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.
Finding a place to hire an ecommerce designer or developer is a little trickier than it might initially seem. You have the option to go with job boards, expert communities or cheap labor sites.
I'm not about to directly recommend places like Upwork and Freelancer.com. Although I've had a few logos designed by people on Fiverr, we're talking about constructing and managing your ecommerce website. These are some of the more complex forms of websites out there, so it's not recommended considering you can find somewhat affordable designers and developers who are known to do a great job.
If you've ever tried to sell products on both Amazon and eBay, you already know how frustrating it can be to manage two dashboards, keep everything syncing and control the automated processes offered by both companies.
Well, we've come across a tool called SellerCloud, and it's making an effort to completely revolutionize the way multi-channel selling is done. Let's take a look to see if it's worth your money.
With the ever changing market, it's difficult to understand exactly where and how to sell your products online, regardless of whether they're physical or digital. A band, for example, might want to sell merchandise and music tracks, but trying to figure out the best outlet to do so is troublesome.
If I told you a single ecommerce ratings app has shown to boost conversions by an average of 32%, would it grab your attention?
Well that's what the folks behind the Antenna Shopify app are claiming, and it seems like the numbers don't lie.
We've all heard it. Content is king.
Yes, that's true. But quality content, especially blog posts, are extremely hard to come by.
I often speak with small online business owners who cringe at the idea of setting up and managing a social media account. Why? Because it takes tons of time, and you're not exactly guaranteed to see any returns unless you have awesome posts that people get exited about. In short, many business owners don't want to put in the work or take the risk.