Back in the day, if business owners would want to create their own online stores, they would have to painstakingly do it themselves from scratch. That means that they have to hire both a web designer and developer to handle all of the tasks required to establish an online storefront.
However, that is no longer the case today as e-commerce has become quite easier thanks to the proliferation of different e-commerce platforms.
In today’s article, I will go over some of the best online e-commerce platforms for August 2019.
The first entry on the list is Wix. Originally known as a website builder, the company has dabbled into the e-commerce space by providing functionalities that business owners will need to come up with their own online stores.
Wix allows you to create your own online store for free, but you can go for paid options that will help unlock different functionalities. For instance, the platform allows you to choose from tons of different templates to help your website truly your own (and according to your brand’s specifications).
By using a drag-and-drop interface, you could have your website up and running in no time. You can unlock extra functionality by just paying a small premium, which makes this platform an ideal choice for people who are on the budget, but would still want to have a robust online website for which they can conduct business on.
Another rather inexpensive e-commerce platform, Squarespace, like Wix, is known as a website builder at first but has since joined the e-commerce fray. Squarespace is a paid service, but for the price (which is not that expensive at all), you can craft a beautiful online store that truly speaks about your brand.
The thing I love about Squarespace is the fact that it has one of the best SEO implementations among the different e-commerce platforms out there.
You can place as many products in your store as you like and it also comes with robust inventory management capabilities that are totally unheard of from a company that was known to be ‘just’ a website builder.
Although not as simple to use as the previous platforms, OpenCart allows business owners to create an online store that is perfectly suited for their business.
It allows you to create a beautiful website, first and foremost, but where this platform really shines is that it is open-source, meaning, if you have the technical know-how (or hire someone who does), then you can tweak every aspect of your website as per your specifications.
You can integrate 20 different payment options and the platform also gives you handy sales reports as well. Not only that but you can also backup your entire website and restore them seamlessly should anything go awry.
An article about the best online e-commerce platforms will not be complete without talking about ‘the’ best online platform out there.
Do you want a website builder that allows you to implement as many e-commerce features as you want and build a website that is per your specifications in as little as 10 minutes? Then Shopify is your answer.
Shopify has its web hosting service which means that you do not have to worry about getting your own provider. You can choose from a variety of different plans that perfectly suits your business.
The best feature of Shopify is its scalability. Once your business has grown considerably, you can upgrade to the Shopify Plus account to unlock even more features and tools.