Which eCommerce platform do you use?

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Hi everyone,

I’m currently doing some research into all of the current ecommerce solutions and trying to determine whether there might be a need for something a little different to what’s currently available, so I would really appreciate some input from anyone that sells online.

If you could answer any or all of the following questions, I would find it really helpful.

  1. Which ecommerce platform do you currently use?

  2. Which kind of solution do you favor, hosted or open source/custom? Why?

  3. Do you sell products through an Amazon or Ebay store? If yes, then do you feel that these platforms allow you to build a brand identity as well as some of the other solutions?

  4. If Amazon/Ebay allowed more customisation and allowed you to use a custom domain, would this option be attractive to you?
Thanks for your time
 
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1 - Cubecart, I like it, easy to use and easy to update to latest versions and easy to install any extra's https://www.cubecart.com/

2 - Self hosting and control of software as I can manage it myself at the moment.

3 - eBay allow you to upload your own logo's to invoices that are printed for customers and to display this on your shop front, so no problems with brand identity really.

4 - Not really, as you should never put all your eggs in one basket
 
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For larger scale online retailers we'd recommend either Brightpearl or Linnworks.
 
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I'm using https://sellbeing.com/
And it makes great job for me so far
I don't like to bother with hosting and tech stuff by myself, that is why I've chosen them
They migrated all my data from eBay
And I'm able to manage everything myself, without hiring a webdesigner
 
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magento all the way
 
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I reccomend using WooCommerce, its very flexible for all types of products, is well documented for making changes, and constantly supported and updated. Woocommerce dont offer hosting, but there are a lot of companies out there who offer woocommerce optimized hosting, handle all updates etc
 
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Woocommerce user, but I am not going to recommend it to you. The best thing to do is do what I did initially and trial as many as you can, 10 is not excessive, it is research.
If you self host you will need to get to grips with cpanel, remember to backup on a daily basis. You will have to fix all the technical problems yourself or get someone reliable to do it for you. I have learnt to do it myself, but if you are not keen on tech to begin with you may struggle. Hosted solutions are not without their headaches as well but at least most of the tech stuff is dealt with by an expert.
 
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For larger scale online retailers we'd recommend either Brightpearl or Linnworks.
I didn't realise either of these were an ecommerce platform?
 
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Depending on your budget, time and skill set:

Magento - possible the most scalable ecommerce platform used by some of the big online players however you need time and patience to tame the beast. Magento has been around for a long time now and was recently sold off by eBay to a private equity firm. It's resource heavy so a good cloud based host is essential and can be plugged directly into other marketplaces if you sell on eBay and Amazon.

Woocommerce - great all rounder with a focus on fashion, not as resource heavy as Magento and quite easy to manage. Plug-ins and modules can be swiftly installed that should fit most business models. Relatively cheap to get started but lacks ecommerce scalability, after all, this is built on the back of a blogging application, commonly known as Wordpress.

I hope that helps.

James
 
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@jamesmain Thank you. I dont have much knowledge on ecommerce but want to open an online shop selling hair products. Thank you for that information. I think i am going to start off with shopify till i get a hang on what i am doing
 
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  1. I currently use Drupal for our commerce need
  2. We have a hosted solution. Actually, the same company that provides our Drupal services also hosts for us: https://www.isos.com/services/web-development/e-commerce-websites
  3. Our products are sold on eBay too, but they are not sold under our brand so we aren't really developing it further on these platforms
  4. I think that would be a great idea, it would actually probably encourage us to push our brand further on these platforms
 
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1. I have been using Magento for almost 5 years.
2. I favor the hosted solution, which is called Magento Enterprise. I love how it is more reliable and wonderfully customizable.
3. No, I have never really considered it.
4. Since I am completely satisfied with Magento, I never considered Amazon or Ebay.
 
Hello all,
I prefer the Shopify, as it is the best eCommerce platform available in the market. Shopify allows creating a website, themes and various Shopify apps.
 
I used thirtybees.com its a fork of Prestashop version 1.6
Both are open source platforms and free (although you might need paid add on modules) to get some functionality above the standard install depending on your requirements.

I ran it on a fairly low spec server and it was able to cope with thousands of unique hits per day with no slowdown.

I know others like Wootcommerce but I dont like how it runs on top of wordpress, as Wordpress is primarily a blogging platform so your running a lot of unneeded code for a online store, and the more code the more chance of vulnerabilities and this could ultimately make your store insecure and possibly get hacked. And Wordpress doesn't have a great reputation for well written code.
 
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  1. Think Shopify is by far the best for customisation for newer businesses. With themes & Apps.
  2. Hosted
  3. Always found eBay Amazon more trouble than they are worth.
  4. Potentially
 
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