As humans evolve over time, many ideologies, methodologies and principles are either left behind or altered. One of the methodologies which have come along with humans till date is commerce, the way it’s executed has kept changing. Commerce in 2017 is at its peak and E-commerce is a major part of selling stuff. People are going online to sell their products leaving the traditional methods behind.
As new industries flourish, there comes a lot of competition. There are a lot of online portals which will help you to set up an online shopping portal. Today, we’re here to discuss the top 5 shopping portals from our point of view. The rankings are from bottom to top and are provided on the basis of easiness of use, options for customizations, design and costs. So, let’s get started.
One of the leading E-commerce solutions, Prestashop powers 250,000+ online stores globally. Prestashop uses the freemium model where you can download the script for free and set it up on your server.
It comes with a user-friendly dashboard, where handling day-to-day tasks are much easier. It’s very easy to build a Prestashop store from scratch but finding a reliable hosting provider will be some work.
Prestashop is completely free to download. But first, you need to find a hosting provider. So the cost varies with different hosting providers. Generally, hosting + domain price starts from $45 to $50 a year.
Considering the design part, Prestashop offers over 1500 templates in their marketplace. Users also have an option to download the premium themes which usually costs around $59.99.
Opencart is an open-source e-commerce solution with more than 14,000 extensions available to ease the user experience.
Opencart provides a user-friendly experience but the changing file structures with updates can be a hassle at times. Other than that, it’s responsive and setting up the store is very smooth.
Opencart also follows the freemium model, where you can download the script for free but it will cost you on the hosting side.
Opencart is not a pro-seo but it provides all the basic functionalities like editing meta tags, title tags and URL Structures.
Opencart has some attractive themes and layout in their marketplace but you need to have some basic knowledge of HTML & CSS. It also has an option of premium themes but you have to be careful while downloading the theme because Opencart keeps changing their structure and the older version of themes won’t properly install.
A trusted name in E-commerce, Magento provides a flexible solution for the store owners. Magento is specially designed for the top-notch e-commerce solution. It is a go-to CMS for tech-savvy users.
Magento is not very user-friendly, unlike other platforms. You’ll require learning the basics of how Magento functions.
Magento basically comes in two versions. One is Magento CE(Community Edition) which is available to download for free and the Magento EE(Enterprise Edition), which is for the large businesses, for pricing, you need to contact Magento’s support to find the right package which suits your needs as an E-commerce solution provider.
Magento is highly SEO-optimized and offers a variety of functionalities but you are required to have SEO Knowledge because nothing goes Pre-configured with this one.
Magento has a large number of themes available in their marketplace because it’s a popular CMS. Premium themes start with $29.
Woo-commerce, the most popular and most used E-commerce solution out there. According to Woo-commerce, it is installed on more than 890,000 unique domains.
Unlike other platforms Woo-commerce is not a CMS, it’s actually a WordPress plugin, which transforms it into an E-commerce website.
WordPress is available for free to download, you need to just buy a hosting server and install the script on it. Because of its popularity, WordPress comes with a one-click install on many hosting providers.
You need no technical knowledge while handling the woo-commerce it’s extremely easy to use and a number of plugins available make your life a lot easy. That said, the same number of plugins sometimes make it a hassle.
Woocommerce is very SEO-friendly and WordPress makes it more effective with its plugins and features.
Woocommerce has a large number of themes available both free and premium where premium themes starts at $29.99.
Finally, the #1 E-commerce solution. Shopify is an industry leader. With more than 325,000 stores globally, Shopify stands as the most easy-to-use CMS.
Shopify is a hosted shopping cart, the structure is handled by the Shopify itself but you have access to your HTML & CSS.
Shopify is like MAC OS, extremely user-friendly, great design but comes with a price. Shopify is available in different price brackets, you can visit their site and can choose one.
It delivers SEO like a charm, all the functionalities available at your dashboard and the plugins make your life a lot easier.
It offers both free and paid themes, but not more than woo-commerce. Paid themes are costly and start with a price tag of $130 to $140.
Ou of all five, Woocommerce & Shopify seems appealing. Though, it depends upon your own needs. If you’re an established business and you have a team of developers, Magento perfectly fits your products.
If you’re just starting out, I would recommend you to go with Woocommerce which has an amazing customer portfolio and functioonalities and if you want you can gradually switch to shopify as you see an improvement in your sales number.
We at Vishawish Ventures are alaways there to help you out with the right platform, you can always drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.