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Below are the 3 services that we believe to be to be the overall best e-commerce platforms for September of 2017 and forward. From the boxes you can find the most important facts relating to each solution, and if you are looking for more information about any of them, you can find a link to a full review  from the bottom of the box. We hope you find what you are looking for!

Best e-commerce platforms in September 2017

Spark Pay

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Great design

Owned by Capital One

  • User friendly
  • Looks great
  • Lot of features

From $25/month

Shopify

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The best solution

120,000+ active users

  • Easy-to-use
  • Free 14-day trial
  • Good support
  • Open & honest
  • Forum & guides

From $9 / month

Bigcommerce

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Quality platform

55,000+ active users

  • Free 15-day trial
  • Looks bit rough
  • Could be easier

    From $30 / month

This page has been last updated on 12. of September 2017.

Other platforms

Some of the ecommerce solutions that didn't make the top 3 include for an example: Volusion, Weebly, 3Dcart, Squarespace and Wix. They might become part of the top 3 sometime in the future.

How we rate sites:

As you can see we have added a star-rating for each of the platforms. The star ratings are influenced by our readership and our own personal position in the world of e-commerce. That means that the rating tells how well, in our opinion, the site fits the needs of a small or medium sized e-commerce business that is not looking to spend tens of thousands dollars on launching (or switching) a site and simply wants a reliable, easy-to-use, nice-looking and affordable solution, that can then be scaled as the business grows.

A closer look into the #1 ranked platform

We believe that in 2017 Shopify in the best platform for running an online shop. And the previous statement is true (almost) regardless of the size of your store: only if you are running an extremely large store with a massive inventory and massive amount of visitors, it might be a better idea to opt for a custom built platform (and they usually cost at minimum(!) $10,000+ to build).  For the rest of us, there is usually very little reason to use a platform other than Shopify.

Shopify pricing: 

For all the new users Shopify offers a 14 day free trial after which there are 4 different monthly plans available: the cheapest plan for a Shopify powered store costs $14/month and is called "starter plan" in addition to that Shopify offers also a "basic plan" ($29/month), "professional plan" ($79/month) and an "unlimited plan" ($179/month). For the real power-users Shopify is also able to offer custom plans called "Shopify plus". 

Extremely easy to use:

One of the main reasons for opting to use Shopify is the fact that it is very easy to build your store using their theme templates (experienced users can also use HTML and CSS). Currently there are already over 100 different, easy-to-customize, templates available and more are added continuously. The prices for the themes start from free (there are around 30 free themes available at the moment) and go up to $180 (the theme fees are one time fees). The good thing about the free themes is that, unlike on some other sites, the free themes that Shopify offers are actually(!) high quality.  Below are example thumbnails of 3 of the free themes. In addition to getting the website easily running it is also easy to start accepting payments with their payment solutions, which allow users to pay for an example with Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal.

Ecommerce community and guides:

In our opinion one of the best things about Shopify is the fact that they managed to create a popular discussion forum of like-minded people on their website. From their e-commerce forum you can find active discussion ranging from the general ecommerce topics to topics specific to Shopify's platform. In addition to the forum you can also find useful guides to running your store from both their "ecommerce university" -section and also from their guides specifically on running Shopify powered e-commerce shop.

Continuous improvements 

One extra nice thing about our number one ranked solution is the they constantly improve their offering. This includes, for example, the fact that they often add new payment methods. Naturally every new payment method added means that you can get new customers who for some reason either couldn't or didn't want to use any of the existing methods.

Or read the 2017 Shopify review

A word about the so called "free" e-commerce solutions

It is common for the popular e-commerce platforms / solutions to offer free trials to their new users. However, there also few online shop solutions that claim to be completely free. Unfortunately though it has been our experience that every single e-commerce solution that claims to be 100% free is actually just charging you in some modified (AKA more or less sneaky) way. The ways in which they do that include for an example letting you create a store for free, but only allowing it to be run on their hosting platform - and then, naturally, charging you for the hosting. We are big believers in honesty and openness and thus we haven't listed any platforms that use that type of subscription schemes on this site. It is worth mentioning that all the best solutions (of which top 3 are listed on top of this page) use open and clear subscription models.

Recommended sites and articles for the first time e-commerce operators

Launching your first online store can been feel a little intimidating and that is why we have listed some of the best sources for e-commerce information below. Some of the guides are located on this site and some are on quality outside websites:  e-commerce on wikipedia (the basics of e-commerce), Guardian newspaper's e-commerce section (news and articles relating to e-commerce)

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