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Best Ecommerce Platforms
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Ecommerce Platforms Overview
What are Ecommerce Platforms?
Ecommerce software allows merchants to display a product catalogue and conduct transactions online. Most ecommerce transactions are B2C (business to consumer). Some also support more complex B2B (business to business) transactions with contract negotiation features and the like.
There are two general types of ecommerce platform: hosted and self-hosted open source:
Hosted ecommerce solutions, which are cloud-based and billed monthly, tend to be more stable and user-friendly.
Self-hosted ecommerce solutions are more advanced, customizable, and free.
Ecommerce websites, usually referred to as online storefronts, allow shoppers to browse through the merchant's product catalog and purchase products online.
Hosted ecommerce platforms, include a set of pre-made templates and themes for storefront design. The best ecommerce software for your online businesses depends on your use case. There are many different aspects of an online storefront that different ecommerce products may focus on:
Managing larger inventories
Displaying multiple versions (e.g. colors and sizes) of the same item
Managing multiple stores
Representing digital versus physical products
Scalability is also a major consideration when evaluating product catalog options and features.
Online Shopping Cart
An online shopping cart allows website visitors to accumulate a list of products in a virtual "shopping cart" before checkout. In addition to accumulating the list, shopping cart software also calculates the total cost, including shipping and taxes.
Some platforms offer other shopping cart-related features, like abandoned cart tools. These save unfinished orders and/or email customers to remind them that there are still items in their cart. Abandoned cart functionality often costs extra or is available only with higher-tier packages.
Another additional functionality some ecommerce products include is the ability to suggest products for customers to view. This is typically based on individual customer’s shopping behavior along with information about what products other customers have been viewing and buying.
Online Payment System
Some solutions include in-house payment processing. Others integrate to a third party payment gateway. Vendors that offer in-house payment processing often charge a transaction fee. Since payment systems need to handle sensitive customer information, most ecommerce platforms have standard security measures in place.
Ecommerce Platforms Features & Capabilities
Online shopping cart
Online payment system or integration with a payment gateway
Order fulfillment and shipping management
Merchant interface / dashboard
Ecommerce marketing tools
Ecommerce business management
Customer behavior analytics and reporting
Integrations (e.g. CRM, ERP, email marketing, payment gateway, etc)
Monthly subscriptions for hosted products vary widely depending on features and scalability. Monthly charges range from zero to over $1,000 at the very high end.
It’s a good idea to clearly understand requirements and to choose an ecommerce platform based on current and anticipated needs, rather than just focusing on cost. In the long run, picking the right platform will be worth a lot more than saving money at the start.
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KalioCommerce is an enterprise eCommerce platform that powers Internet Retailer Top 1000 B2C & B2B brands. According to the vendor, online retailers get the flexibility to build uniquely branded sites with sophisticated business needs, and transform ideas into revenue faster with the platform...
The Kooomo platform consists of an e-commerce solution for managing online trade transactions and a content management system (CMS) that is designed to assist with coordinated institutional content.
London-based Paddle offers an ecommerce and subscription management solution for software companies seeking a streamlined demonstration of their services and centralized management of their different service levels and cloud-based offerings.
Spree Storefront is a modular, open source e-commerce platform with a large community, comprehensive API and integration features right out of the box. Spree is comprehensive enough for large ecommerce stores and easy enough for small online merchants.
PrestaShop is a free, open source e-commerce solution available under the Open Software License and officially launched in August 2007. The software is written in PHP and based on the Smarty template engine and is currently used by 165,000 shops worldwide. The PrestaShop group was founded in Pari...
Cleverbridge is an enterprise eCommerce solution with subscription management capability to drive growth.
Nextopia is a flexible eCommerce platform that is fully compatible with ASP, .NET, and PHP, along with integrations into hosted eCommerce solutions such as Netsuite and Magento, among others.
SellerCloud is an eCommerce platform that integrates into multiple sales channels without a per-channel fee. It also functions as a single-source management solution.
3dcart is a customizable eCommerce platform designed to build an online store. Some features include Level 1 PCI security compliance, the same level used by banks and large financial institutions, along with search engine optimized templates and no transaction fees.
WebLinc is an e-commerce platform and services provider for fast growing online retailers, from the North American company of the same name headquartered in Philadelphia. WebLinc’s modern, agile technologies and strategic expertise empower enterprise level companies running global, omnichannel co...
Elastic Path is a privately held company that provides an enterprise level Java ecommerce platform. It is meant to integrate with many commonly used content management systems, like Adobe Marketing Cloud, OpenText, and Hippo.
Customer Focus is solution that includes order management, inventory management, warehousing, CMS, E-mail marketing, CRM, and general accounting functions. E-Commerce web stores are also included in the solution.
Big Cartel is an eCommerce platform built for artists, such as artists, designers, and musicians, to build an online store.
ecomdash is a cloud-based inventory management solution that aims help online retailers save time and money, improve profit margins and optimize inventory control. This solution includes several web-based tools that are designed to make managing an e-commerce business simple and efficient.
Custora is a lifecycle and predictive marketing platform focused on providing value for eCommerce-focused companies.
LemonStand is an eCommerce platform bulit for professionals with features such as design fliexiblity and checkout customization.
AspDotNetStorefront is an eCommerce platform with multistore, multichannel, and multi device capabilities.
MyCommerce is a low cost, quick-to-market, self-service ecommerce solution that is designed for companies who sell digital products and want to take their business into the largest global markets. The vendor’s value proposition is that they take the complexity out of global ecommerce so business ...
JDA Direct Commerce Suite is a multi-channel eCommerce platform built around customer engagement.
The Apptha Marketplace script is developed on the Magento platform, which the admin/marketplace owner rents to vendors. Vendors use that platform to sell their products to customers who visit their marketplace. For every successful transaction, the admin receives a commission.
AllProWebTools aims to offer a single platform for managing and growing a small business. Capabilities range from employee management and website SEO all the way to marketing and marketing analytics. Specific features include: customer tracking, order process tracking, newsletters, drip campa...
Mozu, from Volusion, is an enterprise-grade ecommerce solution with centrally managed content, catalog and brand across sites and geographies.
CommerceV3 is an all-in-one eCommerce platform that will both build and host store platforms.