If you need to add a shopping cart to your already existing website, choosing a solution that supports your goals can be tricky. Often, bloggers and content creators just want a simple checkout solution to integrate with their already existing website. Not only is that more affordable, but it’s also far easier to manage.

Finding a solution isn’t that difficult as there are hundreds of them. Finding a solution that is easy to integrate, user friendly and representative of your brand can be more difficult.

We’ve looked at most popular eCommerce platforms and found the best-selling solutions based on the following features:

  • Embeddable
  • Sync with in-store inventory
  • M-commerce
  • Multiple payment gateways and currencies
  • Abandoned Carts
  • Customization

These are the best 5 eCommerce platforms that ready to be integrated with an already function website with little downtime or disruption.

  • Ecwid
  • Shopify
  • Foxy
  • E-Junkie
  • SnipCart

Ecwid

Has all the standard features you’d expect. Easy synchronisation and the ability to sell on website, social media, and marketplaces like Amazon, and live in-person. There are advertising features and a simple, single dashboard.

The Good

There are no setup or transaction fees, and it’s user-friendly. Effortless integration with any existing website or social media network, and it is optimised for mobile commerce. The service has all the necessary business features, such as multiple payment gateways, abandoned cart recovery, product catalogues, shipping options, point-of-sale options, automatic translation to 50 languages, inventory tracking, and management.

The Bad

On the flip side of the free service, there are too few plugins, poor SEO features, no customisation of URLs and limited checkout customisation options on the free version. These things are better when you choose to pay for the service, but on the free trial version, you are limited.

Shopify

Shopify is arguably on the better-known eCommerce software providers on the market. It’s “buy now” button and an embeddable shopping cart are simple for those who are new to eCommerce. It’s easy to set up and start selling, and it is budget-friendly, so it’s a great option for bloggers looking to add eCommerce functionality to their website.

The good

The sales button and embedded shopping cart integrate with a number of platforms including WordPress, Squarespace, Tumblr or your self-hosted site. With many customisation options, you can control the look and feel of the cart on your site. With paid services you get access to all the Shopify features like Shopify POS, app store, 24/7 support, and you can embed unlimited products anywhere on your site, offer multiple payment gateways, and checkout features.

The bad

To access features like SEO, marketing, and selling tools like shopping cart abandonment you’ll have to upgrade to the basic plan.

Foxy

Instead of offering a hosted solution, Foxy integrates with your existing website and takes care of all the eCommerce business without interfering with your content. With plenty of advanced features, this is ideal for SMEs who value scalability.

The Good

Foxy integrates with a large number of external services, including popular options, Wix and Squarespace. The platform offers useful features like inventory management, unlimited product placement, recurring payments, checkout, shopping cart management, tax calculation, and 90+ payment gateways. It’s also highly customisable and easily suitable.

The bad

The charges are based per transaction, which means it’s only suitable for smaller sellers with few sales, otherwise the fees are very high. There’s a free unlimited trial, but to accept payments you need to select a paid plan.

E-Junkie

E-junkie focuses on providing simple checkout features that can integrate with any existing website, eBay store or Facebook seller. It’s an ideal option for bloggers and content creators.

The good

E-Junkie can be embedded in any website and will support both digital and physical products. At low cost, sellers have access to inventory management, selling tools like bundled items, special promotions, tax and VAT collection, and a native marketplace.

The bad

There are limited payment gateways, and it’s geared towards digital goods rather than physical. It’s the least aesthetically appealing option and doesn’t offer tools like abandoned cart recovery.

SnipCart

Designed with flexibility in mind, this is the best off-the-shelf solution for users looking to build a unique eCommerce site, or transform an existing website to a fully-fledged online store.

The good

This is a highly customizable platform, offering full creative freedom to build an entirely unique store. It’s mobile-ready, and offers many great features like inventory management, abandoned cart recovery, multiple payment gateways, subscriptions, accepts multi-currency, shipping, and invoicing. It can integrate with any website and supports digital and physical goods. It also promises to integrate with your current CMS and be a ‘background’ support product, rather than a dominant feature of your site.

The bad

It’s not ideal for users with no developing skills. Sign up is free, and then the pricing depends on the size of your business. It might take a little time to learn to use the product to your full advantage if you are not familiar with shopping carts and dashboards.

Conclusion

With the options above, you can easily turn traffic into a primary source of income. Whether you’re looking to sell digital or physical products, there are easy and budget-friendly solutions to selling online that won’t cost you 80% of your profits. Take your time choosing the right solution, because a poor shopping cart is one of the number one reasons people will abandon a sale. Be sure you are in control of your cart with branding, usability and fees and you can start to enjoy the benefits of your eCommerce.