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Top 5 E-commerce Platforms in 2020


E-commerce gets more and more popular in 2020 as economies shift to contact-free shopping.

To build your next online shopping experience, what are the framework available to work with? Here's our top 5 list of e-commerce frameworks and platforms in 2020.

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I. Woo-commerce

Features

  • Free to use platform with free basic applications with no compulsion of membership to use Woo-commerce
  • WordPress plugin for Woo-commerce allows setting-up e-commerce store through WordPress itself.
  • For more plugins and extensions, membership needs to be upgraded or each plugin to be purchased separately.
  • Fully customizable and easy to use, even for beginners and first-timers
  • Printful (popular print-on-demand platform) has better integration with woo-commerce, providing live shipping rates calculator for products at check out.
Pros
  • Great for content management e-commerce
  • Can add & manage unlimited inventory
  • Manage orders & customers for WordPress e-commerce
  • Complete on-site checkout
Cons
  • Based on WordPress and there is no standalone version, so it cannot be used without signing up on WordPress.
  • Handles customer transactions and reports inside WordPress, which sometimes can lead the server to become unresponsive due to heavy load.
  • Suitable for small businesses, but when your site grows with heavy traffic, user experience takes a hit.
  • Customer support is provided through online documentations and forums of Woo-commerce, nothing beyond that.
  • Security setup provided is below par, since the user has to ensure the purchase and management of SSL certificates by own.
  • Due to a lack of security measures, Woo-commerce accounts are susceptible to getting hacked.
Recommendation
For a free, accessible, and fully customizable platform based on the most popular content management system, Woo-commerce should get the shopping experience up and running, especially if you are a WordPress user.


II. Magento

Features
  • Free, open-source e-commerce platform with marketplace.
  • Fully featured platform with plenty of customization, options and extensions
  • Two ways to go about it, either set up the store and features manually and customizing everything which is free of cost or purchase ready-made extensions from Magento marketplace.
  • Fully customizable from ground up, best for developers who know how to make the most of it.
Pros
  • Premium content management e-commerce platform
  • Provides multi-language set-up and layered navigation of the website
  • Provides secure transactions
  • Most of the community themes & extensions are free
Cons
  • Quite hard for beginners to set-up an e-commerce store on Magento
  • Requires powerful hosting which is expensive for first timers
  • Commercial themes & extensions must be purchased and can be very expensive to do it yourself
Recommendation
Try Magento if you're an experienced programmer, interested in making the best out of the open-source version of Magento.


III. Opencart

Features
  • Free, open-source e-commerce platform and marketplace
  • Provides no hosting service, i.e., the user has to buy its hosting from 3rd party websites
  • PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components
  • Easy for development and targets new start-ups and beginners
Pros
  • Supports 20+ payment gateways and multiple shipping methods
  • Can Manage multiple stores within the same interface
  • Initial and ongoing costs are affordable in most cases, and the out of the box features that come with it are suitable for a decent start
  • SEO-friendly and SEO tools available
  • Supports guest checkout
Cons
  • Requires PHP coding skills to customize store
  • Not very robust in-terms of scalability for large businesses
Recommendation
Best suited for small and medium scale businesses. Hire an experienced PHP developer to get the most out of this open-source platform for your e-store.


IV. Shopify

Features
  • An e-commerce platform and a marketplace
  • Provides hosting of its own
  • Starts at approx. $30/ month of membership. It offers a 14- day free trial.
  • Comes with thousands of in-built themes, plugins, and extensions accessible differently to different membership packs
  • Fully customizable and easy to use
  • Setting up an e-commerce on it is of moderate difficulty
  • Has the most automated Printful integration of all platforms, which provides the live shipping rates calculator for products at check out
Pros
  • Provides analytics per time-period and many other facilities to improve the sales on the platform
  • Offers cheaper templates, plugins & extensions compared to other platforms
  • As soon as a new upgrade comes in the market, Shopify updates its platform quickly
  • The customer support is beneficial
Cons
  • Most of the third-party applications come with a cost
  • Quite expensive for start-ups, though established businesses would profit in the long run
Recommendation
For an intuitive, well-rounded platform and is willing to pay a little extra for more convenience, Shopify is the perfect choice to make for a long-term business.


V. Big-commerce

Features
  • An e-commerce platform as well as a marketplace
  • Provides hosting of its own
  • Social media store linkage, which helps in increasing product visibility
  • Starts at approx. $30/ month for membership, also offers a 15-day free trial.
  • WordPress integration
Pros
  • Great for content management e-commerce
  • Can add & manage unlimited inventory
  • Manages orders & customers for WordPress e-commerce outside the WordPress
  • PCI certified
  • Provides excellent customer support, rating systems, shipping quotes
Cons
  • Better than Woo-commerce but lacks in the performance from Shopify
  • The add-on templates, plugins, and extensions are a little expensive compared to Shopify
  • The Printful integration in it does not provide the live shipping rates calculator for products at check out.
Recommendation
For a secure, hosted service that provides third-party channels at an affordable monthly cost, it may be the right choice for you.

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