Every ecommerce platform has a section of their website devoted to showcase some of their best online stores. This is where DIY online store builders can show off their big brands, high-profile merchants and best designed websites.
I’m often asked which ecommerce platform has the best stores. Here’s my answer:
Shopify now has over 40,000 active online stores, and in my opinion host the best designed shops in the industry. This is in part because they have a great selection of high quality ecommerce templates to choose from. It’s also because a lot of high profile designers choose Shopify for their personal stores and for their clients stores (example: design legends Jeffrey Zeldman and Tina Eisenberg both use Shopify).
You can check out their “examples” section to see all their featured stores. You’ll immediately see why I rank Shopify #1. Platforms like 3dcart, Corecommerce, and osCommerce don’t even come close to comparing.
Here are my favorite stores built and hosted on Shopify:
Good As Gold
Bigcommerce now has over 25,000 active online stores. Now, in my full review of Bigcommerce I note that the quality of ecommerce templates that Bigcommerce offers is quite low, and that’s true, but they’re getting better.
Bigcommerce is also attracting a lot of funky and stylish boutique type shops which are generally easier on the eye than say, a wholesale electronics shop.
Many of the stores in Bigcommerce’s showcase are custom built, so don’t expect to get a shop like this out of the box – you will likely need to hire a designer to get results like this. But that’s really the case with most platform ‘showcase’ sections, so I can’t hold that against Bigcommerce.
Here are a couple of my favorite Bigcommerce stores:
Torie & Howard
BigCartel has extremely easy to use and well designed templates. You don’t get many templates to choose from and some are very outdated, but they have a few staples that are quite good.
You can check out all of BigCartel’s store examples here.
Two of my favorites are: