Web stores are easily combined with a day job, and they can even become so successful that they replace your day job. If you’re thinking about putting up an online store and would like to do it quickly and easily without worrying about coding or web hosting.
Generally, hosted ecommerce platforms are ideal for individuals or small- and medium-sized businesses that have little or no ecommerce development experience.
There are many hosted ecommerce platforms out there. How do you decide which one is right for you? In this article 12 of the Best Ecommerce Platforms to set up and manage your own Web store.
Shopify is a hosted e-commerce system that includes content management. Their user-friendly administration interface gives store owners the ability to manage their product inventory and customize their online store without knowing how to code. As a CMS, Shopify allows users to create and manage pages as well as a blog.
Bigcommerce is comparable to Shopify and, really, you can’t go wrong with either one. Bigcommerce is a host to over 55,000 online stores that (combined) have done over $4 billion in sales.
3. Yahoo Store
Yahoo has the largest market share in the top 10,000 and top 100,000 sites. It is also a well-known and trusted brand and does a lot of cross selling on its customers. Its usage is declining, though.
Volusion offers users a hosted e-commerce solution with free templates to choose from, product management, inventory management, customer management, order management, email newsletters, daily deals, customer wishlists, and more. This platform boasts over 900 ecommerce features and offers additional personal services to their customers for a fee, such as conversion rate optimization which provides store owners one-on-one consulting with the company’s marketing consultants.
1ShoppingCart is an all-in-one solution. It not only allows you to set up an online store, but also to easily integrate its payment functionality into your regular website.
6. X-Cart Cloud
The company has a hosted ecommerce platform service called X-Cart Cloud which runs the X-Cart software. X-Cart Cloud has an assortment of free and paid modules that extend your X-Cart online store. X-Cart is an open-source product, and the X-Cart team actively works with developers to improve their product.
3dcart is one of the lesser-known online ecommerce solutions, yet it is feature rich. This hosted ecommerce platform allows you to accept Bitcoins and has a loyalty program system that gives your users the option to earn rewards points whenever they shop at your online store.
At first PinnacleCart seems very much like 3dcart. The pricing is roughly the same. They are doing things differently, though, especially when it comes to working with partners.
If you want to sell vintage items, handcraft goods or craft supplies and want to tap into a community of millions of buyers, you should consider Etsy.
Wix is essentially a free website builder, quickly gaining popularity and aggressively funded. What many people don’t realize is that it also offers eCommerce features as part of its premium packages.
Mumbai-based Zepo supports more than 1200 ecommerce stores at the moment and has also raised an undisclosed amount of funding in December 2014 to drive its expansion plans.
Storenvy is different from the other hosted ecommerce platforms discussed above in the sense that your online store is going to be included in their marketplace/network of brands. All of your products will be featured and searchable within their marketplace, which means your items will be visible to their existing base of customers. Storenvy has over 100,000 brands selling on their site. Storeenvy also has an impressive developer API.