While we simply can't deny the fact that Shopify is at least one of the top ecommerce platforms for creating and managing online stores today, there can exist some reason/s for which you wish to explore its alternatives. No matter why you wish to look at them, here are top 10 Shopify alternatives for your ready reference, with my brief review of each.
Shopify alternatives: BigCommerce
An industry leader with a comprehensive set of standard ecommerce platform features and some extras on top. The Standard plan is quite affordable at $29.95 per month, and the rich feature-list makes it a Shopify alternative worthy of your consideration.
With plans and prices just about at par with Shopify (ranging from $15/mo. to $135/mo.) and lots of features to match including hundreds of modern, responsive themes etc., Volusion is certainly one of the top Shopify alternatives.
Not limiting itself as a generic ecommerce platform for traditional businesses, SquareSpace also provides specific features for various types of professionals such as artists, musicians, bloggers etc. too, at a price range that starts at $26/mo, making it one of the top Shopify alternatives.
With the combination of a significant amount of flexibility, automation and the standard ecommerce platform features, LemonStand customers have launched stores that won tradeshow awards, founded startups that received high accolades from Internet industry pundits and generated over $400,000 in pre-sales, raised $4 million of funding, even created new business models and more. With all this going for it, LemonStand can certainly be a good alternative to Shopify especially for innovative businesses, despite the rather steep entry-level plan price ($49/mo., going up to $149/mo.).
Loaded with all the standard features of an online shopping cart service with some extras like affiliate marketing program creation, dropshipping support etc. and priced just about at par with the average industry rates ($19/mo. To $129/mo.), 3dCart is another worthy substitute for Shopify.
BigCartel offers not only the usual ecommerce platform features at slightly less-than industry average prices ($9.99/mo. to $29.99/mo.), they even offer a free plan if you sell less than 5 products. If you do not sell – or plan to sell – over 300 products (the max limit at BigCartel), this can be a good Shopify alternative for you.
With free responsive themes (a very useful feature today) and a sizeable number of third-party app/service integrations (another useful feature) in addition to the regular ecommerce platform features, CoreCommerce is another one of the serious Shopify alternatives. While not amongst the cheapest ($39.99/mo. to $199.99/mo.), it would be worth checking out especially if you (plan to) sell to international markets, as their multi-lingual support is amongst the highest in the industry.
If you're using (or can use) the WordPress CMS as the basic platform for hosting your store, the wooCommerce plugin can be a good Shopify alternative for you. This plugin not only provides the regular ecommerce features, but also comes free.
Another feature-rich and free platform that even gives you a choice to use their hosted service or go the self-hosted way. While their add-ons will cost you money, the basic platform usage is free. Certainly a viable alternative to Shopify.
As you would have noted above, you're not without options or alternatives to Shopify – not by a long shot. I hope my post above helps you find the platform that is most suited to your needs and budget. If it does, I'll graciously accept a pint from you one evening.
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