You’ve made a decision to take the plunge and set up your online store, but are stumped about how to obtain the best e-commerce solution for your particular business.
Once you’ve determined what’s important for you as a business owner, and then compared those goals with the fit these platforms afford, you’ll be able to make the most informed decision you can. For simplicity’s sake we’re only going to look at hosted e-commerce software solutions. Self-hosted solutions demand a level of expertise not often found in many startups.
5 Great choices for E-commerce software
Shopify - Shopify is well known as the being dog in this space, and it’s definitely an earned reputation. Possessing all the tools necessary for you to make an attractive and easy to use platform, they also have a lot of awesome themes to give your store the perfect look. Not the least expensive, but clearly the best. So far they have more than 160,000 stores online.
BigCommerce - Another in the drag and drop variety, BigCommerce is similar to Shopify, but in my opinion a bit more complicated to use. Still they have their adherents, as 90,000 stores will attest to!
Wix E-Commerce - One of the easiest to use tools with Wix you can literally have your store up in a matter of a couple of hours, depending on the number of your offerings. They offer a great deal of flexibility and a fully integrated shopping cart.
Weebly E-Commerce - The e-commerce tool of choice for more than 440,000 sites, Weebly makes it easy to create a store, but in my experience the building platform can be slow and unresponsive. Nevertheless, a good tool for beginners.
SquareSpace - A low-cost offering more in the line of Shopify and BigCommerce, they can’t offer as robust a platform as those options, but you can get a great-looking store at a far lower price with Squarespace. And when you’re starting out, that’s not a bad idea!
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