No matter if you’re looking to start a small personal blog or huge enterprise-level eCommerce site, WordPress is currently the leading option for your endeavor. The platform has a large community of users and developers and they grow on a daily basis. However, we’ve decided to explore the market beyond WordPress and take a closer look at some of the most popular and effective alternatives for launching an eCommerce store. Here’s what we found.
Shopify is currently the most widely spread one-stop-shop eCommerce suite out there. It breathes life into more than 175,000 active stores around the globe and it doesn’t really care if you are a small store or huge and advanced online business. Shopify will take care of all the boring technical stuff for you, which means you can peacefully keep your hands upon the wheel and steer your business into Success Town. You will be able to focus on growing your business without any technical distractions. Sounds quite awesome, doesn’t it?
The suite provides premium storefront themes, advanced ecommerce tools, and an extensive app store, so you can integrate even more powerful tools into your page. As for the support, they’ve got you covered. Shopify has phone, live chat and email support, which means you can basically reach them whenever you need them, but chances are you won’t. Much like the online stores powered by WordPress, Shopify also tends to help smaller businesses grow, with the high level of scalability to power businesses however big they hopefully become. This popular platform is perfect for business owners who are not IT experts and don’t have much technical knowledge in that area. It will also work well for building online stores with additional standard website functionalities, blogs, etc.
The second most popular and widely spread eCommerce suite is Bigcommerce. This platform powers over 95,000 active and successful eCommerce webpages, which makes it a rather reputable online store launcher. Like Shopify, they can also help you get your website up and running without you getting too tangled up in technology stuff. They provide you with a rather useful and basic set of versatile eCommerce related tools, but also allow you to access more advanced tools via their App store.
Magento is another excellent eCommerce platform to run your online store. This suite offers you a bit more advance features for launching your online business in comparison to the first two alternatives, thus it is a bit more expensive a solution. However, Magento is indeed capable of giving you anything you might need from your online store. If you decide to make this platform your eCommerce choice, we suggest you find a user manual online, as this software is rather technical in nature. However, there are many comprehensive PDF user guides available on their website. They got that covered. Another con with Magento is that their themes are not that great-looking and some of them are even a bit outdated, so if you are not that crazy about the looks, but are crazy about advanced features this platform can provide, we indeed recommend Magento.