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The Top Five E-Commerce Platforms

 Best E-Commerce Platforms

 

Best E-Commerce Platform

1. Shopify

Shopify is by far the best e-commerce platform currently in the market. With almost 800,000 users, it provides a platform for the not so tech savvy to build a powerful online presence. Many Shopify users are making thousands if not millions on their Shopify stores. On Shopify, you can build your web site, add your products, download some key apps from the Shopify app store, and be ready to hit the ground running. Shopify allows you to build your site with a few clicks and they provide the hosting. Its an all inclusive plan that can start as low as $29.00 a month. And paying monthly is not a problem at all. Let's take at look at their plans.

 

Whats great a Shopify is there many features that help yoWShopify Pricing Plans

 

What's great about Shopify is its many features to help your website be successful. You can take payments through their merchant processing and are charged some fees for this. You can hire Shopify experts to evaluate your store, fix a bug, assist in implementing a add on app. The apps run from abandoned cart recovery emails, pop up email capture, shipping and tracking your package apps and live chat. That's really just the tip of the iceberg. There are many successful companies running on the shopify platform, It is well worth you time and money to take a closer look. And currently, there are running a 90 day free trial for you to see if it is for you. We certainly recommend it.

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WooCommerce
Woocommerce is considered the King of e-commerce a WordPress plugins. Like Shopify and other ecommerce platforms, it provides a website with e-commerce functionality. But it is has it differences. Shopify has no coding involved, and its platform makes it easy to add and build a website. Woocommerce attracts the more advanced developer who wants more control of their website and integrates with the opensource WordPress content management system. That just means if your going to use woocommerce, you probably have a good grasp on hosting, domains and website design.The big takeaway from Woocommerce is that it is a plugin that you integrate into a already existing WordPress site. Once you plugin, you can convert the site into a fully functional ecommerce site. 
Pricing gets a little tricky. The Woocommerce plugin itself is essentially free. But you still going to need
  • a good  hosting  site (see our Top 5 Hosting Sites)  like Bluehost or WP Engine. Cost around $3 to $7 monthly,
  • a domain name with privacy protection, maybe $22.00.
  •  a theme press, anywhere from free to $500 plus.
  •  You have over 1,130 Woocommerce Themes to choose from.WordPress themes

So, to sum up, if your just starting out in the ecommerce world and you don't have a lot of experience with coding or the technical aspects of getting a website up and running, Shopify may be the better choice for you. For the more experienced , well versed in WordPress entrepreneur, who wants more control over their website and scalabilty, this may be the route for you. Bottom line, get your e-commerce ass up and running with whatever platform suite your budget and your comfort level. There is money to be made out there.

 

Wix

3. All in one e-commerce website creation solutions is provided by Wix to its over 80,000 customers worldwide. You can get hosting and domain registry services here as well. With a highly intuitive interface, no coding knowledge is required get your site up and running here. In this one stop shopping concept, Website creation is click and drag. Here's what their plans look like: 

Wix

 Wix is a website builder first and foremost, whereas Shopify is designed purely to help people set up their own online stores. Both are beginner-friendly, although Wix is easier to use because it's less powerful than Shopify. Wix is better for small businesses, while Shopify can handle much larger sales.

 The WIX Ecommerce plan is a pleasant surprise, but it's still difficult to recommend it over Shopify since the Shopify brand has been around for so long and they are focused directly on helping online stores. The themes are much better, and it's rather simple for a first-time developer to make a professional site on  Shopify. Not to mention, you don't save much money by going with WIX.

 

4.BigCommerce

Okay, so I've decided not to do a big ten minute review here. We will not be recommending this site based on numerous complaints regarding customer support found online. They definitely are one of the big three e-commerce platforms, but many cite outdated themes and little to no assistance with technical issues. E-commerce is hard enough so the last thing you need is your site going down and receiving no technical assistance from your e-commerce platform. When Shopify can give you everything you need in an E--Commerce website, with great support and numerous bells and whistle that improve sales, for us , there really is only one choice. As always, do your own research, you may find others having great experience  with BigCommerce but at this time, we cannot recommend it.
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5. Mangento
We have Mangento at number five only because it probably is not the best choice for for the person just starting out in e-commerce. It is however touted as an impressive, powerful e-commerce platform for mid and large size companies.
Think Coca-Cola. It requires knowledge of coding and you probably would need to hire a website developer to get up and going. Its not really for the lean budget when we are just starting out. While Mangento does have a small business program, the costs can still be a little heftier than the Shopify platform. In our opinion, stick with Shopify or Wix. 
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