Best Ecommerce Platforms

February 10, 2016

When setting up your ecommerce website, choosing the best ecommerce platform is one of the most important decisions you can make while setting up your store. Below we have described the benefits of the 3 main open-source ecommerce platforms that we recommend.

magento ecommerce platform

Magento Commerce

Magento Commerce is a feature-rich open source e-commerce platform, supported by thousands of developers. Magento is regarded as one the best ecommerce platforms for stores with large product catalogues and high order volume.

Benefits of Magento:

  • Themes: Fully customisable to your corporate identity with thousands of themes select and customise
  • Extensions: A large number of extensions to extend your store with additional features
  • Payment gateways: The option to use almost any payment gateway
  • Scalable: Magento Community Edition can handle over 100 thousand products, and can be expanded to millions using the Magento Professional Edition. There is also no limit to extending the store to your needs as your business grows
  • Trusted: Magento has been around for over 10 years, and is a trusted platform used by top ecommerce companies
  • Secure: Magento has extremely good security.
  • Advanced selling tools: Tiered pricing, bundled products, coupons, wish lists, product comparisons, and other selling tools are available.
  • Full featured dashboard: Includes advanced order management, marketing tools, CRM system.
  • Multi-store environment: Run multiple stores from a single Magento installation with different domains and themes.
  • No Fees: No monthly fees other than hosting and SSL certificate

View more on the Magento Commerce platform here.

wordpress woocommerce platform

WordPress WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce system built as a plugin on the WordPress system. WooCommerce is a full featured plugin with many of the features of Magento for lower volume stores.

Benefits of WooCommerce:

  • Themes: Fully customisable to your corporate identity with thousands of themes select and customise
  • Plugins: Plugin are available for selling tools, payment gateways, wish lists, and other add-ons
  • Highly customisable: WordPress is one of the easier systems to customise, which results in a quicker to market solution
  • No Fees: No monthly fees other than hosting and SSL certificate

View more on the WooCommerce eCommerce Platform here.

shopify ecommerce platform

Shopify

Shopify is a hosted e-commerce solution, which means the store is hosted on Shopify’s server but you have access to add features, have your own domain, and customise your website to your needs based on a theme or a completely custom designed store.

Benefits of Shopify:

  • Themes: Fully customisable to your corporate identity with thousands of themes select and customise
  • Features: Thousands of add-on features, and many payments gateways to use on your online store
  • Automatic updates: Updates to the system happen automatically, and no updates need to be installed from the client side
  • Full featured Dashboard: Advanced dashboard features for managing orders, products and customers.
  • Quick to setup: Quicker and more cost effective to setup and customise your store
  • Secure hosting: Shopify comes pre-installed with an SSL certificate, and a secure hosting environment

View more on the Shopify Ecommerce platform here.

 

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