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4 Best Ecommerce Development Platforms in 2018

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Due to increasing demand of E commerce and the growing number of customers on eCommerce platforms, E commerce development platforms continue to deliver powerful features in their platforms. Every platform developer company is trying to overcome each other by providing more and more user friendly function in them.

The growing ease of E-commerce development platforms is allowing newbie with no technical background to create their e-commerce store easily. Keeping these changing trends of the e-commerce platforms in mind, I have created a list of 4 most useful E-commerce development platforms. These platforms will serve a wide range of entrepreneurs most effectively in 2018.

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1.   Shopify:

Shopify hosts more than 3.5 lack active online stores. This platform is specially created to focus on social commerce and mobile commerce. Shopify is growing day by day to meet the requirements of online stores.

Benefits of Shopify:

  • Shopify has more than 100 store templates. It provides you an opportunity to choose template according to your needs.
  • There are 1500+ apps (plugins/extensions). It’ll help you to increase the functionality of your store.
  • You can connect your Facebook page to your e-commerce store and sell your items directly on Facebook.
  • Shopify has 24/7 customer support via live chat and also provide you tutorials on Shopify community forum.

 Disadvantages of Shopify:

Despite these pros, Shopify has some cons too

  • If you are not using Shopify payment method, they will charge an additional fee on every single sale.
  • Many of Shopify extensions are not free. You need to pay for them. So, running a store with Shopify e-commerce platform cost more than you expected.
  • Shopify code is written in “Liquid” their own programming language. So, any customization in the theme will need an additional cost.

When is Shopify best choice?

Shopify could be ideal E-commerce development platforms for all those beginners who have limited requirements. You can choose different packages between $29 and $299 according to your budget. Entrepreneurs who have unique features and ideas in mind for their store can find the better option then Shopify.

2.   OpenCart:

Open Cart is well-known e-commerce development platform. It is entertaining small to medium size e-commerce stores. It provides built-in e-commerce website with all standard features that need to be a perfect e-commerce store.

Advantages of OpenCart:

  • OpenCart has straightforward setup installation. Any non-technical person can create Opencart store easily.
  • It is Multi-store e-commerce development platform. You can create numbers of store and can manage with single admin panel.
  • As compared to other e-commerce development platforms, Opencart is less expensive. The installation cost of OpenCart is near to zero.
  • OpenCart provides 7000+ free and premium extensions to increase the functionality of your store.

Disadvantages of OpenCart:

  • OpenCart is for small and medium size organization. When your SKUS becomes greater then 50000, OpenCart requires some tweaks in the code to perform well.
  • The a number of products increase on your OpenCart store, you will require many pro modules to perform your task fluently.

When is OpenCart Best Choice?

OpenCart is an ideal solution for entrepreneur or any other small or medium size e-commerce store. As I discuss above, OpenCart is not for large size e-commerce websites. You will need to put many elements on OpenCart, in case you have a huge inventory of products.

3.   Magento:

                                 Magento holds one-fourth of e-commerce development platforms market share. It is considered as the industry leader in E Commerce development. Due to its reliability, many big brands like Burger King, Huawei & Liverpool F.C are using Magento for their online sales.  This platform is considered as the best choice for e-commerce development for enterprise level.

Advantages of Magento:

  • Magento is easy to use and manage platform. It provides good user experience too.
  • It is open source platform so; any kind of customization is entertained on Magento.
  • Magento has more than 9000 plugins/extensions to increase the functionality of your store.
  • It has free extensions for social media integration. You can integrate your store with your social media accounts and sell your products there.
  • For user help, Magento has the library of store management, demos and online community of plugin developer. You can sort out your query easily there.

Disadvantages of Magento:

  • With all of these advantages, Magento has some cons too. Magento provides its basic community version is free. Its Enterprise version is costly. It charges minimum $20,000/year from enterprises. Community version has no comparison with Enterprises version. Enterprises version provides many high-end features like 24/7 support which is not available in the community version.
  • Customization on Magento is not easy. Although it is an open source platform you need to be an expert developer to make changes in Magento themes.
  • Magento community version also required hosting, SSL, extensions, and customization so; it will take a huge amount of time and cost to get your store as you want it.

When is Magento Best Choice?

Magento is the right platform for enterprises or merchants who have a large number of products. Due to its complexity and management, Magento is not recommended for beginners.

4.   BigCommerce

BigCommerce is launched in 2009 and currently cater more than 55000 online stores. As a leading e-commerce development platform provider, BigCommerce serves big names like Toyota, Martha Stewart etc. This store is ideally created for hosting the stores of all sizes. Bigcommerce could be the best solution for those who have little even no technical knowledge and don’t have time to mess with the programming languages. It provides a huge list of built-in functions that it offers.

Advantages of BigCommerce:

  • Bigcommerce has exciting built-in functions that include newsletters, shipping, tax, analytics and many more.
  • They charge no extra transaction fee on sales.
  • Their Themes are mobile responsive and have an elegant view on mobile screen too.
  • You can attach your store to various platforms including Facebook, Google shopping and many more.

Disadvantages of BigCommerce:

The only disadvantage of Bigcommerce is there are few free themes on Bigcommerce. Currently they are offering 7 free themes and on the other hand, their competitors are offering more than 20 free themes.

However, Bigcommerce premium themes are much elegant and easy to customize. You can customise your theme easily if you want to give your store a unique look.

When is BigCommerce best choice?

Big Commerce is the best choice for those who want to create a full-fledged store. It’ll save you from the hassle of plugin integration and HTML/CSS or another code editing. If you can afford a premium theme then Big Commerce is the strong alternative of Shopify. Their plans are in a range of $29 to $199 and charge no extra transaction fees.

These are some important e-commerce platform that will be core part of e-commerce development industry in 2018 too. While selecting an e-commerce platform, be sure to check whether that platform is following all the new trends. Keep your business needs and goals before selecting any development platform.


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