Best eCommerce Platforms?

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Hello,

I am going to build an ecommerce site and am wondering what would be the best platform. I am currently running a ecommerce site on wordpress but am not that pleased with it. Looking for something that is a little easier to customize and has good support. Maybe drag and drop too. Would also prefer something that is a onetime fee and not monthly but am open to the best solution.

been looking at magento commerce, 3cart, americommerce and a few others.

thanks for the help
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  • Profile picture of the author candres79
    If you like wordpress and want to continue using it I would recommend using shopperpress theme. There are quite a few nice, easy to use ecommerce plugins and themes for wordpress
    • Profile picture of the author jamsl
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  • Profile picture of the author RenuC
    Several options are open to you. Magento. VirtueMart. Zen Cart. Drupal. Choosing among these what suits your work best is the important factor. All these e-commerce website platforms are open source, user friendly and free. They come with a lot of interesting features and are greatly flexible.
  • Profile picture of the author chimehost
    Do keep in mind Magento will require some time to learn but once you figure it out, you will realize how powerful it is. A lot of our clients use Magento for setting up their eCommerce website.
  • Profile picture of the author kevin207
    I agree with haymanpl



    Its been really good and effective also much more easy and reliable.
    Personally I consider Magento to be the best shopping cart software for E-commerce websites

    Regards
    Kevin Thomas
    Magento Developer
    Visit : Magento-store-Development(Dot)com
  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    There are several other things to consider, security being a major factor. Are you going to accept credit cards? Be familiar with PCI compliance standards. https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/
    What information are you going to keep on-site? It is against most merchant accounts to store credit card numbers. Something you do not want to do.
    How many products are you going to have? If only a few then most any shopping cart will suffice. If it is a large number then you will need sufficient storage and processing power since some of these systems are resource hogs.
    Most systems have trials, if not free. Set up a development server and test them until you find one you like.
    Research for any security flaws and hacks for any system you have your eye on. Hacking seems to be running rampant now days, so having a secure system is a must. When you do set up your system be absolutely sure to lock down your server or hire someone to do this. There are many scripts that look for vulnerabilities in these shopping carts and you will get tested on a daily basis.

    Good luck!
  • Profile picture of the author acundy11
    Magento is the best one with the most features out of the box. That's what we use for our clients.

    However Ecwid has a nice drag and drop feature. It depends on what your needs and budget is. Let me know if you have any more questions.
  • Profile picture of the author mdsurf
    Hello everyone,

    I am wondering what are the best eCommerce solutions?

    I am using wordpress shopperpress at the moment and absolutely hate it, its extremely slow, bugs out alot and is just a general pain in the a**.

    I would like to use something else but there seem to be so many different options out there, I would really like to see what solutions other people are using.

    I don't have any coding skill so would like something thats drag n drop. Would also like something thats flexible too tho, maybe with themes like wordpress? or is easy to change the layout with.

    Thanks in advance
    • Profile picture of the author mdsurf
      and i would like to use something that has an integrated shopping cart, ie can use paypal pro or something similar
    • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
      There are quite some good ones in the market but which platform to choose depends on your needs.
      Wordpress ecommerce plugins are one time pay if you select a paid plugin...free ones are not so good. Magento is a good one but its complicated and costly. Joomla virtuemart is again very complicated and bulky. You can try shopify which is good but its premium.

      Thnx
      TC
    • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
      Magento is good but very resource hungry, I have heard of people with large shops having to get dedicated servers to cope with it, but this is just here-say so probably a little exaggerated!

      Couple of good plugins for Wordpress are Cart66 (used to be PHPurchase) and you could even use Wordpress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart which is a free plugin but you would be adding the items as posts and adding the button only with that.

      I have a bunch of ecommerce sites and I tend to still go back to a modified version of osCommerce, but if you have no programming skills then modification to make it look less like the standard install would be tricky, but as far as function it does everything you need it to and isn't too much of a hog on the resources.

      Hope you get it sorted whatever way you go!
  • Profile picture of the author EvaBrown
    I think Joomla and Magento will be the best if you are going to build eCommerce website. WordPress is also great and popular CMS, but it is good for blog building. Joomla has eCommerce extentions, as example you can use the most popular VirtueMart component. Magento aslo has a lot of eCommecre extensions.
  • Profile picture of the author Web Tempest
    You may have just had a bad experience with wordpress - make sure you check some of the ecommerce themes at themeforest.net. Otherwise shopify is great if you change your mind about a monthly fee
  • Profile picture of the author vilroot
    I'm using joomla, it has a lot of plugins special fot that
  • Profile picture of the author OrangeTree
    The answer to the question is more complex than the anecdote based claims most of us make. There are many ecommerce products out there, and I am not going to make snap claims that one is best. Many are good, a few are not.

    Magento gets a big mention, and I agree that it is a good product. It has limitations - but they are quite possibility not relevant.

    The first thing you need to establish to choose a system for your ecommerce is exactly what you are hoping to achieve. What are your products. How do you wish to display them. What customer functionality and searches do you wish to include. What back office tools to you need. How will you do your inventory control. What reporting are you looking for. Will you want/need integration with other software, such as an accounts package.

    Without a detailed specification, it is unwise to make claims as to which is best.

    However, there is good news! Many of the products mentioned above are actually, when you have become conversant with them, pretty versatile!
  • Profile picture of the author illsm113
    wordpress is a good choice
  • Profile picture of the author ericlenhard
    Really don't know why you want to change Wordpress to another platform, but I can recommend you joomla. Joomla has a lot of ecommerce plugins, especially you should check virtuemart.
  • Profile picture of the author scorpion
    Try opencart.com. I find it easy to use and it works the first time.
  • Profile picture of the author cravereplace
    The best platform that I have used is by far Magento.

    It is strictly for eCommerce, like OSCommerce, but I feel that it's just a 'big kid' ecommerce platform. Better features, faster and more versatile IMO.
  • Profile picture of the author JF Garsula
    I'm not saying Prestashop is the best but its pretty flexible and is lighter than some platforms. I suggest to consider the number of products before choosing the right platform.
  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    You should seriously consider using OpenCart as a ecommerce Platform. I have my own online store with my partner. I love using opencart and the backend is so easy and secured.
  • Profile picture of the author rnsinformatic
    I will recommend Meganto, if you have a big enterprise and need to process all sales online. Unless we have our own secure and easy-to-use CMS for small and Mid-sized business. Our CMS is very easy to customize and website take a few time to load.
  • Profile picture of the author ssmithy
    I personally use python cart It's an excellent shopping cart it does everything you need to run a successful ecommerce store. They also have great documentation. You can view python cart at pythoncart.com
  • Profile picture of the author michaelbishopp
    Hi I want to create a blog with a ecommerce site for weight loss products and programs. I want to drive traffic to my site from mostly video uploaded to youtube etc. if I use optimized press for the squeeze pages. will this look strange if it does not blend into the main ecommerce theme of another wordpress theme. Do you know of good example where this has been used out there? i thought I could try to create a squeeze for almost all the videos i upload. then get there details at least before they browse the ecommerce site. Also what is the best theme to use thanks everyone
    • Profile picture of the author vivaarturo
      have alook at bigcommerce.com this is a good platform and easier to produce a site if you do not want to do any programming. magento is also good, take a look at the hosted platform form magento called magento go

      cheers
      Arturo
    • Profile picture of the author tcraw1010
      Originally Posted by michaelbishopp View Post

      Hi I want to create a blog with a ecommerce site for weight loss products and programs. I want to drive traffic to my site from mostly video uploaded to youtube etc. if I use optimized press for the squeeze pages. will this look strange if it does not blend into the main ecommerce theme of another wordpress theme. Do you know of good example where this has been used out there? i thought I could try to create a squeeze for almost all the videos i upload. then get there details at least before they browse the ecommerce site. Also what is the best theme to use thanks everyone
      For what you are trying to do - and for the sheer versatility and expandability - I would recommend a Joomla+VirtueMart platform - as you will be able to blend multiple elements into one complete website experience and robust CMS.

      While I do like Magento, it is still primarily/solely an ecommerce only platform. Sure, there are various extensions available - but, in my opinion, most of them are still WAY too overpriced. For the most part, you can extend VirtueMart to do pretty much everything Magento does - including layered navigation, wishlist and compare products.

      My opinion/advice, mind you.

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