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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:Enterprise level hosted ecommerce store solution...

Downside:Relatively higher price point. More suitable for...

Pricing:Only customized quote is available. No standard pricing. 14-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Abundant features and options. Both HTML and...

Downside:Might have a steeper learning curve. Additional...

Pricing:Basic ($24.95/mo); Silver ($39.95/mo); Gold ($69.95/mo); Diamond ($99.95/mo); Infinity($159.95/mo); Unlimited($899.95/mo). 30-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Competitive pricing. Lots of features....

Downside:Setup fee is not refundable. The default ASP...

Pricing:Mini ($19.99/mo); Starter ($35.99/mo); Professional ($65.99/mo); Professional+ ($99.00/mo); Power plan ($129.99/mo). 15-day free trial.

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Hightlight:Allows for easy SEO configuration. Relatively...

Downside:Relatively higher price point. Easier for...

Pricing:Basic ($79/mo); Lite($119/mo); Standard($239/mo); Professional($359/mo); Enterprise($599/mo). 14-day free trial. Additional setup fee might apply.

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Hightlight:Designed specifically for selling digital content...

Downside:More powerful on digital content and subscription...

Pricing:Free ($0/mo); Premium ($14/mo); Premium plus ($14/mo). First 30 days are free.