Are you looking to build an online store for your products? If you are, then the right thing you need first is an online eCommerce hosting service that can help you in setting up your store. While you can find a number of eCommerce engines that can help you, selecting the right one can make a huge difference. Here is a review of some of the best eCommerce engines that can help you:
Magento is an open-source eCommerce engine that provides you with the opportunity of starting your own online store with flexibility and ease. It has been working tremendously since 2001 and is known for having the best technical team out of all eCommerce platforms. Recently, it joined forces with eBay and PayPal to enhance their engine with several new features.
Cost – Magento Community Edition is completely free of cost since it is an open-source application. However, the company offers two paid packages with additional services and support, Magento Enterprise and Magento Enterprise Premium at an annual subscription rate of $14,420 and $49,990 respectively.
Convenience – You may feel that the platform is a bit technical in use initially, but it provides a free demo to guide you about the proper use of the engine.
Customization – Although the platform provides a base model for users, it also allows complete customization of the system. The company also offers you multiple payment and shipping options that suits your customers better.
Marketing – Magento offers marketing help that includes SEO tools, segmentation and targeting tools and provides reviews and ratings.
Bigcommerce is web-based eCommerce software that contains around 450 different features that can help you create, manage and analyze your online store. The company offers around 60 payment options and bank-level security for your customer database and billing information,
Cost – Bigcommerce provides five different pricing packages; Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond that provides you with different product hosting range and storage capacities. The monthly prices for these packages $24.95, $39.95, $79.95, $149.95, and $299.95 respectively. However, if you subscribe for annual pricing, you can get discounted prices. Apart from these prices, the company does not charge any other transaction fee or other hidden fee.
Convenience – Bigcommerce is convenient to use and offers a 15-day free trial before you start. If you are making a switch, you can easily import all your data to the platform. There are no contracts to be signed and you can cancel the service anytime you want without any penalties. You can also upgrade between packages conveniently without losing any of your data.
Customization – The platform provides complete customization with its storefront designing and product configuration tools.
Marketing – Bigcommerce provides several strong marketing tools such as e-mail marketing, social media marketing, SEO and coupons. It also offers multi-tier pricing and group pricing options. You can also get all analytical reports of your marketing efforts.
PrestaShop is an open-source platform that helps you manage and track the performance of your online store. You don’t require too many technical prerequisites for the installation. The company does not offer a proper support team but it can provide you with all the required guidance on PrestaShop forum quite easily.
Cost – The basic version of PrestaShop is free. However, there are a number of templates, themes and modules that can be purchased for different priced from PrestaShop store.
Convenience – PrestaShop provides a number of different useful guides and a free demo for its users to help them understand the proper way of managing their store.
Customization – PrestaShop offers 40 different languages to help you grow a global business and several payment options that are convenient. The company offers a complete customization toolkit and provides detailed explanation for its use in the demo.
Marketing – PrestaShop offers around 300+ features that include several marketing tools as well. It allows you to send follow-up e-mails, newsletters and coupons and enables you to set up different loyalty programs.
If you are looking for a free or low-cost option, open-source engines that may be perfect for you include Zen Cart and VirtueMart, apart from the mentioned ones. However, if you are willing to pay a price, Bigcommerce is the best platform for you to host your online store.
Bob Thompson is a writer for Monitor.Us providing website & network monitoring. Bob writes about many different topics such as website security, website efficiency and how to best use website monitoring tools to improve user experience.