Have you ever wondered if you’re using the right ecommerce platform for selling online? Do you sometimes stumble upon a new service that’s more functional and cheaper than what you’re using now? Starting a small business is all about keeping your costs low, and finding an ecommerce platform to help you with that is half the battle. Unfortunately, when you run a small business website it often becomes tricky when you want to bring on a new ecommerce platform or even just modify your site at all. Read our Ecwid review to find out more about this solution.
What ecommerce platform do you plan on using for your online store? Volusion? Shopify? Maybe Bigcommerce? What about choosing the most popular ecommerce solution in the world? That’s right, none of the platforms mentioned above are the most used in the industry. According to an Alexa study, Magento is used on 20% of all ecommerce sites online.
Have you started to gain a profit with your online business? According to Forbes, over 23,000 online stores make at least $100k in revenue, and this number is growing every year.
Fortunately for you, this gives you a chance to catch up with the big dogs and make some solid cash from your online business. It really just takes some hard work, the right tools and even a little luck. It all starts with a solid ecommerce platform which helps you get your products uploaded onto a storefront and presentable for your customers.
Up until now, Squarespace was only a SaaS based content management system (CMS) which offered a designer friendly website builder, blogging platform and hosting service. Now they’ve dipped into the world of ecommerce with Squarespace Commerce.
Squarespace was founded by Anthony Casalena in 2004 and has been slowly adding updates along the years. The biggest update was in July 2012 when they launched Squarespace 6 which added portfolio templates, responsive designs, and opened way more control up for developers. But this isn’t about Squarespace, this review is about Squarespace Commerce. Some might not know this, but people with Squarespace sites have always been able to sell online simply by adding something like PayPal or Ecwid. But that wasn’t ideal. In fact it was quite awful. And so now Squarespace offers its users the option of selling online. This also opens Squarespace Commerce up to the world of potential online retailers looking for a shopping cart to suit their needs. Which is why we are going to review Squarespace Commerce.
As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’m not a big fan of most ecommerce review sites out there. But there are a couple good ones, one of which is by ecommerce and surfing legend Andrew Bleakley. Andrew’s review site isn’t like most out there, it’s unbiased, full of great information (especially the comment sections sometimes), and it’s fun to read. We also share a lot of opinions… we both love Shopify and Bigcommerce and really, really hate OS Commerce. Anyways, late last year Andrew Bleakley was interviewed on a new site called Ecommerce Fuel, and I thought it would be interesting to our readers so I’m going to share it with you:
What do you think of Andrew Bleakley’s opinion on finding an ecommerce platform?
It’s no secret that we don’t like many of the ecommerce platform review sites out there. Most are scams. The review sites simply award the best spots to the company that pays them the largest lump sum, or the highest affiliate fees. Example: “Zippy Cart” – one of the largest ecommerce review sites in the world is simply a “pay-to-play” site where whichever shopping cart pays the most gets the better rating. Their rankings are absurd. Pinnacle Cart #1, Shopping Cart Elite #4, and NO mention of Shopify or Big Cartel? It’s ridiculous. I suspect sites like that semi-blackmail companies… ‘sponsor a review’ or ‘pay for editorial time’ otherwise we won’t review your platform. I hate that crap.
Yesterday, Volusion surprised merchants with an “up to” $25 PCI Security Fee that will be put on their next monthly bill. Here is their message to merchants that was not made public:
“PCI SERVICE FEE: Due to increasing Internet security risks and growing regulatory compliance demands, Volusion is making extensive investments to maintain industry-leading PCI security standards. In order to continue delivering this highest level of security for your business, we must pass on a portion of this monthly cost to you of $25.00 (€19.35). You will see this fee reflected on your next monthly invoice found at https://my.volusion.com/PlanUsage.aspx. Thank you for being a valued Volusion merchant.” (Source)