The 6 Best Platforms to Help Expand Your Business Online

October 9, 2016

5:50 pm

The expansion and globalization of the internet has led to major changes in the way commerce works. Businesses are now choosing to expand their commerce online which comes with its own set of challenges to ensure that the transactions run smoothly. Customer to business, business to business, and customer to customer are the most prevailing types of ecommerce, with mobile commerce gaining popularity.

There is no reason to not expand a business online. Here’s how.


This platform is free but quite valuable, as it is one of the most widely used ecommerce plugins for WordPress. Keep track of your inventory and stock in real time with the inventory system so that you are able to provide your customers with a great experience. You can implement sales, coupons, and other promotions to enhance your business and use efficient shipping to spend less time questioning the process. Never use more than one site to run your online business when choosing WooCommerce — the numerous options allows for transactions to be completed quickly and accurately with this one simple to use plugin.


Enjoy unlimited bandwidth, a secure shopping cart, user-friendly interface, and lots of themes to choose from—both free and paid. When using Shopify, know that you will have access to customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are so many features to use but it does not overwhelm a novice user. Anyone can use Shopify and if the experience is less than satisfactory, it is possible to cancel at any time.

Shopify has a great reputation among online businesses because it didn’t reinvent an already great process — they simply polished it. Additionally, there is no need for a third party to deal with the shipments or payments, as you are able to do it all right from the program. Check out this Shopify eCommerce software review from AWA.


Tweak osCommerce features to build a system that will complement your business requirements and goals. Your webstore can be fully customized using a plethora of features. Manage your inventory, orders, products, and catalogs and even integrate other third party applications to broaden the functionality.


Prestashop boasts over three million users worldwide as one of the most popular ecommerce platforms. Users can manage and market their stock with ease, allowing their products to be shown in the optimal way. The intricate platform allows users to encourage more sales by offering consumers products that are related to previous purchases. Countless features include shipping assistance, payment processing, and even security — making the perfect formula for a successful online business.


OpenCart is said to be one of the best platforms for ecommerce available. Your store can be filled with merchandise that is then inventoried and shown off in a way that will generate sales via a combination of the images and descriptions, along with several other options for customization. Reviews and ratings allow for customer participation, and various currencies are accepted to ensure payment success. OpenCart fosters SEO options that will help your shop to have better visibility online, and will attract more customers.


Create your online store with ease using BigCommerce. Market your products and maintain the inventory right in the program with the capability to upload high resolution photos and videos. Users can also customize their shipping options to reflect their needs and the needs of the customer to make sure that the process is completed quickly and efficiently. You will be able to track the store’s performance and use the feedback to make the changes that are necessary to increase the ROI of the business.

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David Fournier has been a business analyst since 2010 and also involved in the launching of startups companies for over 3 years.He has been writing for small to mid-sized businesses, assisting them with their business needs.