Best site builder for ecommerce?

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macmesser

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Wix, Volusion, Big Commerccee, Squarespace, and so on. Are these suitable for stores with large numbers of products? Can custom functionality be added? Which would be best for a store with around 2000 products?

Any insights appreciated.
 

olup

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Wix, Volusion, Big Commerccee, Squarespace, and so on. Are these suitable for stores with large numbers of products? Can custom functionality be added? Which would be best for a store with around 2000 products?

Any insights appreciated.
I don't have any experience with any of those, but apparently https://en.shopware.com/ is pretty decent.
 

macmesser

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Thanks for reply. It looks very nice and seems to be well built. I like the fact that it's open source. I'm wondering if the partners they list are just site developers or if they provide a comprehensive solution. Definitely worth a careful look.
 

danbeebee

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Simply check out their fees and charges. They'll all typically have a single fee per month for usage and then other transaction fees such as 30c + 5% of every transaction value.They're all very similar in this regard.

Then it's just a case of ensuring that the website is easy to manage and it's quick to maintain products etc. Half the battle is having the confidence to work on the site and get your hands dirty. Having the best looking online store in town is great but if it's at the detriment of ease-of-use then it's no good because things will quickly look out of date on your site because you're not getting there.

From experience it's important to feel like you have the confidence to use it. If not then you'll think twice about adding new products, adding new images, changing prices and stock levels etc. All of which you WILL need to do and is important.

I like Squarespace and Shopify.
 

macmesser

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Simply check out their fees and charges. They'll all typically have a single fee per month for usage and then other transaction fees such as 30c + 5% of every transaction value.They're all very similar in this regard.

Then it's just a case of ensuring that the website is easy to manage and it's quick to maintain products etc. Half the battle is having the confidence to work on the site and get your hands dirty. Having the best looking online store in town is great but if it's at the detriment of ease-of-use then it's no good because things will quickly look out of date on your site because you're not getting there.

From experience it's important to feel like you have the confidence to use it. If not then you'll think twice about adding new products, adding new images, changing prices and stock levels etc. All of which you WILL need to do and is important.

I like Squarespace and Shopify.
Thanks for your comments. Squarespace looks nice but seems to have less functionality than Big Commerce or Web.com.
which I think is more what I need. Looking at Shopify, it seems to be the most powerful I've seen. I'll take a look at some shopify sites. Might be the ticket.
 

macmesser

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Long Island, NY USA
Simply check out their fees and charges. They'll all typically have a single fee per month for usage and then other transaction fees such as 30c + 5% of every transaction value.They're all very similar in this regard.

Then it's just a case of ensuring that the website is easy to manage and it's quick to maintain products etc. Half the battle is having the confidence to work on the site and get your hands dirty. Having the best looking online store in town is great but if it's at the detriment of ease-of-use then it's no good because things will quickly look out of date on your site because you're not getting there.

From experience it's important to feel like you have the confidence to use it. If not then you'll think twice about adding new products, adding new images, changing prices and stock levels etc. All of which you WILL need to do and is important.

I like Squarespace and Shopify.
Thanks for comments. I looked into Shopify and Big Commerce. It seems that the former has significantly lower monthly costs so I'm wondering if I'm missing something. We have around 2000 products. We are not high traffic nor high volume, but we will be changing product mix and adding hopeful high volume items. I'm just wondering if Shopify is as heavy duty as Big Commerce and why the difference in monthly rates. We also need syncing with our POS and ability to push items to ebay; both platforms offer these and again I'm wondering why the rate difference. Popularity? Ease of use? Big Commerce's self-touted superior SEO support?
 
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