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Recommendation for shopping platform integration (web and mobile)

Hi All,

I'm building a shopping site, but don't want to build the underlying shopping platform.
Any recommendation for a solid, scalable, reasonably priced shopping platform?

I will need to have a web front and a mobile front, for which I'll want tight control through an API.

Any recommendation?

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Jake Carlson
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Jake Carlson Entrepreneur • Advisor
Software Development Manager at Oracle
If I had some more details about what your products and special features, I could give you a more informed recommendation - but Shopify is quite good for simple ecommerce sites.
Evelyn Zoubi
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Evelyn Zoubi Entrepreneur
Founder, CEO at Glanse (Incubated at Westfield)
Magento or shopify Best, Evelyn Sent from a mobile
Alastair Trueger
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Alastair Trueger Entrepreneur
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Shopify's not too awful. Sent from my iPhone
Stephen McCurry
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Stephen McCurry Entrepreneur
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My recommendation would depend on a few factors -

1. How fast you want to be up and running.
2. How much development effort you are prepared to put in. Or how much customization you need.
3. Cost / scale.

Here are a few implementation options. Personally, I would not recommend ecommerce plugins for content management systems like Wordpress or Drupal -

Shopify
Pros - can be Live quickly with low to no development effort. Includes mobile
Downside - No dev effort means limitations in customization

Magento
Pros - full featured ecommerce platform. Cloud based option for fast deployment and low maintenance. Scalable
Cons - admin can be complex. Not as turn key as Shopify. Requires some front-end dev. PHP (not my personal choice of technology)

Spree Commerce
Pros - open source platform. Provides flexibility. Gives you a leg up on a custom build. Ruby on Rails (my #1 choice of technology)
Cons - custom build required

Hybris
Pros - scalable full featured ecommerce platform. Focus on services allows you to focus on frontend
Cons - recently purchased by SAP. Probably more of a mid-large implementation option


Devon Read
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Devon Read Entrepreneur
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Shoplify is a great Ecommerce platform and they recently released a mobile pos platform as well. Check em out. -
Alastair Trueger
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Alastair Trueger Entrepreneur
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Avoid anything touched by SAP... Sent from my iPhone
Michael Salera
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Michael Salera Entrepreneur • Advisor
Software Craftsman
Anything but Magento, unless you have an army of PHP developers available to customize it.
Yousef Janajri
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Yousef Janajri Entrepreneur • Advisor
Architecting and writing code at Inbox
Have you checked out Shopify? - Sent from Mailbox for iPhone
Brian Piercy
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Brian Piercy Entrepreneur
Shopify?
Anthony Zeoli
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Anthony Zeoli Entrepreneur • Advisor
Digital Strategy and WordPress Consultant and Trainer
Stephen,

I don't understand why you would not recommend WP Ecommerce, Shoppe, Cart66 or WooCommerce for WordPress. All are stable plug-ins. All convert WordPress into a fully functional e-commerce system. All are well supported and have been around for some time.

My company, Digital Strategy Works, develops E-Commerce solutions on top of WordPress and we have been very successful with that strategy. There are far more WordPress developers than there are Magento developers. And, while Magento is a very good solution for building an e-commerce system, it may be overkill to just get something up online quickly.

Lastly, I rarely, if every, recommend that any domain owner use services like Shopify. You are then beholden to the 3rd party software as a service for all updates and maintenance. You do not control your domain. You inherently have less SEO value on the subdomain of Shopify then on your own primary domain. As you grow, you outgrow Shopify anyway, so why start there in the first place? It's good for small businesses that don't want to invest in their own brand, but not for those who have to have more control.

An example of an e-commerce site we did. Be-Classic.com is a luxury women's tops brand in NYC. This site was done in 2010, but it continues to thrive today on WP Ecommerce.

Eric, if you are looking for design and development to get a shopping cart up quickly on your own domain with our web development and managed hosting services, I'd be happy to talk to you about the advantages of using WordPress and a shopping cart plugin to solve your immediate needs and get you started selling your products online. Our new website is still be updates, but you can contact us through http://www.digitalstrategyworks.com.

Hope to be able to help.

Tony Zeoli
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