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      What is the best ecommerce software for an online store?

      I am looking to build an online store so Im looking for the best ecommerce software.

      The software must allow for customization. Im not interested in a template that 1000s of others are already using. I also don't want to spend too much - is there a good free version?

      Please let me know what you suggest.
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      There is free ecommerce software options but remember you get what you pay for. Sometimes you have to pay a monthly or yearly fee to get tech support and that's always a nice option.

      You want the ecommerce software to provide you with an online store that is

      functional
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      user-friendly

      Big Commerce is one of the best but it charges a fee. You get to control the product pages better which is why so many people like it. Free services are available from Presta Shop, Magento and Zen Cart.

      Whichever one you use, make sure it can handle whichever content management system you have. It really comes down to how you design the site.

      Meaning the best ecommerce software is the one that handles the visitor load, design, tech specifics and security concerns so shoppers are safe.

      While people will give you their opinions on specific ecommerce software remember that it has to be the best for what you need it to do.
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      Magento is a good one. You need to make sure you can handle this software though. It requires a lot of additional programs to work to its fullest which could slow down the computer.

      You don’t need all the additions however so that is a plus of being able to pick and choose.

      How independent do you want the site to appear?

      Magento is free but it doesn't have an endless supply of template. Though they do have a paid program that probably offers more.

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      I want the software to help me with the startup. I don't design websites for a living and don't want any headaches.

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      There's always osCommerce to check out. It's free and is one of the leading sites.

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      osCommerce is outdated. How big is the site? Specifically how many products are you listing?

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      Right now the plan is to list anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 products. I found a great dropshipper that has extended my inventory.

      This is why I want my site to look nice. With that many products I know that I'm going to neat something sleek and functional. Nothing too basic it would look crowded and junky.

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      With that many products you might want to work with a professional to help design the site. Since you said you don't do it for a living it’s a good idea.

      Also ask your dropshipper if you can use their product information to make it more streamline. This could really save you in start-up design costs.

      You need the database queries to be fast. If it's slow then visitors will bounce from the site.

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      Try shopify. I use them and they are easy.. You just add the products they handle all the payment gateways and security issues.

      Better still you get to customize the look. I'm with you, I find template websites boring.

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      Hey, if you are just wanting to link to your dropshipper then you could try WP ecommerce. You simply just add it to the wordpress blog or website.

      That is what I did with my dropshipper. It was a pretty simple solution.

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