Top 5 e-commerce platforms available to set up your online business

Nowadays several types of trending business ideas are available. One can easily start a business by investing with a small capital. Also, digital marketing is available which simply denies the existence of a physical store. All you need is to find out the best suitable idea and after that, it is required to take positive action for fulfilling the business idea.

Online marketing is a common practice nowadays as it allows capturing a broad market. It also allows us to make our products available in front of the global customers. So the requirement of building online stores is very high nowadays. E-commerce platform is a result of this requirement of an online store.

There are several free and paid platforms which are available for managing e-commerce websites. This service allows you to design your website as per your requirements. The visitors and buyers can easily browse the website and can buy the products as per their requirement.

Here we will talk about the top 5 E-Commerce solutions available:-

E-commerce platform Overall rating

  1. BigCommerce –  9/10
  2. Shopify – 10/10
  3. Magento – 8/10
  4. WooCommerce – 9/10
  5. Bigcartel – 7/10

BIG COMMERCE:- BigCommerce is working as an e-commerce platform from 2009. It is a type of software which almost covers every part of e-commerce which includes web hosting and web design. It also allows processing the orders, shipping the products, and analytics of data. BigCommerce also allows personalizing domain after signing up in their website service. The full website features an overall SSL which provides extra security for the customer’s data and payments. The cheapest plan is available from $29 per month.

Pros :
● Free SSL
● Tons of how-to videos
● Advanced marketing tools
● Unlimited products

Cons:
● BigCommerce is an expensive platform than a self-hosted site
● Very few add-ons are available

SHOPIFY:- Shopify is working as an e-commerce platform from 2006. Currently, they are covering almost more than 220000 online retailers. The number of client shows that it is very easy to create a website with the help of this e-commerce platform. It is very user-friendly and one can easily operate the website without having enough knowledge about web development. It also offers free and paid themes for websites. The cheapest plan is available from $9 per month.

Pros:
● Includes hosting
● Easy to use CMS
● Marketing tools and analytics
● Unlimited products
● Beautiful themes

Cons:
● Shopify is an expensive platform than running a self-hosted store.
● Initial setup is not that easy

MAGENTO:- Magento is a free and open source e-commerce platform, which you can install directly from Portal. By using the Magento admin panel one can easily build a store. The platform is very advanced so for operating it is required to hire specialized personnel.

Pros:
● Open source and free
● Flexible
● Strong SEO

Cons:
● Difficult to use
● Requires HTML/CSS skills

WOOCOMMERCE:- Woocommerce is very popular nowadays as it covers almost 28% of the total online store. For basic domain and web hosting Woocommerce is free but for other extensions, it needs to be paid.

Pros:
● It is a Free Ecommerce platform
● User-friendly
● Lots of extensions are available for more added features
● Unlimited products
● Great customer support

Cons:
● Doesn’t include domain/hosting
● Some extensions can be expensive

BIGCARTEL:- For small business and for selling online products Bigcartel is the best platform for creating an e-commerce website. With a BigCartel URL, they allow selling five products. And for the paid products they allow maximum 300 products to sell.

Pros:
● Simple to use
● Affordable pricing
● iPhone app available

Cons:
● Lacks inventory feature
● Availability of free option is very limited
● Not for the products with several variations

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