You need to set up an online e-commerce store for your business but are simply overwhelmed at the alternatives laid out there before you. Hosted or self-hosted? Expensive all-in-one solution or piece it together?
Don’t despair, you’re hardly alone. Most aspiring merchants have to deal with this question at some point, and what we want to do in this piece is to give you a few choices we’ve uncovered that merit a good look.
Once you’ve determined what’s important for you as a business owner, and then compared those goals with the fit these platforms afford, you’ll be able to make the most informed decision you can. For simplicity’s sake we’re only going to look today at hosted e-commerce software solutions. Self-hosted solutions demand a level of expertise rarely found in many startups.
5 Software solutions for E-commerce stores
Shopify – Shopify is well known as the being dog in this space, and it’s definitely an earned reputation. Possessing all the tools necessary for you to make an attractive and easy to use platform, they also have a lot of awesome themes to give your store the perfect look. Not the least expensive, but clearly the best. So far they have more than 160,000 stores online.
BigCommerce – Another of the early adopters in this space, BigCommerce is very similar to Shopify but technically a little bit more challenging. They are very popular as well, with more than 90,000 stores using their software!
Wix E-Commerce – If you’re wanting a drop dead easy solution at a lower price, you can’t go wrong with Wix. You can have your store up in literally a few hours with a fully-integrated shopping cart included. Super easy to use!
Weebly E-Commerce – The e-commerce tool of choice for more than 440,000 sites, Weebly makes it easy to produce a store, but in my experience the building platform can be slow and unresponsive. Nevertheless, a good tool for beginners.
SquareSpace – A low-cost offering more in the line of Shopify and BigCommerce, they can’t offer as refined a platform as those options, but you can have a great-looking store at a far lower price with Squarespace. And when you’re getting started, that’s not a bad idea!