Being a business owner is tough, the sales are high someday and go down the next day. Your friends are consistently telling you, online is the key. Online is the next big thing!
And you have finally decided to go online, Well done! If you’re reading this page, you have already started thinking about it and are ready to take action.
But how does one sell online? Do you have to write tons of code? Mess with collecting credit card details or bang your head on the wall hoping everything works out fine?
Well, don’t worry, none of that is required.
Selling online in 2020 is the easiest than it has ever been, with no-code tools, you don’t have to write a single line of code and almost everything is drag and drop to make your life easy.
Let’s get started with the best Ecommerce platforms available in the market today:
This is the easiest and the most recommended by everyone, if you ask ten people, nine will tell you Shopify because it just fits for everyone.
They offer you a free domain, host all the content and have an almost perfect software to help you build your online store, add all the products/services you offer and then integrate with your favourite payment processor. You can even process payments directly with Shopify.
The plans they offer are as follows,
Basic Shopify — $29 per month
Shopify — $79 per month
Advanced Shopify — $299 per month
The sign-up process is as simple as you signing up on Gmail, no documents or any business documents are required to signup on Shopify and they even offer 14 days free trial to test how everything works.
With plans starting from $29/month, you simply can’t go wrong with them.
Talking about simplicity, we can’t not talk about Squarespace while building e-commerce stores. Though it’s a full-fledged website development platform, the company has worked really hard to ensure its E-Commerce add-on stands out and is as simple and user friendly as it can possibly get.
If you already have a website with them, adding a store is as easy as adding a new page to the website, they even have subscription models where you can collect $x every week/month/year if you are into that kind of services. Allows selling of both physical and digital goods with plans starting from as low as $12/month.
The most popular drag-and-drop website builder of the decade has also introduced an E-Commerce add-on to its plans to make sure it doesn’t miss out on a big piece of the pie in the online market. Like Squarespace, if you already have a site with them, you can simply upgrade to the E-Commerce addon and get started right away!
It is the simplest solution out of all of them starting with pricing starting from $23/month but obviously to make it simple, you have to give up on some really cool features which get missed out here.
But the good thing is that Wix doesn’t charge any transaction fees(while everyone else does) so the only charge here apart from the monthly fee would be the payment processor fees.
This is as the name says, one of the big commercial sites offering platforms. They have been in the game for more than a decade now and processed $17 Billion worth of transactions during this time.
Though the pricing is a little steep here(for high volumes), the platform is very flexible and offers tons and tons of changes and customisations which you can make to your store to make it truly yours. Also, they claim to be the most SEO friendly E-Commerce platform so if your marketing budgets are low, the organic traffic might help with a boost.
They do miss out on the one-click selling option though and have selling limits as per the plans which might make it expensive it for you if you doing high volumes.
The plans go as follows,
Standard — $29.95 per month
Plus — $79.95 per month
Pro — $249.95 per month
And the yearly sales limits on these plans are,
Standard — Up to $50,000
Plus — Up to $150,000
Pro — Up to $400,000
If you exceed $50k on Standard plan, you will get switched to the next plan(Plus) to continue selling and the monthly fees would be raised.
The bloggers love this a lot then why is it in the last position? Because it gets a little complex to get started. It’s absolutely free(for WordPress sites) though which is why it’s included and the potential to achieve with this once you master this is immense.
It’s a great addon if you sell once in a while on your content blog or a site which isn’t fully sales based as the features aren’t as broad as the other platforms. You simply install this as an addon on your WordPress site and can start listing products.
There are 300+ extensions in the WooCommerce store to choose from like payment processors, better designs, tools to smoother functionality and other things to make your store look fancier. Though the basic ones are free but some of them could go up to as high as $300 to buy them.
Those are my favourite five E-Commerce platforms,
So, what should your Final Choice be?
With a majority of votes due to simplicity and the best support, Shopify wins the best E-Commerce platform of 2020.