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 platforms as individual offers, and created this comparison chart, then ranked all platforms after their SEO effectiveness, but now it is time to see how the different platforms compare to each other: Shopify, Bigcommerce, 3dcart, Volusion and Big Cartel.
Payment gateway: which one should you use for your ecommerce store? With dozens of online payment processing options to choose from, it can be a complicated decision. Everyone who is new to ecommerce will tell you that the most difficult task isn’t only to decide which platform is the best one, but also the different factors that you need to take into consideration when deciding which gateway is best for your specific needs. However, to learn more about each one, read on:
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.
Sometimes you just need a way to sell your products online without having to deal with bulky ecommerce software. Digital products require even more simplicity, because you don’t necessarily need all the features to get videos or photos or books up on the internet and selling to other people.
Let’s say you have a handful of digital products and you want the simplest and fastest way to start selling them and making some money. There are plenty of amazing ecommerce platforms, but which ones are the easiest for digital products?
WordPress has started its journey as a blogging platform, but now it’s being used as a robust solution for building eCommerce sites. The powerful plug-in architecture of WordPress makes it possible for anyone to transform an ordinary site into a fully-fledged digital shop. So in case you’d rather build it with good old WordPress instead of using dedicated shopping cart software, read on!
We’ve all seen the success of marketplaces like Etsy, Amazon and eBay. It’s amazing that sites like Etsy are generating product sales of up to $65 million in a single month. However, these physical product marketplaces must take thousands, if not millions, of dollars to setup and maintain, right? Well, that’s not necessarily the case, since using a few tools like WordPress, a hosting plan and Marketify can allow you to create a physical marketplace website on the cheap. And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it, step by step.
If you haven’t heard the news, Dollar Shave Club (DSC) was purchased by Unilever for $1 billion. It marks the largest acquisition in the ecommerce space, and is seeing all sorts of praise from experts, considering the DSC company is not only fun, but revolutionary. Not only that, but $1 billion dollars is five times more than sales at the company. That said, what does this mean for the ecommerce world? Will it effect the way you do business, and can it help you if you eventually find yourself in a position to sell? Let’s take a look.
The key to successful online selling very much hinges on making the correct choice of what to sell. There are so many things you could sell, how do you make the choice? Here are some tips to make that decision a bit easier:
As B2B e-commerce sales continue to surge, more wholesalers and brands are looking for the right platform that will provide the best shopping experience for their B2B retail customers. If you’re a B2B wholesaler, you don’t have to look far for inspiration–just think of the features you use as a B2C customer when shopping online. Ultimately, B2B customers expect the same intuitive shopping experience and it may be even more important to them since they are placing high-volume, complex orders with a much higher dollar value.
The decision of whether to get into a traditional offline business, a modern online business, or some combination of the two, is one of the most important decisions you can make. Each has pros and cons that should be considered.
If you thought the only role freelancers had to play in online business was graphic design, content creation, and website building, you’re not really seeing the full potential that running a business online can offer you.