Over the past year I’ve opened online stores with all the popular ecommerce platforms. I’ve tried Shopify, Volusion, BigCommerce, Magento, 3dcart, and BigCartel all an effort to provide the best ecommerce platform reviews on the web. I painstakingly analyzed each of these shopping carts with small and medium sized businesses in mind. These reviews aren’t meant for the Wal-Marts or Best Buy’s out there… they are for everyone else.
Ecommerce Platform Review Criteria
I don’t write “ordinary” ecommerce reviews, so you may not be used to my style. I write completely unbiased, extensive reviews that present the good, bad, and ugly of each shopping cart. I also scoured the comments sections of review sites and ecommerce forums to gain valuable merchant praise and criticism. I think it’s important to go beyond the marketing section of their websites and my own opinion – so I share with you a wide variety of opinions from various sources.
I’m not trying to sell you on any one particular platform. I’ve reviewed each ecommerce platform by taking into account the most important factors to take into consideration when choosing a cart. All my star ratings are based on:
- Ease of Use
- Templates & Design
- SEO & Marketing
- Inventory Management
- Customer Service
Top 6 Ecommerce Platforms
Here is a breakdown on each cart I have reviewed. Please feel free to read my full-reviews, or simply go by my star ratings and use one of their free trials. Also – please feel free to comment (I always respond), and add me to Twitter.
In order of 2012 ranking:
#1 Shopify (4.5 / 5) (Read full-review)
#2 BigCommerce (4 / 5) (Read full-review)
#3 Volusion (3 / 5) (Read full-review)
#4 BigCartel (2.5 / 5) (Read full-review)
#5 3dcart (2.5 / 5) (Read full-review)
#6 Magento (2.5 / 5) (Read full-review)