What E-Commerce Platforms Should You Consider in 2017?
More people are shopping online than ever before. In fact, as of last year 40% of internet users in the world (more than one billion people) purchased products online.
The United States ecommerce economy alone is worth $349 billion. The projected global e-commerce sales for 2018 is $2.35 trillion, so if youâ€™re not selling your goods online, youâ€™re missing out on a lot of revenue.
In order to sell your products online youâ€™ll need an ecommerce platform. There are many available platforms you can choose from, so picking the right one for your specific needs can be a little challenging if you donâ€™t know what to look for.
To give you a wide assortment of platforms in one place, weâ€™ve put together a list of the most recommended platforms of 2017.
Magento is the most used platform for ecommerce, and for good reason. It is an open-source solution with a powerful platform. With Magento youâ€™re able to manage different storefronts across multiple languages and currencies, and it has the flexibility to scale quickly, so you can expand your product line as quickly as you need to.
Because of all the features Magento has to offer, it may be beneficial to enlist the help of a Magento developer to help you navigate the platform. If you prefer to forego the free version of Magento in exchange for support, you can select the Enterprise version (though it does come with a substantial price tag).
Shopify is a cloud based solution that allows you to develop and run your own online store. It is ideal for those who donâ€™t have a lot of web experience. Third party apps are available to expand the functionality of the store, and the backend is user friendly. Shopify allows you to sell in multiple countries in multiple languages, and has a great support forum for merchants.
If your site is managed with WordPress, using WordPress for your ecommerce platform is a good choice. Itâ€™s a great solution for small businesses that have a limited amount of product, or only process around a few hundred transactions per month.
There are many plugins and applications available to customize your site, at little to no cost. WordPress ecommerce also offers a large community of users, so you can always find support.
Ubercart is another open-source ecommerce solution and it fully integrates with Drupal, a popular content management system. So, like WordPress, if youâ€™re already using Drupal to manage your website, Ubercart is a great fit.
Developers from all ranges can use Ubercart, and itâ€™s great for merchants who want a flexible and simple way to add new products or update existing ones.
Woocommerce integrates well onto existing WordPress sites, and allows you to sell virtually everything. Youâ€™ll need to have your own web hosting, but the Woocommerce plugin wonâ€™t cost you a dime to use. There is a large support community, and you have complete control of your store, from taxes to inventory to customer accounts.
Woocommerce must be linked to WordPress, and for advanced features youâ€™ll need to install plugins and extensions.
If youâ€™re looking to revamp an existing ecommerce site or establish a new one, enlisting the help of an ecommerce website design company is a great idea. A custom ecommerce website development company will be able to execute and deliver an ecommerce site that will generate sales.
When youâ€™re ready to get your ecommerce business off the ground, look to Cynexis. We are an experienced ecommerce website design company with many projects under our belt. We have the skillset to develop your website on a variety of ecommerce platforms, and your site will be developed to suit your every need.