What is eCommerce?

In its simplest form ecommerce is the buying and selling of products and services by businesses or consumers over the World Wide Web.

People use the term “ecommerce” or “online shopping” to describe the process of searching for and selecting products in online catalogues and then “checking out” using a credit card and encrypted payment processing.

eCommerce Companies

Shopify Ecwid WooCommerce WPeCommerce BigCommerce 3dcart Squarespace




Shopify provides you with a variety of tools to help you set up and run your business. Depending on the plan that you choose, you can find everything you need to showcase your products online, to process payments, and to make your store work for you. Shopify offers:

  • Free and paid themes from the Shopify Theme Store to make your store stand out and look great
  • Free and paid apps from the Shopify App Store to expand on the existing functionality of your store
  • Shopify’s own payment gateway to accept credit card payments
  • Growth opportunities with Shopify’s various sales channels as well an enterprise plan for merchants who are selling in high volume and might be feeling the effects of accumulating transaction fees
  • A Shopify blog that has guides and articles about running your store and connecting with your customers
  • Experts all around the world that can help you set up, design, and market your store
  • A dedicated Support team available 24/7 to answer your questions no matter what Shopify plan you’re on



Ecwid has mobile-specific features that make it supremely easy to manage your entire store whilst on the move.
Ecwid Offers:

  • Free plan available: Ecwid has no set-up or transaction fees and no credit card is required. We offer four plans for any stage of your business.
  • Set up shop anywhere: Add your store to multiple sites, blogs, and social networks and manage it all from one place.
  • Install in minutes: Ecwid seamlessly blends into your existing site in minutes — your website design is unaffected and no software installation is necessary.
  • We handle the details: No need to worry about upgrades,SSL-certificates, security, server configuration and hosting. You sell, we do the rest.
  • Track Inventory: Always know the status of your products no matter where you sell — online or offline.
  • Level 1 PCI compliant: Ecwid is a PCI DSS validated Level 1 Service Provider, the gold standard for e-commerce solutions worldwide.
  • Language Detection: We live in a global market, so your store should too. Ecwid’s storefront is translated into 45 different languages (and growing), so customers can shop your store in their native language.



WooCommerce powers 37% of the world’s online stores.
WooCommerce Offers:

  • Built for WordPress: WooCommerce is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connecting you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem.
  • Sell anything, anywhere: From real products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even your time, you’ll be able to set up a WooCommerce store to sell worldwide (or by country, as you wish).
  • Own your data: Keeping your data independent of any third party software platform gives you complete control of your business and future.
  • Secure code: WooCommerce is audited by Sucuri, the industry leader in plugin security, to ensure that it adheres to WordPress best practices and coding standards, and is kept secure and up-to-date.
  • Worldwide community: With more than 350 contributors to WooCommerce and over 7 million downloads to date, you’ll be joining one of the fastest-growing open source communities on the web.
  • Open source: WooCommerce is 100% open source which allows you to benefit from an active and growing community of contributors. With WooCommerce meetups taking place around the world now you can meet fellow WooCommerce users in real life. Find your one in your area here.
  • Customer support: Our dedicated support team are available and committed to helping our customers with whatever they need along the way.
  • Free and paid extension marketplace: With over 300 free and paid extensions to choose from, you can extend your WooCommerce store with a vast number of features and integrations.
WP eCommerce

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Sell anything, anywhere!
WP eCommerce Offers:

  • Shipping Modules: With options such as flat, table and weight rate as part of our free platform, you can ship simply with peace of mind.
  • Secure Payments: Choose from free gateways such as PayPal, Express Checkout and PayPal Pro.
  • Tax Management: WP eCommerce has one of the most robust tax management systems of any eCommerce platform.
  • Intelligent Reporting: With an infinitely extensible Orders API, high level sales views right in your Dashboard, and extensive CSV exporting capabilities – the reporting capabilities in WP eCommerce are second to none.
  • Automated Marketing: WP eCommerce makes it incredibly simple to automate your marketing. With integration to systems like Google Base, Google Analytics, Share This (and countless more via extensions), WP eCommerce makes marketing your products easy.
  • Powerful Product Types: WP eCommerce allows you to sell nearly anything you might imagine. Right out of the box, you can sell digital goods, physical goods (even sell them together!).
  • Robust Coupon Management: Coupons are an incredibly effective way to generate a broader customer base and reward loyal clients.



Create a beautiful ecommerce website for your brand.
BigCommerce Offers:

  • Build a modern online store to grow your brand: BigCommerce is the leading platform for creating beautiful, intuitive ecommerce websites that enhance your brand and engage shoppers. Build a gorgeous site that gets results using our out-of-the-box themes or advanced customization framework.
  • Completely customize your site: Our intuitive storefront editor lets you change your site’s look with no coding required.
  • 100+ stunning ecommerce themes: We offer more than 100 responsive templates built on our best-in-class theme platform. They let you fully express the power of your brand and sell more on any device using the latest best practices in technology, design, conversion and SEO.
  • Move an existing store: Our in-house team has moved more than 20,000 stores to BigCommerce from other ecommerce platforms, including Magento, Shopify, Volusion, Amazon Webstores, eBay and custom solutions. They can migrate your data in as few as 5–10 days.
  • Seamlessly sell on mobile devices: Mobile responsiveness is automatically built into our templates. Your store will look and perform equally well on desktops, tablets and mobile phones with no extra coding or design work.
  • Get design help from certified experts: BigCommerce has a global network of more than 2,000 designers and developers who can help you build the ultimate store for your business.


More features than any other ecommerce solution, …and we’re always adding new ones.
3dcart offers:

  • Easy to Use & Customize: Build an online store in minutes, with our intuitive admin interface you can customize the look of your site easily.
  • No Transaction Fees: Unlike our competitors we do not sneak-in transaction fees that could end up costing you a small fortune.
  • Feature Rich: 3dcart is undoubtedly the leader in advanced features, making us the right choice to build an online store (and at no extra cost)!
  • 24/7 Free Tech Support: We’re here to help our users from setup to the most complicated matter. Even if you’re using the trial.


Behind the beautiful interface, Squarespace is an incredibly rich publishing platform.
Squarespace Offers:

  • Unlimited Products: There is no limit to the number of products you can sell through Squarespace.
  • Product Merchandising: Easily sort, organize, and manage your products with our drag-and-drop sorting tool, tags and categories, and visibility and scheduling settings.
  • Site Annotations: The Squarespace interface and content now live side-by-side within the browser; handy annotations appear on everything that you might want to change on your Squarespace site.
  • Custom Email Styles: Customize transactional order emails sent to customers, including the order confirmation, order fulfilled, order refunded, and abandoned checkout emails.
  • Store Manager Permissions: Designate store managers who have control over inventory and orders, but not the rest of your site.