Best E-commerce Platform and Host

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you in advance for your help.

I am far from a newbie in online ventures, I have designed, implemented and run multiple very successful freebie sites hosted by HostGator and HostMonster.

My most success came from Designing and optimizing Landing pages, BLOG, FLOG (etc) CPA, CPL sites marketing via PPC and SEO advertising, however, My newest venture is becoming successful offline and it's time to expand to an e-commerce/online store, and I have zero experience with any of it.

I will have no problem marketing it but everything in this niche is new to me.

I have registered a domain on godaddy.com for 2 years, and from what I'm told I cannot move it for 60 days? ugh

Anyway, What is a powerful, user friendly platform that I would have no issues with, and a hosting provider to go toe in toe with it?

I'm shooting for a website similar to (lightinthebox(dot)com or dealsmachine(dot)com) except maybe with a more graphical, cleaner, nicer look.

I did design a site with wix but it appears I would have to pay for each app plugin to actually get a functioning site/cart/store?

Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
FOB
#ecommerce #host #platform
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    • Profile picture of the author Solid Commerce
      Originally Posted by AnthonyCapetola View Post


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      Seconded. A lot of our clients really enjoy using 3dCart and Bigcommerce - they're super user-friendly and easy to use, and they come with a lot of awesome features that are insanely helpful when it comes to eCommerce.

      Something I'd recommend as you look for the best possible solution - make sure you put a good amount of importance on consumer reviews, but try to be extra sure that you're able to find ones coming from people who are selling in the same niche as you are.

      Hope this helps!

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  • Magento is another great option, if you're adept at website design and development. I'd recommend checking out their Community option. Shopify is easily customizable, and from what I've seen from our customers who use it, their sites look awesome.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author FibeOpBlack
      Well I found a host that is compatible with pretty much any platform.

      I was actually looking at opencart, zeuscart, oscommerce, and magento, but now I will consider shopify.

      Thanks guys!
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  • Profile picture of the author SmallRevolution
    Look at Google Trends

    Compare shopify, woocommerce, prestashop, bigcommerce, magento, opencart

    This will show you where the rest of the world is generally heading

    Magento had a head-start over all the others. It is a more complicated and extensible piece of software, but not necessarily easier to run.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dennis Seymour
      If you have just some products, then Wordpress + woocommerce is a good enough cms for you.

      If you have A LOT of products, go with Magento. Youll be glad you did.
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  • Profile picture of the author chris00129
    Hey There,

    Shopify & Bluehost are both great options when creating a website. Of course I could as well rattle off many more that would offer the technology and all in 1 package you are looking for too!!!

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author artlivemedia
      Hey friend, According to me WordPress and Magento are the best e-commerce platform. Wordpress is very easy to use with different features. If you are looking for attractive and beautiful design and template for your websites, then you should go for Wordpress. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author asteven
    Try Woocommerce is running as plugin on the WordPress platform which brings several important advantages. For example Woocommerce is often seen as the ideal basis for setting up a web store. When you lack the required experience with systems on the internet, it would be essential for you to be able to manage your web store as easy as possible. Well, this is now possible with Woocommerce. The simple management via the well-known WordPress control panel goes hand in hand with the many extensive possibilities of Woocommerce.

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  • Profile picture of the author htsashok
    Fine, first of all my wishes for your new ecommerce site, most of the ecommerce entrepreneurs prefer to have some scripts for their sites and multilingual, multi currency support is more preferable.
    Also Magento, Woocommerce are great option for such case, how ever i suggest you to use some custom ecommerce scripts for better performace of your site.
    All the best!..
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  • Profile picture of the author wawanjogja
    I choose WordPress & WooCommerce, simple and seo friendly. I always use that
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  • Profile picture of the author nidhish
    I think Wordpress & WooCommerce will work best for u as it is really user friendly plus its really effective .
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    • Profile picture of the author John Matthew
      I think WordPress WooCommerce is the best eCommerce platform for your business requirement.
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  • Profile picture of the author martinsm1122
    Magento is best e-commerce platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author htsashok
    Guys, i am waiting here for even more suggestions and ideas by the experts over here.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Snape
      I don't want to make negative comments about the shopping carts I've tried. But if you PM me, I'll talk to you about the two I have experience with, plus the one I had a trial account with and the one I think is currently most promising.

      These are all ecommerce platforms hosted by someone else. I wouldn't want to try and run a self hosted shopping cart, but that's just me. Others seem to be happy doing it that way.

      There is nothing wrong with that. Just make the best choice you can and then get going. You don't make money by trying to figure it out, you make money when you sell products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Gwin
    Magento is very powerful. It gives you a lot of room to grow: rich out-of-the box features and lots of 3d party extensions for every budget, plus it's fully customizable. Also, the community edition is free, but it doesn't offer support, so Magento requires programming skills.

    As for the hosting - rackspace - is the best one. It's the most expensive, but it's worth it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    Actually, there is no best e-commerce platform because it all depends on users need and it may vary from one user to another. It also depends on the level of complexity which you are willing to accept or learn. Personally, I like PrestaShop because of its look and feel, if you are going to consider this platform then be prepared to pay for add-ons and the customization and bulk product listing. Note: consider Magento if you are keen to pump money at an enhanced server, because it’s a resource hungry application.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I use Woocommerce with numerous extensions. Once you have the extensions you need, there is no monthly cost, except for hosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author repricerexpress
    I'd go with Wordpress and WooCommerce.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eddie91
    I use on a clothes shop wp+woocommerce and I`m happy . Go with a premium theme and woocommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author amandabrockmapp
    Go with Bigcommerce or Shopify; they are both easy to use and have great support.
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    • Profile picture of the author James Gordon
      I think WordPress WooCommerce and Magento are the best choices for your requirements.
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  • Profile picture of the author curly sue
    hey am a web designer, i will be happy to install opencart for you, for free! simply because i have done it too many times it takes only 5 minutes.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikeastin
    Hi friend,
    best e-commerce platform is buildabazaar platform . they provide full support for 24/7 hours. all in one seo site optimizing
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    • Profile picture of the author htsashok
      Originally Posted by mikeastin View Post

      Hi friend,
      best e-commerce platform is buildabazaar platform . they provide full support for 24/7 hours. all in one seo site optimizing
      Do you have experienced with buildbazaar? please let us know!
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  • 1. Magento
    2. Shopify
    3. Volusion
    4. BigCommerce
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  • Profile picture of the author flesterking
    Wordpress and Woocommerce Or MAGENTO, get it done through experts if you are not an expert programmer. You can take a look at our service here - makemoneyonlineq.com.

    We do dedicated ecommerce affiliate stores and we have over 6 years of experience in it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gary Nom
      Hello! You have a got a lot of help from the other guys. So I won't take your time repeating everything that already was stated. My personal opinion is that the best e-commerce platform is Magento and X-Cart Hosted and Managed E-commerce Solution. This firm is provide magento, x-cart and full support of your site. No more worries about DDoS attacks, bugs and design failures. Just try this out!
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  • Woocommerce and Lightning Hosts IMO. We run 2 websites with over $2,000,000 turnover on these combinations and they work great
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  • Profile picture of the author Manuelcrc
    From all I've found out, Magento rules...though they had an head-start, yet their solution make sit easier to upscale. WordPress + Woocommerce has gone quite popular in recent times, so also is Shopify. Prestashop seems to be stalling if you ask me.
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  • Profile picture of the author superjohn5566
    go with magento or opencart. both are best and open source also.
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  • Profile picture of the author FibeOpBlack
    Ok so I ended up choosing opencart and had no problems installing it.

    I've been able to edit the general settings for my website and it doesn't seem too bad so far, however there isn't much documentation online and as I said I am totally new to this type of business, so I've run into a few things already.

    First of all, There are 3 options for default currency. Is there any way to change this to Canadian Dollar?

    Is anyone available to help guide me through getting payment, shipping options set up?

    Thank you all for your support and input!
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    • Profile picture of the author LABEShops
      Originally Posted by FibeOpBlack View Post

      Ok so I ended up choosing opencart and had no problems installing it.

      I've been able to edit the general settings for my website and it doesn't seem too bad so far, however there isn't much documentation online and as I said I am totally new to this type of business, so I've run into a few things already.

      First of all, There are 3 options for default currency. Is there any way to change this to Canadian Dollar?

      Is anyone available to help guide me through getting payment, shipping options set up?

      Thank you all for your support and input!
      Your best bet is to post your questions in the opencart forums. There are very helpful users there (myself included) who are always happy to help you get started.
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  • Profile picture of the author devenn27
    One more vote for WooCommerce+Wordpress. Easy to setup and tones of extension to build a commerce site that has everything to offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author LABEShops
    I use opencart and recommend evolvewebhosts.com - very responsive and helpful hosts and very ecommerce and opencart knowledgeable.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Go with a hosted solution (BigCommerce, Shopify, etc.), not a Wordpress plugin or script...

    Starting up, your goal should be to focus on your BUSINESS, not the technology. Hosted shopping carts have more intuitive features, never need to be updated/upgraded, and bugs/tech issues aren't your problem, they have teams of people dedicated to fixing it. Get your products in and spend your time thinking about how you're going to market the site, not what technology is going to run it.
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