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What is E-commerce Software and Third-Party Sites

While online business owners do need several things to get up and running, there are all-in-one solutions to help you. E-commerce software simplifies the process of

opening an online store by walking owners through each step of the process, including registering a domain name, designing a website, uploading and managing inventory,

connecting to a shopping cart, and providing secure payment options for shoppers.

When choosing e-commerce software, small business owners should consider several factors. The software should incorporate all aspects of creating and maintaining an

e-commerce website, such as hosting, website design and SEO integration. In addition, business owners should ensure the software offers a shopping cart capable of

accepting a variety of payments, including credit cards, PayPal and eChecks. Finally, the software should provide top-notch security, such as fraud and secure sockets

layer protection, to give consumers peace of mind that their personal information won’t end up in the wrong hands.

Most e-commerce software providers charge online businesses a monthly fee for their services. While most of the top software providers waive a setup fee, monthly costs

can range from $15 to $300 a month depending on several factors, including how large the online store is and how many of the software’s services the business owner


Our other site,, has done extensive, in-depth reviews of numerous e-commerce software options. These are its top three options:

3dcart, which allows you to create a unique website with its versatile customization tools, plenty of integrations and easy checkout process
Shopify, which features a searchable customer menu for targeted marketing campaigns and a lot of flexibility to grow with your business
Volusion, which offers advanced security and back-room tools, and integrates with Amazon to boost sales

Third-party sites
Small business owners who feel creating their own e-commerce site is too difficult have other options for selling goods online. In one increasingly popular method,

many entrepreneurs go through a third-party provider, like Amazon. These large-scale online marketplaces provide each individual business with its own page within the

third-party provider’s site.

The benefit of such sites is that business owners don’t have to set up an extensive e-commerce website and deal with the hassle of accepting payments. The process is

very simple. Within hours, any business owner can register in the marketplace, set up a page and start selling.

One big negative of such sites is the cost. Most online marketplaces charge a host of fees, including those to list items, which are generally 20 to 25 cents per item,

plus a percentage of each sale, which can be 3 to 10 percent of the total sale price.

Additionally, shoppers must search for the business within the huge marketplace. While a regular e-commerce site only has products listed for one business, visitors to

sites like eBay or Amazon will see a wide variety of goods. Even though each business has its own page on these sites, other sellers can easily lure a shopper in

another direction. This can make closing sales much more difficult.

Some of the more popular online marketplaces today are eBay, Etsy, Amazon, Yahoo Shopping,, eCrater, and Bonanza.