Magento closes ProStores & Go and partners with Bigcommerce

Magento

The two e-commerce platforms will be discontinued on February 1st, 2015. As you probably already know, these platforms are aimed at small to mid-sized online retailers.

If you’re directly affected by this, no need to worry, as Magento is offering migration options for each client, with special migration offers to Bigcommerce, and also to its Community and Enterprise Editions.

With their proven track record of migrating large groups of merchants (we’re talking thousands here) Bigcommerce and Magento managed to design a migration program to make sure that all retailers migrate their stores in time, and before the holiday season. What does the program include? Migration services, integration across sales, client support, and exclusive offers. This integration comes with PayPal and the ability to sell on eBay too.

With a reliable transition provider, this whole thing should be a walk in the park foe existing users. However I can't recommend Magento anymore so I've just removed it from the chart and will look for a new entry soon. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Which Ecommerce Platform has The Best Online Stores?

One of the most important aspects of creating a successful online store is having a great design. If the interface is messy or complicated to navigate then visitors are much more likely to ignore the products and quickly leave the store. I’m often asked, which ecommerce platform has the best stores?

People are basically asking what companies are currently using the platforms, and how do the websites look after they've gotten their hands on the platforms?

Here’s my answer: I’ve selected some of the best examples from our best rated ecommerce platforms. Check them out below to give yourself an idea of what is possible with top online store builders such as Shopify, Bigcommerce and Magento.

I also like going through some of the best companies that use these systems since it can give you ideas as to how you can build your own stores, from certain design elements to customer service modules.

That said, keep reading to learn some of the coolest online stores that have been built on the top ecommerce platforms.

Shopify

Shopify was founded in 2006 and currently powers more than 100,000 online retailers. The company is especially well known for allowing customers to create stunning stores, both through the use of their pre made themes and through custom made themes. Famous clients include SMS Audio, Tattly and many more.

You may want to read the full Shopify reviews, and we’ve also published a bigger showcase: Most Notable Big Names Who Are Using Shopify.

Shopify has a whole gallery filled with amazing stores. You should really check them out, since I'm sure you will find a lot of inspiration by looking through their gallery. You’ll immediately see why I rank Shopify #1. Platforms like 3dcart, Corecommerce, and Volusion don’t even come close to comparing.

You'll notice that many of the examples are filled with media-rich elements. For example, the SMS Audio store has a wonderful slider with overlaying text and buttons–elements that are key to improving conversions. In addition, the 53 Pencil and Tattly shops reveal how a minimalist template approach has made Shopify one of the top solutions for finding a powerful ecommerce website without the clutter.

SMS Audio

sms

Twelve Saturdays

Twelve Saturdays

Tattly

Tattly

53 Pencil

53 Pencil

Whipping Post

whipping post

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Bigcommerce

Bigcommerce was founded in 2009, and the company currently powers more than 50,000 online stores. The system allows users to create stores within hours, even if you have no previous experience. Existing clients include Gibson Guitar, Zaggora.com and YETI Coolers. If you want to find out more, read the full Bigcommerce reviews.

The reason we like the following Bigcommerce store examples is because they all have hyper-branding involved. Take a look at the Torie and Howard website. This thing clearly has custom CSS and HTML incorporated with it, meaning that an advanced developer can get in there and make it look awesome. All of the stores have some pretty nice sliders, and the menus are extremely versatile.

Torie and Howard

torie_and_howard

Teaoli

teaoli

Gorrila Sacks

gorilla_sacks

Ranger Tactical

ranger_tactical

Style Addiction

style_addiction

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CoreCommerce

CoreCommerce was established by Matt DeLong in 2008. It offers an ecommerce shopping cart software that is completely web-based and easily allows you to launch an online store. Noteworthy clients include among others, Tendergrass Farms, Spark Living and The Poster List. I recently reviewed the platform, so you can check it out here.

You'll see that CoreCommerce has a strong focus on simplicity, which is a good thing for small businesses. Pretty much all of the examples below have plenty of white space, and you can see the elegant navigation options, social media buttons and search modules. Although not as powerful as something like Shopify or Bigcommerce, small businesses can get up and running quick with this platform.

In a Pikle

in_a_pikle

Delicate Fortress

delicate_fortress

PB and J Baby

pbjbaby

Tendergrass Farms

tendergrass_farms

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Volusion

Volusion has been in business since 1999, and is a fully cloud-based shopping system. Volusion currently powers more than 40,000 stores and some of their most popular clients include Intel, Combi, Slickwraps and many more. If you want to find out more, take a look at our Volusion review.

Although we've written in the past about how it's tough to make customizations with Volusion, the examples below reveal that it does have some versatility. Images are clearly a focus with Volusion stores, and the navigation is always clean and clear.

SlickWraps

slick_wraps

GolfDirectNow

golfdirectnow

Model Roundup

model_roundup

Intel

intel

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3dcart

Founded in 1997, 3dcart is a complete and robust ecommerce platform designed to help e-store owners thrive in a competitive market. Some of their main customers include Bubba Gump Shrimp, Lukie Games, Ideal Baby and many more. Read our 3dcart reviews here.

The 3cart stores we've seen are quite often fixed-width websites. This isn't exactly ideal, but they still have the tools you'd need to run a large medium to large sized business.

Extreme Fitness Results

extreme_fitness_results

Ideal Baby

ideal_baby

Lukie Games

lukie_games

Bubba Gump

bubba_gump

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Magento

Magento was founded in 2005 and is one of the more well-known ecommerce platforms. The company has powered more than 150,000 online stores since the beginning. Famous clients include companies such as Mothercare, Nike, Vizio and Rosetta Stone.

If you would like to see what other household names have created online stores through Magento then you should really check out their showcase page. It can be found right here.

Compared to the other platforms in this article, Magento is known for supporting huge companies. The opensource system has the ultimate versatility for companies that have the money to pay for expensive programmers and designers. Although it's generally recommend for beginners to go with something like Shopify and Bigcommerce, the examples below are nice for inspiration.

Rosetta Stone

rosetta_stone

Nike

nike

Mother Care

mothercare

Vizio

vizio

Sierra Nevada Gift Shop

sierra_nevada_gift_shop

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In Conclusion

Taking a look at some of the websites created from platforms like Shopify, Bigcommerce and Magento empower you to think of your own unique designs and show that just about any type, or size, of business can quickly implement powerful websites that support thousands, or even millions of dollars in sales.

If you have any questions about the examples we've outlined above, or would like to share what your ecommerce website looks like, let us know in the comments section below.

New Video Reviews: Shopify, Bigcommerce, Big Cartel, and Squarespace Commerce

My colleague Stephanie was busy recording some new videos for you guys. So if you'd like to find out more about any of these platforms and prefer to watch a video instead of reading the whole thing, this is for you! Let us know if you have any suggestions for our future reviews in the comments.

Shopify Video Review (read the full review here)

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The Ultimate Bigcommerce Ecommerce Review (2017)

BigCommerce review

With over 95,000 live sites currently using the Bigcommerce system for selling items and processing payments online, there’s strong reason to believe that Bigcommerce provides a viable and powerful interface for your ecommerce needs. Our Bigcommerce Review covers all of the aspects of this ecommerce platform, from the features to the security and support.

There's more though: In early 2016, Bigcommerce underwent an incredibly drastic rebranding change, with a completely new brand structure, more integrations and plenty of new features for the users. In short, the company stated that the logo change is more reminiscent of what the platform is designed to do for users, referring to the upward trending chart logo. In addition, the company has shuffled around its website design in an attempt to provide easier access to information for all users.

Continue reading The Ultimate Bigcommerce Ecommerce Review (2017)

40 Amazing Vintage Ecommerce Icons Free to Spice Up your Website

We're proud to offer you a set of 40 amazingly designed vintage ecommerce icons, in collaboration with our friends from Vecteezy. Scroll down to see the entire collection and you'd find the download button at the end of the post.

Yes, the icons are free to use for both personal and commercial websites, and might actually increase conversions if your potential customers are in a nostalgic mood. My favorite is the cheque icon, so much classier than the CC 😉

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The Ultimate CoreCommerce Ecommerce Review 2014

CoreCommerce review

Matt DeLong established the company in 2001. However it wasn’t fully launched as CoreCommerce until 2008. They offer an ecommerce shopping cart software that is completely web-based and easily allows you to launch an online store. Noteworthy clients include among others, Tendergrass Farms, Spark Living and The Poster List. Since their launch the company has powered more than 13,000 stores. While that might seem like a lot it is actually only 1/10 of other major competitors such as Shopify. We still feel the company is worth considering and here’s why.

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2014 Key Ecommerce Trend: Pushing the Limits with Mobile

In the UK, a new eMarketer report shows that the key digital trends influencing the digital ecosystem this year are “Mobile Usage, Big Data and Ad-Buying Options”. In just one year (2012 -2013), visits to retail websites rose from 24.0% to 45.0%, with nearly half of the smartphone and tablet owners using these devices for research. A significant percentage made a purchase using them. Also, these devices rank very close to laptops and desktops when it comes to the first time users had seen and ad or marketing message about the product they bought.

According to IAB UK,  74% of the polled retailers had a mobile-optimized site, and half of them optimized their search functions for mobile, plus, they added a GPS store locator. However, not too many retailers offered contactless payment facilities, in-store Wi-Fi, or optimized their site for tablets.

Another interesting aspect is that when it comes to groceries, for instance, most UK web users would rather have their shopping delivered to their home, although some of them would have some suggestions regarding ordering, purchase and delivery.

It’s not easy to keep up with the complexity of shopper behavior, but it looks like UK retailers do their best to adapt to shopper preferences (digital and/or physical), to be flexible and surprising.

The Ultimate Big Cartel Ecommerce Review 2016

Bigcartel ecommerce platform review

Founded by Matt Wigham in 2005, Big Cartel sets itself apart from other commerce solutions by specifically targeting artists looking for easy solutions to sell their products online. The company has placed a great emphasis on making their platform as easy as possible, while they provide all the necessary features to operate your own online store the features remain pretty basic. Today the company hosts more than 250,000 stores, with artists from around the globe run most of these shops. If you are just looking to sell a few products online and don't mind the basic features (some sellers had to switch to a more powerful platforms as you can see in our Shopify reviews) then perhaps Big Cartel is the right fit for you, read on to find out more.

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