Best ecommerce platform for beginners 2020 – No experience needed for building a store

In this article I will share my opinion about what is the best ecommerce platform for beginners in 2020. The answer to that question is based on two factors: my own personal experiences of trying bunch of e-commerce platforms starting from 2014 and going all the way to 2020 and a wider picture view of what type of e-commerce platform / platform company I would recommend for those who are just getting started with ecommerce. 

Best e-commerce platform for beginners – based on my personal experience

In my opinion Wix is right now the best platform for building your own store if you don’t have lot of experience with ecommerce (especially from the seller side).  With Wix there is absolutely no need for coding skills nor is there a need for previous experience of launching an online store or even of having something like a blog.

Instead with Wix you just choose what type of a store you want to have, give some preferences and facts about your store and Wix’s system will design you a nice looking online store in maybe 30 seconds. After that you can easily add products to your store and do the small modifications needed for making sure that everything works as it should. Try Wix for free.

Wix for beginners – FAQ

Is Wix trustworthy? Yes, I would say so. Wix has been around for more than 15 years and it is owned by stock exchange listed company.

Can you try Wix for free? Yes. You can use a free version of Wix’s commerce store builder for as long as you want. It is not really feasible to properly launch your store with the free plan, but using it will give you a good idea about if Wix is the right choice for you.

How much using Wix costs? Wix offers several different paid ecommerce options. With the regular pricing, the cheapest of those options costs $23/month. That cheapest option is usually good enough for lot of beginners. However, it is possible that once you have tried Wix’s free version for a while, they will offer you a discount on two of their more advanced ecommerce plans. If you are offered a discount, you can probably use Wix for even less than that $23/month.

Can I pay for my plan in monthly-basis? Yes. While you can get significant discounts for paying for one year in advance, it is possible to pay for your Wix plan in monthly basis. And for lot of beginners that might indeed be a good way to get started with ecommerce.

Does Wix have in-house payment options? Yes. Wix offers its customers the option to accept payments with their own payment solution. With that solution you can, for example, easily accept credit card payments. It is also easy to accept, for example, PayPal payments with Wix. Open a Wix account.

Other good options for beginners getting into ecommerce

If you feel that Wix is not the right choice for you, there are luckily also at least couple other options that can be good choices for lot of beginners. Let’s examine them next and start by looking at the reasons for why Shopify is also a beginner-friendly e-commerce platform.

Maybe the biggest reason is their very good and helpful customer service. If you are like me, it is not once or twice that the customer service of some company has really frustrated you. With Shopify the support was very helpful and easy to reach (good live chat on the website, in addition to the other options). Having interacted with the support, I felt like they really wanted to help me to succeed in selling online and were able to explain things in clear manner.

The second reason for choosing Shopify is the trust factor. Shopify is a huge, stock-exchange listed company and as such you should be able to trust it. This is something that is especially important for beginners, because as a beginner it would sometimes otherwise be difficult to spot the ‘red flags’ that indicate a company is not a good choice for building your store.

14-day free trial. When you don’t have lot of or any experience with building an online store, it is natural that you might be very hesitant to start paying for an e-commerce platform straight from the start. Luckily though, Shopify currently offers a 14-day free trial – given how quick and easy it is to build your store with their platform, that should be plenty of time to decide if you want to become a paying customer of the company.

However, even if you decide to become a paying customer, it is good to note that just like at Wix also at Shopify you are not forced to sign up for a long-term commitment. Instead you can choose to pay for the platform on monthly basis, which might be useful because as a beginner it might be difficult to estimate the demand for your products. The cheapest monthly plan for building a stand-alone store at Shopify costs just $29 month. Although, it is good to note that if you feel like you are ready to commit for the long-term for trying to make your ecommerce store successful, there is 10% discount on the plans if you pay for one full year in advance and the discount goes up to 20%, if you pay for full 2 years in advance.

To sum it up: I think that Shopify is also a great choice for people who are looking to get into ecommerce. Thanks to their integration with Oberlo, Shopify is also a great choice for those who are interested in getting started with dropshipping as beginners. Open your Shopify account now.

3dcart – good combination of safe and cheap

While 3dcart is not perfect (see 3dcart review), it does have several things going for it. And from the perspective of people who are just getting started with ecommerce, there are two of them that can be particularly important. First of all, 3dcart can be extremely cheap: 3dcart is often running promotions during which you can get a yearly 3dcart plan for just $9.5/month. And secondly, due to its very long history, 3dcart should be very safe. So if safety and cheap price are the deciding factors for you, when choosing an e-commerce platform, it might be worth checking out 3dcart.

Looking for even more options? See our: Best e-commerce platforms 2020 -page.

Don’t pay too much attention to the fact that you might be inexperienced with ecommerce

If you are just getting started with ecommerce you might be tempted to choose the easiest-to-use ecommerce platform that you find, even if that platform might not otherwise be very good. However, I think that choosing a platform like that would in almost all the cases be a mistake. There are two reasons for that.

Number one: whatever platform you choose, you will probably find yourself more or less commited to, i.e. it is not always easy to change the ecommerce platform you use. And secondly: Even most of the ecommerce platforms that are not the most beginner-friendly are usually so easy to use that you can within couple days learn how to create a nice online store with them. Both of these reasons are supported by the fact that getting into ecommerce should really be seen as at least a relatively long-term commitment – especially if you are new to ecommerce as it will very likely take some time to learn how to drive customers to your store and generate sales.

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