Top Ecommerce Platform Tools & Websites

Rule of thumb: Using hosted ecommerce platform allows you to focus your time and effort on your business, not the technology. 

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Open source eCommerce platforms are more like a specialized eCommerce CMS and they can be downloaded and hosted anywhere. If you are not very technical and need more handholding in building an ecommerce store, hosted platforms are better options for you. Hosted ecommerce platforms usually charge a monthly or yearly fee that includes web hosting, use of the ecommerce system, and support. Security is also taken care of with hosted platforms so you have one less thing to worry about. However, if you need more control over your store and want more granular level of customization, open source eCommerce CMS might work better for you.

 

You might want to compare hosted eCommerce stores from the following aspects. First is products and data storage. For example, how much inventory is allowed in the store. Second is functionality - fundamental ecommerce functions such as inventory management and order management and premium features such as email marketing, loyalty programs, coupons and promotions, and etc. What you are selling can greatly shape your ideas on how your website should flow. For instance, jewelry stores should always allow users to see close-up shots and enlarged views. Clothes stores should always allow users to choose color and sizes.

The third aspect is how easy it is for you and your staff to use the platform. Each platforms’ setup, navigation, and design are different. Think about the tasks that you’ll need to execute the most frequently with the platform. If it’s a pain for you to perform daily routines using the system, then it’s not a good platform for you. 

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Hightlight:Relatively easy to set up online store. Compared...

Downside:Bigcommerce's templates are not as visually...

Pricing:Bronze ($24.95/mo); Silver ($39.95/mo); Gold ($79.95/mo); Platinum ($149.95/mo); Diamond ($299.95/mo). 15-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Easy to set up online store. No coding experience...

Downside:Template customization is limited. HTML and CSS...

Pricing:Starter ($14/mo); Basic ($29/mo); Professional ($79/mo); Unlimited ($179/mo). 14-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Admin dashboard easy to manage and user friendly...

Downside:Template customization options are limited. SSL...

Pricing:Mini ($15/mo); Bronze ($35/mo); Silver ($65/mo); Gold ($125/mo); Platinum ($195/mo). 14-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Good for small businesses. Competitive pricing....

Downside:Only basic features from Magento is available on...

Pricing:Get going ($15/mo); Going places ($25/mo); Go Beyond ($65/mo); Go anywhere ($125/mo). 30-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Easy to manage. Good integration with third party...

Downside:Some features might not work well as described....

Pricing:Limited ($30/mo); Basic ($60/mo); Upgraded ($95/mo); Premium($150/mo). 14-day free trial.