Magento Community edition is a free open source ecommerce platform that has the power of many of paid shopping carts. A recent study has claimed that Magento stores make up a quarter of all ecommerce platforms on the web currently. That is a staggering number considering the amount of available options out there. The next contender takes 9%, so you can see that Magento has a huge foothold in the minds of the ecommerce community. Magento is popular and a LOT of legimate business are using it.
Bigcommerce is quickly becoming one of the most popular ecommerce platform around for small businesses, and for good reason too. In our short Bigcommerce review, we find their shopping cart incredibly easy to set up as you can literally get a store up in running in a matter of minutes. Choose from pre-made template from bigcommerce.com or fully customize your own template by changing nearly every visual aspect of the site.
Shopify got its start when a snowboarding company couldn't find a viable solution for their own ecommerce store, so they did what any forward thinking entrepreneur would do and that is create their own platform. Thus, the beginnings of Shopify where born. Since then Shopify has received much hailing and publicity from the media and is widely well known as a go to ecommerce platform.
Volusion has been around for ages and is one of the premier companies in the ecommerce business. Volusion, used to be plagued with horrible out dated design templates which definitely required outside help to even get them remotely looking like anything trustworthy, but it seems they have got their design act together and have offered the community a few decent templates that look like something that may have come out within the last 10 years. Good news for new Volusion users.
OSCommerce is almost synonymous with ecommerce as it has been around since 2000. They are like the pioneers of internet commerce. The concept seems great; an open source, free shopping cart software that is continually updated and maintained by a community of programmers. For a time this was an excellent way to offer an online shopping cart. But times have changed since 2000 and OS commerce seems to be stuck in a time warp.
3dcart has been around a long time, since about 2001 they have been making their cart available for consumers. I would say that 3dcart would best be comparable to offerings of Volusion since both are .NET asp sites. This cart It has a lot to offer for customers and is priced comparatively to the rest of the market. A few things to highlight just by going to their site and checking things out is that 3dcart looks like an attractive solution.
It looks like Amazon is flexing its branding might into the ecommerce shopping cart site business now with its new Amazon Webstore. The webstore platform is set up to be an integrated shopping cart solution such as Shopify or Big Commerce, except that you need to pretty much rely on Amazon for everything, including payment gateways and security solutions. I have a feeling this is not going to turn out well for business entrepreneurs, but let’s see...
We have found Drupal to be one of the most SEO friendly platforms available for SEO. So how does it this SEO friendly platform do when it comes to ecommerce? We’re going to have to explore this module and see how well it does compared to dedicated ecommerce solutions such as big commerce and magento.
The Drupal module Ubercart is hailed as the best ecommerce platform on Drupal. This was definitely true in Drupal 6, but now in Drupal 7 there is another contender called Drupal Commerce. So how does Ubercart hold up? I guess it all depends on your specific needs, resources and energy devoted to creating your ecommerce shopping cart. We’ll explore further into the ins and outs of Ubercart and see how good this cart is for storeowners.