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Alternatives to Shopify

WordPress, Weebly, ClickFunnels, GoDaddy, and PrestaShop are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Shopify.
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What is Shopify and what are its top alternatives?

Shopify is a popular e-commerce platform that allows users to create online stores and sell products. Key features include customizable website templates, secure payment processing, inventory management, and marketing tools. However, some limitations of Shopify include transaction fees, limited customization options for advanced users, and the need for add-ons to access certain features.

  1. BigCommerce: BigCommerce is a robust e-commerce platform that offers features like multi-channel selling, SEO tools, and customizable themes. Pros include extensive built-in features, while cons include a steep learning curve for beginners.
  2. WooCommerce: WooCommerce is a popular WordPress plugin that allows users to turn their website into an online store. Key features include flexibility, customization options, and a large community. Pros include being open-source and integration with WordPress, while cons include the need for technical knowledge to set up.
  3. Magento: Magento is a powerful e-commerce platform with advanced features like scalability, customization, and integrations. Pros include flexibility for large enterprise-level websites, while cons include higher costs and technical complexity.
  4. Wix: Wix is a website builder that also offers e-commerce functionality. Key features include drag-and-drop website builder, marketing tools, and a variety of templates. Pros include easy setup and user-friendly interface, while cons include limited customization options.
  5. Squarespace: Squarespace is another website builder that includes e-commerce capabilities. Features include beautiful designs, mobile responsiveness, and SEO tools. Pros include stunning visual designs, while cons include limited payment gateway options.
  6. Volusion: Volusion is an e-commerce platform that offers features like responsive design, SEO tools, and secure payment processing. Pros include built-in marketing tools, while cons include limited scalability.
  7. 3dcart: 3dcart is a comprehensive e-commerce platform with features like built-in blog, email marketing, and secure hosting. Pros include a wide range of features, while cons include a dated user interface.
  8. PrestaShop: PrestaShop is an open-source e-commerce platform with features like customizable themes, multi-language support, and product management tools. Pros include being free and customizable, while cons include the need for technical knowledge.
  9. Ecwid: Ecwid is a flexible e-commerce platform that allows users to sell on multiple channels, including social media and websites. Key features include easy integration, SEO tools, and mobile responsiveness. Pros include the ability to sell on various platforms, while cons include limited customization options.
  10. OpenCart: OpenCart is an open-source e-commerce platform with features like multi-store functionality, customizable themes, and extensions. Pros include being free and easy to use, while cons include limited support and updates.

Top Alternatives to Shopify

  • WordPress
    WordPress

    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family. ...

  • Weebly
    Weebly

    Weebly is an AJAX website creator that allows you to create pages with template skins and content widgets. Users can easily drag-and-drop content widgets like pictures, text, video and Google Maps in WYSIWYG-fashion. ...

  • ClickFunnels
    ClickFunnels

    ClickFunnels is the only website builder that doesn't just build pages, but actually builds entire sales funnels. ...

  • GoDaddy
    GoDaddy

    Go Daddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable. It is a trusted domain registrar that empowers people with creative ideas to succeed online. ...

  • PrestaShop
    PrestaShop

    PrestaShop is written in PHP, is highly customizable, supports all the major payment services, is translated in many languages and localized for many countries, and is fully responsive (both front- and back-office). ...

  • Stripe
    Stripe

    Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.

  • WooCommerce
    WooCommerce

    WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin. And it's available for free. Packed full of features, perfectly integrated into your self-hosted WordPress website. ...

  • Squarespace
    Squarespace

    Whether you need simple pages, sophisticated galleries, a professional blog, or want to sell online, it all comes standard with your Squarespace website. Squarespace starts you with beautiful designs right out of the box — each handcrafted by our award-winning design team to make your content stand out. ...

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    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
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    Really powerful
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    Rapid website development
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    Best documentation
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    Product feature set
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    Custom/internal social network
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    Open source
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    Great for all types of websites
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    Perfect example of user collaboration
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    Open Source Community
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    Most websites make use of it
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I blogged about writing again on the existing Blogger blog but it didn't feel right. I looked at a few options where I wouldn't have to worry about hosting cost indefinitely and Jekyll stood out with GitHub Pages. The Importer was fairly straightforward for the existing blog posts.

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Below is my own professional history to give some context to my current skill set. I have been a front-end dev for 18 years. My tools of choice are:

  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • JavaScript
  • WordPress
  • PHP (but not my strongest skill as I don't write it too often)

I first of all would like to become a better and more 'full stack' developer, and I have a business idea that will hopefully allow me to move in this direction. The queries I have will result in which approach I take here. One of the most important aspects to me is the system being 'future proof'. If successful I know I will eventually bring additional developers on board, and they will likely be better developers than me! I want to avoid them having to rebuild the system and would like it to be something that they can just expand and improve on.

The business which I'd like to create is the following (in a nutshell), I have ideas for many more features, but this is how I'd like to begin:

Web-based system for gym management & marketing. Specifically a class-based gym

  1. One-stop shop for a class-based gym owner
  2. Sell memberships
  3. Manage class bookings
  4. Reporting
  5. Automatically generated website
  6. Choose a pre-designed template and amend the content through their dashboard
  7. Marketing
  8. Easily send a newsletter to members
  9. Book a free trial form on the website linked directly to the booking system

Important requirements

  1. One system, one dashboard. I would like the gym owner to have one place to control everything. Members, marketing, and website amendments.
  2. Future proof. These features are the bare minimum and I'd like to keep expanding on the features as time goes on. Things like uploading programming for members, messaging between members and admin, and selling merchandise via the website.
  3. Fast to load & secure. I live in the WordPress world right now, which isn't the fastest or most secure environment. I appreciate there are better ways to develop a system like this, but I'm a little clueless about where to start.
  4. Mobile. The data created should easily communicate with a mobile app that customers will download to manage their memberships and class bookings.

TIA to anybody that can provide some guidance on where to start here.

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      • Authentication: Auth0
      • Deployment: Amazon EC2 Container Service
      • Local Testing: Docker
      • Marketing: Mailchimp (Separately Export from Auth0)
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        I'm looking to build an eCommerce website and seeking advice from professionals on the most reliable tech stack that I can use. Currently, the website is built on top of WordPress with WooCommerce, but the company has grown up, and evidently, the number of products have been increased. The site needs a fresh code because WordPress doesn't make it anymore.

        The stack I'm most familiar with is PHP + Symfony + MySQL + Apache HTTP Server or NGINX. Headless eCommerce is the one I'm looking for, because of the huge complexity, it would be great to separate the backend from the frontend. Not sure about CMSs, because they had a huge amount of functionality that the application doesn't need. I've been looking also at PrestaShop, it seems ok, but not sure about customization and front-end integration. As a custom solution, I have found Sylius or Aimeos for the backend, but I'm not too sure about a frontend stack.

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