Reports have surfaced in recent weeks that Amazon will discontinue its Webstore service. Amazon Webstore aimed to provide an all in one “ecommerce solution to build your own standalone website,” according to Amazon Webstore’s page. It launched in 2010 as a service designed to offer small and mid-sized retailers an opportunity to create and manage their own website, for just $79 a month. Though it intended to aid the vast population of SMB online retailers, only several hundred companies are estimated to use Webstore today.
The announcement of Amazon shutting down its Webstore service has been met with mixed reactions. Some sellers are eager for the change in pace; others are disappointed because of how much money they’ve invested into customizing and running their online shops. All Webstore users have until July 1, 2016 to migrate their stores to other shopping cart providers.
If you happen to be one of the several hundred sellers looking for a new website provider, then you have the good fortune of being able to choose from a wide range of reputable shopping carts. Though there are a variety of website builders, here are the ones that ecomdash integrates with, and why we think they rock.
- Well designed, visually appealing templates.
- Easy manipulation and customization.
- Full App store – robust list of add on’s, tools and extras to implement into your store for greater efficiency.
- Hosted – meaning you don’t have to worry about buying a domain or website security.
- Free point of sale software with any plan.
- 24/7 support.
- Starts at $29/month (or $14/month, if you want something simple to test out).
Example of an actual Shopify customer website:
- Easy store design and attractive templates.
- Marketing and conversion tools available.
- Easy edit and customization of products.
- 24/7 Support.
- Starts at $29.95/month. Annual pricing available.
Example of an actual Bigcommerce customer website:
- Total control over the customization and build of your store.
- Perfect for web developers, or those who are savvy in the back-end processes of building a website.
- Free access to peer-based support from other website builders worldwide.
- Open sourced technology platform.
- Community edition is totally free.
- Enterprise edition has open architecture for you to build upon, + support.
Example of an actual Magento customer website:
- Easy drag & drop design feature to build your site.
- Pre-designed templates to choose from.
- SEO and social media options.
- App Store.
- 24/7 support.
- Starts at $19.95/month. Annual pricing available.
Example of an actual 3DCart customer website:
- Perfect for those who are savvy in website development, construction and design.
- Able to modify source code however you want.
- Access to ZenDesk forum to seek help of peers.
- Downloadable full support user manual.
- Many plugins available.
Example of an actual Zen Cart customer website:
We feel confident in each of these shopping cart’s ability to meet your ecommerce needs, but if you need further help narrowing it down, check out review sites like WebRetailer or Ecombytes to see what your peers think.
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