Supported systems and integration- website, blog, social media, shipping provider, etc. Does your desired eCommerce solution accommodate social media marketing such as Instagram, Facebook and does it integrate with your CRM?
Payment methods and payment gateway- preferred methods, such as Visa, Mastercard or PayPal? Does the payment gateway or method, for example, Stripe or ApplePay, suit your needs as a business, and make it easy for you to access your hard-earned income?
Checkout methods and security- Is it easy and safe and secure
Timing. How long will it take for your business to be operational by adopting the eCommerce platform of your choice? If it is a time-sensitive deadline you are facing, such as merchandise or tickets for a specific event, can your store be online and trading successfully in time?
Mobile-friendly. An absolute must! Mobile shopping, browsing, purchasing, research and decision making is always within our reach, right in our pockets. Does your eCommerce platform support the mobile experience 100%? If not, it’s not for you!
Technical support. Despite the ease with which eCommerce solutions can be deployed, there is often a hitch, a glitch or a 2 am gremlin in any system, when you need an expert, like, now! What are your options in this situation? Is there 24-hour support, or support in specific time zones only? Is there telephonic support, and is it included in the package you are looking at purchasing?
Search engine optimization (SEO) friendly
The bigger picture and the future. Consider where you are now, and where you would like to be in the future, and whether your chosen platform can accommodate both of you! You might be looking at a small, experimental set up right now, on a shoestring budget, that could be a very different scenario in a year or two. Will it be possible to stay with the same solution provider with your projected growth?
9. ON THE TYPE OF BUSINESS:
B2B or B2C,
type of scale -small, mid-market or enterprise
niche product/ services or mass marketing
Below is the survey and market share according to the type of business.
Let us cover few platforms with basic features, pros-cons, pricing and the verdict.
The 7 Best Ecommerce Platforms of 2021
Shopify: Best Overall
BigCommerce: Runner-Up, Best Overall
Volusion: Best Budget Solution
Wix: Best User-Experience
Weebly: Best Free Platform
Squarespace: Best for Creatives
WooCommerce: Best for WordPress Sites
Source: Google Trends
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Citizen, Tesla, Motorola, Adidas and L’Oréal are just some of the globally recognized brands that are currently using Shopify Plus as their dedicated B2B business solution. Shopify is also well known as one of leading eCommerce B2C platforms, powering almost a million online shops. This proven track record is hard to argue with.
Shopify is a good choice for small and medium-sized businesses. One of the most important things to remember is that Shopify is not an open-source platform and it’s written in its own language known as “Liquid”. So, customization will not be an easy option.
It is the best platform for selling purpose. If you plan to be iceberg in the region and simultaneously rely on social platform like Facebook ads or Instagram – then this is the best choice. But, if you are going to use SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Shopify is not the choice.Even, this is not the right choice if you want to develop a big online store with numerous products. Woocommerce or Big Commerce are the reliable and makes the ideal choice for your project.
Taking the comparison, Shopify is little better such as post-purchase 1-click upsells. But as a matter of fact, WordPress is an affiliated revenue model in addition to products comparing to Shopify. While Shopify is easy to build with available drag and drop option, it makes the right choice for beginners.
Shopify, unlike Magento, is a monthly subscription service also known as Saas (software as a service). Hosting is also done on Shopify’s own servers.
Good Integration, Good Customer Support, Fast Interface
Unparalleled fast loading time
Quite easy to set up
Numerous certified partners to help you
Allows multiple channel and social selling
Impeccable themes with varied designs
Ranked poorly in SEO in numerical
Not good with customizing the checkout process
Apps eventually multiply and become costly
Require a developer for advanced features
Pricey, Lack of Customization
Insert product images, descriptions / details
Manage your inventory
Organize your products into categories
Discount code engine
Creating web pages and blogs
Track customer and order details
Accept payments from 70 different payment processors in different currencies
Set up customer accounts
Sort your customers by location, money spent
Manage multiple staff login
Unlimited product listings
Real-time sales statistics
Over 70 themes/templates available
‘Shopify Lite’ – $9 per month
‘Basic Shopify’ – $29 per month
‘Shopify’ – $79 per month
‘Advanced Shopify’ – $299 per month
‘Shopify Plus’ – fees are negotiable
Also, charges up to 2% on each transaction if Shopify’s own payment system is not used
Type – CMS, written in PHP, Open Source
Company – Burger King, Huawei & Liverpool F.C
Magento offers an easy-to-install and low maintenance product with good customer support. However, it does lack a few features on the integration side and can also prove to be too costly for small businesses. is considered one of the most reliable and best eCommerce platforms for online businesses. Magento is best for scalability and performance which is why it holds almost one-fourth of the e-commerce market share.
Magento’s backend is developed using advanced programming, it is solely PHP but high level. Hence it needs certified Magento developers to work on else it could gush down your time, efforts, and resource. Coding is an integral part of the package. So, if you have a reliable app developer in Dubai or the budget for one – and want something truly customizable and powerful – Magento is an unskippable choice. You can do and undo till you get the feature-rich online store you want. This platform is considered the best e-commerce platform for enterprise-level online stores.
Tangible in choosing where you want to host the software
Friendly User Interface, Good Customer Support
Easily Slowed Down
Requires Development Skills
Needs ample space and memory to perform well
On the Expensive Side, Limited Integration Capabilities
Open-source so very easy to customize
Over 9000+ extensions available for all sort of functionalities
Easy to use and manage
Huge online community
Free community version
Hosting: Depends on the package
Name Domain: $10
Magento Community Edition: Free
Magento Development: ~$35-$150 per hour
Magento Enterprise: $15,500 Per Year
SSL Certificate: $50 per year
BigCommerce is a popular eCommerce store builder for B2B purposes, providing you with a comprehensive set of eCommerce tools out-of-the-box. You can access your audience and integrate this platform with most of the solutions required to set up a comprehensive and effective B2B eCommerce ecosystem.
The companies using Bigcommerce are most often found in United States and in the Retail industry. Bigcommerce is most often used by companies with 10-50 employees and 1M-10M dollars in revenue.
Automated reminder emails to people who abandoned their carts at checkout
Discount coupons and gift vouchers as standard
Product review functionality
The ability to tweak CSS and HTML as desired
Professional level reporting
BigCommerce Standard: $29.95 per month
BigCommerce Plus: $79.95 per month
BigCommerce Pro: $249.95 per month
BigCommerce Enterprise: Varying Prices
Wooommerce is one of the best choices for an e-commerce store and CMS (Content Management System) in the entire region and especially in the UAE. So, if you are a WordPress user or ever had used a WordPress, probably chances are you have heard about Woo-commerce while the necessary plugins are free, you need to opt for the premium version if you want to add features and extensions. Even, if you want to add further customization, you can add paid extensions for other added features. It is considered as a user-friendly platform and has a secure communication ready to help or simultaneously respond to queries.
Modern and simple User
Clean and unforgetable experience for an e-commerce store
WordPress Content Management System- integrated with the worlds best
Built-in reliable payment
Total control and easy to tweak the checkout
Automatic Taxes are available along with user-defined tax
Entirely free and
One of the best lively community out
Built for WordPress
Numerous themes which can be
Flexibility- fits in any kind of online shop, regardless of the product
Security is up-to-date with optimal
Thousands of plugins
Specific extensions of WooCommerce Extensions require a punctual payment or even monthly fees.
Plugins also come along a cost, and if you don’t know much about what plugin you are using, it may hamper the performance.
Themes need to be purchased extra.
Sell physical products, digital products, software, even affiliated products from a marketplace
Multiple payment gateways
Flexible shipping settings including free shipping
Tax handling on sales, and automatic tax calculations
Multiple product categories
Stock levels control
Hundreds of free and paid WooCommerce extensions
WooCommerce is available free of cost and it is also open-source. You need to have a WordPress site already set up to use WooCoommerce. WooCommerce is suitable for small to medium-size businesses, but if you are looking for an enterprise-level solution this might not be a good choice. One thing to keep in mind is that WooCommerce is not out of the box solution that you can set up in one day like Shopify. WooCommerce solution can take considerable time to launch.
WooCommerce is free plugin.
Hosting for WordPress site: $10 to $15 per year
Name Domain: $10
E-commerce Theme: ~$60 (Free available)
SSL Certificate: $50 per year
Shipping Extension: ~$80
SEO Extension:~ $50
OpenCart, already a well known B2C eCommerce platform, is now offering a solution for B2B activities. There is even a free version with upgrades available in the form of extensions and add-ons, which may require some technical knowhow to install. However, this is a small price to pay for such a comprehensive solution.
OpenCart is also best suited for small to medium-sized businesses. It’s out of box solution is very limited and you need to buy an extension for almost every crucial functionality. If you do not need any customization than OpenCart can work for you very nicely but as you want to integrate some specific functionality, the development cost can be a huge hurdle.