The cover story of the July 1997 issue of Internet Computing magazine was the first-ever comparison of all the leading Internet commerce tools.
The editors compared 9 online store building tools: iCat Electronic Commerce Suite, Vision Factory Cat@log, Virtual Spin Cartalog, Outreach Internet StoreManager, Intershop Online, Forman Interactive Internet Creator, Internet Factory Merchant Builder, Speedware OrderPoint, and Viaweb Store.
The editors rated Viaweb Store as the best overall.
"For someone who wants to get online fast with a small start-up budget, this is the best choice. It also comes with its own full-featured set of statistical tools."