5 best ecommerce software platforms for small business

By Vangie Beal, CIO |  Small Business, ecommerce

Intuit's ecommerce offering offers a simple point and click interface that makes it easy to create and publish a store that you can update at any time.

With Intuit Websites, you'll get everything needed to design and launch an online store, including the domain name, hosting, the SimpleStore ecommerce software, a site builder tool and online payments via Intuit merchant accounts. The merchant account is a big feature, as it enables small businesses to move beyond offering basic PayPal payments at checkout. Another nice feature of Intuit websites is the Facebook extension with which you can create a store a Facebook Business Page that automatically syncs with current store inventory.

Intuit websites with ecommerce start at $19.99 per month for a 100-page website, 5 GB storage, one domain and five email accounts. A Business Plus plan offers additional features and storage for a $59.99 per month subscription fee. Intuit provides free phone support and assistance with all subscriptions.

4. Shopify: Advanced SEO and Analytics

Shopify hosted ecommerce lets you pick a template, optimize the design, add a product catalog, organize your products and create blog posts from a single administration dashboard. Shopify feature built-in mobile commerce that includes an iPhone app and mobile storefront. Marketing tools for SEO and coupon codes to help sell items are also available.

Shopify integrates with Google Analytics; this lets you automatically track customer purchases and shopping cart transactions connected to Google Analytics data. It also features built-in analytics to benchmark your online store's performance to help you track ecommerce over time.

Shopify starts at $29 per month and includes unlimited bandwidth, 100 products, 1 GB of storage and a 2% transaction fee. For $50 per month, the basic business account is good for up to 2,500 product listings, a 1% transaction fee and 5 GB of storage.

5. Vendio: Automated Selling on Amazon, EBay and Facebook

With a focus on automation, Vendio ecommerce software saves you time with tools to easily put products on eBay, Amazon, Facebook and your own online Web store. List products once and they'll be published simultaneously on the supported marketplaces.


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