All-in-one ecommerce solutions review & comparison

Top All-In-One (Hosting-Included) eCommerce Builders Compared

Are you looking to build and start your own online e-store business?

We take a look at four of the best all-in-one ecommerce solutions. All four solutions offer a complete ecommerce system from hosting to shopping cart & checkout. There are many options to choose from when it comes to ecommerce software. But if you are looking for a complete solution that is easy to setup and use, CoreCommerce, BigCommerce, ProStores, and Yahoo! Merchant Solutions will make your life easier.

Each service provider features its own unique benefits. See the comparison chart below and see which one fits your vision. CoreCommerce, BigCommerce, ProStores and Yahoo! Merchant Solutions are all very easy to use and customize.

Many services offer free subdomains, but I strongly recommend that you use your own domain. Domains cost only $10-20 per year and it goes a long way to instill credibility in consumers' minds. Note: GoDaddy is propably the largest domain registrar, but I suggest you stay away from them as a lot of people, including myself, find their business practices and their CEO to be unethical.

  CoreCommerce BigCommerce ProStores Yahoo Merchant Solutions
  Visit CoreCommerce Visit BigCommerce Visit ProStore Visit Yahoo! Merchant Solutions
Plans Starter, Basic, Standard, Pro, Platinum Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum Professional eCommerce, PLUS, PREMIUM Starter, Standard, Professional
Pricing
Monthly Fee $19.99-219.99 $24.95-299.95 $29.95-99.95 $39.95-299.95 (35% off for 1st 3 mos.)
Setup Fee Free - limited time ($50) Currently Free ($49.95) $0 Currently Free ($50)
Transaction Fee Free Free 0.5% 1.5% 1.0% 0.75%
Special Promo 15 Day Free Trial 15 Day Free Trial 1 Month Free Trial, Special Deals for eBay Sellers (see below) $50 set up fee waived; 35% off for 3 months
Hosting & Domain
Storage 100MB-2GB 200MB-3GB 5GB-Unlimited Unlimited
Bandwidth / Month 1GB-Unlimited 2-45GB 50GB-Unlimited Unlimited
FTP Access Yes Yes Yes Yes
Domain Name Not included $12.27/yr or free sub domain $9.95/yr or $19.95 (private) Free
Storefront Design and Customization
Max. Number of Products 100 to Unlimited 100 to Unlimited 250 to 100,000 50,000
Store Builder Yes Yes Yes Yes
No. of Free Design Templates 100+ 96 150+ Hundreds
Use 3rd Party Editor / Full Access to HTML and CSS Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logo Generator
/ Editor
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web-based Control Panel Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shopping Cart & Checkout
Credit, Debit, and Paypal Yes Yes Yes Yes

Other Compatible Checkout Solutions

Storecard
Check
Money Order
Authorize.net
PayPal PayFl Pro
PayPal Website Payments Pro
QuickBooks Merchant Services
LinkPoint
Inovative Gateway Solutions
CyberSource

AcceptPay®
Support Multiple Currencies Yes Yes Yes Yes
Downloadable E-Goods Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shipping & Taxes
Auto Shipping & Tax Calculations Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible Shipping Carriers

UPS (Shipping Label Printing Supported)
USPS (Shipping Label Printing Supported)
FedEx (Shipping Label Printing Supported)
FedEx Freight
DHL
Canada Post
Australia Post

Australia Post
Canada Post
FedEx
Flat Rate Per Item
Flat Rate Per Order
Intershipper
Royal Mail
Ship by Order Total
Ship by Weight
UPS
UPS Online Tools
USPS
USPS
UPS
FedEx
CanadaPost
Use Any Carrier You Like
(However, not as well integrated)
Customizable Shipping Rates Yes Yes Yes Yes
Customizable Taxes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Security Features
SSL - Secure Socket Layer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fraud Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Marketing Features
Can Offer Coupons Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Customizable Promotions
(i.e. Bulk Discount)

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cross/Up-Selling
(i.e. Related Products)
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Subscriptions (Accept Recurring Payments) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Buyer Groups Yes Yes Yes No
Affiliate Program Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search Engine Optimization Yes Yes Yes Yes
Product Syndication (Shopping Site Submission) Yes No Yes Yes
eBay Sync No No Yes No
eBay Integration Yes Yes Yes No
Reporting & Accounting
Real Time Integration (i.e. out-of-stock control) Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Traffic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sales Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inventory Yes Yes Yes Yes
QuickBooks Integration Yes Yes Yes Yes
Help & Support
Phone Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tutorials Yes Yes Yes Yes
Online Knowledge Base Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video Guides YesVery Good Yes Very Good Yes No
Support Forum Yes No Yes No
Unique Offerings From Each eCommerce Software Provider
Unique Factors
  • New features every 2-3 weeks.
  • No Transaction fees.
  • 15 Day Free Trial.
  • Good support including a support forum.
  • Includes live chat software you can use to communicate with your customers.
  • High compatibility with various shipping / checkout services.
  • $50 Google Adwords credit
  • Easy-to-Use Drag-and-Drop Store Design Software.
  • Compatible with just about every shipping and checkout method.
  • No Transaction fees.
  • 25+ Performance Reports.
  • Google Analytics Integration.
  • Integrates with any live chat software.
  • Dozens of training videos.
  • 99.99% uptime track record.
  • 15 Day Free Trial.
  • An eBay company.
  • Integration with the eBay store.
  • Bonus for eBay sellers.
  • 1 Month Free Trial.
  • Discounts for eBay PowerSellers.
  • $0/month for Gold+ PowerSellers.
  • Use your existing Yahoo! account.
  • Unlimited Storage and Bandwidth for all plans.
  • Rich resource of design templates.
  • 50,000 maximum products for the lowest plan.
  • Free domain name
  • $100 credit with Yahoo! Search Marketing.
  • Free Yahoo! Local listing.
  • 20% off Yahoo! Shopping default minimum bids in all categories.
  • Free trial on Shopping.com-$50 value.
  • $50 free traffic from Shopzilla.
  • 1 month trial with Campaigner by Got (email marketing)
  • $50 set up fee waived.
Plans Starter, Basic, Standard, Pro, Platinum Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum Professional eCommecer, PLUS, PREMIUM Starter, Standard, Professional
  CoreCommerce BigCommerce ProStores Yahoo Merchant Solutions

Screen-shots and Pros & Cons

There are advantages and disadvantages associated with each provider. Pros and cons are gathered from user comments and our own analyses. Example store screen-shots and pros / cons are summarized below.

Core Commerce

You can visit their website for sample stores and design templates. On their page, click 'Design' tab to see their offerings.

Pros Cons
  • Lots of features.
  • No transaction fees.
  • Low monthly priced plan available.
  • Video tutorials.
  • Lots of free templates.
  • Support community.
  • Praised support team.
  • Low bandwidth and storage.
  • Not the best looking free template designs.
  • Some comments indicate that CoreCommerce is still at a growing stage with little annoyances to sort out.

Big Commerce

BigCommerce Example Stores
Property of Baby and Gifts Christine and Taylor Report Collection Yugo

You can see these stores in action at BigCommerce.

Pros Cons
  • Flexible, compatible.
  • No transaction fees.
  • Lowest monthly price available.
  • Lots of reporting options and features overall.
  • Video tutorials.
  • 99.99% uptime track record.
  • Small maximum number of products allowed.
  • Low bandwidth and storage.
  • Less perks given compared to ProStores (eBay integration) and Yahoo! (marketing bonuses).

Pro Stores

ProStores Example Stores
Advatum Great Russian Gifts American Chateau Magna case Peppy Parents

You can see these stores in action at ProStores.

Pros Cons
  • eBay integration makes it easy for eBay sellers to easily coordinate sales between both the eBay store and the ProStores online store.
  • Discussion board is always a plus to have. You can get help from your fellow ProStores user.
  • Discounts for eBay PowerSellers.
  • Affordable high-end solution
  • High max number of products.
  • Not as flexible and customizable as others.
  • Some complaints regarding support.

Yahoo! Merchant Solutions

Yahoo! Merchant Solutions Example Stores
Ben and Jerry due maternity Green Tooth Invitation Shack simplehuman

You can see these stores in action at Yahoo! Merchant Solutions.

Pros Cons
  • Lots and lots of marketing bonuses.
  • Extensive knowledge base.
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth transfer even for the low end option.
  • Free domain name.
  • High max number of products.
  • Tons of flexible design templates to choose from.
  • Few compatible checkout solutions.
  • High transaction fee.
  • Lowest end plan lacks some features.

Another tip on domain names: Even though many eCommerce software companies offer you domain names, either free or paid, I strongly recommend that you register your domain names privately elsewhere.

That way, if you ever decide to change your provider or halt your online store business, you still have the full control of the domain name.

Transferring a domain name is a hassle and can be expensive. One exception is Yahoo!. Since Yahoo! provides its own domain registering service, you have the flexibility to manage your domain name afterwards.

I hope this comparison was helpful in making your decision. I wish you the best of luck with your business.

Thanks for visiting

- KVNPark

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