You’ve made a decision to take the plunge and set up your online store, but are stumped on how to obtain the best e-commerce solution for your particular business.

Don’t despair, you’re hardly alone. A lot of aspiring merchants have to deal with this question at one point or another, and what we want to do in this piece is to give you a few choices we’ve uncovered that merit a good look.

We’re only going to consider hosted e-commerce software solutions this time, as self-hosted is a considerably more complicated endeavor, requiring far more technical savvy than many new e-commerce entrepreneurs possess. Don’t worry though, as after looking through these choices, you’ll be much better armed to make a smart decision on what’s best for your company and business!

5 Software solutions for E-commerce stores

1. Shopify – Shopify is widely known as the being dog in this space, and it’s definitely an earned reputation. Possessing all of the tools necessary for you to produce an attractive and easy to use platform, they also have a lot of awesome themes to give your store the perfect look. Not the least expensive, but clearly the best. So far they have more than 160,000 stores online.

2.BigCommerce – Another in the drag and drop variety, BigCommerce is a lot like Shopify, but in my opinion a little more complicated to use. Still they have their adherents, as 90,000 stores will attest to!

3.Wix E-Commerce – If you’re wanting a drop dead easy solution for less money, you can’t go wrong with Wix. You can have your store up in literally a few hours with a fully-integrated shopping cart included. Very easy to use!

4.Weebly E-Commerce – The e-commerce tool of choice for more than 440,000 sites, Weebly makes it easy to create a store, but in my experience the building platform can be slow and unresponsive. Nevertheless, a good tool for beginners.

5.SquareSpace – A low-cost offering more in the line of Shopify and BigCommerce, they can’t offer as refined a platform as those options, but you can have a great-looking store at a far lower price with Squarespace. And when you’re getting started, that’s not a bad idea!

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