There are multiple eCommerce web platforms to consider when developing an online store. Depending on your product, business and market there are going to be different features to consider when deciding which platform you’ll want to use for your store.
Take into consideration the pros and cons each platform offers before beginning development of your online store. Here is a quick list of our top 5 favorite eCommerce platforms to consider for any professional online store.
WordPress with WooCommerce
WordPress has become the most popular platform for corporate, celebrity and small business websites. WordPress is open source and has a massive following of developers around the world. Combined with the plugin WooCommerce, you can quickly and professionally turn your WordPress website into a dominant eCommerce store.
WooCommerce is an open source extension and has become the most popular eCommerce solution to use with the WordPress CMS platform. WooCommerce offers multiple options for product management and pricing. It’s a robust solution that any WordPress user should consider when building an online store.
Joomla with VirtueMart
Arguably our favorite, Joomla is a robust CMS platform that offers some of the best solutions for building professional websites. Using the Joomla CMS combined with the powerful VirtueMart extension turns any website into a powerful eCommerce solution. VirtueMart has been around for several years, and with each release, it incorporates more features and more powerful capabilities.
Virtuemart has been around since the initial release of Joomla 1, however over the years has perfected itself into an eCommerce solution that continues to stand the test of time. Virtuemart is arguably our favorite eCommerce system and one we tend to implement for our customers.
Known as one of the internets leading eCommerce platforms, Shopify currently powers over 500,000 stores on the internet. Shopify offers solutions other core CMS platforms do not want however those features come with a monthly subscription to the Shopify platform.
Shopify is a great paid eCommerce solution. Since Shopify is a paid solution, it is considered excellent for novice developers. Shopify offers better customer support and features that are not included with many of today’s popular open-source web platforms.
Another leader in eCommerce web platforms is Magento. Magento currently powers some of the internets largest eCommerce websites. Many businesses both large and small choose to use Magento for multiple reasons. Magento is an open-source CMS platform which gives users the power to design and develop great commerce websites.
One of Magento’s most popular features is that it is a full CMS (Content Management System). Magento requires no extensions or plugins and is at its core an eCommerce solution for large and small businesses. Today Magento 2 is the platforms current release and has seen vast improvements since its first debuted version. Magento will continue to be a leader in eCommerce as one of the most powerful open-source full commerce solutions for any professional online store.
PrestaShop is another popular eCommerce website framework for many of today’s largest online stores. With numerous features and online resources, many companies have decided to use PrestaShop for it’s easy to use user interface. Known for its all-in-one commerce solution, any business that is looking for a less technical but highly influential eCommerce solution should take Prestashop into consideration.
PrestaShop is also an open-source eCommerce solution and is powered by PHP which offers a lot of flexibility that other eCommerce solutions do not. PrestaShop is a platform recommend for more experienced web developers and people who want to customize the core of their eCommerce websites.
The truth is there are numerous eCommerce solutions to choose from when looking to build out your online store. Take into consideration all the positives and negatives of each eCommerce platform and how they can affect your online business. If you would like to learn more about the process of building out your online store, contact the team at Final Web Design team today. Contact us on through our contact us form or by calling Final Web Design now at (888) 674-7779.