A Complete Review of Top 5 Ecommerce Platforms

26 May 2015

Austin: These days the ecommerce platform market is becoming highly saturated and it has been very difficult to select a platform that meets your requirements. If you are thinking to have your own ecommerce store, you might have already struggled with this at some point. The most popular ecommerce platforms are Bigcommerce, Shopify, Volusion, 3dcart and BigCartel. Below mentioned are some features compared among these top ecommerce platforms.

Ease of use

  • If you have newly started an ecommerce store, then there could be nothing as important as the ease of use. Even if the platform offers the most amazing features, it would be of no use if you don’t know to use it.
     
  • Dashboard seems to be very easy while using Volusion; but in the same platform, using the editor is almost impossible if you are not well versed in CSS and HTML code.

Pricing

  • Price is the main factor that the people are concerned about. Not only while selecting an ecommerce platform, but in all the aspects. The cheapest platform to offer you a plan is BigCartel and it doesn’t cost even a single dime.
     
  • If you just look at the prices of the plans offered by ecommerce platforms, the most expensive plan in BigCartel is the cheapest plan with Bigcommerce and Shopify.
     
  • If you don’t want to go with BigCartel, the next platform that offers a cheapest plan is Volusion. 3dcart come next and finally the most expensive platforms are Shopify and Bigcommerce.

Templates

  • Everybody knows that if the store design is not appealing, the visitor don’t even feel like continuing the shopping. They will definitely go around searching for some other stores.
     
  • If you want to opt for the platform that offers the best themes, Shopify is the platform that suits you the best. No other platforms can offer better themes than Shopify.
     
  • The themes of BigCartel and 3dcart can’t even be compared with those offered by Shopify and Bigcommerce. Even though 3dcart offers a lot of themes, if you take a closer look, the themes just look like duplicates.

Apps and add-ons

  • Shopify and Bigcommerce are the platforms that offer more apps and add-ons. Both the platforms offer more than 100 different apps and add-ons which can be easily integrated into the store.    
  • Even 3dcart offers some add-ons and apps; but they don’t offer as many as offered by Bigcommerce or Shopify. 

Customer support

  • If you have newly started an ecommerce store, you will definitely need some support. 3dcart and Shopify offer 24/7 customer support via chat, email or phone.
     
  • Even Bigcommerce offers 24/7 chat and email support, but their phone support comes with time constraints.
     
  • In Big Cartel, you can expect only email support but not the chat or phone support. 

If you are still not sure on the platform to be chosen, every company offers a free trial, you can take up a trial and then choose the one which you feel the best.

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