With Amazon grabbing 44% of US e-commerce sales and Holiday e-commerce sales growing up nearly 15% in 2017. There is no wonder why every business would love to set up their store online. According to reports, this dominant e-commerce industry is expected to make sales worth $4.479 trillion by 2021.
With the number of e-commerce solutions available in the market, it becomes difficult to pick a right one that suits our business needs.
We have listed few of the leading e-commerce platforms for businesses planning to launch their official website/ online store.
PrestaShop is one of the industry leaders among the e-commerce platforms. It is widely known for its rich feature-set and functionalities. Prestashop is available for free in two different choices namely cloud-based Prestashop and a downloadable form.
Advantages of PrestaShop
Use of Smarty, web template system written in PHP makes PrestaShop the first choice among designers and programmers.
PrestaShop inbuilt functionalities make it easy for beginners and non-technical people to quickly set up their online store.
Compared with other platforms, PrestaShop offers an intuitive admin panel, which is easy to explore.
Magento is a powerful, open-source e-commerce platform owned by the eBay group. It is one of the growing platforms offering cutting-edge solutions for businesses who are aiming to make a significant impact on their online eCommerce store. Widely known for its scalability and reliability, Magento host nearly one-fourth of the e-commerce websites in the market. It is indeed a market leader when it comes to enterprise-level e-commerce platforms.
Advantages of Magneto
It offers an easy-to-use user interface
It facilitates extensive customization due to open source platform
Supports over 9000 plugins/extensions to extend its functionality
Shopify is one of the popular e-commerce platforms and is known for its smooth setup, loading speed, customizable templates, and secure payment gateways. Shopify hosts more than 3 lakh online stores and is more focused on social and mobile shopping. For SEO enthusiasts, Shopify offers provision to include Meta tags, auto-generated XML sitemap along with 24/7 customer support via chat, email, and phone, to help the business run their online stores smoothly.
Advantages of Shopify
Shopify offers more than 100 templates and themes
Contains 1000+ plugins/extensions for extended functionality
Enables you to connect the online store with social media pages and sell directly from them
Packed with mobile-friendly shopping cart and mobile app for all sellers
It provides 24/7 live support along with comprehensive resource library and online community
Launched in 2009, BigCommerce host more than 50,000 online stores including Toyota, Martha Stewart, etc. Offering pretty much similar features as of Shopify, also BigCommerce provides more built-in features along with unlimited storage & bandwidth.
Advantages of BigCommerce
It offers powerful built-in marketing features such as newsletters, coupons, analytics and more
All themes both paid and free are responsive and provide a seamless mobile experience
It enables online store integration with social media such as Facebook, eBay, Google shopping and product comparison sites
Developed by experts, Zen Cart offers the most flexible and secure platforms among its competitors. The multi-language support and secure payment gateways make Zen Cart one of the most trusted platforms for various businesses.
Advantages of Zen Cart
Offers highly reliable platform and secure payment gateways.
It needs only basic programming skills for setting up and fulfill the demands of the end users
Zen Cart is highly customizable and provides wide range of features
WooCommerce is a free plugin for WordPress developed by WooThemes. With the easy to install interface, WooCommerce offers you all benefit associated with building a WordPress website. Since its launch in the year 2011, WooCommerce has supported nearly 1.5 million online e-commerce stores across the globe. The highly customizable, and user-friendly experience, makes it the ultimate choice for startups to start their online venture.
Advantages of WooCommerce
WooCommerce is a free and open source e-commerce platform with an extensive range of features.
It provides high flexibility, easy customization options, in-depth analytics and a vast number of extensions.
Among all the available shopping carts OpenCart is known as one of the top-end solutions for its flexibility, simplicity, and functionality. Although new, it has managed to gather extreme popularity among both well-established brands and start-ups.
Advantages of OpenCart
It is a lightweight e-commerce solution offering high performance and usability features.
It offers multi-store functionality which helps merchants to manage their multiple stores from one admin panel
Drupal Commerce, one of the leading open-source eCommerce solutions tightly integrated with Drupal and enables to build robust online stores. It is the most preferred platforms for merchants who tend to give majority priority to Search Engine Optimization(SEO).
Advantages of Drupal Commerce
Tight integration enables Drupal Commerce takes full advantage of all the functionalities of Drupal
It acts as a reliable content management system and highly flexible e-commerce platform
Offer more accessible options to manage SEO, CRO and web analytics
Also referred as open source commerce, osCommerce offers a wide range of features and flexible shopping cart solution. osCommerce offers 7000+ free add-ons and modules and backs robust community support.
Advantages of osCommerce
Os Commerce uses PHP and MySQL and provides a versatile open source shopping cart
Use of indexed database enables it to handle a large number of products
As its tagline says – “We Believe in The Artist”, it proves to be a perfect e-commerce platform for artists, designers, and companies in the creative business. Right from its launch in 2005, Big Cartel has helped many artists and designers sell their creation online.
Advantages of Big Cartel
It is straightforward and easy to setup and manages an online store through Big Cartel.
It offers eye-catching themes for the online stores.
Provides tutorials, FAQs, guides, support via email, and Big Cartel’s social media accounts.
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