eCommerce is a huge business which is growing rapidly all over the world. Choosing the best eCommerce platform is not as easy as it seems. In fact, it is one of the most important decisions that you have to make at the initial stage when you are planning for eCommerce business.
4 essential things to consider while choosing an eCommerce platform for a website or mobile app
- Scalability: This is very important. As your business grows your eCommerce platform must grow with you.
- Cost and Running costs: This includes the cost of building your eCommerce platform and ongoing development and maintenance costs.
- Order and Customer management: How you can control how your orders and customers with your business.
- Security: As eCommerce is a digital platform that is taking financial payments, you want to make sure your eCommerce platform has the necessary security protocols in place.
creating an eCommerce website there are 3 main options
This is best for those who are planning for an e-commerce website with custom features specially for their business requirements. This is the best option for larger-scale e-commerce companies, who have a good budget and want high scalability. The downside of this is, it is costly and requires lots of time and resources to be up and running.
2. Open Source Platforms:
Using Open Source platform is very popular nowadays because it is cost and time effective. You can have your website up and running in a few days.
There are many Open Source eCommerce platforms available like WooCommerce, Magento, Prestashop. OpenCart, X-cart, etc. which is best suitable for small or medium-scale e-commerce websites.
3. Cloud-based eCommerce Platforms:
Cloud-based eCommerce platforms means ready to use eCommerce platform, which you can just subscribe and start using. There are some popular cloud-based commerce platforms like Shopify, Big Commerce, Wix, Squarespace, and Volusion.
You don’t require to hire any development agency to build and configure an e-commerce website, also not required to purchase website hosting. Just required domain name. But, If you want customization and you are not tech-savvy, you have to hire a developer to work on it.
This best for small-medium scale eCommerce websites, who don’t want to invest much on hosting and development cost and wants their e-commerce website up and running immediately.
Downside of cloud-based e-commerce platform is, it is subscription-based. So you have to pay X amount every month or a year based on your subscription plan. So I running cost for this platform is a bit higher compared to opensource and custom development.
Let’s move to another topic eCommerce mobile applications.
Nowadays, normal users are using mobile phones more than their computers, in fact, some users don’t even use or know computers, just using their mobile devices. while you are planning to build your eCommerce company, you have to consider this.
Although most eCommerce websites are mobile-friendly. It usually runs and smoothly using your phone browser. But, Mobile apps have more advantages over a mobile-friendly e-commerce website. if you have a budget and time, you must have to consider mobile applications.
Like website there are many platforms to develop mobile applications, this is a whole new topic. So we will talk about that in detail in the next video. if you are planning to start an eCommerce business, contact us we can help you to set up your eCommerce business.