What are the best eCommerce platforms for integration?
With the growing trend of online shopping, the complexities in managing and processing products and customer data are also increasing. For b2b software providers whose clients are online store owners is essential to have integration with various eCommerce platforms. That is where valuable information needed for running their core business processes is stored. It includes the data connected with orders, products, shipments, customers, baskets, etc.
Retailers may run their stores on different shopping platforms and marketplaces. But the question is, which one eCommerce platform software providers have to choose for integration primarily?
We at API2Cart did our own research to find the answer to this question. The graph below shows the most popular shopping platforms among our clients.
Now, let’s look through the peculiarities of these popular eCommerce platforms.
The best eCommerce platforms for integration
Shopify claims to be the best and secure shopping platform. The number of active stores running on this platform is over 500,000. Shopify provides high-quality service at an affordable price. Store owners choose it for built-in marketing tools, tech support, flexibility in setup, and access to automatic shipping rates. Shopify supports more than 50 languages.
The connection of your app with Shopify means that you will be able to boost the number of your clients several times. However, there is a significant number of challenges connected with this process. For example, the integration with Shopify takes approximately one month. Also, Shopify releases its new API version every three months and the changes can affect your software integration with this platform.
Etsy is a popular eCommerce platform, especially among the dropshippers. The main clients of this shopping platform are those who sell vintage items and handmade crafts. Etsy allows uploading up to five images for each item and adding videos. It provides detailed statistics to its clients.
According to Statista, more than 2 million sellers from 234 countries sell their goods through this platform.
Even though, Etsy API provides an easy to use RESTful interface, the integration with this platform takes from 4 to 6 weeks. It also requires the help of highly experienced professionals.
WooCommerce powers about more than 30% of all the online stores. It is an open-source eCommerce platform with a customer base of 250000+ people. WooCommerce is built on WordPress and provides free and paid extensions. It allows selling different types of goods from physical products to content and appointments.
WooCommerce has a few API versions. What does it mean for you as a software provider? Every time a new version of this eCommerce platform appears you need to make the changes in your code. Consequently, it requires a lot of time and effort.
With seven years of experience and 200 000 satisfied store owners, OpenCart proves to be one of the best solutions for online retailers. The main features of OpenCart: free download and updates, built-in SEO, over 13000 modules and themes, multiple payment gateways.
The integration of your app with OpenCart will require considerable expenses and detailed learning of its architecture. This platform has a significant number of versions. The latest one is OpenCart 18.104.22.168 that was released on April 2019.
Covering 26% of all the online stores across the world, Magento allows you to reach out to more than 240,000 potential clients. Magento is an open-source platform. It offers customizable design, a vast number of product attributes, product comparison, etc.
The difficulties in integration with Magento are connected with EAV (Entity-Attribute-Value) database model, 40+ various tables with info on products and categories, data import issues, the inaccuracy of API documentation.
PrestaShop allows building online shops very quickly. It enables to use multiple payment options and detailed analytics. PrestaShop supports 45+ languages. This shopping cart is easy to set up and use. Nowadays, more than 260 000 store owners use Prestashop.
Here are the countries that use PrestaShop platform the most: Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, and Canada.
The integration with PrestaShop allows you to increase the number of your clients and expand your software sales throughout the world.
BigCommerce is all-in-one eCommerce platform. It is popular among growing businesses and startups. More than 90 000 online stores from 65 countries are based on the BigCommerce platform. This shopping platform provides customizable design themes, professional SEO tools, abandoned cart saver, multiple payment options.
BigCommerce has detailed API documentation. However, the process of integration with it is not so easy as you can think. It requires strong technical experience and expertise.
CS-Cart rules over the eCommerce market for about 13 years. More than 35 000 of eCommerce stores are built on this platform. CS-Cart has a drag-and-drop user interface that is highly appreciated between its customers. It provides a wide variety of themes and various payment methods.
CS-Cart has a mobile application for Android and iOS systems. Also, it provides the possibility to use it's multilingual and multi-currency functionality.
CS-Cart has a RESTful API and four methods to view and modify objects: Get, Put, Post, Delete. It provides detailed API documentation available for experienced developers.
There are multiple eCommerce platforms your software can integrate with. However, if you want to succeed in the b2b software market and expand the number of your potential customers, we recommend you to integrate with the ones we’ve listed above.
One thing you must keep in mind is that the process of integration involves technological complexity, a huge budget, and months of your developers’ work.
API2Cart provides a unified API for integration with more than 40 eCommerce platforms at once. All you need to do is to connect your app with API2Cart and enjoy the result. You will be able to work with all the data required from your clients’ stores. It includes managing the information connected with products, orders, shipments, customers, baskets, etc.
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