As a follow-up on our previously published post on the essence of dropshipping for entrepreneurs, we have decided to share some great ecommerce platforms for you to explore if you want to begin a dropshipping business. There are a lot of ecommerce platforms for dropshipping. Setup time and cost, ecommerce features, ease of use, scalability, and support are the criteria to consider while selecting an ecommerce platform for dropshipping. The most popular of such ecommerce platforms is Shopify. However, we are sharing other great ecommerce platforms to consider, aside from Shopify.
Magento is one of the most robust ecommerce platforms for dropshipping. There are two versions (Magento 1 and Magento 2, which is most used and recommended). It also has two editions for owners to choose from. However, it requires a powerful technical intellect to develop a Magento drop-shipping website – in some cases, you might need to hire Magento developer, which will cost in general $3,000-5,000 and spend a month to three months for the development of the website.
Magento makes available all a dropshipping business needs: the website has fast page speed, easy and smooth checkout, excellent catalogue page, SEO and marketing tools, and much more. It gives business rapid growth being one of the most scalable ecommerce platforms for dropshipping.
For easy usage and basic functionality, WooCommerce is a great platform to choose. It has some advanced and updated ecommerce features, and it is friendlier to use for beginners. Like Magento, it is challenging to set up and customize, and most of its functions must be acquired by third-party plugins. However, it will take less time to create and WooCommerce website than that of Magento. As a developer, the assistance of a website programmer will be needed at the cost of $1,500-3,500, but for a more advanced feature, there will be a need to spend relatively more.
The website will be equipped with basic ecommerce features such as product, catalogue, and inventory management. If you want to upgrade the site, there are 75 plugins to select from. It is quite easy to use for newbies with the WooCommerce guide, especially if you are running a small dropshipping business.
This platform is free, open-source, powerful, and more appropriate for tech savvies than beginners. OpenCart is not as popular as Magento, but you will get free support and free software updates.
However, the major cost of setting up the website is quite much, and it can take 2 to 5 months. Nevertheless, there are unlimited products and categories, multi-currency, integrated payment, and various shipping methods.
OpenCart is preferred for people with a certain level of website development, experience, and set up. It is suitable for small scale businesses.
There are more than 50,000 ecommerce websites running on Big Commerce all over the world. It provides different options every month, ranging from $29.95 to $249.95 with decent transaction fees, Big Commerce presents three packages (Standard, Plus, Pro).
It is quite easy to set up a website as long as you’ve registered with an account. Inventory management, catalogue creation, supported multiples gateway payment, and so on are the features provided by Big Commerce.
Big Commerce is not complex for newbies to use at all. It provides assistance via mail, live chat, and phone call.
This is the best option for those selling physical goods and products. Volusion is beginner-friendly, and the dashboard nicely structured with main action areas at the top of the navigation menu. Marketing options include SEO, eBay, Amazon, and so on. Its subscription is solidly built-in for ecommerce business with great flexibility with Sitemaps.