Guest Blogger: Amanda – 3 Super Easy E-Commerce Platforms

Hi, Amanda here from over at the Moming About blog!  It has definitely been a while since my post about the Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas!  It’s been 9 months since my daughter, Luna, was born on May 2nd (her brother’s 4th birthday).  I’m hoping 2015 bring me greatness!  I’m reaching for the stars, and I hope you do, too!

3 Super Easy E-Commerce Platforms

3 Super Easy E-Commerce Platforms

In January I launched my online store, Diaper Again, where I focus on reselling used cloth diapers and promoting parenting with love, conscious parenting, and eco-friendly living.  In my journey to opening to store, I discovered so many e-commerce options!  Here are just a few of my favorites!

1. Etsy

Okay, this one is probably not a big shocker!  Everyone loves Etsy, right?  If you haven’t explored Etsy, you need to go there now and make your first purchase.  Anyway, as a seller, Etsy is pretty great too!  It’s easy to set up and already has a built in community.  You can set up shop and get started for just 20 cents!
However, customization options are pretty limited on Etsy and Etsy is intended for vintage or handmade goods.  Reselling (like what I was trying to do) is not for Etsy.

2. Shopify

Shopify was the best option for me as it offered everything I needed, with plenty of room to expand into things I wanted in the future.  A big one for me was the option to add a subscription app/option and loyalty points to my store!  Shopify also has free and paid customizable themes AND paid and free apps to add more functions to your store.
You can get a 14 day free trial to test out Shopify’s features and their paid plans start at $14 a month.  Shopify does have fees, like almost all other e-commerce choices, so it’s important to compare your wants to the associated costs.  It also takes a little while to set-up and the blog (aka: content marketing) set up leaves a lot to be desired.

3. Squarespace

This was my personal second choice when deciding on a storefront, mostly because of the lack of plug-ins for the two things I wanted most (loyalty rewards and subscriptions).  Squarespace has stunning themes and can be used as much more than an e-commerce site.  However, aside from the designer themes, Squarespace’s focus seems to be more on content the the frilly stuff.  For Squarespace, content marketing would be much better and easier than with Shopify and the user interface is easy to use.

Other Options

There are so many e-commerce options out there!  Here are a few more quality ones to consider, if the above three aren’t for you.

What is your favorite e-commerce platform?  Do you have an online store?  Share in the comments below!

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