The online industry has significantly advanced over the past few years. There are more than 300 eCommerce platforms in the online industry, most of which are thriving well. In addition to that, most companies are shifting from one-on-one operations to an online basis. The confusion comes in when someone is not able to choose the right eCommerce platform that suits his or her needs. However, the good news is that below are some of the most popular eCommerce platforms that can suit you depending on your needs.

Shopify

This is the leading eCommerce platform that is used by many people and has over one million businesses. If you are a beginner or you are operating an SME, then this is the best platform for you to start your eCommerce business. All vital information that you need is already on this platform, making it much easier to navigate through it with ease. Some of the important features that you can rely on are storefront design, performance analytics, and content marketing. These are some of the important information that is integrated into the platform, to make the user experience amazing.

Shopify Plus

This is an upgraded version of the original Shopify platform. This platform also offers added advantages and benefits that are effective in large and multinational companies.  Most enterprise companies love using this platform because simplifying their complex technology is not difficult. Companies using this platform are also able to handle different channels on the platform. Since this platform has been built from the same platform as the original model, it is more complex to customize it since its focus is based on enterprise markets. 

Magento

This is one of the most known and used open-source eCommerce platforms. This online platform has features that are easy to use, especially for small to medium-size businesses. However, these businesses should have already established demand and time in building their businesses. One of the amazing features of this platform is its ability to allow instant purchases.

WooCommerce

This is an open-source platform and a shopping cart plugin that is owned and developed by WordPress. Among all the known eCommerce platforms, WooCommerce runs almost 30% of all the stores that are on the internet. If your business already has a site on WordPress, then this is the best platform for you. In addition to that, if your business is also looking to operate in a tight budget, but you want your online store to be full-bodied, then you can also use this platform. 

Wix

If you are looking forward to creating an online store using drag and drop tools, then Wix.com is the best platform for you. The templates and designs on this platform are easy to use, making it much easier for beginners to find their way through the platform. The functionality of this platform is essential in helping a company fulfil its needs. Some of the site-building features of the lowest eCommerce capable tier offer a wide variety of options such as shipping options, digital products, payment options and product galleries, among others.

Squarespace

This is a SaaS company, based in New York that provides websites and eCommerce store building and hosting to companies. Creating your page from this website is very easy. All you have to do is to use the drag-and-drop feature and the already available templates to create your web page. This platform is the best for businesses which have specific eCommerce needs. Furthermore, the platform has a 24/7 email and twitter support, online help centre and community forums, all of which are accessible to the pricing tiers.

BigCommerce

This is another platform that is a hosted SaaS online business platform, which allows business owners to create and set up their online stores using the customized templates in the platform. BigCommerce has over 500 employees, distributed across the whole world. The online platform works best for Small and Medium-sized businesses who need more on their website are willing to invest in the platform. There are a variety of support plans that are available to the users of this platform. However, support methods such as the 24-hour live agent support are only available through paid plans.

OpenCart

From the name, one can easily tell that this platform is an open-source platform. It has over 13,000 extensions and different payment sites to help you in making your site to your desire. In addition to that, this platform is easy to download, upgrade and use. Another benefit of using this platform is that it offers a cloud-based version known as OpenCart Cloud, which has been combined with PayPal. OpenCart is best used by small to medium-sized businesses which have web experience.  

PrestaShop

This is an open-source platform, which is hosted by Cloud and gives its users the best overall experience. The good thing about this platform is that it offers its users with two amazing options. If you do not want to pay for using the platform, you can download it for free and customize it to your liking. Alternatively, you can pay for the PrestaShop ready, which is the hosted version of the PrestaShop. Moreover, using this platform is very easy as it can also be customized to one’s preferences. 

3dcart

3dcart mainly focuses on filling the three dimensions of store owners, the shopper and search engines. One advantage of using this platform is that it offers a fully hosted SaaS cloud-based eCommerce platform. This eCommerce platform is easy to set up, but it requires some previous knowledge. This makes it useful and effective for people who have used it before and have web experience knowledge.

Weebly

This is one of the most significant site builders, with more than 40 million already built websites. Using this platform makes it easier to start your eCommerce website with already built-in features and drag-and-drop features. In addition to that, those who have a bit of experience using this platform are given a code editor. This platform also has a variety of pricing plans to choose from, making it convenient for the users. 

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If the thought of starting an online store has crossed your mind, then you might be wondering which platform you should choose from. This is because Shopify and WooCommerce are the top e-commerce platforms in the world. However, each platform has its advantages and disadvantages, and settling for one means that you will choose one platform that serves your business well.

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