Many people ask this question – What is a good platform for an E-commerce website? There are two options for implementing an E-commerce website: On-premises solution and SAAS based solution.
On Premises solution:
As per our study, Magento is a good choice. Magento is the platform to build e-commerce websites having around about 25–26% market share. It is having a big community of developers implementing solutions using this framework. That means you get more help regarding the development problems.
WooCommerce is also picking up these days having approximately 19–20% market share. However, it is a WordPress plugin and not a complete platform. With WooCommerce, there is a limitation on the readily available features compared to Magento.
Both of these are PHP based frameworks (opensource). Hence, the implementation cost, hosting cost and development cost is lower. And resource availability is higher compared to frameworks written in other languages. So, many startups and small companies go for these two options first.
Apart from these, there are many other PHP based frameworks. Those are Open Cart, os Commerce, PrestaShop, Zen Cart, Joomla E-Commerce etc. However, their development is not as active as the development of Magento.
Also, there are other frameworks available such as Apache OFBiz, BroadLeaf Commerce, Shopizer etc. An enterprise-grade language (i.e. Java) is used to write these frameworks. Development using these frameworks is costlier compared to Magento or other PHP based frameworks.
SAAS based solution:
If you don’t want to develop the e-commerce website yourself and don’t want to take the responsibility of hosting and maintenance (of course with the advantage of the development flexibility), you can go for a SAAS based solution which comes with a subscription model.
There are a couple of well-known platforms such as Shopify, BigCommerce, Volusion etc. You can choose one from these to host your website.
Hope you can judge to select one based on the above information.
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