If you’re starting an e-commerce business (or already run a brick-and-mortar business looking to expand online) choose an e-commerce platform can quickly become very confusing.

With such a wide variety of platform choices (and prices) out there in the wild, how can you be sure that the e-commerce software that you choose is right for your small business?

To save you the headache, we narrowed it down to our 3 favorite options below:

(in no particular order)

1.) Shopify

Shopify is the “grandaddy” easy-to-use e-commerce platform, offers a complete list of features that allow you to manage and grow your business, all in one place.

Some of the best features such as:

Customized online store

Simple payment process

Integrated hosting

Inventory management

Comprehensive reporting and analysis

Customer relationship management system (CRM)

With monthly plans ranging from $29 – $299, this platform is quite cheaper, although slightly more expensive side.

The weakness of the platform lie primarily with the payment of a processing fee, with an additional transaction fee that is applied if you choose to use a payment processor in addition to belonging to the Shopify payment system.

In addition, many extensions available on the app store with the price, which can start to add from time to time.

Overall, the Shopify platform has been designed with the novice user in mind, allowing almost all people with basic technology knowledge to run their own e-commerce site easily.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

2.) WooCommerce

WooCommerce is developed to run specifically in WordPress, because the plugin, not a stand alone platform. This allows you to change almost any WordPress website into a fully functional e-commerce platform, and best of all, free!

Features include:

A simple WordPress integration

Basic inventory management

Automatic calculation of tax

Sales reports

Mobile app access

Now, although the basic WooCommerce plugin itself is free to use on your WordPress site, realize that this does not have much additional functionality that is…

Source by Sam Beeton

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