Drops Shipping (4)
There are many different e-commerce platforms that have become popular in recent years. Shopify is perhaps the most well-known these days, but there are also platforms like Big Commerce and WooCommerce.
So which one is best?
Choosing a platform is purely subjective, of course. It doesn’t really matter too much which one you choose, because any of them can help you achieve your goals, but there’s always one that will meet your specific needs better than the others.
They all have their strengths and weaknesses, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular e-commerce platforms, and why you might choose one over another.
BigCommerce is an exceedingly popular choice. They have more features out of the box than other platforms, but at a price. The basic plan starts at $29.95 per month and scales based on the features you want and how much you make in sales per year.
They have fewer apps available than other platforms, but they offer a lot more functionalities built in, so you may not need many extensions since a lot of what you want may already be included.
There are some free themes available, but if you want a paid theme they can be quite pricey, ranging from $145 to $235 each.
WooCommerce is a great option, because it’s free. However, it may not always be the best option since it doesn’t have a lot of functionality built into the base program.
There are lots of free themes available, as well as some free extensions, but a lot of the free options are buggy.
There are plugins and themes you may want to extend its functionality that do require payment, but most of these are a one-time payment, not an ongoing monthly fee like some other platforms. However, they can be prohibitively expensive if you’re just getting started.
WooCommerce is run on WordPress on your own hosting, so you will have to pay for a hosting account, whereas other options like BigCommerce and Shopify are run on their servers, so your hosting is included in your monthly price.
Shopify is, in many ways, the most ideal platform for drop shipping. It’s affordable, and scales with your store’s size. It has a wide variety of plugins and themes available. And it’s also ideal for one main reason – Oberlo.
Oberlo is a plugin that will let you import products from AliExpress (one of the best sites for drop shipping) quickly and easily, keep track of inventory, and much more.
It takes a LOT of the hassles associated with drop shipping out of the equation, allowing you to focus more of your time and attention on getting traffic and sales, rather than dealing with all these other things.
Best of all, you can get started with Oberlo for free on Shopify!
All of the major e-commerce platforms have a variety of free themes, with varying degrees of quality and features.
Not only that, but the paid themes for Shopify are more affordable than those of BigCommerce. (Shopify’s paid themes range from about $100 to about $180, while BigCommerce’s range from about $145 to $235.) WooCommerce themes have a wider range of prices, because many of them are available from external developers.
You can definitely get away with a free theme in the beginning, and there are lots of them to choose from, however a paid theme will usually have extra features that allow you to customize your site to your liking, which can significantly boost sales.
All of the platforms have a large number of apps that can extend the functionality of the software, and they can all be pricey. You can probably get away without using extensions in the beginning, and just add additional functionality later.