There are various eCommerce platforms available to you and making the right choice is extremely important. As your web design agency, we will discuss the pros and cons of each. One of the first decisions you need to make is whether you are looking for a completely bespoke solution or to tailor an off the shelf eCommerce package. The main considerations will be budget and the eCommerce functionality you require. As you can imagine, building an eCommerce website from the ground up is a costly and time-consuming process. Whilst a bespoke solution offers complete freedom in terms of design and what can be achieved on a functional level, an off the shelf solution like WooCommerce might be a more realistic option if you are starting out or have a limited budget.
If you require unique functionality and/or integration with many different back-office, wholesale, packaging, accounting, CRM and invoicing systems a bespoke eCommerce website might be your only viable option. In this case, Darlweb would recommend Laravel, an open source framework that offers us complete freedom and flexibility to design and code any type of eCommerce system that you require. Every aspect of the eCommerce platform, from UI and design direction through to the check out process can be tailored to your precise requirements.
If you are a startup venture or have a fairly standard set of requirements, an off the shelf eCommerce solution might be a better fit. Whilst we can still deliver a unique design there are various rules we have to follow in order to conform to the general workings of the platform being used. You will generally have less choice and freedom in terms of how the shopping experience will function, but unless you need core modules to function in specific ways, this might not be an issue.
Another consideration is the time it will take to design and develop your eCommerce website. Whilst an off the shelf solution could be live within 1-2 months, a fully bespoke eCommerce system could take twice that amount of time and potentially more, depending on the size and scope of the project.