I’m only including the Hosted or SaaS platforms here. The reason is very simple. They are good enough for Small Businesses. If you’ve a big brand or zillion of products, go for licensed platforms like Magento, osCommerce, Interspire etc.
Time starts now. Here we go!
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1) Choose Shopify if:
- Selling for the first time (It’s easiest and has more help docs)
- Need complete CMS (It has blog and page publishing too)
- Need Mobile Store (It has native App and it optimizes your store for mobiles)
- Needs lot of features (Third party integration and apps)
- Want a beautiful store (Great paid and free theme collection)
- Want a Unmetered Bandwidth (Publish and promote as much as you want)
- Transaction fee doesn’t bother you (Add Credit Card Processing Fee + 2% for Shopify for standard Plans)
- Looking for great support
Shopify: Plans start from $29/month.
2) Use Bigcommerce if:
- Looking for more features than any other platform
- You’ve Marketing Background and love to Test (Google Website Optimizer, VWO integration)
- Drag and Drop Interface
- No transaction fee
- Tight Mobile and Facebook commerce
Bigcommerce : Plans start from $24.95/month.
3) Select Magento Go if:
- Know about the Magneto and its power
- Love less expensive platform with great features
- Wants to sell in other countries (Payment Gateways and Shipping integration)
- Great Integration with many service
Magento Go: Plans start from $15/month.
There is still a very long list of Ecommerce Platform which are really good. But as I promised about 5 minutes, so I’m not including them here.
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