Running your own Web store, is not only fun to do, but when taken seriously, can also earn you a nice supplemental income. Web stores are easy to implement, and they can even become so successful, that they could become your main business.
There are dozens of e-commerce platforms, available to run a Web store, and with so many choices, it’s hard to decide which one to use.
In this video, we have covered 10 of the best e-commerce platforms, to set up, and manage your own Web store. All of these online shopping carts, allow you to have your store up and running within a few hours, without costing you much.
Shopify is one of the most famous online shopping cart tools. It’s popular with small shops, because that is the market Shopify is aiming to serve.
BigCommerce is the most popular online shopping cart, in the “top million sites” category, which means, it’s popular for small- to medium-sized Web stores. It started out as a software product, made by Interspire that you’d install directly on your own site, but it became popular after morphing into a hosted shopping cart.
Yahoo Store/Yahoo Small Business E-commerce.
Off all hosted shopping carts, for small businesses, Yahoo has the largest market share in the top 10,000 and top 100,000 sites. This is actually quite impressive, and has mainly to do with the fact, that Yahoo was one of the first to offer an online e-commerce solution (after they bought Via-web). It is also a well-known and trusted brand, and does a lot of cross selling on its customers.
Volusion is the second most used online shopping cart, right after Yahoo Store. It is popular in all ranges, from the top 10,000 sites to the entire Internet. It is the “cheapest” cart to offer abandoned cart recovery, as this feature comes with its starter plan at $15 a month. This plan is actually all you need, if you want to test the waters.
Fifth Option is 1-Shopping-Cart.
1-Shopping-Cart is an all-in-one solution. It not only allows you to set up an online store, but also to easily integrate its payment functionality, into your regular website. The shopping cart is just one of its features. it also gives you auto-responders to follow up on prospects and customers. Their features list is impressive. It also has an integrated affiliate program. It is pricey, though, and it requires a lot of studying, to use all of its features properly. But if you do, you can literally squeeze every possible dollar out of your visitors.
Pricing kicks in at $59 a month, but if you really want to use all of the handy tools, you will be looking at $119 per month.
Wix is essentially a free website builder, quickly gaining popularity, and aggressively funded. What many people don’t realize, is that it also offers e-Commerce features, as part of its premium packages.
Wix e-Commerce doesn’t impress you with its features, but there’s enough to get your store up and running. What really sets Wix apart, is its brilliant visual design interface, which you can use to position every element of your site in any color you like. Especially, if you are selling a limited number of products, you might want to take the time to make beautiful sales pages, in a far more convenient way than any other tool.
X-Cart Cloud is the hosted version, of X-Cart Downloadable. X-Cart is an open-source product, and the X-Cart team actively works with developers to improve their product. They are a bit more conservative, in pushing updates to their hosted version, which is understandable given the scale they operate on.
3d-cart is one of the lesser-known online e-commerce solutions, yet it is feature rich. It even has some features specifically build for Web designers, should you be doing research for a client. 3d-cart has no transaction fees, which is always a big plus. They also offer both a mobile front-end, and a mobile back-end. What’s interesting, is they also have a full suite of Web store related services, like S E O, or Facebook marketing.
At first Pinnacle-Cart seems very much like 3d-cart. The pricing is roughly the same. They are doing things differently, though, especially when it comes to working with partners. Pinnacle-Cart’s partner program is worth mentioning.
I will conclude this list with something totally different, than all the other nine providers. If you want to sell vintage items, handcraft goods or craft supplies, and want to tap into a community of millions of buyers, you should consider Etsy.
Etsy makes it easy to list specific products, in a way that is appealing to your target audience. You are automatically connected to their highly visited marketplace, while still having a place of your own within their site.