Have you ever purchased anything online? If your answer is yes, then you’re one of the 1.8 billion people worldwide who buy goods using digital channels. And the market will only get bigger from here. Statista tells us that online shoppers are projected to reach up to 2.14 billion in 2021. Now that’s a load of add-to-carts and checkouts!
Many of our clients here at Penji ask us to design various visual assets for their eCommerce sites. From web design and product pages to landing pages and blog graphics, we have it handled. But before you turn to us for designs, you need to get one thing settled first – your eCommerce site builder.
Site builders offer varying features, inclusions, and price rates. It’s vital to check out each one to pick out the platform that will best fit your business’ needs.
Merely having an eCommerce shop isn’t the goal. Online presence offers invaluable benefits, including, but not limited to, the following:
Out of all the best eCommerce sites and platforms in the market, an entrepreneur should choose one that best tackles the business’ unique operations. Here’s a list of the things you should know about your options before selecting the one for you:
Here’s a list of the best ecommerce sites available for online businesses. Try to learn the pros and cons of each to be able to decide which one would be the right choice for your venture.
Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms in the market today. The good thing about this platform is that it’s easy to create a store even if you don’t have any experience in programming.
Here are a few reasons why some entrepreneurs opt for Shopify:
Just as with any other platform, though, the monthly fees (especially the higher plans) could set you back hard if you’re not hitting your target sales.
It’s impossible to find a list of the best eCommerce sites online that doesn’t mention Magento. Dubbed as the “WordPress of eCommerce,” Magento is a downloadable open-source software that also offers a clouded version.
Here are the reasons why some ventures choose this platform:
One downside of this platform is the time it demands to allow for optimization and development. If you’ll ever need to customize something, there’s a big chance that you’ll have to hire a professional for it.
Wix is a favorite platform for entrepreneurs who don’t have experience in coding and wouldn’t want to hire someone to do it.
Here are the platform’s most popular benefits:
However, it should be noted that Wix is, first and foremost, a website builder that could also be used to sell products and services. It was not initially made with ventures in mind. That said, its eCommerce functions could be limited if compared to other platforms. You would also have to avail of one of its higher-priced premium plans to be able to get eCommerce functions on your website.
SiteBuilder is also a website-creating platform that also offers eCommerce functions. Many users rave over its super easy-to-navigate interface that’s not only simple and beginner-friendly but also comprehensive.
Here are SitBuilder’s main advantages:
One limitation of a SiteBuilder website is that it only has around 100 templates usable for eCommerce. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about template limitations when you’ve got Penji by your side.
It should also be noted that the platform was launched to create websites and is not specialized to only cater to eCommerce ventures.
Weebly is one of those eCommerce platforms with features for online shopping. Though most eCom platforms are easy to use, this site goes the extra mile by offering step-by-step guidance on building a website.
Here are its main features:
Their most premium package comes at $38 per month, with extra features such as free email marketing, abandoned cart emails, and real-time shipping. The price is not the cheapest on this list, but it’s surely within an affordable range.
If you’re already a WordPress user and you’re looking for the best eCommerce sites that are easy to manage, consider WooCommerce.
Here are the main reasons why WordPress users go for this option:
Despite the free plug-in, you have to pay for a domain name, around $12 per year, as well as hosting service, between $5-$25 per month. You need to pay separately for extensions, themes, and other fees.
This Austin-based platform promises specialized services that let you run your business as smoothly as possible.
These are the platform’s main benefits:
One facet that BigCommerce can improve on is its themes. Moreover, it could also improve its SEO features.
As seen from the options above, most platforms offer a limited range of templates. But that doesn’t need to be a problem for you. Here are the main reasons why the most successful ventures go for custom web design:
If you need a custom web design that will help improve your sales rate, Penji is here to help. Check out the web designs we’ve created for our clients in the past:
It’s our mission to make graphic design accessible to all types of ventures – startups, mega-corporations, and everything else in between. And best of all, it only takes three easy steps to request a design from us!
In the Penji dashboard, click New Project. Enter the title of your project, the category, and the description. Add links to your visual assets or image pegs. You can also select a preferred color palette or royalty-free images if you have some. Click Create Project. The system will assign the project to a designer who specializes in social media content visuals.
Within 24 to 48 hours, the assigned designer will get back to you with a draft. Simply click on the file within the thread to view it. If you need anything revised, click on that part and type in your comments. All our packages come with unlimited revisions, so don’t be shy!
PRO TIP: We offer unlimited revisions, but we also want you to stay on top of your campaign schedule. Help us better understand the vision you have for the project by adding links to your peg images and other visual inspirations.
Once you’re 100 percent happy with the design, click the “Download” button, and it will automatically be saved to your computer.
That’s it! You can mark the project complete, and your designer will move on to the next project. Give an honest review of your designer’s performance to let us know what we should keep doing and what we should improve on.
When choosing the right best eCommerce sites for your business, be sure to look beyond the monthly subscription cost. It’s essential to consider other vital factors, such as customization and ease of use, to make the most out of your investment.
We can certainly help you when it comes to customization. Sign up today and try any of our packages risk-free for 15 days!
Updated November 3, 2020
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