5 Platforms for Launching Your Ecommerce Store

In Advertising, Website Design by @cobblemedia

Launching an ecommerce site? Tap into any of these five platforms to get your business up and running in no time.

Shopify

This integrated platform enables shop owners to create a dedicated online store or, even, add ecommerce functionality to an existing site or blog. It’s easy to design your site, choose a powerful domain name and more, with no creative experience needed.

What’s more, it’s go-anywhere anytime add-ins are perfect for picking up and selling your products or services in-person — consumers can browse your ecommerce and pay onsite. All you need is an iPhone or iPad!

The best part? Shopify will let you try out its features for free with a two-week trial membership. That means you can build out your ecommerce site and see if the platform’s right for you before committing.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms out there, powering nearly one in three online stores. The platform’s had nearly 10 million downloads so, if you opt for this route, you’re in good company!

WooCommerce has options for store owners as well as for developers so anyone with any skill level — or lack thereof — can tap into its solutions and services. The platform integrates into WordPress, making it a truly organic experience for those already using this popular website/blog-creation tool. With a few quick clicks you’ll have ecommerce functionality up and running, with beautiful, interactive design and full payment capabilities. And they also also offer a free account with a few no-cost themes and templates, so there’s really no risk to giving this go-to a shot.

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Bigcommerce

Bigcommerce makes setting up your online store as easy as possible, even if you don’t have any design or technical experience. Your first step? Simply name your store and start your 15-day free trial. In just a few minutes you’re on your way to designing and building out your ecommerce site based on a host of templated selections, from colors and fonts to layout and user flow. What’s more, Bigcommerce has a host of unique features that can grow and evolve with your business, meaning there’s no reason to change platforms as your site begins to scale.

Another unique feature? Strong ecommerce SEO opportunities ensuring more consumers find your site even faster. That’s a big must-have for any business looking to grow quickly and organically without a huge cost outlay.

Volusion

This all-in-one solution brings together a number of powerful tools and add-ons for ecommerce launches and existing sites. You’ll start by building out and designing your store to your unique specifications, choosing from a host of visually-appealing templates with impressive user experience features — and it definitely delivers. Volusion boasts four-times more sales than its closest competitor, and much of those successes are attributed to this compelling, easy-to-use online store builder.

Once built store owners and marketers can choose from Volusion’s other services and solutions, including inventory management integration, hosting, marketing and more — 900 optional features in all. This is definitely a cutting-edge platform that prides itself on offering users the best of the best — they already have integrations for Apple Watch, for example, plus tools to prevent being crawled, social media options and much, much more.

Magento

Magento, owned by eBay, works with 240,000 global merchants, helping them not just build out beautiful and easy-to-use websites but, also, platforms for attracting new customers, selling more product and, overall, generating increased revenue for your business. Their unique features scale with the individual partners, ensuring you’ve got the solutions you need as your ecommerce site grows and thrives — this definitely isn’t a cookie cutter approach to online sales.

Because of the eBay ties Magento offers some of the most sophisticated ecommerce products in the industry, including hundreds of optional extensions, a diverse network of partners and developers and true experience-driven modeling that tailors workflows and customer journeys every step of the way. Again, you don’t need technical or design experience to tap into Magento but, likely, will want to do your homework — or pull in an expert — if you decide to integrate some of the more sophisticated features.

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