Thinking of joining eCommerce bandwagon?
In last few years, Online e-commerce platforms have really delivered on its potential. These days there are lots of e-commerce stores across the globe. There are generic stores which sell items in almost all the categories. E.g. Amazon, eBay, Flipkart. Some of them are extremely industry vertical centric and they offer products in only certain categories. BigCommrce, WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify, Prestashop, and Zoey these are some popular CMS Platform.
These days, no one buys anything unless he does his research on internet and checks out prices & reviews of the products. Every year more and more people use internet for buying their stuff.
It makes sense in looking at this promising business opportunity. But usually, most of them don’t know where to start. Following article introduces few of the popular eCommerce systems.
You have two options for making e-Commerce Website
- Hosted eCommerce:
- Self Hosted:
This platform is based on open source.
Here are top 7 E-Commerce platforms for your online store
BigCommerce is not self Hosted. It is cloud-based, user-friendly software. So you will not need design knowledge for building website. It handles everything from integration, payments, products, shipping, checkout, and coupons etc. BigCommerce is one of the leading hosted eCommerce platforms. Lately, they are in a lot of discussions because of their pricing policy. We hope true sense will prevail.
WooCommerce is a wordpress plug-in used to develop an e-commerce website on wordpress platform. This is user-friendly and cost-effective software. Easy to setup and integrate with emailing platform such as MailChimp. WooCommerce has excellent support from plug-in developers and one would find 1000s of plug-ins. WooCommerce is integrated with Zoho Inventory, Zoho Books, Zoho CRM, QuickBooks Online through KloudConnectors
Magento is the most popular and one of the best e-commerce CMS used today. It is open source and comes with the free community edition. It has a large number of extensions and plug-ins available. This is more SEO friendly than other platforms. Magento is easy to use and manage. Magento is integrated with QuickBooks Online, Zoho Inventory, Zoho Books, Zoho CRM, Xero through KloudConnectors.
Shopify is the best e-commerce platform for small and medium-size businesses. This platform is flexible and easy to use. Near about 1500 add-ons or third party apps are available to extend the functionality. It has 24*7 customer support.
PrestaShop is open source e-commerce CMS Platform for managing your online store. It’s easy to install and can be customized with little development experience.
PrestaShop comes with 275 features including SEO, product management, reporting, marketing, and checkouts etc.
X-Cart is one of the most exciting open source eCommerce platform. It developed using PHP. So it is developer friendly. It boasts 55 highly converting eCommerce themes and 5 free color ideas. It also has intuitive drag and drop interface to the design. One can also have multiple storefronts. X-cart is marketing and SEO friendly and has 24/7 support. If you are looking for an eCommerce system with great features, X-Cart is a system that you should go for.
Zoey is a fork of Magento. It has all the great feature of Magento + Hosted storefront + Awesome service. Unlike Magento this commercial offering with lots of new additions to Magento platform. They also have great partner network who can help you with the store design & implementation. If you love Magento but don’t have time and expertise to work with Magento, this is the eCommerce system for you. Zoey is integrated with Zoho Inventory, Xero, Zoho CRM, Zoho Books, QuickBooks Online through KloudConnectors.