. In the marketplace software, every vendor can have his or her own micro store. Learn more about this feature in the video.
Mobile App for Marketplace
According to Business Insider, eCommerce sales through smartphones in the US are poised to increase from $128.4 billion in 2019 to $418.9 billion through 2024. The mobile application will help reach more customers that prefer buying on the go. The marketplace app is available for iOS and Android. We build the app personally for your multi-vendor website, upload it to app stores, and support.Try a demo
If you’re not satisfied with our marketplace platform, we’ll refund your money.
No questions asked.
Whether you’re about to build an eCommerce marketplace to expand your business online, to become a leader in your niche, or just to help local entrepreneurs go online, CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is the marketplace platform for you. Request a free personal demo to try it out.Request a demo