On of the things about running an online store, I was thinking, is that you have to have the right tools. But when I was studying up on which web builder to use to create my first online store, I had a few different choices which made sense.
But upon thinking about this a bit more, I’m starting to think, what if in 2 years I need something better? It will be a huge pain in the butt to rebuild my site if the one I choose today doesn’t work out, or doesn’t have the power to grow my business.
So upon digging a bit more, I found an excellent discussion on finding a great e-commerce platform to help support your business growth. The idea of this article is that even though you don’t need advanced tools today, you might need them later. And so when you pick the builder today, you should factor that in.
Luckily, the two store builders that I have in mind, both have Apps that you can add on to the store which can add a lot of features / tools down the road for me. Which builders did I choose? I was thinking of Shopify or Bigcommerce. When I was reading up on Shopify and what others think about them, I learned that they also starting to support offline tools such as their Point of Sales tool which enables me to sell products away from my website. But the beauty is that whenever I charge a customer, the data synchronizes with my online store. That’s pretty awesome and I think it is a good level above Bigcommerce as I do have plans to perhaps have a few pop up stores to test out whether others want to buy products directly from me, rather than from my store. But that’s another discussion for another day.
But even before I jump head first in to this, I think it’s so important revisit my thoughts on finding the right website builder. So I’ll leave this post on that thought as I have to run to my nephew’s birthday party. He just turned 5 and it’s going to be a great party!