Top 10 Shopify Alternatives: Best Solutions Reviewed (February 2018)

shopify alternatives

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.


Click here to try BigCommerce or read my full platform review here.


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.


Click here to try Volusion or read my full platform review here.


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.


Click here to try SquareSpace or read my full platform review here.


With the combination of a significant amount of flexibility, automation and the standard ecommerce platform features, LemonStand customers have launched stores that won trade show 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 and their new “all-inclusive” pricing policy which means that all core features are available in every pricing plan. The only difference is in the number of orders you can take each month, with 75 orders per month for the $19/mo Starter Plan.

Click here to try LemonStand or read my full platform review here.



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.


Click here to try 3dCart or read my full platform review here.


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.


Click here to try BigCartel or read my full platform review here.


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.


Click here to try CoreCommerce or read my full platform review here.


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.


Click here to try wooCommerce.


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.


Click here to try PrestaShop.


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.

Pint or no pint, please do share your views below.

header image courtesy of Glenn Jones

Catalin Zorzini

I'm a web design blogger and started this project after spending a few weeks struggling to find out which is the best ecommerce platform for myself. Check out my current top 10 ecommerce site builders.

17 Responses

  1. Hey I can’t use my Shopify payment Gateway because of some reasons Could you give me the best payment gateway I could use There’s too many Gateway’s to choose from and most of them I seen have bad complaints and bad review thanks.. (Located in the US)

  2. Hello! I am in the beginning stages of starting a business selling early years (0 to 6) nature based, Waldorf inspired curriculum/resource packages. The target audience is both families and educators. These packages include original recorded songs, poems and stories along with lyrics, activities related to the five senses and craft suggestions. They will be available to purchase monthly, seasonally or yearly. I was curious if you could suggest the best online distributor to use! Thank you in advance!

  3. Hi Mikel, I am trying to set up a website for a supplement product line with 5 products only. I will need a payment system, several tabs to house the text and youtube video, rather than many space for new products. In my case, which e-commerce site would you recommend? Thanks for your feedback.

  4. I have a problem with shopify in that, apparently, it cannot calculate my VAT or give me a current stock holding valuation meaning I will have to do manual stock takes, whats the point of doing all the work to switch to a new system when it doesn’t offer this vital but very basic feature ! Does anybody know of another platform that does offer this feature ?

  5. Hi Catalin! Thank you very much for all the useful info. I was planning to use the Shopify Buy Button on e-commerce site that has been already created, but payments are not supported in my country. Do you if any of the mentioned platforms offers a similar solution? Thank you very much again!

        1. Only Shopify Payments are not accepted in Spain but you are free to use an external payment gateway (you’ll pay a 2% transaction fee). Most of the major payment gateways are supported in Spain. Check out the complete list here

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