I haven’t updated my blog in a while as I have been traveling over the past few months but now I’m back and ready to update this again!
I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes a good e-commerce online store, and do you know that feeling when you have some ideas, then you leave it alone for a few months and the ideas just grow and mature? I think that’s what’s happening to me as I have a few new thoughts on e-commerce builders.
The more I think about creating an online store, the more I think about how flexible the builder is to grow with your business. I guess everybody starts small, but at some point it is your intent to get more customers and visitors. Then what? Just because the tools that worked for you at the beginning of your journey doesn’t mean they will be sufficient going forward.
That’s why I’m starting to think that having a proper platform, a really good ecommerce platform that gives you the flexibility to grow your website along side with your business is so important.
No body plans to fail right? So you have to plan for success (a good quote I heard from somewhere). To plan for success, it makes a lot of sense NOT to jump on the first online store builder you find… but to really evaluate if the builder gives you a good platform to keep adding new and more advanced tools to build your site when you start to become more successful.
I mentioned in my other blog post that there are two great e-commerce builders, that are Shopify and Bigcommerce. THere are a lot of other good builders out there, such as Weebly which have been adding to their e-commerce tools lately, which is great. But they are nowhere as flexible as Shopify or Bigcommerce especially with their app stores.
Shopify just reached over 100,000 paying users, and have been growing so fast over the past year as I watched them improve their tools and offerings. Bigcommerce is growing as well, but doesn’t look like they’re growing as fast as Shopify. In any case, both are great.
I also want to talk more about how Shopify is starting to change their business which used to only cater to online stores before, and now they are starting to offer point of sales systems for offline stores. That is so interesting but I’ll leave that for another day!