Have you ever looked at your favourite online store and thought ‘If only?’ How about those big name eCommerce powerhouses like Amazon and eBay? Haven’t you at least once left those sites thinking that you’d love to start your own web store if only you had the same kind of vast resources and infinite budgets of those top shopping sites?
If you’ve ever done it even for a moment, we’ve got some good news for you: You don’t actually need any kind of large budget or a massive team of sales staff to start an online store on your own.
Sure, there once was a time when starting an eCommerce website meant hiring in top web professionals to code up the whole thing and a second mortgage to cover the costs of the whole thing, but those days are, for the most part, thankfully behind us.
Today, all you need is a modest budget, a few products to sell, and the support of some of the best eCommerce platforms on the market, all of which have been purposefully designed with the idea of empowering beginners like you to create their own online store.
Sound promising? Here’s our pick of just some of those top web builders for new store owners. ]
The top dog in the online building game, Shopify has earned its stripes as the leading platform for building awesome and attractive eCommerce sites thanks to its simplicity, easy-to-navigate user interface and a range of one-click, set-it-and-forget-it applications that take all the hard work out of running a high traffic web store.
Like many of the platforms on this list, the company offer a 14 day free trial so that you can get to grips with what they have to offer before making a commitment.
You’ve no doubt seen the Wix website building platform advertised online, or even in one of their TV commercials in the past.
For the most part, the company target themselves as being the best platform for those new to building online portfolios, corporate websites and personal homepages, and if that’s all you’ve seen of them, you may be tempted to think there’s nothing for you if you’re planning to launch an eCommerce website.
Truth is though, they’re one of the best online store creators we’ve come across, with a user-friendliness to rival the aforementioned Shopify along with some of the most attractively designed, pre-built templates of any site creator around.
Boasting much more in common with Shopify than Wix, BigCommerce is -as you may have gathered from the name- a dedicated eCommerce platform which has earned rave reviews for the additional support you’ll get long after your site goes live.
Whilst other site builders on this list are more concerned with helping you get your initial website up and running, BigCommerce does all of that before focussing on what’s really important; attracting customers to your store and making the whole thing a success.
To that end, you’ll find a lot of free Search Engine Optimisation tools and how-to guides available with this one, saving you the time, hassle and expensive costs of figuring it all out for yourself.
Much like Wix, Weebly is one of the top rated, multi-purpose website builders around, so it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to find that they’re one of the best options around for those looking to create their first online store. The ease-of-use is highly rated by top eCommerce review sites, the themes and templates are as attractive as any you’re likely to find online, and, best of all, they’re one of the only eCommerce platforms we’ve found that allow you to launch a fully functioning (albeit somewhat basic) web store without paying them a penny.