BusinessKitBag 12:02 pm August 2nd, 2017

Best eCommerce Software (2017)

Set up shop online with eCommerce software, platforms and marketplaces

eCommerce software enables anyone to set up their own online retail store to sell goods and services via the internet.

eCommerce software, platforms and marketplaces | BusinessKitbag.comWhether you want to expand your existing bricks-and-mortar shop to the web, or will operate an exclusively online store, there are some excellent tools to make it happen.

The technical setup, design, and shopping features of an e-Commerce website is taken care of, all for a low monthly subscription. Customer payment gateways are often included in the service, or an external payment provider can be used.

EKM

(4.3/5 from 838 reviews)

Create your own successful online shop

EKM is built with your business in mind. You’ll get access to everything you need to build and run a successful online shop - from beautiful design tools to powerful order processing features. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Platform     Price Range: From £24.99

ShopWired

(4.8/5 from 54 reviews)

Start selling online today with ShopWired

ShopWired is the UK’s favourite e-commerce website provider. Built, run and supported in the UK. We’re passionate about good design. It’s at the heart of everything we do. With a multitude of themes, all crafted by our in-house design team, you’ll be sure to find a design for your website to work with. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Platform     Price Range: From £24.95/month

Shopify

(4.3/5 from 413 reviews)

An eCommerce platform made for you

We focus on making commerce better for everyone, so businesses can focus on what they do best: building and selling their products. Today, merchants use our platform to manage every aspect of their business — from products to orders to customers, selling online, in retail stores, and on the go. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Platform     Price Range: From US$9/month

WooCommerce

(4.3/5 from 128 reviews)

The most customisable eCommerce platform for building your online business

Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, WooCommerce is the world's favourite eCommerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Software     Price Range: Free

Sell on Amazon

(Not yet rated)

Sell on Amazon

Selling online on Amazon is an easy and effective way to reach millions of potential buyers. Whether you have to sell a little or sell a lot, Amazon provides you the required tools and experience to sell online successfully. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Marketplace     Pricing Type: Monthly + Transactional

eBay Shops

(Not yet rated)

eBay is the world's online marketplace

Do you dream of working for yourself, or want to take your business to the next level? With more than 165 million active buyers in 190 countries, we give you the platform you need to help your business realise its potential. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Marketplace     Pricing Type: Monthly + Transactional

Etsy Shops

(Not yet rated)

Reach millions of buyers in the UK and around the world

Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. Join a creative marketplace where 24 million buyers around the world shop for unique items. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Marketplace     Pricing Type: Transactional fees

Sellr

(Not yet rated)

Selling online made easier, cheaper, better

Sellr gives you complete control over your website design, an efficient and easy-to-manage way to sell online, and online marketing tools that help you reach new customers. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Platform     Price Range: From £19.99/mth

X-Cart

(3.45/5 from 16 reviews)

Sell Online. Anything. Anywhere.

X-Cart is free shopping cart software & solutions for high‑performing online stores, based on PHP/MySQL with open source code. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Software     Price Range: Free | From $495

Volusion

(3.85/5 from 60 reviews)

Create your store. Grow your business.

Over 15 years ago, we built our store. Since then our customers have made over $18 billion in sales, all with the help of our one-stop eCommerce solution with zero transaction fees. Now it's your turn. | View Profile

Type: eCommerce Platform     Price Range: From US$15/month

About eCommerce

What are the different types of eCommerce providers?

There are three main choices of service for setting up your own online shop - eCommerce platforms, eCommerce plug-in software, and eCommerce marketplaces. We list recommended products from all three types.

eCommerce Platforms

Examples: Shopify, EKM.

eCommerce platforms are all-in-one services that provide you with an account within which you can create an online shop. Full shopping features are included, such as product listing details, shopping carts, search functionality, and customer accounts. The accounts are fully hosted so that you don’t have to create and host a website elsewhere.

eCommerce Plug-in Software

Examples: WooCommerce, X-Cart.

If you already have, or intend building, a website and want the shop to be an additional part of it, an eCommerce plug-in software package may be the answer. You will be responsible for getting the site hosted, but the software will have eCommerce features comparable to the all-in-one platforms and you’ll have complete flexibility in design. eCommerce software is often free or involves a single license payment, so can be a cost-effective option too.

eCommerce Marketplaces

Examples: eBay Shops, Sell on Amazon.

eCommerce Marketplaces provide a ready-made audience and all the tools to create an online storefront. It is the quickest and easiest way to get started with online retail, but you have to play by the marketplace’s rules and have the least flexibility. There are some well-known big players which shouldn’t be overlooked, but also some more specialist services covering niches. We currently list one of these - Etsy, for handmade and vintage items - but will be reviewing more in the coming months.

Our recommended products and services are listed below, and for a more detailed discussion check out our blog article “How to Create an Online Shopping Website”.

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