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Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by Kerrie1256, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Kerrie1256

    Kerrie1256 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Im starting up an online poster store and want to choose the best platform from the start. I keep flirting between Shopify and square space and I’m really not sure what do decide and if I’m missing a trick! I would really appreciate advice please.

    I’m a graphic designer and will be designing the prints. Some will be personalised too.

    I have used magneto in the past to upload products to an online store and have also a bit of knowledge of Wordpress.

    I need my products to have different size options where the price can automatically update once selected. I may also add frames or different materials. So through choosing the options the site needs to build the price. I’m not sure if this is quite complex or quite normal?

    I also need an option to allow people to upload a file to me which should tag onto the job.

    I can probably manage the orders manually initially but eventually would like them to automatically go through to print suppliers so would like to future proof to allowing this to happen.

    Long term I want to develop a live preview where my customers can see the artwork live on screen and approve for print.

    Advice appreciated!
    Posted: Feb 13, 2018 By: Kerrie1256 Member since: Feb 13, 2018
  2. TotalWebSolutions

    TotalWebSolutions UKBF Ace Full Member - Verified Business

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    With some knowledge of WordPress why not consider WooCommerce? There is a large selection of Themes and plugins/extensions that should satisfy your requirements plus a vast community for support. If you choose a hosted self-build solution you are going to be much more restricted in terms of options. OpenCart is another open-source option supported by community with themes and extensions.

    Posted: Feb 14, 2018 By: TotalWebSolutions Member since: Sep 29, 2009
  3. TowerBridge

    TowerBridge UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Definetly Shopify!
    Posted: Feb 15, 2018 By: TowerBridge Member since: Dec 2, 2015
  4. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    The best platform isn't the same for everyone but this is a question that's asked very often, so it's probably worth reading through some other threads about it.

    All I'll say is that I've done a fair amount of research in to most of the popular platforms and found OpenCart to be one of the best.

    You can try it out here:

    Happy also to show you how to set up your own demo you can play with.
    Posted: Feb 15, 2018 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
  5. LiveNetworks Ltd

    LiveNetworks Ltd UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Wanted to shift away from Woocommerce myself. Installed Opencart to see how it went, got 30 minutes in and pages wouldn't load and nothing in the error logs. 15 years running web servers and it's the first time I've ever given up on a debug.
    Posted: Feb 15, 2018 By: LiveNetworks Ltd Member since: Jan 31, 2018
  6. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    Hmm, that's sounds very unusual. Have you ever set up Magento? What issues did you have with OpenCart? I've never had significant difficulty with an OpenCart install and I've installed it on various flavours of Linux, local host, and Windows Server with IIS. It really has been straight-forward in almost every case.
    Posted: Feb 15, 2018 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
  7. NuBlue

    NuBlue UKBF Ace Full Member

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    Magento and WooCommerce will do what you want and both applications are free in their basic forms, you just need hosting for them.

    Shopify & Squarespace are also fine if they do what you want but if they don't, you'll have to wait until they decide whether to add your missing features. Magento and Wordpress are portable, you can take them to just about any hosts and you have access to all the data. If in the future you decide to move to another platform from either Shopify or Squarespace, being a hosted service, you don't have such access to the raw data to assist in rebuilding your site elsewhere.

    What's the total number of products and their variations you'll be selling and how do you see that number growing in the future?
    Posted: Feb 15, 2018 By: NuBlue Member since: Oct 19, 2005
  8. csavulescu

    csavulescu UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I would always recommend Wordpress running on WooCommerce. It's a quick deployment, really stable, low cost, plugins for most requirements available both paid and free and it's really popular - meaning you can find relatively low cost help quite easily.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 16, 2018
    Posted: Feb 16, 2018 By: csavulescu Member since: Feb 16, 2018
  9. kev598

    kev598 UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I think for your type of business Squarespace would be a better option. It has a creative community so that it would be perfect for marketing and templates are quite modern and minimalistic. But if you want a kinda traditional type of online store, you can choose Shopify or Magento Community edition for the beginning. The last one has an unlimited ability to customize, and seamless third-party integrations and the latest version has instant purchase ability.
    Posted: Feb 23, 2018 By: kev598 Member since: Sep 22, 2017
  10. Mixture

    Mixture UKBF Regular Full Member

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    I have used BigCommerce for the past 5 years from startup and have to say it is excellent. Easy to use and really user-friendly. They say that their merchants get 2x the sales of competing platforms which I would agree with from what I have experienced.
    Posted: Feb 27, 2018 By: Mixture Member since: Jan 12, 2012
  11. Mr Singh

    Mr Singh UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Personally I've used EKM Powershop for four of my clients, never had any problems at all. Very easy o use and interface is very user friendly.
    Posted: Feb 28, 2018 By: Mr Singh Member since: Jan 30, 2018
  12. Industria

    Industria UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Used Prestashop before which was good at the time and probably much improved since, however I'm now a fan of a Wordpress with a Woocommerce plugin. Additionally I'm impressed with the Divi3 theme as it makes website building easy. The Theme has to be purchased
    Posted: Feb 28, 2018 By: Industria Member since: Feb 25, 2018
  13. DariaKvitka

    DariaKvitka UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Well, if you need an idea for a website, I recommend you to contact Optasy Drupal developer. They use Drupal for building websites, and there is a number of advantages. First of all, websites built with Drupal are really functional, SEO-friendly and highly secure. Optasy pays a lot of attention to details and they are always client-oriented. Moreover, Optasy contributes to Drupal developing new custom modules, thus allowing to build unique websites aimed at personal needs. Drupal eCommerce Solution is the best tool for those who want to launch online store. If we take a look at the main features of eCommerce, it's advantages seem to be obvious:

    *Shopping cart and product 'look and feel' are themeable
    *Create taxes, charges and discounts
    *Subscriptions and recurring payments
    *Receive donations
    *Sell file downloads, shippable items, bundles or even on-the-fly customizable products *Inventory management
    *Payment and shipping plugins: PayPal,, eWAY, C.O.D. or you can roll your own.
    *Invoice generation and email notifications
    *Transaction and payment workflows
    *Reports and sales summaries
    *Customers can review their order history
    *Run an auction site
    Posted: Mar 1, 2018 By: DariaKvitka Member since: Mar 1, 2018
  14. dariadavis

    dariadavis UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    One more vote for Shopify
    Posted: Mar 2, 2018 By: dariadavis Member since: Mar 2, 2018
  15. AJWo

    AJWo UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We've been very impressed with Shopify.
    Posted: Apr 5, 2018 By: AJWo Member since: Apr 5, 2018
  16. RjMaan

    RjMaan UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I think shopify would be better option for you. If you have good graphics designing skills you can also sell your services online by freelancing. It will also give you extra revenue as well.
    Posted: Apr 6, 2018 By: RjMaan Member since: Mar 26, 2018
  17. Novevan

    Novevan UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Lots of other platform magento, zencart, ecwid... But Shopify is the most popular now.
    Posted: Apr 7, 2018 By: Novevan Member since: May 6, 2014
  18. shumicps

    shumicps UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I would like to suggest you go for Magento as you can customize it to any level according to your requirements. Extending the functionality of the core files, the modules are created in Magento. You can have its community edition version at free of cost. As you are just starting up your business you will have a low budget so, you can easily opt magenta community.

    Here you will find all source PhP codes easily available. It would be great help for you to work with the code and customize your extensions and adding to any extent. The other features that you will get from Magento are:

    1. SEO Edge
    2. Developer friendly
    3. Feature to manage multiple stores
    4. Mobile Friendly
    5. Efficient Order Management
    6. Marketing Tools
    Posted: Apr 10, 2018 By: shumicps Member since: Nov 23, 2012
  19. antropy

    antropy OpenCart Experts Full Member - Verified Business

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    Please, ignore this terrible advice.
    Posted: Apr 10, 2018 By: antropy Member since: Aug 2, 2010
  20. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    If you type "posters+UK" you will find 16.8 million replies

    I would suggest that you have two different marketing attacks

    No 1 would be to sell you pre done posters on either Amazon of EBay as the method most likely to get your posters shown and also the cheapest method

    No 2 set up a simple web site offering the design side which can be quite simple and easy to rate with SEO as PPC will by the looks work out very expensive

    Nothing to stop you enclosing a pamphlet within your option 1 to advertise the other site and what you can do

    Above all KISS is the key word
    Posted: Apr 10, 2018 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003