eCommerce Overview

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Key Considerations:

  • # of pages per website – some site builders limit # of free pages
  • # of categories and products per store - some eCommerce Service Provider’s intro plans offer less for less
  • transaction fees from eCommerce Service Provider
  • # of external payment gateways – external payment gateway fees
  • fees for themes, add-on, upgrades

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GIMP – free & open source image editor (Photoshop clone).

HostGator
– domain registration, web and cloud based hosting, site builder, email – easily upgrade (or downgrade) plan as needs change

PrestaShop – free & open source, comprehensive product features for small, medium or large eCommerce stores. Hundreds of features are standard and 100% free. Choose a professional eCommerce template, add an unlimited number of products, and customize your shopping cart with the right payment and shipping solutions - click here for example of PrestaShop online store.

ecwid – Sell online simultaneously on multiple websites, mobile phones, social sites and marketplaces like eBay, Google Shopping and Shopping.com - click here for example of ecwid embedded estore.

BigCommerce – no transactions fees on any plans, unlimited products on all plans, offers more out-of-the-box tools than most other providers, plan dependent upon annual sales volume, no email - click here for example of BigCommerece online store.

Shopify – considered the best of the best by many reviewers, charge Shopify Transaction Fees when using external payment gateway, use proprietary coding language, no email.

Weebly – very user friendly – drag and drop site builder, limit products on all plans except Business, Weebly Transaction Fee on all plans except Business, no email.

Wix – very user friendly – drag and drop site builder, uses WIX sub-domain site on free plan, free plan includes advertisements, free hosting and domain only with eCommerce package, G Suite package included with premium packages - click here for example of Wix online store.