When you're building a online empire the last thing you want to worry about it is whether your online store has the ability to grow with you. Ideally, you want to get set up and then just grow!
You won't have time for technical issues, order mismanagement or integration development, so get started the right way from day one.
We took on an internal ecommerce solutions comparison to come up with a list of solutions that work for specific style of businesses. Not one of the solutions on this list sucks, we promise.
For Small Businesses - Shopify
Shopify is on of the most easy to use ecommerce software solutions available. Anyone can use it and customize their own store with little technical knowledge. At $29 per month, it's also a very affordable web service for small businesses who need an online store that will allow them to grow. What will you get with Shopify? A ton of great templates to choose between, a back-end POS system that integrates shipping, a easy to understand analytics report and thousands of plugins that help super charge your ecommerce service.
For Enterprise Level Businesses - Magento
Many Enterprise level businesses require a website that functions in a very specific way and that looks a very specific way, Magento allows you to do just that. This open-source ecommerce solution allows your ecommerce developers to create multiple online stores (like international versions) that function exactly how you need and can grow with you, all activity is then managed through the thorough Magento dashboard. Other benefits include integration capabilities, customer service and the ability to host a Magento site on your own server.
For WordPress users - WooCommerce
Already have a great Wordpress website for your business and want a solution that will help you take it to the next level. WooCommerce is the tool you need to add an online store to your WordPress site. This is a free platform that makes it super easy to sell and allows your ecommerce developers the freedom to update and use open-source technology to customize your store. WooCommerce provides a shopping cart, payment processing, store management tools and many integrations.
Another Great Solution - Volusion
Volusion is another a great choice for small business, marketed as an all-in-one ecommerce solution, Volusion strives to make things easy. Their design library include hundreds of professionally built templates that can be easy transformed into your own online store. As a business you'll appreciate that a Volusion site is fully hosted, secure and includes an easy to use order management tool. We like that Volusion include a Live Chat software, this technology is growing in popularity and allows you to chat with your customers in real time.
Once you have chosen a platform for your online store, we suggest getting in contact with a team of ecommerce web developers or a company that offers ecommerce integration services to ensure that your online hub is set up correctly. Yes some of the above solutions are easy to use but navigating the ins and outs and installing all the necessary integrations can be overwhelming despite the software solutions promises of "no technical expertise required".