Top 5 E-commerce Platforms For Startups
If you are an entrepreneur who wants to start your own online business, you should consider picking for yourself an e-commerce platform. There is a long list of e-commerce platforms but in this article, I would like to share my knowledge about the top 5 e-commerce platforms for startups.
5 e-commerce platforms for startups that I am going to analyze in this post are BigCommerce, Shopify, WooCommerce, Magento and Wix. At the end of this post, I will discuss all the strengths and weaknesses of these platforms.
According to many tests, Bigcommerce is considered to be one of the most flexible and scalable e-commerce platforms.
The pricing plan of Bigcommerce is ranging from $29.95 per month depending on the plan you choose. Standard, Plus and Pro plans of BigCommerce fit with small businesses. Meanwhile, the Enterprise aims for larger firms.
On the one hand, this platform has many good theme designs and a lot of built-features. The Standard plan offers five key features: image optimization, gift cards, built-in ratings, and review system, real-time carrier shipping quotes, professional reporting. Besides, BigCommerce websites often have good SEO performance.
On the other hand, it becomes pricey when comes to a high volume store. A pity that it does not have one-click upsells. And despite having various choices of themes, there are only 10 free of them, and others are ranging from $145 to $235.
Shopify has many advantages such as fast loading time, super easy to set up, one-click upsell and a variety of great theme designs.
In comparison with BigCommerce, Shopify’s price is very competitive:
The thing is that the features that Bigcommerce provides in the Standard plan only appear in Shopify and Advanced Shopify plans.
Besides, Shopify has 10 free themes and there still are 60 paid themes that cost from $140 to $180. These themes are fully responsive which means suitable across devices.
Also, it’s worth noting that Shopify has some certain limitations, for example, business owners are unable to customize the checkout process. Moreover, if you want your site to have advanced features, you have to hire a developer from the third party to build it for you.
The next one I want to mention is WooCommerce. WooCommerce’s pricing plan seems to be much cheaper than BigCommerce and Shopify.
WooCommerce is consulted to be the best platform for SEO because it is a free WordPress plugin. One-click upsell is also available in this platform.
This e-commerce platform is special because it is highly customizable. And so, even simple stuff needs an extension.
Also, Woocommerce has no support for the customers.
It will be mistaken if not mention Magento e-commerce platform. Magento is divided into two versions: the Open Source (Community) version is free and the Commerce (Enterprise) version cost depends on your business scale and revenue.
Most people are now using Magento Community due to the scalable, highly customizable and strong in SEO. This version is already rich in features. There are a lot of Magento users worldwide so you do not have to hesitate to use this platform.
Every coin has its two sides, Magento is not a perfect platform. Magento is a pricey one. The reason is Magento requires skilled developers to build and you have to pay for every extension you want to add on. But now there are a lot of Magento development companies providing their services at an affordable price that you can consider working with.
Except for the initial price of development, Magento is quite a brilliant platform.
The last e-commerce platform that I want to share is Wix. Recently, Wix becomes quite popular because the advertisement of Wix is appearing with a dense frequency.
This e-commerce platform is completely simple to use and set up. With the free plan, there are a lot of free themes. But the SEO of this platform is poor. Some of Wix’s sites having security trouble. Furthermore, this platform lacks some advanced features and integrations. Meanwhile, it is really hard to find professional Wix’s developers.
Have you selected the best e-commerce platforms for your business?
The 5 E-commerce platforms listed above are platforms I figured out when I decided to start my own online business. I made up my mind to choose the Magento e-commerce platform because of its user-friendly with many standout features.
All of these platforms are having their own strengths and weaknesses. You can choose yourself one depending on your financial ability and needs.