A cloud based platform basically designed for small & medium sized businesses. The fact that you can use Shopify to build a "complex" store and still make it an easy-to-use e-commerce store, is something which makes it one of the most reliable e-commerce platform in the industry.
Shopify offers a trial of 14 days after which you need to opt for their monthly subscription. Their prices start from $29 dollars for basic features and goes up to $299 for all the features included.
With attributes like drag & drop feature, easy theme editing and a lot more simple tools aimed at a creating a better interface, even a noobie in the e-commerce industry is bound to have a seamless UX with Shopify.
Shopify has a huge unit for customer support who are ready to offer 24/7 fully responsive support to all its users. They have multiple channels like email, phone or live chat through which the users can get in touch with them.
The imagery theme store from Shopify provides tons of amazing themes and well designed business templates for your e-commerce website at a reasonable price.
Used by some of the massive retailers in the world like Samsung and Nespresso, this open source e-commerce platform is gaining a lot of popularity amongst merchants. Known as the most flexible e-commerce platform because of its ability to offer innumerable possibilities to the owners, Magento is a top-notch platform to build a flawless e-store.
Yes Magento is free, but the fact that the plugins required for the Magento platform are available only for extra cost makes it a "not so free" e-commerce platform. And the Enterprise Edition of the Magento platform ( ideally for very large businesses ) is only available as a paid tier.
Though it comes with a very professional look and a bag full of well-organised categories, it is not as user friendly as Shopify. The Magento community has worked towards this attribute in their most recent release Magento 2.0, yet it is still a rough patch for all the kids who are new to the technical world.
As the Magento platform is an open source, it implies that users are not offered any support from the "official support services" of a platform ( except for the enterprise edition of the platform) But nothing to fret about. Magento takes care of it with the help of an extensive developer community which answers any platform-related questions.
To make things a lot easier for its users, Magento provides a series of free and paid educational courses to help understand the platform better.
An open source plugin ( hooked to WordPress ) and a robust platform, Woo Commerce is a popular choice amongst those who plan to build their own e-store from the scratch. A perfect solution for the fans of WordPress, its extensive features makes it an easy-to-use CMS capable of running virtually any website.
Woo Commerce platform is a free to use plugin with lots of free updates. But like other platforms, they too provide only the basic features free of cost and charge a nominal fee ( starting from $49 ) for more extensions and better features.
As an extendable & adaptable open source solution, Woo Commerce has a high level of user friendliness when compared to the other two platforms. Though it might be a bit challenging for the user to set up the store initially, ( because of the fact that it is a plugin & not a subscription based solution ) they get access to a powerful wizard which takes them through the early process effortlessly.
The only drawback to this platform is in the form of limited support offered to its users via forums or by raising a ticket. The open system's architecture does not allow Woo Commerce Platform to provide a separate "technical support system".
In addition to all the basic e-commerce features, Woo Commerce also offers out of the box official extensions and templates for the betterment of a store.