Ecommerce Platforms

It is like catching the right fish – from the sea of Ecommerce platforms!

When there is a sea full of a variety of fishes, it is important to catch the right fish – similarly when you wish to start an ecommerce business, it is important to choose the right ecommerce web solutions provider and right development platform, considering how it will fit in your current and future business model.

There are basically two types of ecommerce platforms – hosted and self-hosted (open source). Hence, we have included both the types in the list below to make the choice easier.

MAGENTO COMMUNITY

Magento is a self-hosted open source ecommerce development platform that has been here for a long time and used by a majority of big ecommerce websites, but the flip side is that it also has a couple of issues; difficulty to customize being a major one.

Thumbs up for:
• 500+ free website templates
• Unlimited storage space
• Mobile friendly storefront
• Supports multi-language storefront
• Payment gateways included
• Live chat support

Downside:
• No built-in blog
• No email or phone support

SHOPIFY

Shopify is a hosted ecommerce platform that has amazing add-on apps. Although it has certain limitations, most users find it user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

Thumbs up for:
• No hosting cost
• Built in blog
• Mobile friendly storefront
• Supports multi-language storefront
• Live chat – email – phone support
• Payment gateways included
• Fraud protection tools

Downside:
• Charges percentage of transaction
• No built-in blog

BIGCOMMERCE

Popular for small to medium sized web stores, BigCommerce is slightly customizable but lacks total control offered by other hosted platforms.

Thumbs up for:
• 115+ free website templates
• Mobile friendly storefront
• SEO tools
• Social media integration
• Payment gateways included
• Fraud protection tools
• Customized reporting
• Live chat – email – phone support

Downside:
• Charges percentage of transactions
• No built-in blog
• Does not support multi-language storefront

WOOCOMMERCE

WooCommerce is the shopping cart plugin for WordPress websites. The cart is provided to content rich sites as a free plugin.

Thumbs up for:
• Built in blog
• Mobile friendly storefront
• SEO tools
• Payment gateways included
• Customized reporting

Downside:
• All help and support options are paid (Live chat, email, phone)
• Ranks low in platform speed (as compared to other platforms)
• Very few free website templates are available

SPREECOMMERCE

SpreeCommerce is a self-hosted platform with great potential as it is comparatively new.

Thumbs up for:
• 500+ free website templates
• Mobile friendly storefront
• SEO tools

Downside:
• No built-in blog
• Ranks low in platform speed (as compared to other platforms)
• Does not support multi-language storefront
• All help and support options are paid (Live chat, email, phone)

Needless to say, there cannot be one platform that matches everyone’s need, and hence the idea is to choose the right fish, depending on the fisher (needs) from the sea of ecommerce platforms. Ecumen is an ecommerce website development company that provides expert services for ecommerce development on all the major open-source platforms. For more information, write to us at info@ecumen.in or speak to us on +91 98240 88036.