What Platform Should I Use For an Ecommerce Site?

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Warriors, I would love to have your opinions...

I am interested in running an eCommerce site that's fully featured and SEO optimized. Currently, my findings have singled out the Magento platform as the best option.

What do you advice?
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  • Profile picture of the author imgeek2727
    What are you trying to sell? Care to paste a sample of a product description level page? I need this info so I can advise you further. Don't use a solution everyone else is using. It might not fit your situation and you just end up wasting both time and money.
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  • Profile picture of the author alfid
    I get so frustrated with trying to find an affordable e-commerce solution. They always seem to offer such little storage and bandwidth. I want to also be able to add an unlimited amount of products. I also don't want to use something that is so complicated to use as are certain free ones.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by alfid View Post

      I get so frustrated with trying to find an affordable e-commerce solution. They always seem to offer such little storage and bandwidth. I want to also be able to add an unlimited amount of products. I also don't want to use something that is so complicated to use as are certain free ones.
      I'm using Woo Commerce with an Amazon S3 Extension, so that takes care of the bandwidth problem as far as downloading large digital products goes. Woo Commerce creates a really great Ecommerce site on Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author elexmedia
    I think the best option is use Wordpress. It has a lot of plugins, so you can tweak your ecommerce site easily. Although Magento has more beautiful templates, but it more expensive than Wordpress.

    You could compare the two CMS here:
    eCommerce | ThemeForest
    Magento | ThemeForest

    Other good alternatives for your ecommerce site: opencart and shopify.
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  • Profile picture of the author NezNezAt5
    How about shopify.com? Its simple and easy to use.
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    • Profile picture of the author tmoby
      Originally Posted by NezNezAt5 View Post

      How about shopify.com? Its simple and easy to use.
      Shopify's great but you'll save some money doing it through Wordpress. I'm a wordpress fan myself for selling, tons of plugins and such to track sales, add affiliates etc...
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  • Profile picture of the author NewMember
    I think wordpress is the best platform for eCommerce Websites
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  • Profile picture of the author franklin067
    Magento is the best platform for the e-commerce based sites
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  • Profile picture of the author bonbin
    im using joomla and virtuemart, also joomla and tienda for my another ecommerce

    but i found that there another ecommerce component with a very low pricing and good support for joomla which is hk-shop
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  • Profile picture of the author Huy Phan
    You can use Wordpress combined with various eCommerce plugins (e-Commerce plugin is the most used one, and you can combine it with various sub-plugins available for it).
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  • Profile picture of the author alksense
    Originally Posted by Manuelcrc View Post

    Warriors, I would love to have your opinions...

    I am interested in running an eCommerce site that's fully featured and SEO optimized. Currently, my findings have singled out the Magento platform as the best option.

    What do you advice?
    There are obviously a lot of options out there, if you would have asked this question last year I would have recommend Magento or Yahoo Stores.

    At this point, in my opinion, Shopify is hands down the best option. You can build a highly converting, extremely professional looking eCommerce website in an hour or less if you know what you're doing.

    They also have an "app store" that lets you add features to your website with the click of the button. These same features can cost hundreds of dollars to install on a Magento store or Yahoo store if you hire a programmer.

    There are a very limited number of exceptions when I would still recommend Magento or Yahoo stores depending on the products you are offering and how they need to be categorized.
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    For me there's a lot of e-Commerce platform but I can find WordPress to be the best platform for blog as well as e-Commerce site. We all know that using WordPress has a big advantage i.e user-friendliness, convenience, and you can have lots of plugins to track your sales. I can see WordPress to be the most flexible CMS platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author dsouravs
    Use wordpress...
    Thank you
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  • Profile picture of the author ekatronik
    If you has basic knowledge about HTML, CSS or PHP, i suggest you choice Magento, Prestashop, os commerce, zencart, opencart, etc

    but, is you need simply work, wordpress + wpcommerce plugin (or wootheme plugin) is my advice to you.
    wordpress is simple machine, and very simple for manage and update, and you can install or uninstall plugin very simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author michael0109
    I think magento or wordpress is the best. If you choose wordpress, this is wonderfully. Because wordpress very good for SEO. For easy, you can choose the Wordpress Ecommerce Themes for your Business!
    Good luck for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Ive heard horror stories about Magento. Apparently its an overly complicated resource hog.
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  • Profile picture of the author trytotop
    Open cart is easy to use and easy to customize, just try out a demo, it's as well totally free. As best paid e-commerce cms I would consider cs cart or interspire shopping cart, now called big commerce, didn't try their new one.

    I use cs cart on some of my e-commerce websites, it's very complete.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Anthony
    I'd recommend Zencart because of all the modifications and seo plugins that are available for it. Either that or Bigcommerce which has loads of apps, plugins and is optimised for mobile phones and tablets as standard.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacob Anthony
      Originally Posted by CashBackID View Post

      Yes! Wordpress is the easiest solution.
      It may well be easy to setup but it does have its limitations.
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      • Profile picture of the author davedenholm
        Magento is leading the game in e commerce but its complicated and it is a resource hog.
        Next to that if you want something easier and less resource hungry go for wordpress.

        If you want something that is "e commerce" out of the box but is a monthly fee then its a choice between shopify and bigcommerce, however these are costly if you have a lot of products.

        Good luck
        David
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  • Profile picture of the author chintz24
    I use magento.
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  • Profile picture of the author blayis
    WordPress or Joomla are the best, the only thing is that wordpress is more user freindly but if you're not a beginner and you know what you're doing then Joomla is great as you have more control in your admin area and more options.
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  • Profile picture of the author HimanshuS
    WP and Woocommerce can be the easiest solution, if you opt for WP based e-commerce sites. There are so many options and I think every option is equally good. You have to see which suits your needs best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jetplane
    bigcommerce and shopify if you want something simple to use, fast to setup and a large support community.
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  • Profile picture of the author MelanieandMiles
    The honest answer: It depends!

    I do agree that WordPress could be effective for you... But it could also have some major limitations. If you are selling info-products or a few dozen items, it could very well be a simple and effective solution.

    If you plan to create a large online store that offers thousands of products in dozens of categories, I'd recommend you take a look at ZenCart.

    For one of our clients' recent webstore builds, we were down to OpenCart and ZenCart and ended up going with ZenCart. They have 900 products listed right now and plan to expand even more.

    Oh yeah... I should also comment that even though we have the whole store functioning in ZenCart, we've also got a wordpress blog tacked on at /blog/ for additional SEO and content marketing help.
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  • Profile picture of the author njwebguy
    Zencart is free, open source with a ton of plug-ins for the front end which helps the design and back end with tons of sales reports and bulk uploading options. The zencart forums community is very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author locpicker
    I have a developer license at Sitemile.com and they have themes for lots of different e-commerce solutions. You should check them out.
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    • Profile picture of the author kundi
      Magento is really good.. But its also complicated - there are many advanced features that 90% of stores don't need. So if you know why you need it, go with it, unless I would go with some smaller solution like Prestashop (self-hosted) or BigCommerce, which are really easy to set up and manage.
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    When I was last in e-commerce, x-cart was the industrial standard for low cost carts.
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  • Profile picture of the author dexlink
    Originally Posted by Manuelcrc View Post

    Warriors, I would love to have your opinions...

    I am interested in running an eCommerce site that's fully featured and SEO optimized. Currently, my findings have singled out the Magento platform as the best option.

    What do you advice?
    start up with an ecommerce theme and you have CMS right out there like Wordpress, joomla, magento, bigcommerce etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author LisaAllen
    If you are going self hosted and want something fairly full featured but less complicated than Magento, CS-Cart and LemonStand are both possibles. I'm currently using CS-Cart, and what I liked was the one time license fee that was pretty reasonable for a full featured cart.
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    • Profile picture of the author tedchang8592
      seems you are a newbie since you asking question like this, so I would recommend you use opencart, newbie friendly and seo optimized, magento is powerful but it is too complicated to you, if you don't have programming knowledge it will be your nightmare
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