What is the best platform to build an eCommerce website of an online store?

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Hello. I'm a student and want to start my own online store after completing my graduation. But I've no idea which eCommerce platform is the best to start with, even what steps I will have to take before creating my online store.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    If you are willing to invest a monthly fee, Shopify is usually the go-to platform for store building.

    Here is a collection of reviews about the best ecommerce platforms for 2018...

    Less expensive alternative for you might be creating a Wordpress site. There are numerous WP plugins to consider. You can do a search here on the Warrior forum or try Google.

    Here's a list of some of the best known:

    WooCommerce
    Easy Digital Downloads
    Ecwid
    Jigoshop
    iThemes Exchange
    Cart66 Lite
    Volusion
    WP Ecommerce
    Marketpress

    And Here's a typical post that might be useful for you if you are working with Amazon: 8 Best Amazon Affiliate Plugins for Amazon Associates Members...
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    • Profile picture of the author poojajoshi
      I heard about some online store builders like Shopify, BuildaBazaar, Zepo etc. where we can create our online store within 24 hours! Is this true? Which one is the best online store builder in India?
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      • Profile picture of the author Amrit Prabhaker
        Originally Posted by poojajoshi View Post

        I heard about some online store builders like Shopify, BuildaBazaar, Zepo etc. where we can create our online store within 24 hours! Is this true? Which one is the best online store builder in India?
        In Shopify you can build your store quickly with their drag and drop builder
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    • Profile picture of the author poojajoshi
      And what do you think about BuildaBazaar? Many People say it's best online store builder in India. Is BuildaBazaar better then Shopify, Big Commerce or any other platforms?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lemosys
      As per my perception, Magento is the best platform for developing e-commerce stores. It is developed on open source technology that can provide the online buyers and sellers with a great flexibility over the usage of shopping cart.
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    • Profile picture of the author Allena Dominus
      Originally Posted by SiteNameSales View Post

      If you are willing to invest a monthly fee, Shopify is usually the go-to platform for store building.

      Here is a collection of reviews about the best ecommerce platform for 2018...

      Less expensive alternative for you might be creating a Wordpress site. There are numerous WP plugins to consider. You can do a search here on the Warrior forum or try Google.

      Here's a list of some of the best known:

      WooCommerce
      Easy Digital Downloads
      Ecwid
      Jigoshop
      iThemes Exchange
      Cart66 Lite
      Volusion
      WP Ecommerce
      Marketpress

      And Here's a typical post that might be useful for you if you are working with Amazon: 8 Best Amazon Affiliate Plugins for Amazon Associates Members...
      I would generally recommend Bigcommerce as it fits almost in all situations and requirements and they have amazing support center and i have been using for 3 years without having any big issues..
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by poojajoshi View Post

    . . . steps I will have to take before creating my online store.

    Wait until you're actually ready to create your store before deciding upon the platform to use. Why?

    There are a few things you need to know regarding how you want your store to function and what features you will need in the store based upon what you plan to sell.

    If, for example, you only intend to sell a few limited products, you won't need all the bells and whistles of a full-blown comprehensive platform and it makes no sense to spend a lot of money for features you won't be using.

    Here are some of the considerations you should have resolved prior to choosing a platform:
    • Do you plan to engage affiliates to help sell your products?
    • Do you have a payment processor in mind? (Make sure the processor and the platform integrate well)
    • Do you plan to sell digital downloads, or physical products, or both?
    • Do you need to have a product feed or will you manually handle this?
    • How will you integrate tax, shipping charges, delivery options?
    • Will the store be part of another web site or is it a standalone platform?
    • How will you promote the store? Or will you simply be selling Amazon or other products through you links?
    There are other considerations, of course . . . my point is, you probably aren't ready to get serious about a platform until you have a plan for your store.


    There is no sense in letting the platform you use dictate what your business should look like -- design how your business functions first, then find a platform that will accommodate your needs.


    The best to you,


    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author poojajoshi
      Great..
      thank you so much for sharing this useful information.
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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    I recommend Shopify, Wix, Bigcommerce, Weebly, and Squarespace. They are pretty much the top Ecommerce platforms right now.

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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    We've narrowed the best down to two - Shopify and 3DCart. BigCommerce isn't what to used to be, so it would be a distant third.

    You will never find a shopping cart that is perfect for every business. They all are missing something another one has but that other one is missing something the one you are using has. The only way to really know is to take advantage of the free trials and see if the cart does what you need it to do for your particular business.
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  • Profile picture of the author FractionTech
    Before starting I would like to tell you one thing, Business is not easy and not difficult. If you think business is difficult then definitely it will be difficult for you and if you think business is easy then it will be very easy for you.

    Success mantra:

    Before starting a business you have to think about these two points

    1. Choose that business which you love and enjoy. Business should be a play for you, not pressure, tension and burden.

    Remember your children play games, you played cricket whole day but didn't get tired. Actually, you enjoyed it. If you study your boring subject whole day, then definitely you would be tired.

    So before doing business, think about your interests & your hobbies and then select your business.

    If a business makes you happy and a business which is a play for you then start this business.

    2. Start any business full time. Only one aim your business. Start one business at one time. Devote yourself to your business. Don't think about part-time business and a job simultaneously. Sailing on two boats will lead to failure.

    To become successful two things are important

    (a) Love your Business, if you don't love your business, then definitely you would fail. If you want to be successful start loving your business today.

    (b) Which field you love, make this your business. These two points will help you.

    Now I am telling you the business idea.
    Business Idea: Online Shopping for School Books & Schools products.

    Start School books online shopping and school products. In starting focus on only school books, School Dress, Note Copies etc. You can also sell old books. For this, you have to buy old books from students and sell them.

    You know after exam How parents are in the queue in summer for students books. You can give them Books Home delivery service.

    Start with some schools near your home, not all schools.

    What do you need to start:

    1. An office: I prefer to start from your home or your room.

    2. An online shopping website, I will tell you below how to create an Online shopping website yourself. It's very easy. Anyone can create. No programming & coding knowledge is required.

    3. One Computer or Laptop

    4. Internet connection (I know you have JIO Sim, There is no need for Extra internet)

    5. Wholesale Book Dealers (You have to visit your wholesale book dealers, get price list of all classes book lists, just tie up with dealers. Don't buy stock of books, when getting orders, buy from dealers)

    6. Courier for delivery: I prefer Indian Postal Courier because it's delivery charge is very low. Also, you can contact more couriers nearby your home. But always tie up with Local Couriers for local business in your area for the low delivery charge. You can also deliver yourself your auto.

    Marketing of your Business:

    For promoting your business, there is two very easy and low-cost marketing plan.

    1. Pamphlet Distribution outside the school.

    2. Contact school management or principal and tie up with school so that school refers to students your website for buying books.

    How to create online shopping website:

    For creating eCommerce website you need to buy two things.

    1. A hosting plan where your website data will be stored.

    2. A Domain Name (Website Name like YourWebSiteName.com)

    I prefer to BlueHost Hosting, you will get a Free Domain name with Bluehost Hosting Plan. Buy a BlueHost Hosting Plan according to your Budget.

    Buy BlueHost Hosting and a Free Domain
    I prefer to select the lowest plan because in starting your website data & traffic will be very low, so don't waste money for big Hosting Plan.

    After purchasing web hosting for your eCommerce website, now login to your hosting account with your email & password.

    when you log in to your hosting account your hosting admin panel will open this

    You have to click on single domain hosting

    Still confusing you need to contact professional e-commerce website development company for develop a website

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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by poojajoshi View Post

    Hello. I'm a student and want to start my own online store after completing my graduation. But I've no idea which eCommerce platform is the best to start with, even what steps I will have to take before creating my online store.
    Shopify is the popular choice
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    • Profile picture of the author poojajoshi
      Thanks for your Suggestion.

      But I have a Question, is Shopify better then BuildaBazaar or Zepo?
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  • Originally Posted by poojajoshi View Post

    Hello. I'm a student and want to start my own online store after completing my graduation. But I've no idea which eCommerce platform is the best to start with, even what steps I will have to take before creating my online store.
    Hello,

    Well more information so I can tell you more, but here goes anyhow,

    Depends on type of store and functions you will need, drop shipping, built in shopping cart or your selling your own products, so as you can see, there is many different types, I build all types, and only use WordPress or custom coded themes with built in shopping cart and payment system built in, also with customer order tacking system,.

    So you must be good at WordPress to do what I just said, if your not, then go with Shopify, but they charge $29.00 per month plus apps,

    Now if you use WordPress, you own the site, if you use Shopify, you don't, once you stop paying, the site is gone.

    Ok hope this helps

    Thanks Rob
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    • Profile picture of the author poojajoshi
      What you thinks is BuildaBazaar is better then shopify?
      Beacuse I herd that BuildaBazaar also provides free'Brandlogo' and 'mobile app' for your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Sockeisen
    Hi! I recommed using Mobirise eCommerce Website Builder as it offers several Bootstrap eCommerce Templates. They are highly customizable and easy-to-manage.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    The main difference between Shopify, 3DCart and BigCOmmerce vs. these wild out of left field carts is that the main 3 are hosted, meaning you do not have to pay for hosting on another server. Hosted shopping carts are guaranteed PCI compliant and you never have to worry about security updates for the shopping cart or plugins breaking after those updates.

    None of that can be said for non-hosted shopping carts.
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  • Shopify will give you everything you need. I dont know much about Wix except for what they display on TV. But Shopify i can vouch for - for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lemosys
    As per today's market trend, the best platform for building an e-commerce website of an online store is Magento. Magento is an open source platform and has flexible cloud-based solutions to help business to promote their products and services online. An added benefit of taking this e-commerce platform into consideration is its inexpensive rates than any other platforms used for development of e-commerce websites.
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  • Profile picture of the author bojangles50
    Magento is very server intensive (which can increase hosting costs) and not a good idea for a start up as a lot of people on here know. The learning curve is a lot to take in for a newbie. I'd start of with easy to use ecommerce software and as your business and knowledge grows then you may decide to use the likes of Magento
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  • Profile picture of the author erin31
    wp + woocommence is the best choice I believe.
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  • Profile picture of the author poojajoshi
    I've done some research and I come to know that 'there are really good online store builder like WooCommerce, Shopify' etc.

    But Now days many people saying that BuildaBazaar is coming up as the best eCommerce platform to create your own online store.

    And recently it also offers many free services like free business logo, free premium themes Free website creations, etc.

    What's your opinion about BuildaBazaar?


    Thank You ...
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  • @poojajoshi. With a few research comparing builabazaar to shopify, I would recommend using shopify as it the top leading and is popular in various countries. If you want to sell in India alone, you can go for buildabazaar
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  • Profile picture of the author hasanraza
    Although there are many good ecommerce platforms, but my personal favorite are Opencart, Prestashop and Drupal Commerce. The first two are very light and Drupal one is of course the most secured one.
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  • Profile picture of the author wenzel777
    Shopify. Take the trial, don't think about it anymore. Selling in less than 8 hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mayloz
    BuildaBazaar is the best online store site builder. You have to try this for your online store.
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  • Profile picture of the author idealdesigns
    I have used Prestashop and Woocommerce and Shopify. Shopify is the best for a fast start. Don't need other platforms.

    If you want standalone, Woocommerce and Prestashop is good. But remember many services support Woocommerce more
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  • Profile picture of the author linux7802
    As you are fresher, therefore its always good to start with WordPress with Woocommerce , as its easy to manage, so that you can concentrate on sales strategy instead of maintaining store. You can also outsource website development to freelancer to build stores for you.

    Let me know, if you required any further help.
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  • Profile picture of the author coupononbrands
    Open Cart is good open source platform..
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  • Profile picture of the author dimjim77
    shopify right now probably is the best
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Lovett
    WordPress and Woocommerce - You own it!
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    Whatever platform you opt for you should always at least keep in mind the question "Who owns my 'site'?" If you are using an online platform that you essentially don't control, where everything is hosted on a third-party site/solution, then sure, that makes things a lot easier in some ways. On the other hand, you don't "own" that - if you build it up and then that provider goes under, changes its terms, policies etc. then you could lose everything.

    I am just saying that in the long-term you should always work towards having your business hosted on a platform YOU fully control, and that is basically your OWN domain and your OWN website. I appreciate that is a lot more work, and maybe outside your scope at the moment, but is the only way to plan a long-term business online so keep it in mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lemosys
    According to my opinion, the best platform to build an e-Commerce website is Shopify. Shopify e-commerce platform is the best choice due to easy to use features as well as fucntionality. It provides an excellent control mechanism on all entire data without much technical knowledge and skills.
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  • Profile picture of the author raihan2saiful
    I think Shopify is the best source of E-commerce.
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  • If you are selling a 100 or more items, use Magento.
    But if you're selling only few, you can use Wordpress with Woocommerce like the site I am running.
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  • Profile picture of the author aassif
    Hello I'm a student and want to start my own online store after completing my graduation. But I've no idea which eCommerce platform is the best to start with, even what steps I will have to take before creating my online store.
    Hi Dear, If you want to invest some money than go for WordPress WooCommerce. Initially you have to buy a domain name and hosting other than everything is free. Lost of good free theme already have in WordPress. So you don't have to pay any money.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamil96
    Magento
    WooCommerce and
    Shopify are the best platforms for creating a E-commerce website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Skizowapa
    Here's a list of Top platform to build an ecommerce website.

    Bigcommerce
    ShopyGen
    Shopify
    Squarespace
    Magento
    WooCommerce
    Prestashop
    Volusion
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  • Profile picture of the author Lichensa
    Shopify and Woo-commerce are good choices. I'm using both for few of my sites and those are search engine friendly if using effectively. Make sure you choose a correct working niche for you and have a good plan to monetize it. You should work on products inventory and shipping management too before coming to a final conclusion about this e-commerce website.
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    • Profile picture of the author hadyn
      Originally Posted by Lichensa View Post

      Shopify and Woo-commerce are good choices. I'm using both for few of my sites and those are search engine friendly if using effectively. Make sure you choose a correct working niche for you and have a good plan to monetize it. You should work on products inventory and shipping management too before coming to a final conclusion about this e-commerce website.
      Do you recommend using some inventory management software? I have been looking for some for my business lately. Take a look at the inventory management software from https://www.meadewillis.com/ I think they make some really nice and working solutions which will be very helpful to you guys too. Hope you will find my reply here helpful and interesting to you
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  • Profile picture of the author Daijon Moss
    I would like to recommend you to start with WooCommerce because WooCommerce is perfect for e-commerce start-ups. There are many advantages in WooCommerce if you know that you will definitely go with WooCommerce. Some of the advantages are following:

    Huge Flexibility - This platform provides a lot of flexibility with products.

    More Than E-commerce - This platform has many advantages than e-commerce like price fixing, comfort zone etc.

    It's Free - WooCommerce offers extensive features and this platform is completely free to download.

    Supported by real people- It is supported by real peoples as I also experienced with this platform.

    Fast Growth- It helps to expand your business fastly with less time also it helps to manage your store, products and customers easily.

    I wish everyone the best of luck and I'll be happy to assist if anyone finds they need help.
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  • Profile picture of the author hynds
    I see that many people are using one of the platforms below

    Shopify
    Magento
    WooCommerce
    Prestashop
    and NopCommerce (in .NET language)
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  • Profile picture of the author gadislade
    Here, I would like to suggest you shopify. Shopify is best eCommerce platform. You can go through this to gain extra benefits.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnlandon
    I cam here to open the same question and saw this conversation. Thanks so much @FractionTech, I like your reply. Other answers are also useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardworker2013
    I recommend the shopify platform anytime for beginners because it is very simple and user friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author wedogadgets
    There are plenty of ecommerce platform to start an online store. Some of the best are as follows:
    Majento
    Woocommerce
    Shopify
    Prestashop
    Zencart

    You can build the online store with the help of these platform.

    Steps you will have to take initially i.e buy domain name and hosting
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  • Profile picture of the author johnnajera
    I've created dozens of e-commerce websites using Wordpress + Woocommerce, I think (in my opinion) that is the best platform where you can create your online store IF AND ONLY IF you are a developer or you are willing to learn a lot about web developing, sure you can use the basic and standard features of Woocommerce but if you truly want to stand out from the crowd and make some decent money in this business you'll need to super customize your store, which can be pretty difficult if you are not a developer or if you don't have much money to spend.
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  • Profile picture of the author kinjal1
    As per my view,you can go with below listed platforms:
    1. Magento-open source PHP based online store management system and SEO friendly.
    2. Shopify
    3. OpenCart- open source PHP based online store management system.
    3. Prestashop-open source e-commerce solution built in PHP
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  • Profile picture of the author gadislade
    Shopify would be good. Try to develop through it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Eues
    We've worked with pretty well every e-commerce platform on the planet, and in our opinion for anyone starting out, Shopify is so simple and fast to get setup. The user interface is intuitive, and has everything you need to get started and grow.

    The downside is obvioulsy the monthly cost, but it far outweighs the headaches you many encoutner with many other platforms.
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  • Profile picture of the author LauraScb
    I am really happy with BigCommerce. I was using some of their apps like Clever AdWords, and they really helped me boost the traffic of my store. Their support team is great, always getting my back. It's worth a try, 100% recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author BazarBit
    "An ecommerce platform? Why do I need one?" Well, they are simply all the rage these days for anyone who wants to launch their own online shop! But this brings up many questions and potential problems in terms of selecting the right builder for your specific needs.



    Here is the list of ecommerce platform :



    BazarBit
    Shopify
    Bigcommerce
    Zepo
    Buildabazaar
    Zencommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author afrikgold
    Originally Posted by poojajoshi View Post

    Hello. I'm a student and want to start my own online store after completing my graduation. But I've no idea which eCommerce platform is the best to start with, even what steps I will have to take before creating my online store.

    My best bet for you is to learn Worpress Plus Woocommerce. It will be very economical for you to push as starter.


    It is advisable that you start learning now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Devin Simon
    Here are some best platform to build an eCommerce website of an online store
    Shopify.
    Wix eCommerce.
    BigCommerce.
    Weebly.
    Squarespace.
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    What is the Best Free Website Builder for a Newbie Beginner to build an Ecommerce Website?
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