Best Ecommerce Platform Comparison Table

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These tables are a companion resource to our Best Ecommerce Platform article that reviews and compares the most popular ecommerce platforms. Use this comparison to help you make an informed decision on which online shopping cart service best meets your needs. If you click on a link under the company name in the header, you will be taken to that company’s homepage to explore further. Please note that there are two tables, since there were too many e-commerce platforms to fit in one. You can jump to the second table using the navigation links below.

 Winner: Shopify2nd Place: BigCommerce3rd Place: 3dCartAshop CommerceBig CartelCoreCommerceFortune3GoDaddy Online StorePinacle CartPrestaShopSelzShopping Cart EliteSpark PayVolusionXcartYahoo Merchant
Winner: Shopify2nd Place: BigCommerce3rd Place: 3dCartAshop CommerceBig CartelCoreCommerceFortune3GoDaddy Online StorePinacle CartPrestaShopSelzShopping Cart EliteSpark PayVolusionXcartYahoo Merchant
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Lowest Price per Month$9.00$29.95$9.99$25.00Free$40.00$9.95$19.99$29.95FreeFree$29.00$24.95$15.00None$29.00
SKU's Included in Lowest Price25Unlimited10500530020UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited525100100UnlimitedUnlimited
Activation Fee (One-Time)NoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNoneNone195None
Per Transaction FeeNone2.2-2.9% + $0.30NoneNoneNoneNoneNone - 1%2.9% + 30 centsNoneNoneNone - 2%NoneNoneNoneNone0.75% - 1.5%
Storage Space1GB - UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1GB - 5GBLimited1GB - UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited1GB - 50GBDepends on the server you chooseUnlimitedUnlimited250MB - 5GBUnlimited20GB - 160GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited2GB - 250GBUnlimitedLimited4GB - UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited2GB - 100GBDepends on serverUnlimitedUnlimited2GB - 50GB1GB - 35GB1TB - 6TBUnlimited
In-House Credit Card ProcessingCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkIntegration OnlyExtra CostCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
PayPal CompatibleCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkExtra CostCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Social Media IntegrationCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkExtra CostCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Live Online ChatCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
24/7 SupportCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Free Trial14 Days15 Days15 Days14 DaysFree Plan15 Days30 Days30 Days14 DaysFree Plan14 Days7 Days14 Days14 DaysFree Edition
Mobile StorefrontCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkIntegration Only
Sales and Inventory ReportsCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Payment Gateways70+60+140+70+250+50+10+30+50+310050+30+75+10+
Advertising CreditCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Free SSL CertificateSharedSharedSharedCheckmarkUnlistedSharedSharedSharedSharedSharedSharedExtra CostShared
Unique Domain NameExtra CostExtra CostFreeExtra CostExtra CostFreeFreeExtra CostExtra CostExtra CostExtra CostExtra CostExtra CostExtra CostExtra Cost
Amazon & eBay SyncCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkAmazon OnlyCheckmarkCheckmarkExtra CostCheckmarkCheckmarkExtra CostCheckmarkeBay
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Terminologies

Amazon & eBay sync: As an e-commerce merchant you can sync your online store with Amazon, eBay and other online merchants to see your products through their websites.

Application Programming Interface (API): An API is a software protocol that allows separate software to communicate with each other. Developers use APIs to connect or integrate systems and services.

Content Management System (CMS): In Ecommerce, a CMS is used to manage a store’s product catalog. Overall, CMS is software that makes content management easier to maintain on the Internet from a single tool or interface. CMS manages creating, editing, publishing, and displaying content from a sole software.

Cross-selling: When an online store suggest complimenting or related products or services to a customer who is considering a purchase.

CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver webpages and other Web content to a user based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage and a content delivery server.

Domain name: used as an Internet address to identify the location of particular Web pages. Domain names are used to identify one or more IP addresses.

Drop Shipping: An order fulfillment strategy in online retailing wherein the retailer does not actually inventory the drop shipped product, but instead passes the shipping address to either the manufacturer, or a distributor that actually ships the purchased items directly to the customer.

E-commerce: The exchange of goods or services via the Internet.

Fraud protection: A feature that helps identify fraudulent orders before they take place.

Merchant Account: Online retailers can obtain a bank service account that allows them to accept credit card transactions.

Payment Gateway: An internet service that connects your e-commerce site with your Merchant Account. A payment gateway takes your order information and connects to your Merchant Account to authorize and transfer funds.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization): Strategic methods used to boost the ranking or frequency of a website in results returned by a search engine. SEO is an excellent way to maximize user traffic to your site.

Shopping Cart: The part of an e-commerce site that maintains a list of the products the consumer chooses to purchase. It can be stand-alone (using HTML, for example) or part of an e-commerce platform.

SKU (stockkeeping unit): An SKU is an identification, usually alphanumeric, of a product that is tracked for inventory purposes.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer): SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This encryption ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remains private and secure.

Transaction Fee: a flat fee paid by the merchant for each credit card transaction.

Web hosting: The act of providing storage space and access for websites. Web hosting services are businesses that maintain your website on their servers.

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