Top eCommerce CMS & Software Tools & Websites

Rule of Thumb: The easier the system helps you manage your inventory and orders, the better chance that the system is useful to you.

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Unlike hosted eCommerce platforms where hosting and support is included in the monthly plan, When using eCommerce CMS or softe, website hosting and support is on your own. Using an eCommerce CMS gives users more flexibility and control over their stores, but at the same time requires more customization and modification. Ecommerce CMS is similar to regular CMS in the sense that it usually open source and free to download, and there are communities and developer groups where you can get answers to your technical questions. Some CMS, such as Magento, offers paid technology support. When developing an eCommerce store using a CMS, you’ll need a developer/ designer to help you build and maintain the site.

Customer and order management are the core features of an eCommerce CMS. Many eCommerce CMS offer free templates so that you can customize your online shop based on various needs. Some eCommerce CMS offer advanced marketing, SEO and social media functionality. Generally speaking, smaller businesses tend to choose hosted ecommerce platforms, while large and complex eCommerce stores tend to build the site using eCommerce software. For example, OfficeMax uses Magento as their core infrastructure.

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Hightlight:Can work with your own website, or start with x-...

Downside:Updates might be time and effort intensive. Might...

Pricing:Gold mobile ($299 one time fee); Gold ($195 one time fee); Gold plus ($395 one time fee); Platinum ($1,795 one time fee). 15-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Allows for multiple pricing, discounts and...

Downside:The asp based website might not provide the best...

Pricing:Shopping cart version ($695.00 onetime fee); Build to Order ($1,495.00 onetime fee)

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Hightlight:It's an ecommerce/shopping cart extension...

Downside:Only works for the Joomla CMS. Might require...

Pricing:Open source and free.

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Hightlight:Lots of advanced ecommerce features. Open source...

Downside:Shipping module might be relatively more...

Pricing:CS-Cart(free); CS-Cart($395/year); Multi-vendor ($590/year)