Our years of experience can help guide you to the best platform for your store. The following are some good questions to ask yourself whilst looking around:
Digital or Physical Products
What do you wish to sell through your e-commerce store? Digital or physical goods? It makes all the difference when thinking about shipping costs, etc. Look for platforms that suit your product characteristics.
Self-Hosted or Hosted E-commerce
If you wish to apply a killer design to your store, look for platforms that will enable you to self-host. Most e-commerce platforms provide the ability to modify your store within a live environment, but some are restrictive. Self-hosting also allows you to modify the platform to fit your business processes. Shopify, for example, works perfectly if you wish to sell in the way they allow, but if you want to take a break from selling or wish to implement a new sales process, then it might not be the platform for you.
API Connectivity to your Systems
APIs are used to connect your site to other web or office systems which you currently use or may wish to in the future. We have connected our sites with various platforms including Brightpearl, TradeGecko, Salesforce, Insphire and Barcoder.
Devstars specialise in the following platforms, please click through to read more on each. Better still, call us now to get going!
Bespoke built using a framework
Need a very special selling process or do you sell a product that is not just a standard T-Shirt or Light Bulb? No problem. Devstars can create the right store for you and connect it to your accounting and warehousing platforms, so you can concentrate on running your business.
The best part of bespoke shopping carts is that your website is going to do EXACTLY what you want it to. It will also be super-optimised, giving you fast loading pages and happy customers.
Examples of our Bespoke E-commerce solutions are found with the following clients:
Mini-Engineers – Highly successful Lego building classes for children in London. Bespoke functions include limiting the numbers in each class but offering a waiting list and allowing guests to attend special classes (but supply the teacher with a list of attendees).
Cutler and Gross – International sales of high-end Frames and Sunglasses. Many custom plugins including Geo-targeted content, ‘Try on at home’ service and lighting fast 360 images.
We wrote an article comparing bespoke e-commerce, WooCommerce, Magento and Spotify which you can read here.
With 11,729,225 downloads WooCommerce powers over 30% of all online stores. In the UK it is our favourite platform now (see 2015 chart below).
WooCommerce is built on WordPress and offers a seamless store/shop experience with all areas of your site, administered from a central control panel.
Using a mix of Multi-site and WordPress Multi-language extensions, you can quickly set up a store to sell across borders with options for multi-warehousing and payment gateways to suit your business needs.
We like using WooCommerce due to a mixture of great documentation, huge open source community, endless connectivity (webhooks, Rest API, Custom Ajax endpoints) and simple migration from your old platform.