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eCommerce Website Platforms Overview

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WordPress has evolved and matured into the best open-source CMS available. We specialize in all things WordPress. From website design and development to eCommerce solutions- we’ve got it covered.


Magento is the number one eCommerce platform. It provides the scalability, flexibility, and features for the growth of your company. This is the downtown solution for businesses that have unique and custom needs.


The only hosted eCommerce platform that we recommend and work with. As a Shopify expert Zen Den can help you design, configure and launch a beautifully designed and custom online store for your business.

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WordPress eCommerce Websites

WordPress is not a blogging platform; WordPress is a full blown content management system (CMS) with almost unlimited eCommerce scalability. It provides a very flexible platform on which an eCommerce site can easily grow. Why use WordPress? It integrates with a plethora of tools (“plugins”) which can be leveraged to scale and grow your eCommerce store. There is a global developer community making continuous improvement and updates to the platform in a constant effort to improve functionality and tighten security. Best of all, WordPress is open source, giving Zen Den more power to create the best possible eCommerce eco-system for your project.

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Magento eCommerce Websites

Owned by eBay, Magento is arguably the web's most used eCommerce platform. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 4 eCommerce websites employ Magento as the eCommerce engine. Magento offers three different eCommerce products:

Magento Go - Magento's hosted eCommerce Solution for small eCommerce stores and smaller budgets. Monthly fee can be anywhere from $15 - $125 month. This price does not include extensions or any configuration and or design support. There are definitely limitations to Magento Go and this solution is not for the business looking for a custom eCommerce solution.

Magento Community Edition (CE) - An open source eCommerce Solution Magento Community Edition is perfect for a business that wants to build a custom and unique eCommerce solution on a proven, flexible platform. It is open source so the core code can be modified, features and functionality can be added with extensions from the Magento Connect marketplace. Magento does require a larger budget and an experienced team familiar with the platform and its idiosyncrasies.

Megento Enterprise - For large store that can leverage the paid support and additional marketing features not included with Magento Go or the Community Edition. The price starts at around 14k per year so obviously it is not a solution for small start-up stores or for low volume sites. Enterprise Edition offers Flexibility to create rich, differentiated consumer experiences from the desktop to mobile, and to tailor back-end workflows to your business. Hundreds of extensions and an open architecture to add even more functionality and to integrate with other enterprise systems.

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Shopify eCommerce Websites

The Shopify eCommerce platform is a hosted solution. Aside from Magento Go, it is the only hosted solution that we recommend or care to work with. Shopify provides the essential features needed to start selling online. The community around Shopify is growing and the number of well designed themes available is growing. Shopify offers a free trial so we encourage you to give it a go. Should you decide that you need professional design assistance or professional to help you navigate the Shopify eCommerce water we can help. Zen Den is an official Shopify expert and can provide your business with all the necessary services to get your eCommerce store up and running successfully.

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