There are numerous electronic commerce platforms out there that offer a range of different features. These platforms have different advantages and disadvantages therefore, it is important that you asses them by keeping in mind your businesses’ own specific requirements.
We have compiled a list of the best and most popular electronic commerce platforms. No single electronic commerce platform can be deemed ‘the best’ since different businesses have different requirements that a single platform cannot cater to.
Some electronic commerce platforms that you should definitely consider are:
BigCommerce is a sophisticated and customizable platform mainly for medium to large scale businesses, however, it does offer good small scale and start up business plans as well. It offers numerous built in features and complete URL control. The disadvantage of using BigCommerce is that it is relatively harder to understand and get used to because of the complex nature of the features that it offers.
Magneto is an open source electronic platform that may be best suited for companies that are a bit more advanced in terms of information technology. An open source platform also means complete control of your own ecommerce instance. The disadvantages to Magneto include manual patch and bug updates which may result in a lack of PCI compliance.
Volusion is a platform aimed at startups and small-scale businesses. However, there is heavy taxation on engineering resources since it is currently developing and maintaining two platforms.
Demandware, now known as ‘Salesforce Cloud Commerce’ is largely used by and may be best for high profile fashion retailers. It is a SaaS ecommerce platform which means that it removes the complexity that open source platforms have because you do not have to manage or develop the software yourself. The disadvantage to Salesforce Cloud Commerce is that it is pricy and dependent on developers.
Shopify is one of the most popular electronic commerce public platforms. It is one of the best options for startup businesses and small brands. It is simple, user-friendly and easy to understand which makes it excellent for people with no prior experience. However, because of its simplistic nature, it is not completely customizable and has a restricted API call volume.
Prestashop is an open source ecommerce platform. The greatest advantage of this platform is that it offers 60 different languages, so you can use whatever language you prefer.
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