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Feature Comparison: Web Storefronts vs. Popup Storefronts

Overview

This article provides a comparison between the features and capabilities of Web Storefronts and those of Popup Storefronts. This information may help you in determining which solution best meets your needs.

This article provides a comparison between the features and capabilities of Web Storefronts and those of Popup Storefronts. This information may help you in determining which solution best meets your needs.

 

CategoryWeb StorefrontsPopup Storefronts
HostingHosted by FastSpring; you provide links from your website, direct email, or social media to the Web StorefrontLives on your own website and opens in a secure modal iframe; customers never leave your site
Feature SetComplete; all FastSpring Contextual functionality is supportedCheckout and mini-cart only*
Does the implementation require technical expertise?No, anyone who can use a web browser can configure a Web StorefrontYes, but minimal expertise is needed when using a Popup Storefront for checkout only*
Can I implement automatic redirects from the Completion Page?NoYes, if you use SBL.*
Are the cart contents persistent throughout the browser session?No, cart contents are not preserved when navigating to a different page or siteYes, if you use the data-continuous directive of  SBL*
Can customers remove items from the cart?Yes, depending on your implementationYes, if you enable the Popup Storefront cart
Is customer data encrypted and transmitted securely?YesYes
Can license keys and download links be rendered on the Completion Page?YesYes

*The optional Store Builder Library allows you to implement complete cart functionality on your own website but requires you to have web development resources for implementation. For a live, working example of a cart created using the Store Builder Library, please see https://fastspringexamples.com/full-cart/full-cart/.

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