What could be the best ecommerce platform for small business?

salmonjames21salmonjames21 Posts: 20subscriber Bronze Level Member
edited January 12 in E-Commerce (New)
I know there are so many platforms and are working fine enough, people are using it though.

Still, I would like an honest opinion with the valid reasons that which one should you suggest and why?

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  • bharat.nimblechappsbharat.nimblechapps AhmedabadPosts: 186subscriber Silver Level Member
    I would like to suggest "Magento" it is the best ecommerce platform.

    You can hire Magento certify developer easily for your customization requirement.
    I am online marketer at Nimblechapps Web Development Company | Mobile Game Development Company
  • salmonjames21salmonjames21 Posts: 20subscriber Bronze Level Member
    Thanks dear for suggesting Magento. After reading your suggestion, I have done some research and have found out that Magento's CMS is bit complex as compared to Shopify and Tibolli(.)NET. And at the moment, I don't have that much funds to hire the services of professional. I would like to do things by my own. So what do you suggest now?
  • BostonBoston Posts: 9subscriber Member
    Like everything else in internet marketing, there is no one right anwer. Every solution has to match the business. If you are a one person operation, then learning how to manage Magento can be overwhelming. If your website is not WordPress, then Woocommerce won't be the solution. Third party platforms like Big commerce have a lot of great features. Facebook even offers a way to sell on their platform. Maybe even set up an Amazon store.
    I recommend talking to a consultant that will discuss your business and recommend the right solution. Not just the solution they provide.
  • ArunaAruna MohaliPosts: 4subscriber Member
    edited January 25

    Dear James,

    When you are looking for an e-commerce platform, you firstly need to understand your business requirements i.e. 

    • whether your e-commerce will be a single store or multivendor platform
    • who will be the target audience
    • what is the market size
    • whether you will sell products or services
    • what will be the business and revenue model?

    After answering these questions next step is to list down all the features you want to add in your e-commerce. Creating a business model and revenue model will be the right thing to do. Your business model will answer how things will work and revenue model will describe what will be the sources of income.

    The next step will be finding a platform completely or somewhat similar to your requirements. Check the features and prices of the platforms. Don’t forget to check the extra benefits you will be getting with the software i.e. free hosting, Technical support etc. 

    This article from Inc. Magazine will help you getting the overview of best 5 e-commerce platforms http://www.inc.com/bill-carmody/top-5-ecommerce-platforms-for-2017.html

    PS. I would recommend you to check websites of all these platforms and make a list of features and benefits they are offering, only then make the final decision.

    Regards,

  • ross03ross03 VietnamPosts: 13subscriber Bronze Level Member
    edited February 10
    Magento is the best choice for you guys , 
    Tiered pricing depending on the business. It’s can cost nothing (Magento Community) , it is Free to download , you can download at this link 
    Why Magento is cool for your store?
    This is for serious large-scale retailers who want a high-end ecommerce store. They want the best of the best and have the capital to pay for it. They also have the revenue to hire on-going top developers to manage their system. 

    Ease of use - The least user friendly on this list - It’s a more complex product and can take some getting use, as mentioned above, you’ll need an experienced programmer on-board to manage the platform. 

    Performance - High level of security. Can have delayed loading speed. Can also have trouble with mobile friendliness. Perfect for scaling a large business
    Features - Full of all the bells and whistles any business could want and fully customizable. Customer segmentation and targeted promotions. Private sales feature. Multiple wish list. Multiple storefront option. Multi-language, multi-currency support, detailed content and information on stock

    Good and various extensions for your choice such as:
  • JesssmartJesssmart Posts: 6subscriber Member
    edited March 13
  • salmonjames21salmonjames21 Posts: 20subscriber Bronze Level Member
    Thanks to all the guys who did their part and suggested me the right one based on their experiences. I would like to have an apology that I couldn't get back in time as I was busy. Well, I have used some of the platforms and got my test store too. 
    The only thing is, the time wave of their trial period is really weird. Just 14 days or a month and that's all? Seriously. In a month, you will barely be able to understand any platform and would get faimilar with it. 
    Why is that, these eCommerce website builders are not free or at least they should be offering at least 3 to 4 months free. 
    What do you guys say?
  • Ryan O'BlenessRyan O'Bleness Birmingham, Mich. Posts: 405administrator Site Admin
    @salmonjames21, the companies who build these platforms have to make money, too. They want money back for the time, effort and resources they put into building the platforms. 

    Trials are generally for short periods on purpose, because it familiarizes you with the product, and then right when you're getting used to it, the company either takes it away or auto-bills you at the end of the cycle. So basically the hope is you either loved the product enough to purchase it, and if not, you are sneakily auto-enrolled into it after the trial expires. Even if you cancel before the deadline, the company has captured your name, email and other personal info.

    Free trials are quite deceiving, though they may be helpful when you're trying to find the correct product for your needs. 

    Here is an article on the subject from the Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0101-free-trial-offers
    Ryan O'Bleness
    Community Moderator
    StartupNation, LLC
  • salmonjames21salmonjames21 Posts: 20subscriber Bronze Level Member
    At @Ryan O'Bleness
    But couple of my friends have been advocating about an eCommerce platform and they got very good online store too. They say that it is almost like zero risk, zero investment and one of my friends even got a mobile application for his online store too. What do you think, Can it be a tactic too? and if not, so should I give them the try?
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