Shopify is certainly the most popular shopping cart solution, but it’s not the right one for everybody. There are cheaper alternatives out there that are just as good, if not better.
While Shopify is user friendly, beautiful and offers great support, it’s also expensive, offers poor international support, prohibits certain items, and its best features are only available on higher priced plans.
Here are 5 shopping cart alternatives you might want to consider for your store – 3 that we recommend, and 2 that are popular but not for everybody:
Big Commerce – offers almost everything Shopify offers, but at a much lower price point.
Woo Commerce – as a WordPress plugin, it has a larger share of the market than Shopify. It’s easy to set up, free to use, and has a much better blogging platform than Shopify.
Open Cart – open source and 100% free to use. It’s extremely fast and easy to use, with 1 click install.
Magento – the third largest in market share behind WooCommerce and Shopify. Magento is open source, 100% free, and the most feature rich ecommerce platform in the world. But it’s complicated and you need a developer to handle it for you.
Wix – great for a hobby ecommerce store on a budget if you don’t plan on expanding in the future. You can create an attractive looking site, but it’s missing many major features of Shopify, BigCommerce and WooCommerce.