Choosing the Best Ecommerce Platform
We’ve learned in the previous chapter that how much you should invest in eCommerce? An eCommerce platform is a software application that lets online businesses manage their website, marketing, sales and orders.
- What are the platforms of eCommerce?
- Which software is used for eCommerce?
- Can you start without any skill?
- What are the different SAS based sites?
- What are the different Open source sites?
Self-hosted, Cloud-hosted, Open source and SAS based are the platforms for eCommerce. If you don’t know anything about eCommerce you can go to these platforms and have to pay a handsome amount and in return, they will do the rest for you.
Open source is the best of all above because it enables you to customize, Magento is one of the biggest platforms of open source.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are a lot of platforms providing beginners a perfect start. The most famous e-commerce platform nowadays is Shopify. Shopify lets you build an e-commerce store within hours and with amazing control on configuration and design. It is the easiest platform for beginners to use. You can start a 14-day free trial or start a basic package for $29.99/mo.
Yes! But you should research your market first. Explore what payment methods people you are targeting mostly use. For example, Americans use Amex & Discover credit cards while European consumers like to pay for their goods using E-wallets like Paypal and Alipay. So, it also depends on what market you are going to target.
If you’re just starting in the e-commerce field you should know the difference between Open Source & SaaS e-commerce platforms.
Open Source: Open Source platforms are platforms that you pay for only once and then you have access to all their features and tools. Some Open Source platforms are even free to start. The problem with almost all open-source platforms is that they need some kind of host to store all their data and they are also pretty complex to use and configure. So for a beginner who’s just entering this field, SaaS will be a better choice. Some Open-source platforms are WooCommerce, Magento, and PrestaShop, etc.
SaaS: SaaS platforms provide you their features, tools, and cloud hosting to start your e-commerce website for a monthly subscription. It is extremely easy to configure and set up your website with SaaS platforms. You can even get your website live in some hours. The only drawback of SaaS platforms is that they are not as customizable as open-source platforms.
Yes! There are two different methods you can migrate your e-commerce website from a SaaS platform to an Open Source platform.
- You can do it manually by exporting your product list from the SaaS platform and importing it to your open-source platform. But if you’re not a professional you should consider someone who is.
- There is also a paid way to transfer your store from one platform to another without losing your customers and data. A famous software known as Cart2Cart does it for you. This software can easily transfer your store without shutting down the first one. It can transfer almost everything from product SKUs to the order data.