Sometimes, selling online is an add-on to an already flourishing business. And entrepreneurs are not always looking to split their attention between an already popular website and a fully-fledged online store.
Often, bloggers and content creators just want a simple checkout solution to integrate with their already existing website. Not only is that more affordable, but it’s also far easier to manage.
So if you are motivated, already getting some traffic to your website, and are looking to add a shopping cart to your website that has been online for some time, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve looked at most popualr ecommerce platforms, and found the best selling solutions based on the following features:
- Sync with in-store inventory
- Multiple payment gateways and currencies
- Abandoned Carts
Here are the best 5 ecommerce platforms that are built to integrate with an already existing website.
With powerful ecommerce features on offer and easy implementation to any existing CMS platform or social network, Ecwid is the editor’s choice for sellers looking to expand their offering.
What we love
There are no setup or transaction fees, and it’s user-friendly. Effortless integration with any existing website or social media network, and is optimized for mobile commerce. There are all the necessary business features available like, multiple payment gateways, abandoned cart recovery, product catalogs, shipping options, point-of-sale options, automatic translation to 50 languages, inventory tracking, and management.
There are not too many plugins, poor SEO features with the free version, no customization of URLs like link shortener, and limited customization options on the free version.
The plugin is free to start with, but as the business grows, opt for the Venture plan for $15 per month.
The Shopify “buy now” button and embeddable shopping cart are an easy option for creators looking to test out ecommerce waters. It’s easy to set up and start selling, and it is budget friendly, so it’s a great option for bloggers looking to add ecommerce functionality to their website.
What we love
The Shopify button and embed shopping cart integrates with a number of platforms including WordPress, Squarespace, Tumblr or your own self-hosted site. With high customization options, you can control the look and feel of the new addition to your site. Best of all, you get access to all the Shopify features like Shopify POS, app store, 24/7 support, embed unlimited products anywhere on your site, multiple payment gateways, and checkout features.
To access features like SEO, marketing, and selling tools like shopping cart abandonment you’ll have to upgrade to the basic plan.
The Shopify button features is free for existing customers, otherwise it’s $9 per month.
Instead of being a hosted solution, Foxy integrates with your existing website and takes care of all the ecommerce business without interfering with your content. With plenty of advanced features, this is ideal for SMEs.
What we love
Foxy integrates with a large number of external services, including the two most popular options Wix and Squarespace. The platform offers awesome features like inventory management, unlimited products, recurring payments, checkout, shopping car management, taxes, and 90+ payment gateways. On top of that, it’s highly customizable.
They charges per transaction, which means it’s not suitable for large sellers with a lot of sales because they’ll face high fees.
There’s a free unlimited trial, but to accept payments you need to select a paid plan. Subscription plans start at $15 per month.
Geared for smaller sellers, E-junkie focuses on providing simple checkout features to integrate any existing website, eBay store of Facebook. It’s an ideal option for bloggers and content creators.
What we love
E-Junkie can be embedded in any website and will support both digital and physical products. At low cost, sellers have access to inventory management, selling tools like bundled items, special promotions, tax and VAT collection, and a native marketplace.
There are limited payment gateways, and it’s geared towards digital goods rather than physical. It’s the least aesthetically appealing option and doesn’t offer tools like abandoned cart recovery.
There’s a 30-day free trial, and then plans start from $5 per month.
Designed for developers craving flexibility, this is the best alternative choice for users looking to build a unique ecommerce site, or transform an existing website to a fully fledged online store.
What we love
This is a highly customizable platform, offering full creative freedom to build an entirely unique store. It’s mobile ready, and offer many great features like inventory management, abandoned cart recovery, multiple payment gateways, subscriptions, accepts multi-currency, shipping, and invoicing. On top of that, it can integrate with any website, and supports both digital and physical goods.
It’s not ideal for users with no developing skills.
Sign up is free, and then the pricing depends on the size of your business. For smaller sellers, the standard plan costs 2% of the total monthly sales or $10 (whichever is higher).
You’ve done the hard part — you’ve built up momentum and have grown a following. And with the options above, you can easily turn that traffic into a primary source of income. Whether you’re looking to sell digital or physical products, nothing can stop you from launching your very own online store. Good luck!