Best platform for a simple online shop

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  1. Ecommerce-Help

    Ecommerce-Help UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I've used many of the platforms and always return to Opencart. For a simple site that can be set up and developed on a small budget try the old but very usable 1.5.6.4 line. There are loads of free extensions for it and with one file change it can work on PHP 7.
     
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    Posted: Jan 7, 2020 By: Ecommerce-Help Member since: Jan 7, 2020
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  2. Haimen

    Haimen UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Shopify is the best eCommerce platform to build an online store.
     
    Posted: Jan 9, 2020 By: Haimen Member since: Oct 17, 2019
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  3. fisicx

    fisicx It's Major Clanger! Staff Member

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    No it’s not.
     
    Posted: Jan 9, 2020 By: fisicx Member since: Sep 12, 2006
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  4. Ecommerce-Help

    Ecommerce-Help UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Is there a "best platform"? They've all got their pros and cons.
     
    Posted: Jan 9, 2020 By: Ecommerce-Help Member since: Jan 7, 2020
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  5. Mansi Rana

    Mansi Rana UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Go with Etsy
     
    Posted: Jan 10, 2020 By: Mansi Rana Member since: Aug 23, 2019
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  6. finejewellerys

    finejewellerys UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I think wordpress is easiest way to use for online shop, but shopify has more great tools to promote online business
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2020 By: finejewellerys Member since: May 27, 2010
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  7. Michael Beaumont

    Michael Beaumont UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Most business accounts have their own solutions now with card machine integration. Izettle is a simple solution for simple products.
     
    Posted: Jan 14, 2020 By: Michael Beaumont Member since: Sep 9, 2019
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  8. Kidz Gifts

    Kidz Gifts UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Wordpress CMS is not difficult to build and easy to maintain ;)
     
    Posted: Jan 22, 2020 By: Kidz Gifts Member since: Feb 23, 2018
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  9. Haimen

    Haimen UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    If you are launching an online shop, than Shopify is a best Shopping Cart for you to manage your whole store. It is best than Woocommerce (WordPress).
     
    Posted: Mar 29, 2020 By: Haimen Member since: Oct 17, 2019
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  10. itsnathanhere

    itsnathanhere UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Strong disagree from me. Shopify is expensive and pretty limited out of the box. Woocommerce is far more flexible and can be expanded with free plugins. Even if you need to get something developed, it costs much more to get a Shopify app made than it does to hire a PHP dev for a Wordpress-based site.

    Plus with Woocommerce your only site expense is hosting - no subscription fees to worry about.
     
    Posted: Mar 29, 2020 By: itsnathanhere Member since: Nov 7, 2011
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  11. bluenun

    bluenun UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    woocommerce requires wordpress - great if you use wordpress useless if you dont - and it's fiddly
    shopify - too expensive
    xcart super fast runs on php - but can be a devil to keep up to date and amend - you will come unstuck pretty quickly

    ecwid - very easy and quick to setup - free fully working plan, 5 lines of code - copy and paste anywhere and it works. Is the biggest selling ecommerce app on fb (if i remember correctly) - and offers digital downloads so you can sell music, images as well physical goods etc etc - it auto updates so no security issues :) - also just remembered it auto designs itself based on your website colours etc

    Magento - Dont bother - too long winded, too complex, too much hassle to keep up to date.
    look at prestashop (you will be in charge of securing it etc) opencart also one to look at if you have 5 mins
     
    Posted: Mar 29, 2020 By: bluenun Member since: Dec 11, 2008
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  12. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    If you want a site that does what it says on the tin, then Shopify is the one for you. If you are looking for anything extra implemented to the website then Shopify is a no-go. Alex
     
    Posted: Mar 31, 2020 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
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  13. bluenun

    bluenun UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Come on Antropy - that is a nothing statement, it says nothing on the tin mate. Shopify is definitely not Ronseal when it comes to ecommerce - more like an out of date pritstick :)
     
    Posted: Mar 31, 2020 By: bluenun Member since: Dec 11, 2008
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  14. Aleksander_Gramm

    Aleksander_Gramm UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Posted: Mar 31, 2020 By: Aleksander_Gramm Member since: Dec 14, 2018
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  15. Morgana

    Morgana UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I'm looking at this company, I like the look of the sites and the price per month isn't bad. I've not used them though so no personal experience!

    Doh, I can't add the link but they're called create dot net.
     
    Posted: Apr 15, 2020 By: Morgana Member since: Apr 14, 2020
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  16. iTechnoLabs

    iTechnoLabs UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I would recommend to use WooCommerce .
    With the WooCommerce plugin, you have complete control over your data and are accessible. It also supports mobile devices; therefore, you can satisfy your mobile audience too with WooCommerce.
    You can use WooCommerce without learning to code. It is effortless to use it as a beginner.
     
    Posted: Apr 22, 2020 By: iTechnoLabs Member since: Apr 21, 2020
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  17. Solly

    Solly UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Using a marketplace is a great way to test the water and prove the concept.

    I would avoid Go Daddy, not used it in a while but I hear nothing good about them still (take over of TSO host a case in point), Shopify is okay but expensive. I am looking to move to Bluepark.
     
    Posted: Apr 24, 2020 By: Solly Member since: Jan 13, 2020
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  18. commadus

    commadus UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    So ecwid is the middleware? You still need to develop a website front end, integrate with ecwid and then also choose your own payment processor.

    I would like to setup so that I can sell across FB, Instagram, online etc but I do like squarespace beautiful templates.
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: commadus Member since: Dec 9, 2007
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  19. Solly

    Solly UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We have used Cubecart in the past but seems not to get updated so much so we moved to Shopify, it is very good, but I find it limited unless you pay a very high monthly fee.

    What I have heard from friends is BluePark are quite good and may be worth looking at and seeing it that suits.
     
    Posted: May 13, 2020 By: Solly Member since: Jan 13, 2020
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  20. Glen Wheeler

    Glen Wheeler UKBF Contributor Full Member

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    We would recommend Shopify or WordPress, for non-coders especially, unless you were to work with a developer company. Good luck with the site! :)
     
    Posted: May 15, 2020 By: Glen Wheeler Member since: Dec 6, 2016
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