Top Ecommerce Platforms and Shopping Cart Software

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.

Comparison chart
Details
Features
Easy of Use
Pricing
Template & design
Inventory
SEO & Marketing
Payments
Security
Customer Support

1.

Free Trial
From $14
SEO Friendly
Offline Store
App Store
24/7 Support

9

9

8

9

8

9

9

9

10

2.

Free Trial
From $15
Social Media Tools
Mobile Commerce

9

8

8

7

7

7

5

6

8

3.

Free Trial
From $29.95
Built-In Blog
SEO Friendly
App store

8

8

6

6

7

6

8

7

7

4.

Free Trial
From $49
Mobile Friendly
Customizable Themes
Coupon Codes
Social Integration

8

7

6

5

7

7

5

7

6

5.

Free Trial
From $8
Mobile Friendly
Free Custom Domain
Social integration
24/7 Support

6

7

6

6

7

4

5

6

5

6.

Free SEO Friendly Analytics Discount CodesDigital Products

7

7

7

4

6

7

3

7

5

7.

Free Trial
From $29.95
Social integration
Micro stores
Mobile Commerce
Analytics

7

6

6

2

6

6

3

8

5

8.

Free Trial
Social Integration
Custom Designs
Gift Certificates
App Store

5

5

4

3

5

4

7

6

8

9.

Free Trial Social Integration 24/7 support

5

6

4

3

4

5

6

7

7

10.

Free Trial
From $24.99
SEO Friendly
Analytics
Discount Codes
Digital Products

2

7

7

3

4

3

4

6

7

Anything else I need to know before launching my shop?

Most of these platforms or shopping carts are extremely easy to use, that’s why I’ve chose them in the first place! So your shop should be up and running in a couple of hours after you sign up for any of the ecommerce solutions above and for one of the recommended payment gateways. However, as it’s the case with brick and mortar shops, the challenging part is to get the word out about your store, get people inside and convince them to separate from their money in order to get what you’re selling. Check out our blog and join our mailing list for fresh marketing ideas.

How do you rank the ecommerce site builders?

I thought you’d never ask! It’s a pretty straightforward process really: I carefully review (and revisit every few months) each builder and grade its features on a scale from 1 to 10. The chart above is automatically updated with the latest grades for each platform and ranks them accordingly. There were quite a few changes in the last few months, but Shopify has been the #1 ecommerce platform from the very beginning of this blog, and it managed to stay there by constantly improving its structure and being at the forefront of the industry. A few months ago they’ve launched their enterprise level solution so if you’re an established business with lots of products, clients and traffic, check out my Shopify Plus review.

Where can I find out more information about these shopping carts?

I did tons of detailed reviews, so please read my Shopify reviewsBigcommerce reviews, and Volusion reviews.

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