Ecwid is in many ways a good ecommerce platform. However, there are certainly situations in which you might want to look for an alternative to it. In this article I introduce, in my opinion, the 5 best Ecwid alternatives.
Shopify – Overall best Ecwid alternative
If you define “best” being something along the lines of “highest quality for a reasonable price”, then Shopify is likely the best Ecwid alternative in 2021. That is because Shopify is an easy-to-use, but feature-rich ecommerce platform which is available for less than $30/month.
Even though Shopify is very affordable, its possible drawbacks compared to Ecwid still mainly relate to its costs: Shopify doesn’t offer a free plan and it charges transaction fees. At the time of writing this, Shopify offers new users a 14-day free trial. Try Shopify for free.
Looking for more information about Shopify? See my Shopify review.
Shift4Shop – A possibly free Ecwid alternative
Writing and talking about Shift4Shop can be a bit tricky, as it is a much better ecommerce platform choice for US-based store owners than for those who are from outside the US. That is simply because Shift4Shop offers a free ecommerce plan for those from the US, but not for others.
While Shift4Shop’s free plan can be a good reason to try the platform, it is not the only reason. That is because the platform seems to be improving extremely quickly and because it is already quite good. Go to Shift4Shop.
WooCommerce – Best Ecwid alternative for WordPress
As you might know, there are multiple ways to use Ecwid: you can use it, for example, to build a brand-new ecommerce store or to add ecommerce to an existing WordPress site. And if you are looking for an Ecwid alternative to connect with WordPress, then WooCommerce might be for you.
That is because WooCommerce is an ecommerce solution that was specifically built for WordPress. And in addition to that WooCommerce can also make it relatively easy to build a high-quality ecommerce store – exactly how easy-to-use you find WooCommerce to be, is likely to depend on if you have used WordPress previously.
WooCommerce is in itself free, but when using it, you might find out that you want to invest in paid extensions for it. Go to WooCommerce.
BigCommerce – Good alternative for large ecommerce businesses
BigCommerce might be a good Ecwid alternative at least for those who feel that they have outgrown Ecwid. That is because BigCommerce’s ecommerce platform is quite advanced but not the easiest to use. BigCommerce offers new users a free trial and the platform’s regular prices start from $29.95/month. Try BigCommerce for free.
Squarespace – If you want your store to look particularly elegant
It is possible to create a nice-looking online store with all the platforms mentioned on this page. However, if you are looking for an easy way to create even a stunningly beautiful online store, it might be a good idea to try Squarespace. That is because Squarespace is extremely easy to use and because it offers great-looking ecommerce templates.
A possible downside of choosing Squarespace is that it doesn’t allow you to do a lot of customization. At the time of writing this, Squarespace’s “Commerce” plan is priced at $35/month when paid monthly. Go to Squarespace.
Questions and answers
What is the best dropshipping alternative to Ecwid?
Based on my experiences and knowledge, it is Shopify. The advantages of using Shopify over Ecwid for dropshipping include, for example, access to a wider selection of dropshipping apps and there being more guides & tips available. You can find more possible Ecwid alternatives for dropshipping from, for example, this page.
Are there more free alternatives to Ecwid than Shift4Shop and WooCommerce?
Are the platforms mentioned on this page the biggest competitors of Ecwid?
They certainly rank among them. And in terms of market valuation, Shopify is the biggest competitor of Ecwid. However, WooCommerce might be an even more direct competitor of Ecwid than Shopify is. Other big Ecwid competitors include, for example, Wix and Volusion.
Summary of the best Ecwid alternatives
1: Shopify – Best overall and for dropshipping
2: Shift4Shop – Free for those from the US
3: WooCommerce – Great for WordPress
4: BigCommerce – Good for big stores
5: Squarespace – Good for building a beautiful store