After using and reviewing lots of online store builders in the past few years, I’ve selected the top 10 ecommerce platforms and shopping cart software that I think are the best fit for any needs. So before starting your online shop take a look at this comparison chart.
In a market as saturated as the ecommerce platform market, it can be very difficult to figure out which shopping cart software best meets your needs. If you are considering starting your own store, then chances are you have already run into this struggle at some point. So far I have reviewed most popular ecommerce solutions as individual offers, and created this comparison chart, then ranked all platforms after their SEO effectiveness, but now it’s time to see how the different platforms compare to each other: Shopify, Bigcommerce, 3dcart, Volusion and Big Cartel.
Why is SEO Important for Ecommerce? Well, 44% of every online purchase begins with an online search (IPSOS 2012). Making sure that your products can be found easily on search engines such as Google can be the difference between an ecommerce business that fails or succeeds. A large part of effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is to ensure that the pages of your site appear as relevant as possible to a search engine for the search terms (keywords) that your prospective customers are using.
Many business owners may be unaware that their Ecommerce platform (some of them discussed here) might not be equipped with the features needed to make their online shop search-engine-friendly. Some ecommerce software offers only the most basic SEO features, some only at a premium cost while others do not offer them at all.
After researching for weeks and selecting the top 10 solutions, we’ve tested them in the last 5 days and here are our findings: We believe that Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) continues to be the best tool for people interested in selling digital goods online. This is followed closely by SendOwl and Gumroad, both of which stand strong for selling products online, particularly in the digital goods sector.
Seeing as how the market is so large, we wanted to find out which ones stand out. The conclusion is in: We believe WooCommerce serves as the best free WordPress ecommerce plugin. Throughout out research over the past two weeks we narrowed the field down to eight, with Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) and Ecwid ranked right behind WooCommerce. We like WooCommerce for its superior integration tools and beautiful potential layouts. EDD has better tools for digital goods, while Ecwid looks to be the simplest for beginners.
Crowdfunding has become extremely popular in the recent past, allowing entrepreneurs and smaller companies to gain funding from regular people for their projects such as movies, smart coolers, interesting games and more. Crowdfunding works by asking people to contribute to the campaigns, who then receive rewards for their “investments.”
Sometimes you stumble upon an ecommerce platform that looks too good to be true.
I would argue that PinnacleCart is one of those situations, since it has an onslaught of built-in features, and the integrations cater to some niche companies.
However, this one is all true, seeing as how the support is strong, we like the themes, and dropshippers can get up and running fast.
Some might argue that security is one of the first things to look for when scouting hosting companies. I would state the opposite. Security with web hosts is similar to choosing a car based on security. If you go to Consumer Reports and look at just about any car, you’re going to see that security has been covered vigorously with all companies.
In short, these companies have realized that security is indeed the number one concern for customers, so they have invested lots of time and money into it.
The same goes for web hosts, so security doesn’t really factor into the equation of which one to choose.
Sending an email to a client or potential customer is one of the easiest ways to show your professionalism and overall branding.
Although it’s easy and free to setup an email with Gmail or Yahoo, you look far less credible. That’s why a free business email address is required.
For example, a business email address looks something like this:
Therefore, people see that you’re a legitimate company, and they can even view where your official website is located. Not only that, but Gmail, Hotmail and other free accounts often get sent to the spam box if you’re using them for an email marketing service like MailChimp.
Much like its product, GOBAG’s website design centres around efficiency with a particular focus on finer details to enable seamless navigation with a thematic thread of movement throughout.
Diagrammatic animations pack and unpack, providing simple instructions as you scroll. They are joined by other subtle pockets of motion, creating an apt sense of momentum and discovery while bringing the key features of the travel pack to the foreground.
With a background in engineering and having founded the company to fulfill his own practical needs, James Fyfe had a clear vision about what needed to be communicated in the online presence for GOBAG.