Best platform for a simple online shop

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  1. EllieB

    EllieB UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi,

    I need some advice on the easiest platform/cms to use for a non techy for a very simple eshop selling watercolor paintings.

    I have some experience with Wordpress but I've been advised to use Shopify. I know it's a very generic question but I'd just like some impartial input if possible.

    Thank you!
     
    Posted: May 3, 2019 By: EllieB Member since: Apr 26, 2019
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  2. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    I would suggest starting where you can find customers. perhaps etsy.
     
    Posted: May 3, 2019 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
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  3. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    What are you selling?
    How many products?
    Are there variants?
    What’s your marketing strategy?
     
    Posted: May 3, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  4. Joe Tagg

    Joe Tagg UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Ellie,

    Definitely agree that Etsy is a fantastic place to start. I did exactly the same thing with selling watercolour paintings. It's got a lot of great built-in features, particularly if you're considering offering customised options for paintings. Buyers can send you details of a potential custom order, and then you can reply with the various details/specifications/pricing etc. It's also really geared towards people looking for handmade art/crafts to buy.

    Etsy does charge a listing fee, and takes a commission when you sell an item. If you link it to a PayPal account, they will normally take a % as well. There's also your postage/packing. I'm based in the UK, and offered free UK postage, and then c.£4 to everywhere else.

    After fees, for a £20 sale, I'd normally take home approx £12-14 of that, so not too bad.

    Perhaps after building up quite a bit of sales and online presence through those channels, it might be good to transition to your own site, with a purchase/checkout function. That way you'll be able to retain a larger amount of the overall sale value.

    Equally, no harm in having other online eComm platforms running at the same time. Certainly Shopify would be good. Maybe Not On The High Street as well. You'd just need to track when an item sells on one platform, and unlist it off the others.

    When you've got the shop up and running, send us some links - it'd be great to see your art! :)

    Hope that helps,
    Joe
     
    Posted: May 3, 2019 By: Joe Tagg Member since: Apr 25, 2019
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  5. wayzgoose

    wayzgoose UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Depending how many products you want to add, try Freewebstore. You can have up to 30 totally free. Very easy to use and excellent support.
     
    Posted: May 7, 2019 By: wayzgoose Member since: Oct 9, 2007
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  6. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    Wordpress is probably the most simple and easiest. Alex
     
    Posted: May 8, 2019 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
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  7. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Although none of my stores have every used Wordpress, it is arguably the market leader in the market place where you are operating.

    However, I could always advise talking to people with track record at online sales about the options. Avoid the responses that say 'My cousin used this and really its the only thing I have heard of, but I insist it is the best'.

    There are many other factors to getting an online shop making money, too.

    If you can afford it, talk to some established online specialists. If you cannot afford that, frankly I would do wordpress.
     
    Posted: May 8, 2019 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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  8. Charles Rice

    Charles Rice UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Get your website created with GoDaddy.
    I feel this is a great platform for creating a website for simple online business.
     
    Posted: May 8, 2019 By: Charles Rice Member since: Apr 19, 2019
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  9. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    Really?
     
    Posted: May 8, 2019 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  10. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    This.

    Every now and then, someone posts an amusing suggestion, like this one.
     
    Posted: May 8, 2019 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
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  11. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    Go Daddy? Are you serious? They are the Market Leaders in being the most shoddy! Alex
     
    Posted: May 9, 2019 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
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  12. Nico Albrecht

    Nico Albrecht UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    Agree go daddy is really bad and right up there with yell.com

    For your shop I think you have the wrong approach in regards what to use.

    1. Ideally you want scaling as easy as possible and part of planning. 5 transaction or 5000 transaction a day a day a good solution should allow easy calling if you ever grow.
    2. Ownership of the framework you use. I prefer open frameworks such as opencart, drupal and many good others and you have control over it and better cost predictions
    3. Spotify can bump up their prices anytime and you have to accepted that and cant do anything. Also 0 control over such hosted solutions

    Go with an open solution, initial cost will be higher but cost will be lower over the years.
     
    Posted: May 9, 2019 By: Nico Albrecht Member since: May 2, 2017
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  13. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    Do you mean Shopify, instead of Spotify? Alex
     
    Posted: May 10, 2019 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
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  14. Nico Albrecht

    Nico Albrecht UKBF Regular Full Member - Verified Business

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    Shopify will do.
     
    Posted: May 10, 2019 By: Nico Albrecht Member since: May 2, 2017
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  15. Ray Breen

    Ray Breen UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    The balance is between paying charges/commission and having a potentially bigger audience, or doing it yourself, and paying fewer charges, but having less exposure.

    End of the day, it is better to have a sale(and increase the amount), and paying charges, than not having a sale at all.

    my 2p:)
     
    Posted: May 10, 2019 By: Ray Breen Member since: May 3, 2019
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  16. Markmiller1

    Markmiller1 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Wordpress is the way to go, customisable, easy to use & configure & moreover you will get the full control over all the things.
     
    Posted: May 18, 2019 at 10:25 AM By: Markmiller1 Member since: Feb 12, 2019
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