When it comes to starting an e-commerce store, you need to consider a lot of things. And one of the things to start with is the type of e-commerce platform i.e. hosted or self-hosted, you want to choose. Hosted platform basically hosts your store for you while self-hosted one means the platform does allow you to use their software but you have to buy your own hosting from somewhere else.
So, which one you should choose?
An all-in-one fully hosted e-commerce solution, BigCommerce is equipped with a set of tools for you to manage your store. Similar to Shopify and Squarespace, it falls under the hosted category. This portal basically provides you with everything that you need to run your store.
BigCommerce is easy to use but once you reach a certain level, you would require the help of a developer. Moreover, there are a variety of design templates that come with it that you can customize. If you don’t have much knowledge of CSS or HTML, it’s a good option for you.
A popular WordPress shopping cart plugin, if you want to maximize WooCommerce’s functionality. Its store has to be built by using various plugins and extensions. When it comes to the pricing, unlike BigCommerce where you have to pay a monthly fee, WooCommerce doesn’t cost you a single penny.
These tools and plugins come for front-end and back-end and in varieties that fit particular needs of both a small retailer and an expanding store.
This open source plugin doesn’t come with many out of the box tools but is free to use. So, if you want to get the most out of it, you would have to invest in premium extensions but these are mostly one-time costs. Suitable for both small and large retailers, it works best for scalability. And being a hosted solution, it helps you to leverage WordPress.