Don’t ignore 2017’s top 5 hosted eCommerce platforms
The eCommerce platform marketplace has been heating up more than ever with the grow up of millions of online businesses. Besides, since the wide spread hosted space, there is a lot of contention over which is the best self- hosted eCommerce.
Based on different criteria, LitExtension now show you the 10 most effective self-hosted eCommerce platforms which certainly bring the optimized solutions for your online business.
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.
One of the reasons for Shopify’s success is an app store that makes it simple to expand the abilities of your default web store. Shopify offers hundreds of apps, more than any other competitor. It also offers a nice selection of professional themes.
Shopify features abandoned cart recovery, which sends a reminder to customers who didn’t check out. Unfortunately, this option is only available when you pay $79 a month or more. Shopify comes with unlimited products and bandwidth, which isn’t as common as you might think.
- Easily integrate with shipping carriers, fulfilment centers and dropshipping companies
- A mobile app for both accepting payments and managing your store
- A point-of-sale system to handle transactions in your physical shop
- Shopify Experts to help you setup your store
Pricing starts at $29 per month for the most important features, with a limited starter plan called Shopify Lite at $9 a month. If you are running another cart and wanna move data to Shopify, please find out Shopify migration tools.
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 offers more features to grow your sales than almost any other shopping cart software on the market.
While the pricing seems comparable to Shopify, its feature set is a bit better for each plan. Features like real-time shipping quotes, gift cards and 24/7 phone/mail/chat support are included in its base plan for $29.95 a month. Too bad you still have to upgrade to a more expensive plan for the abandoned cart recovery.
The great thing about its pricing is that you don’t need more than the Gold plan at $79.95 a month. It comes with all of the features as well as unlimited products, storage and bandwidth.
- Google Trusted Store certification assistance
- Support assistance 24/7
- Easily integrate with eBay, Google Shopping and more
Pricing starts at $29.95 per month for almost all features, with unlimited everything for $79.95 a month. It is worthy to migrate your current online store to BigCommerce. If you are considering which way to convert successfully, please try LitExtension BigCommerce migration tools which are trusted by BigCommerce.
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 the starter plan at $15 a month. This plan is actually all you need if you want to test the waters. It is limited to just 100 products and 1GB of data usage, but has all the necessary features to get started.
- Built-in loyalty program (MyRewards)
- Built-in Deal of the Day option
- eBay and Amazon integration
Pricing comes in at just $15 a month. The best goodies are included in its $75/month plan.
Wix is essentially a free website builder, quickly gaining popularity and aggressively funded. What many people don’t realize is that it also offers eCommerce features as part of its premium packages.
Wix eCommerce doesn’t impress 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.
Particularly 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.
- Visual editor (worth mentioning again) with live examples and template reference
- Low pricing and easy setup, perfect for testing the waters
- No transaction costs, just the monthly fee
You’re best off paying for a full year, which is priced just over $120.
3dcart is one of the lesser-known online eCommerce solutions, yet it is feature rich. It even has some features specifically built for Web designers, should you be doing research for a client.
3dcart has no transaction fees, which is always a big plus. It also offers both a mobile front-end and a mobile back-end. What’s interesting is that it also has a full suite of web store related services, like SEO or Facebook marketing. That’s not common for a shopping cart provider but could come in handy.
Too bad its pricing is a bit outdated. While you get a decent number of features in its starter plan, it is limited at 4,000 visitors (actually it’s limited on bandwidth, but it does the math for you). It’s also limited at 100 products, which equals 20 visits per product. That’s not enough for a decent conversion rate. Even when you pay $129.99 a month you only get 90,000 visitors, which isn’t that much. Its High Traffic Plus plan will give you up to 500,000 visitors (at a staggering cost of $499.99/month).
- Useful features for Web designers, like the option to sell re-branded stores and an extensive permission system
- Tons of shipping options, far more than any other competitor
- Many, many more features included even in the starter plan
The starter plan is $19.99 a month, but for a reasonably popular web store you will be looking at $99.99 per month.
Please feel free to contact LitExtension if you have any demands of migration services!