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Shopify Vs CS Cart Multi Vendor

Shopify is a well-known, well-established e-commerce platform for running your own web store. It now controls around ten per cent of the global e-commerce market. However, while it caters well for those with standard web stores, what about multi-vendor marketplaces? The one downside of this otherwise excellent platform is that Shopify doesn’t offer multi-vendor functionality as standard. So if you are looking to build an online marketplace using Shopify, you will need to use third-party extensions to be viable, such as the Webkul Marketplace App. This is where CS-Cart Multi-Vendor comes into play. This standalone e-commerce platform has been powering thousands of e-stores and marketplaces since 2005, so it has a long and well-trusted history of delivering flexible options for multi-vendor marketplaces owners. If you are looking to keep costs down, in the beginning, using Webkul Marketplace App for Shopify is much more expensive than using CS-Cart Multi-Vendor.

Why choose Shopify

Shopify is a great way to start up your own e-commerce web store. You don’t need to install any software. You don’t have to choose a hosting company for your store, and you will never need to worry about server settings. It is an excellent solution for a beginner with little experience because all you need to do is create a Shopify account, make some very easy and basic settings for your store, and add your product range, and the job is done. Shopify is suitable for beginners and is one of the most accessible e-commerce platforms to use when starting out. This is thanks to the company that developed the platform, their support, and the easy usability that Shopify comes with. Shopify hosts your store and does all the automatic software updates, so you don’t have to. However, if you have a little more experience and want something with more flexibility and customisations, a hosted solution such as this has one major downside – you don’t get access to the source code. This means you won’t be able to tweak the existing functionality or add new features.

CS-Cart Multi-Vendor and scalability

You may not be planning to modify your e-commerce store right now, but you will, should your e-store become successful at some time in the future. This is when you will need the option of a customisable solution. The beauty of CS-Cart Multi-Vendor is that you will get open access to the source code at no extra cost. You will have the flexibility to customise the design, add new features, and tailor your payment and shipping methods to suit your needs. With CS-Cart Multi-Vendor, you get much more freedom of choice compared to a straight-up Shopify option. You are free to modify your online marketplace by yourself, or if you are not confident enough to do this yourself, you can hire someone to tweak your site for you from one of the hundreds of partners listed in CS-Cart Marketplace.

Consider the future of your e-commerce store

If you are planning to grow your online marketplace over time and showcase hundreds or potentially thousands of products, you will need to make sure your e-store will be able to handle the workload. When you first start out, you won’t have a massive number of web visitors or offer many products during the first few weeks or months. However, you need to think ahead to a time when your store will need to cope with hundreds of interactions simultaneously. You don’t want your web store to crash because it becomes overloaded. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for all e-commerce stores that will satisfy the needs of everyone. You need to choose the option that gives you the scalability you need for your future growth.
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