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What are the best platforms for E-Commerce websites?


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I generally advise the use of either Shopify or Woo-commerce to clients depending on their needs...

  • If the client is looking solely for an online store where the sole purpose is to sell products then I advise they use Shopify.
  • However, if the client already has a website and are looking to sell products as an 'add-on' feature of the website or a client is looking for a new website with perhaps a blog or separate webpages to discuss their brand/team/vision/ethos; then I advise to them that Woo-commerce is the best option. 

Both services are great at what they do but I enjoy the potential functionality you can add to a Wordpress site that utilises the Woo-commerce plugin. 

My two cents anyway. 

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Well, a little bit controversial to use WordPress as e-commerce, because over time WordPress is 20 Years old technology that is still overrated as e-commerce. But if you want to get started then wordpress is a good choice, But to setup Good e-commerce in WordPress you need VPS (Cloud Server), Premium Themes, and Premium plugins, to convert your leads, 

So if you're spending that much on Worpdress, Spend that much on a specific website that provide solution to your use case

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4 minutes ago, mrwebflow82 said:

Which CMS platform will win the competition? Webflow or WordPress

This is an unfair matchup, webflow should be compared with Framer since both are just gaining ranks, compare Wordpress to Wix, drupal, joomla etc and we might have a competition 

 

when it comes CMS, Wordpress wins hands down against webflow

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Shopify - If the site will entirely focus on e-commerce without any sort of blogging. Then it's a great platform for building and managing an e-commerce website.

WordPress & Woocommerce - If the site will be grabbing traffic via blog posts and selling products, then it will be a good choice.

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WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that has been around since 2003. It is open-source software, meaning it is free to use and modify, and has a large community of developers and users. WordPress is highly customizable and flexible, with thousands of plugins and themes available to extend its functionality. It is a great choice for building a blog, online store, or any other type of website.

Webflow, on the other hand, is a newer platform that has gained popularity in recent years. It is a cloud-based website builder that allows users to design and publish websites without needing to know how to code. Webflow provides a visual interface and drag-and-drop functionality for building websites, and it's known for its flexibility and customization options. Webflow also offers a CMS for managing website content.

When it comes to choosing between WordPress and Webflow, it really depends on what you need from a website building platform. If you want to build a highly customizable website with extensive functionality, and you're comfortable with a bit of a learning curve, then WordPress might be the better choice. However, if you want to create a website quickly and easily without needing to know how to code, then Webflow might be the better option.

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There are several headless CMS options available in addition to traditional website builders like WordPress, Wix, and Drupal. Headless CMS systems, which provide an API for developers to access content, are particularly well-suited for use with the JAMstack architecture.
some of the Popular headless CMS are Contentful, Sanity, Strapi, GraphCMS, Notion etc. 

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I understand that every one is giving straight to the point answers by mentioning the most common or popular platform but I'll go deeper.

There are many E-commerce platforms available, and choosing the right one can depend on several factors, such as budget, the complexity of the project, the level of customization required, the size of the store, and the features needed. Some of the most popular E-commerce platforms are:

Shopify - This platform is user-friendly and offers a variety of templates, payment gateways, and integrations. It's suitable for both small and large businesses and has a robust app store.

WooCommerce - This is a WordPress plugin that is free and flexible. It's a good option for businesses that already have a WordPress site and want to add E-commerce functionality.

Magento - This is a more complex and powerful platform that is suitable for large enterprises with high-volume sales. It offers advanced features like multi-store functionality, custom pricing, and advanced SEO.

BigCommerce - This platform offers a range of features, including multi-channel selling, payment processing, and inventory management. It's suitable for businesses of all sizes and has a variety of templates and integrations.

When developing a new E-commerce website, some factors to consider include:

User experience - The website should be easy to navigate and offer a seamless shopping experience.

Mobile responsiveness - The website should be optimized for mobile devices to ensure a positive user experience for mobile shoppers.

Security - The website should be secure and protect sensitive customer information, such as payment details.

Payment options - The website should offer a variety of payment options to cater to different customer preferences.

Shipping options - The website should offer a range of shipping options and be able to calculate shipping costs based on location and order size.

SEO - The website should be optimized for search engines to ensure visibility and attract more traffic.

Analytics - The website should have analytics in place to track sales, customer behavior, and other metrics to improve the store's performance.

Support - The E-commerce platform should offer reliable support to troubleshoot issues and answer questions.

Scalability - The platform should be able to handle growth and accommodate an increasing number of products and customers as the business expands.

Customization - The platform should allow for customization, such as adding custom product fields, modifying checkout pages, or implementing custom pricing rules.Integration - The platform should allow for integration with other tools and services, such as email marketing, social media, or inventory management software.

Maintenance and updates - The platform should be regularly updated with security patches and bug fixes to ensure the website's stability and protect against vulnerabilities.
Ultimately, the choice of E-commerce platform and the factors to consider when developing a new website will depend on the specific needs of the business. It's important to carefully evaluate the options and choose a platform that aligns with the company's goals and budget.

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