Best Ecommerce Platforms and Shopping Cart Software Comparison Chart (September 2016)

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 Ease of Use Pricing Templates & Design Inventory SEO & Marketing Payments Security Customer Support
  1. Shopify logo

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

    9989899910
  2. Bigcommerce logo

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

    874878897
  3. Ecwid logo

    Free Trial Social Integration 24/7 support

    866567977
  4. Volution logo

    Free Trial
    From $15
    Social Media Tools
    Mobile Commerce

    986576668
  5. 3dcart logo

    Free Trial
    Social Integration
    Custom Designs
    Gift Certificates
    App Store

    676776767
  6. WooCommerce logo

    Free SEO Friendly Analytics Discount CodesDigital Products

    646767765
  7. LemonStand logo

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

    776557466
  8. WIX logo

    Free Trial
    From $8.08
    simple dashboard
    SEO Friendly

    676456567
  9. Bigcartel logo

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

    377345467
  10. Squarespace Commerce logo

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

    375522264

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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. In case you want to kickstart your email marketing strategy, you might want to find useful this detailed comparison of email marketing software, and take a look at my current  top of the best exit-intent plugins for ecommerce. Check out the 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 reviews, Shopify pricing guide, Bigcommerce reviews, and Volusion reviews. Alternatively, I recommend these head-to-head comparisons as well: Shopify vs Magento, Shopify vs Bigcommerce, Bigcommerce vs Volusion and Volusion vs Shopify.

Can you help me to create a shop using Shopify / Magento / WooCommerce / etc?

Yes I do work with experts in each of these shopping carts. Please fill out this form to make sure I will be able recommend you the right people to work with.

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