The 5 Most Competitive Platforms to Create your E-shop in 2021
Did you know that 30% of the web is made up of websites developed with WordPress? WordPress is a very popular and flexible option for blogging and content-rich websites that you can also use to create your e-shop.
This solution provides numerous advantages:
- A large community of users that you can turn to for mutual aid.
- Low Installation and setup costs.
- The user interface is intuitive and easy to use.
- You can choose from many different themes, to which you can connect plug-ins especially designed for online shops (such as WP eCommerce or WooCommerce).
However, WordPress plug-ins might be subject to have security vulnerabilities. Besides, the stability and the performance of the website are reduced during high traffic.
Why choose WordPress? This low-cost platform is most efficient as well as a very easy & quick option to go for.
Squarespace is the all-in-one platform to create design websites with a more graphic approach.Tough this pais option might be less flexible than WordPress in terms of plug-ins and themes, but is more stable.
Since it was launched in 2003, millions of websites have been created thanks to Squarespace. Quite famous for portfolios and small agency websites, those sites fully meet the needs and functionalities of an e-shop.
The advantages Squarespace provides:
- "E-commerce" plug-ins for the platform are available to easily manage and develop your online shop.
- Graphic and customizable templates, created by designers, and specially designed for e-shops.
- The interface is easy to use and you don’t need a tech profile to find your way around.
Why choose SquareSpace? If you sell a small range of products and if the design and overall looks of your e-shop is important to you, go for it!
Created in 2006 in Canada, Shopify has quickly established itself as an ideal solution to create e-shops. Its ease of use is a perfect match to e-commerce beginners as well as professionals.
This platform allows you to create your e-shop quickly, using already existing themes or building your own custom design according to your graphic identity.
What are Shopify’s biggest assets?
- A dedicated customer service available in English 24/7.
- A 14-day trial that gives you the possibility to test the platform and get your way around its numerous functionalities.
Price wise, there is a monthly subscription to take out as well as a commission on your sales.
It's Kami Store's choice! We opted for its ability to integrate a wide range of products, its ease of use and its e-commerce approach (thanks to a presence of numerous site templates and plug-ins specially designed for e-shops). It is an ideal platform to launch your online store and the early years of growth.
Why choose Shopify? If you're just getting started, don't have a lot of money and aren't sure if people will enjoy your products, then Shopify is the right choice for you!
Create your own customizable e-shop with Magento and its broad collection of plug-ins. This platform focuses on relatively large online shops. It allows you to manage product catalogues with thousands of references, including, even in its basic version, multilingual and multi-currency options.
Introduced in 2008, Magento is considered to be the most complete solution on the market, as it demands advanced knowledge in terms of technical development and handling of the platform.
You can find many forums dedicated to the use of Magento. This allows a constant evolution of the tool by the creation of new modules.
Why choose Magento? If you have coding skills, this platform, which offers a large range of functionalities, will suit all your desires and requirements.
PrestaShop provides its members with a wide variety of functionalities to personalize and optimize their e-shop ever more. Through the use of integrated plug-ins, this option can suit everyone’s need.
Additionally to discussion groups, PrestaShop regularly organises events to meet their experts and maintain a link between members.
Nevertheless, some progress still needs to be made on the interface in terms of responsiveness (a responsive website is a website that can adapt to users, whether they’re on their computers, smartphones and tablets).
The responsiveness of a website is key for a great SEO. Google itself recommends Responsive Web Design for SEO purposes!
Why choose PrestaShop? If you already have a business that generates turnover and you wish to be the owner of your e-shop in order to avoid any commission, then this is the platform you should turn to.
What about you? Which platform have you chosen to create your e-shop with? Tell us in the comment section below!