What is e-commerce?
E-commerce (electronic commerce) is the buying and selling of goods and services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over an electronic network, primarily the internet. These business transactions occur either as business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), consumer-to-consumer, or consumer-to-business. The terms e-commerce and e-business are often used interchangeably. The term e-tail is also sometimes used in reference to the transactional processes that make up online retail shopping.
Top 5 e-commerce applications
WooCommerce is one of the best free e-commerce platforms that’s based on PHP programming language. It is an extension of WordPress CMS made by Jigoshop. WooCommerce has almost 21% global market share because of its ease of use. It can be easily installed even by a beginner while setting it up on any PHP Host is just a matter of seconds... If you are using Cloudways, WooCommerce can be installed with just a single click. you can also make a WooCommerce multi-vendor marketplace with powerful SEO features. As it is used by 380K retailers until now, it offers a huge repository of plugins and themes.
Of course, you will also need fast WooCommerce hosting for your WooCommerce website to improve traffic.
Joomla has almost six percent market share that shows its moderate popularity among e-Commerce users. It is a content management system and mostly used by schools, churches, and individual e-commerce store owners. It has a thriving community of developers and designers and hosts more than 700,000 e-commerce stores and websites.
Prestashop is a PHP-based e-commerce shopping cart and platform that is built on the Smarty template engine. Prestashop offers hundreds of features, including page-checkout, downloadable products, features cross-selling, and one-page checkout. Prestashop is used in 160 countries and has been translated into 63 different languages. This has helped build Prestashop into a strong community around the world with more than 100,000 community members. Prestashop also comes with customizable themes and feature add-ons.
Magento is an E-commerce platform that is free and built on open source technology. Magento is a content management system that provides online merchants with a flexible shopping cart system or E-commerce website for selling merchandise. Magento is completely Open source and scalable designed, Magento Enterprise Edition (EE) provides absolute or exclusive features both in backend and frontend to analytical techniques and improve administration options.
Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to set up an online store and sell their products. Merchants can also sell their products in person with Shopify POS. Shopify started over ten years ago when our founder Tobi wanted to sell snowboards with his company at that time called Snowdevil. He quickly realized it was incredibly challenging to sell snowboards online without an easy-to-use e-commerce platform. So he decided to create it himself, and Shopify was born