What's the best ecommerce platform???

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Hi all, Would appreciate if someone who is experienced on the field of ecommerce who could share their knowledege and put me on the right direction to start selling physical and digital products online. Just not sure which is which do I need to buy an off the shelf ecommerce website or do I need to hire a web designer to develop my website from scratch?

Anticipating for your good advise please.
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  • Profile picture of the author Landro
    One of the best e-commerce platform is actually opensource - it's called Magento. Magento - Home - eCommerce Software for Growth It's built on PHP by the open source community, so there is a free version. It has good SEO features built in. You could use that with themes specifically made for Magento - you could buy some great themes for reasonable prices - just search for them in google.

    You could also go with Wordpress themes that support e-commerce. Check out Premium WordPress Themes | Elegant Themes for some examples. They have two specific themes that come to mind: LeanBiz and Boutique.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Deezle
    I actually love this question because I have tried multiple platforms. Here is what I can tell you.

    Magento is the best as far as customization. However the learning curve is huge for editing and customizing. Unless you already understand PHP you are going to have a tough time with it. Doing upgrades on Magento can result in broken pages, so you sometimes have to update other things. I have 2 sites running on Magento.

    ZenCart is much easier than Magento and is one of the oldest platforms out there. It pretty much has everything you need, but lacks the customization ability of Magento, however there are workarounds. For basic products Zencart will be just fine though. They have a very active forum for help. I have 3 sites running on Zencart.

    Prestashop is also a very simple ecommerce platform. You have to pay for a lot of the modules though which sucks, so you can be out of pocket a decent amount after theme and other things you might need to get launched. But the simplicity is even better than Zencart. I have 1 site running on this platform.

    I know there are more carts out there, but I don't currently have any sites running on those so I don't want to tell you my opinion on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author rrm
    Hello Jaede2000,

    Did you check out the answer I just gave on your other question... the one about Citymax? If not, please go there.

    Do you or are you considering WordPress?

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  • Profile picture of the author Deezle
    Ahh yes I forgot to mention I have tested Wordpress as an ecommerce platform. There are a couple plugins for that you can use, and of course if you are familiar with Wordpress it should be a snap.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie Titan
    I use osCommerce and Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author flamewave
    I like and use magneto for all customer ecommerce, unless they are a big company that can afford something else.
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  • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
    Magento is probably the best for ecommerce. I dislike zencart, it can't really be compared to magento. Prestashop is decent. Big Commerce is cool. You can also use Drupal and Joomla with shopping carts. I wouldn't ever recommend wordpress for a shopping cart, I would always recommend Magento first and foremost!
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    • Profile picture of the author sonic74
      I use Joomla with Virtuemart for my ecommerce sites......it's not perfect but do the job very well !
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Mangan
    I also use Magento and really like it.

    You can even get some very nice free template designs or pay just $99 from here: Magento Themes 1.6.1.0 & Magento Templates 1.5.1.0 >> See Details

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    • Profile picture of the author Jaede2000
      Hi All many thanks for your advise much appreciated...I will have a look but it seems Magento is the most highly recommended platform, I'm just a beginner into this arena so much interesting to know if someone could give me a ball park figure or roughly how much will it cost to hire a website designer to do a fully functional online store base in magento platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author sakthiganesh
    I recommend oscommerce,cs-cart and Magento
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  • Profile picture of the author hb2341
    All good suggestions! I use wordpress.. haven't experimented with the others. will take a look. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author DustinG
    Look into 3dCart if you want a hosted solution. They're a bit pricey, but I used them for about 3 years and was very happy with them. If you want more flexibility regarding customization, WordPress is great.
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  • Profile picture of the author ebusinesstutor
    I second the choice of Wordpress. Easy to use and there are many ecommerce plugins.
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    • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
      Originally Posted by ebusinesstutor View Post

      I second the choice of Wordpress. Easy to use and there are many ecommerce plugins.
      Yes, and that is probably because you never used any of the others. Anyone that has built sites for ecommerce will know that wordpress is far behind the pack.
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      • Profile picture of the author sayan1014
        Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

        Yes, and that is probably because you never used any of the others. Anyone that has built sites for ecommerce will know that wordpress is far behind the pack.
        @Iamnameless - Amen to that. Wordpress is NOT good platform for ecommerce. FYI i mean the WP-Ecommerce plugin. Yeah it works, but the amount of bugs and issues and overall dollars spent to create and maintain a functional ecommerce site is just NOT WORTH IT.

        If anything, pay a little more upfront and get one of the better platforms to integrate if you already have a WP site. Just don't use the WP-ecommerce plugin if you value your time, sanity, or money.
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by sayan1014 View Post

          @Iamnameless - Amen to that. Wordpress is NOT good platform for ecommerce. FYI i mean the WP-Ecommerce plugin. Yeah it works, but the amount of bugs and issues and overall dollars spent to create and maintain a functional ecommerce site is just NOT WORTH IT.

          If anything, pay a little more upfront and get one of the better platforms to integrate if you already have a WP site. Just don't use the WP-ecommerce plugin if you value your time, sanity, or money.
          I have 4 Woo Commerce sites now and nothing could be easier to set up and get a store going. Through the extensions I bought, I have shipment tracking, Amazon S3 storage for digital products, FedEx shipping calculations, product bundling, CSV import for bulk import of products, Smart Coupons for making store credits and gift certificates, Follow Up Emails from the back end, integration with Aweber, Table Rate Shipping, Review for Discount, Print Invoices and Packing Slips from back end or send them via email in html format, and integration with Wish List if you want to create a membership, and no monthly fees for the stores. Plus unlimited use of the 8 themes I have and all of the extensions, so getting a new store up and running costs no more than the hosting and domain.

          I personally am very happy with Woo Commerce.
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          • Profile picture of the author iAmNameLess
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            I have 4 Woo Commerce sites now and nothing could be easier to set up and get a store going. Through the extensions I bought, I have shipment tracking, Amazon S3 storage for digital products, FedEx shipping calculations, product bundling, CSV import for bulk import of products, Smart Coupons for making store credits and gift certificates, Follow Up Emails from the back end, integration with Aweber, Table Rate Shipping, Review for Discount, Print Invoices and Packing Slips from back end or send them via email in html format, and integration with Wish List if you want to create a membership, and no monthly fees for the stores. Plus unlimited use of the 8 themes I have and all of the extensions, so getting a new store up and running costs no more than the hosting and domain.

            I personally am very happy with Woo Commerce.
            You're really going to try to make it sound better than Magento? To each their own, but WP will never be one of the majors when it comes to ecommerce.
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            • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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              Originally Posted by iAmNameLess View Post

              You're really going to try to make it sound better than Magento? To each their own, but WP will never be one of the majors when it comes to ecommerce.
              I don't believe I ever mentioned Magento. I don't use Magento and am not interested in a monthly fee solution. In addition, so far, most of the links that people drop showing us their sites all look the same and are pretty dull looking. So you can say, I'm not impressed. With all the Woo Commerce themes and extensions I have unlimited use to, I can create a dozen ecommerce sites with ZERO monthly fees. I personally don't like to spend much money until I'm making money and Woo Commerce does everything that I need a store to do.

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  • Profile picture of the author aaaa33030
    I would use zen cart as it comes already seo optimized
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  • Profile picture of the author jtnatoli
    WP has some nice solutions like WP E-commerce and MarketPress, but they can feel rather clunky and bolted-on, since WP is not really an ecommerce platform.

    I've had a crappy time with Prestashop as it's rather buggy. The backend is not intuitive and you have to pay for almost any module.

    Magento is not beginner-friendly, especially if you want to customize your shop.

    BigCommerce is a very good hosted solution. About $19/mo I think. Extremely feature-rich, user-friendly, customizable, great support. I built a jewelry site with it recently and it was a relative breeze.

    OpenCart is a good one also. Very simple, very easy to work with. Easy to get up and running. Programmer-friendly in case you ever need to customize.

    OScommerce is nice but becoming outdated. There are some other forks of it available that may be better. Benefit here is that LOTS of people are familiar with it so you can find help when you need it.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author dexlink
      Originally Posted by jtnatoli View Post

      WP has some nice solutions like WP E-commerce and MarketPress, but they can feel rather clunky and bolted-on, since WP is not really an ecommerce platform.

      I've had a crappy time with Prestashop as it's rather buggy. The backend is not intuitive and you have to pay for almost any module.

      Magento is not beginner-friendly, especially if you want to customize your shop.

      BigCommerce is a very good hosted solution. About $19/mo I think. Extremely feature-rich, user-friendly, customizable, great support. I built a jewelry site with it recently and it was a relative breeze.

      OpenCart is a good one also. Very simple, very easy to work with. Easy to get up and running. Programmer-friendly in case you ever need to customize.

      OScommerce is nice but becoming outdated. There are some other forks of it available that may be better. Benefit here is that LOTS of people are familiar with it so you can find help when you need it.

      Good luck!
      You are right. But in my point of view I'd prefer WP more as it is very much user friendly and new users can adopt it easily.
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    WP platform, getshopped plug in
    Anynody used it? Looks good and easy to set up.

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  • Profile picture of the author PromoDirect
    Thanks everyone for answering.... this post helped me a lot... I had the a similar question and wanted to learn about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremyja
    Magento is the best opensource platform right now I think. osCommerce was good but its community seems to be dying. Lot of developers moved to magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author stretch361
    The two platforms I've used are 3dcart (hosted) and ecommerce templates. 3dcart has a lot of decent features - and their platform typically isn't buggy. However, attempting to customize it is quite tough. With it being hosted, you can't touch the source code. In addition, they won't support the API they give you access to. For ecommerce templates - their forums are quite active, and there are many custom coders that specifically make mods for ecommerce templates for anything you want. Their software out of the box does leave a lot to be desired compared to 3dcart.
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  • Profile picture of the author susb8383
    I've been using ZenCart for years but now I'm googling for an alternative. ZenCart has things about it that are really kludgey. For example, it doesn't have a 1-click checkout: you always have to go through multiple screens. For another, it forces the user to create an account to checkout. The shipping modules is the weakest part. The shipping settings are for the entire site, not by product. So there is no way to only offer Fedex choices for one product but USPS for another, for example. And it's a little buggy. I recently had a situation where my inventory had 1 left of a product, but it let the customer order 2.

    I found this thread because I'm searching for alternatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author robie
    I would suggest magento for ecommerce. Some of my clients using them and they're happy with magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry B
    Many of the top SEO companies from topseos.com like Magento and prefer Joomla over Wordpress if using a blog style CMS.
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  • Hi Jaede2000, by my side I used WooCommerce with all the themes compatible. This is a very cheap solution who permit you to have your ecommerce ready in just a day or two, all inclused.

    If instead you are trying to build a phenomenal shop, always with Wordpress you can find ShooperPress, a good theme/plugin customizable and wonderful to see.

    If you want some real examples, please send me a PM.
    I tried every ecommerce solution on the planet...

    See you soon,
    Alessandro Zamboni
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    • Profile picture of the author sanrazak
      Originally Posted by Alessandro Zamboni View Post

      Hi Jaede2000, by my side I used WooCommerce with all the themes compatible. This is a very cheap solution who permit you to have your ecommerce ready in just a day or two, all inclused.

      If instead you are trying to build a phenomenal shop, always with Wordpress you can find ShooperPress, a good theme/plugin customizable and wonderful to see.

      If you want some real examples, please send me a PM.
      I tried every ecommerce solution on the planet...

      See you soon,
      Alessandro Zamboni
      Hi Alessandro,

      can you PM me the woocommerce website that you have use.
      I'm quite a beginner in this area and I need your suggestion.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author sbsts
    It really depends on how many products you plan on selling and what your budget is. There are lower cost platforms like big cartel if you don't plan on selling too many products.
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  • Profile picture of the author niceguy36
    Has anyone tried Zulu Cart from storecoach.com?
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  • Profile picture of the author TomerN
    I've had great success with shopperpress....bigcommerce is good too though if you got a little budget
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  • Profile picture of the author rising_sun
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    My choice "prestoshop",
    most popular eCommerce builder ,
    secured and reliable.
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  • Profile picture of the author wizur
    Hey,

    I have a couple sites online that are the first thing that generated real revenue for me online was ecommerce stores.

    Prestashop - It was i use and love it, easy and gets the job done well.

    Magento - for big sites, takes a lot of resources (200+ Products)

    I go with prestashop.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael0109
    I like wordpress and opencart. I have multisite ecommerce use them for current. If you like wordpress, you can choose the best wordpress ecommerce themes for save the time and money. You don't worry because you don't know programming languages.

    Good luck for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I personally love the Woo Commerce themes and extensions. Easy to get a nice looking ecommerce site up with it, and works for both digital and physical products and also for affiliate products.
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  • I'm going have to say zencart 100%. Built several custom sites on that platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author environs
    I use oscommerce but also open cart both are great to customize and expand.
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  • Profile picture of the author Faisal Karim
    Originally Posted by Jaede2000 View Post

    Hi all, Would appreciate if someone who is experienced on the field of ecommerce who could share their knowledege and put me on the right direction to start selling physical and digital products online. Just not sure which is which do I need to buy an off the shelf ecommerce website or do I need to hire a web designer to develop my website from scratch?

    Anticipating for your good advise please.
    Magento although feature-rich and a good choice has a steep learning curve, is resource-intensive, and is best used with projects that are somewhat larger in size and scope.

    There is seriously a ton of good shopping carts out these days but having personally used Magento, OScommerce, OpenCart, Yahoo Stores, and BigCommerce (and a few more); for mid-sized projects, I'd recommend Open Cart. It's free, easy to use and there are various plugins available for enhanced store management and operational needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author HillBrothers
    Personally for larger organisations Id say Magento

    smaller companies would find Prestashop a lot easier to use

    Wordpress is very good but its not a bespoke eCommerce solution, it might be fine for smaller operations, I'm thinking aseven a CMS/Blogging platform Wordpress has its limits
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  • Profile picture of the author aeboi80
    As a web developer I have worked with almost every ecommerce solution under the sun at one point or another, and I can honestly say in my opinion the #1 ecommerce solution is anything that is a hosted solution. Meaning, you do NOT have a web hosting account with a PHP ecommerce script installed on it.

    The company I have had the absolute best experience from is BigCommerce. Plans start as low as $29 per month. Its a fully hosted solution meaning its fully PCI compliant, you never have to worry about your site going down because someone hacked your crappy shared hosting account. Updates are automatically taking care of, support is unparalleled, full API for development expansion.

    Honestly this is a short list, but if you are looking for longevity and ease of customization with the least head aches, go with BigCommerce.com
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  • Profile picture of the author ctsindia
    I think you should check ready made ecommerce solutions available in the market today, as they will be more comprehensive and will cost less. I would recommend that you look for an ecommerce website system that provides a backend system to log both your online and offline sales so that you have a single integrated system to manage your business. Also, the ecommerce system should be able to manage your inventory and automatically propagate all transactions to accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jetplane
    im surprised it has not been mentioned before..shopify is one of the best out there. check it out. In my opinion shopify and bigcommerce are the better ones on usability, scalability, robustness and great support community. I have used Magento before, and i have to say, its not as nearly as easy as people make it out to be. The enterprise version rocks, but very pricey.
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  • Profile picture of the author littlevoice
    Magento is probably the best for ecommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Pappin
    I use PHP Shopping Cart Software &mdash; WebAsyst Shop-Script they have some great features, greeat for seo, facebook etc etc... plus you can install and design your shop yourself no html skills needed, if you can use frontpage, word or dreamweaver it's like that, check it out to see what i am talking about.
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    • Profile picture of the author Onyemere
      Well I recently started my new business as online store of beauty products. And I am using Magneto for getting the best e-commerce services.
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    • Profile picture of the author Julia Russo
      I don't want to load software to create my sites---so hosted solutions with cart and cms, I love BigCommerce and Volusion. Let them do all the worrying about installing templates, etc.

      Up and running asap, is my motto. I would like to use Shopify but they take 2% of your sales off the top!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrk
    If you have a small number of products or just want to try out a niche, I'd recommend Zuhah. You'll be able to join a store and blog on the same site, and its free.
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  • Profile picture of the author williamluo
    this is a good question that it solved my problem. Thank you everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author kundi
    Magento is the most advanced, and has also the longest learning curve. You probably need something simpler, easier to set up and manage at beggining.. Just check out some hosted solutions such as BigCommerce, Shopify, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sammers
    I use Magento and OpenCart. My clients saying that OpenCart really easy to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author sghosting
    Definitely go for Magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author jumbopersona
    Another consideration is leaving the platform to an established e-commerce shopping fulfillment house. There are plenty of good ones. One long-standing fulfillment house - that was around since 16mm film, is karolmedia. Around for 35+ years.

    karolmedia.com

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author activeseo
    if you are going to invest in a decent server, you are going to have a lot of traffic and sales. magento!

    if you are starting.. dont know what to expect.. dont want to invest in a high performance server.. go with opencart
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  • Profile picture of the author xubuntu69
    oscommerce is definetelly not the best one ................ i guarantee
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  • Profile picture of the author sbrettoncm
    I also agree that Magento is a very good eCommerce platform. But I would also suggest you to look for other alternatives, that would suffice your needs best.

    Though Magento is popular and very user-friendly, it is best to be sure of the platform that you use, whether or not it brings your profits to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anvilek
    The best are only dedicated platform, but they often cost a lot of money. If you are looking for something free - Wordpress + WooCommerce or WP-Ecommerce. For this if you know the basics of PHP, can easily modify the script to fit your needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
    I'm a fan of Big Commerce.
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  • Profile picture of the author alksense
    Shopify

    - It is the easiest eCommerce CMS to use
    - They have the best customer support
    - You don't have to pay a webdesigner to build a store for you
    - It comes with different FREE themes
    - It is very secure
    - They have an app store that allows you to add on features to your site with the click of a button
    - They automatically submit your store to shopping engines, they have an iPhone app that allows you to run your business from your phone
    - etc, etc, etc...

    I've been in the eCommerce business for seven years and I have tried almost every eCommerce platform out there. I will now only work with Shopify.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anvilek
    Magneto has so many unnecessary database queries. Generally, instalation this script sa a waste of time
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  • Profile picture of the author johnreg
    I'm using Opencart. It's open source and very easy to use.
    You just need some more Vqmod hack to operate fully. After a while using this source in e-commerce I realize some important thing you should consider before choosing a platform:
    + Many payment systems: Paypal, cash, ATM, 2co,...
    + Your desire shipping method in your country as you can find a lot of method but none of them can work (or compatible to) with your local shipping company.
    + It's fast when checkout: Add to cart > checkout > fill the form > choose right payment, shipping.. > done. NOT Add to cart > checkout > register > checkout > choose right payment, shipping.. > done
    + Have a lot of plugin or modification because you will need extra functions for you specially needs.
    + It should have beautiful templates because customer will see this. I buy template for desktop, mobile and tablet.
    Hope this help you having a good decision
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  • Profile picture of the author Rohan Das
    I think, asp .net with sql database is very nice platform as programming for E-commerce site
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  • Profile picture of the author garyoneill
    Many are all the same now, its all down to preference.
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    Be very interesting to know which you choose and why...?
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  • Profile picture of the author WarHobby
    I use opencart, I built my e-commerce solution in 12hrs from scratch, easy to use and free!
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  • Profile picture of the author braco70
    It's Oscommerce - take a look at my wife's shop:
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  • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
    In one of my later posts, I recommended PrestaShop. I totally take it back and do not recommend it to anyone. Their latest update really messed me up for a couple days.
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    • Profile picture of the author netgeek
      For sure Magento if you got some budget
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  • Profile picture of the author akoni
    i have chosen opencart user friendly and easy to set up
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  • Profile picture of the author adeelv
    If you're not a coder and want ecommerce solution that has the looks (to inspire trust) I highly recommend Shopify and Bigcommerce. Both of them have great app market places for great plugins but they also take seconds to set-up at very good price points.
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  • Profile picture of the author Cash Maker
    I use osCommerce and Magento, and like Magento the best.
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  • I would recommend and my choice goes to oscommerce and magento. As of i know the both are good to use.
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  • Profile picture of the author nuwav
    You don't need to hire a web developer yet, only after the site is doing well. You dont wont to waste your money on a site thats not making enough money. Use Opencart or Magneto, either buy a ready made template or search for a free quality templates in Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    For those using Big Commerce, how easy is to tie in my Aweber mailing list to the page if I wanted to capture email addresses etc? Possible?
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  • Profile picture of the author sbrettoncm
    According to your query of a good ecommerce platform, there are many and Magneto is running ahead in the race for its superior service.
    Again, whether you buy an off the shelf ecommerce site or develop a website from scratch will be based entirely on your cost-benefit analysis. For whichever your benefit is greater than your cost, you can go for that keeping other factors in mind.
    All the best in taking a decision.
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      Originally Posted by kapowstores View Post

      Hey Guys, we were developing for Magento for years, but has just started working with WordPress and built a WooCommerce Amazon Affiliate- wordPress Plugin. Wordpress and WooCommerce is far lighter, well documented and has by far less learning curve.
      Please don't spam the forum with your links or with ads that don't belong in discussion forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amanda786
    Originally Posted by Jaede2000 View Post

    Hi all, Would appreciate if someone who is experienced on the field of ecommerce who could share their knowledege and put me on the right direction to start selling physical and digital products online. Just not sure which is which do I need to buy an off the shelf ecommerce website or do I need to hire a web designer to develop my website from scratch?

    Anticipating for your good advise please.

    No need to buy. I think its better to hire a good web designer you can ask him/her to create something unique and good for you. Best of Luck!!
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  • Originally Posted by Jaede2000 View Post

    Hi all, Would appreciate if someone who is experienced on the field of ecommerce who could share their knowledege and put me on the right direction to start selling physical and digital products online. Just not sure which is which do I need to buy an off the shelf ecommerce website or do I need to hire a web designer to develop my website from scratch?

    Anticipating for your good advise please.
    Hello!

    First off, we need to know what you are using the shopping cart for? Will you be selling strictly..

    1. Online?
    2. Amazon
    3. ebay?
    4. Other marketplaces?
    5. Any special features you need?
    6. Will you have hundreds or thousands of products?
    7. Open source or hosted? Open source is better for larger web sites

    The reason I ask is, all different types of carts have different capabilities. You will want to go with a cart that's most beneficial to YOUR BUSINESS.

    But from what I can suggest from experience here's a breakdown.

    Magento - Magento is probably the most robust cart out there and with the most support out of all the open source shopping carts. It has the largest community and has the most developers. It integrates with eBay and Amazon using m2epro.

    Cons? - It takes up a lot of resources, it isn't the easiest cart to use, and it's not the fastest.

    Prestashop - Prestashop is a great cart as well. It is fairly faster then Magento, it has a large community and a lot of plugins available. The community isn't as large as Magento, but it is definitely growing. It takes up less resources on the server compared to Magento and also supports multi-sites. OUT OF THE BOX, it is pretty damn good. It also supports digital sales and more.

    Cons - Doesn't really integrate well with other marketplaces (amazon, ebay) compared to Magento, but it can be done with some programming. Also there are a lot less developers for prestashop compared to Magento.


    Open Cart Fast, easy to work with, and a very new and upcoming cart. It also supports multi-sites, but the community again isn't are large as Magento and Prestashop, but it is rapidly growing. This cart is perfect for smaller companies or for people who are new to the e-commerce world. It is very easy to use and the backend is very user friendly.

    But if you are looking to build a large web site with a lot of features and looking to expand, I would go with Magento.

    Also, please stay away from hosted carts, just because in my opinion you don't want to put all your eggs in one basket. At least with a open source shopping cart, you can have more control over your store and also choose your own hosting provider.

    Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  • Profile picture of the author Diversion52
    After a couple of years fighting with osCommerce I decided to look for something new. I made tons of comparisons and installed a bunch of different carts to try them out. Eventually I fell in love with Opencart.

    You can't even compare the clarity of the code, the comprehensive back end and just the vibe between osCommerce and Opencart. osCommerce is basically a mess. If you try to install two extensions from different contributors you might really need to know your way around PHP to pull it off. Yes, there's a lot of community contributions, but the mere volume creates more of a confusion than a feeling of choice.

    Opencart has several things built-in that made my life so much easier. An affiliate system, automatically generated download links for digital products, a MVC architecture for easy modifications on the code, etc.

    So yes, I absolutely recommend Opencart.
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  • Profile picture of the author aZapX
    I would pick Magento over anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anton543
    Originally Posted by mattcraven27 View Post

    This sounds like a mine field and I would like to know where to begin with all this as I haven't done anything like this before. What would be the cost of all this to set up ?
    I would imagine WP e-commerce will be the cheapest, possibly no cost. The plugin is free and there should be some neat free themes around.

    The biggest stumbling block when it comes to ecommerce stores is not the setting up part but actually sourcing the goods to sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author clintmyers
    I use 3D Cart and find it it very easy to use and has about every thing you can want or need.
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  • Profile picture of the author atfless
    I have had good success with big commerce... volusion seemed to be a good option for a large quantity of items, as it was about half of the price of big commerce, but they rejected me due to my product content. Big Commerce is very user friendly, SEO optimized, and fairly cheap, depending upon the amount of products that you plan to carry.
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  • Profile picture of the author CatalinMG
    I was also looking for an answer about the best ecommerce platform. I was thinking a little for Magento to use, and now I'm really convinced to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jlcs
    Magento and ZenCart is the most easiest for me...
    They are easy to customize.
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  • Profile picture of the author ozmac
    With eCommerce websites, how often do you have to check for transferring site orders and cash to the dropshipper office?
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  • Profile picture of the author photoclubs
    I suggest MAGENTO as this is recommended for bigger sites and is used by big names in eCommerce industry.
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  • Originally Posted by Jaede2000 View Post

    Hi all, Would appreciate if someone who is experienced on the field of ecommerce who could share their knowledege and put me on the right direction to start selling physical and digital products online. Just not sure which is which do I need to buy an off the shelf ecommerce website or do I need to hire a web designer to develop my website from scratch?

    Anticipating for your good advise please.
    I have taught many people how to create ecommerce websites and how to do them on a lot of different platforms.

    Some, unfortunately, on forced platforms that were terrible (that I wish I could post without retribution)

    I would recommend WORDPRESS by far.

    .org, of course.

    Never go with a free theme, and if you're looking to get a great theme - I'd peruse Themeforest.com that utilizes the 'above the fold' real estate effectively for SEO content and product visibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoexperttools
    Opencart is definitely a good ecommerce platform. There are also a few others which you might want to check out such as: Shopify, FoxCart, Magento or CubeCart.
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