Shopsysteme Vergleich: 10 bekannte Webshop-Anbieter im Test
Friday, 7 July 2023
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Shop system comparison: 10 well-known webshop providers in test

Online stores have become increasingly important in recent years and store sales are often no longer sufficient to run a profitable business. As a result, operating a web store, at least as a second sales option, is becoming increasingly important for smaller retailers as well.

However, running a successful online store is not easy. The difficulty already starts with the choice of the store system, as typical basic functions are often no longer sufficient. The requirements for a store system also vary greatly - depending on the business model, industry and your experience in online retailing.

To make your search a little easier and give you an overview of your options, we have compared the most important store systems in this article.

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What is an online store system?

A store system is software that enables entrepreneurs to sell their products and services online. It usually forms a modularly expandable basic framework that can be extended with apps, plugins or modules. Such online store software typically includes the following features: a database of product information, an administrative database, a presentation system, a payment gateway, a web tracking system and other tools. Common pre-built store systems include Shopify and Shopify Plus.

Advantages of store systems

If you run an online store and want to build an online business by selling items, you should take a look at the different web store providers. Most online store solutions offer similar features like:

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  • Themes & Templates

  • Product and customer data maintenance

  • Onpage optimization

  • B2B and B2C possibilities

  • Various interfaces to third party providers

  • Support by phone or e-mail

  • Practical drag-and-drop editors

  • Functions for marketing and data analysis

  • Clear backend for order management, shipping and accounting

  • SSL encryption and functions for legal security (e.g. cookie banner)

Reading Tip: You can offer these payment options with Shopify Payments

Online store software comparison: Which store software suits you?

Basically, a distinction is made between four different types of online store systems, which we would like to discuss in more detail below:

1. SaaS solutions (rental store systems)

A "Software as a Service" (SaaS) model offers a modular e-commerce system. With this out-of-the-box solution, you can quickly and easily create your own store. You can choose from various designs for this purpose. The operation and subsequent management are intuitive and can be customized yourself at any time. Many providers of SaaS solutions provide free trial periods or demo versions.

Suitable for: A rental store system is advantageous for e-commerce beginners, as such a store can be set up quickly and is ready to sell immediately. In addition, you usually pay only a relatively small fee per month.

Example of a SaaS solution: Shopify.

2. Open Source Solutions

Kostenlos verfügbare Shopsysteme werden als Open-Source-Software bezeichnet. Frei zugängliche Shopsystem-Softwares unterscheiden sich zum einen in Eignung und Anforderungen für den deutschen und internationalen Markt. Zum anderen sind sie für verschiedene Zielgruppen unterschiedlich gut geeignet, je nach möglichen Schnittstellen, der Verfügbarkeit von Plugins oder Add-ons sowie der Benutzerfreundlichkeit.

Geeignet für: Open-Source-Shopsysteme sind eher für technisch versierte Shopbetreiber zu empfehlen, da sie selbst eingerichtet werden müssen. Dies bringt jedoch den Vorteil mit sich, dass Open-Source-Lösungen häufig auch stark an die eigenen Bedürfnisse angepasst werden können.

Beispiel einer Open-Source-Lösung: PrestaShop.

3. Open source solutions

With so-called on-premise solutions, software licenses are purchased for the store system itself, which means that the software can be adapted to your own needs and those of your customers. You buy or rent the software for a certain period of time and run it either in your own data center or on servers rented by you. The service provider only provides the software. Agencies often support the implementation so that the software can be optimally adapted to the company.

Suitable for: Such a "complete e-commerce solution" is the best choice for demanding users who have the necessary time and resources for the technical implementation as well as the administration of the software.

Example of an on-premise solution: CosmoShop.

4. Webshop plugin solutions

For an existing website based on e.g. WordPress, an online store can be created with the help of plugins. So, in this case, an additional software component adds a webshop to the homepage without the need for a separate solution.

With this mostly free variant, it is important that you meet the requirements of your target market. The easy installation and integration of an existing website is contrasted by the limited functionality, which requires the purchase of additional extensions.

Suitable for: E-commerce plugins are more suitable for store beginners. However, they are not recommended for larger stores.

Example of a webshop plugin solution: WooCommerce.

Reading Tip: Are you wondering, "On-premise or cloud - which is better for my store system?" Then you've come to the right place.

Choosing a store system: this is how you should proceed

Before you start looking for a web store provider that suits your needs, you should consider what your e-commerce business model should look like, how much you are willing to invest and which features you absolutely cannot do without. To help you create this so-called requirements profile, we have compiled a list of questions you can ask yourself to find out your individual needs:

  • How much can and do I want to spend?

  •  Do I want to create my store myself or work with an agency for this?

  • How big does my online store need to be and how big should it possibly become in the future?

  • How much experience do I have in online commerce?

  • Is the store system designed for B2B or rather B2C trade?

  • Which functions are particularly important to me?

  • Do I want to have the option of multichannel sales?

  • Which payment options do I want to offer in any case?

  • Which merchandise management system do I want to use?

  • Should my store be multilingual and would I perhaps like to internationalize at some point?

  • Which service providers and interfaces would be available to me for this online store solution?

You can use this list of questions to select your store system and check off which of your needs are met and which are not for each solution. In the end, you'll be able to decide quite easily which e-commerce platform meets your requirements the most.

Online store systems in comparison: The 10 best webshop providers at a glance

In our online store comparison, we now take a closer look at 5 of the most well-known web store providers. In particular, we want to look at the features as well as the advantages and disadvantages and find out for which retailer which online store provider is best suited.

1. Shopify

If you have already read other articles about a store system comparison, you will have noticed that Shopify is predominantly rated very well. This is not by chance, because the e-commerce system shines in many relevant points. Among the biggest advantages of Shopify are its ease of use and flexibility. The store system offers its own app store with over 6,000 apps, which can be used to easily adapt the online store to one's own needs. Although Shopify offers so many customization options and numerous functions, no programming knowledge or other in-depth technical skills are required to use it. This is probably also the reason why almost 4 million Shopify websites are already live in 2022. This large community is always on hand to offer advice and support to newcomers. However, Shopify merchants can also contact support around the clock if they have any questions.

Shopify-Funktionen

  • Store hosting

  • Domain registration 

  • Numerous themes

  • Resumption of canceled purchases

  • Large app store

  • Extensive online payment gateway (Shopify Payments)

  • Blog

  • Various marketing tools

  • Reports and analytics

  • Multichannel sales

  • Discount codes & coupon codes

Example of a product page in the Shopify store system, SEO-relevant data can also be stored here.

Shopify prices

With Shopify, online merchants have the option to take advantage of a 14-day trial period. After that, they can choose one of the following price plans:

  • Shopify Starter: 5 € / Monat

  • Shopify Basic: 27 € / Monat

  • Shopify: 79 € / Monat

  • Shopify Fortgeschrittene: 289 € / Monat

Shopify
AdvantagesDisadvantages
All-in-one platformTransaction fees with external payment platforms
Neither experience nor programming knowledge requiredOnly 10 templates are free
Suitable for stores of any size
24/7 Support
Inventory management and shipping processing functions
Shopify POS

Suitable for: Shopify is the right solution for online retailers who want a lot of features but don't have the resources to program them themselves. A big advantage is that the store system can grow with you, allowing you to easily connect brick-and-mortar retail and the web store. Moreover, you can offer services and digital products in your Shopify store in addition to classic physical products.

Shopify Plus as an enterprise solution

In addition, Shopify offers companies looking to scale quickly an attractive alternative to the basic plans with Shopify Plus. The benefits of the enterprise commerce platform are:

  • a personal support manager

  • the possibility to create up to 10 different stores (international stores)

  • unlimited number of employee accounts

  • 11,000 check-outs per minute

  • personalized customer experience with Shopify Scripts

  • Easy automations with Shopify Flow

  • Use of Shopify Launchpad to automatically turn on and off website elements at different times

  • Customizable checkout

  • Lower transaction costs (0.25% instead of 0.5% to 2.0%)

All in all, Shopify Plus is a platform for large online retailers. The enterprise commerce platform offers more features for better scalability, more flexibility, and better customer service.

Large online stores like Shape Republic rely on Shopify Plus to offer custom features like bundle options.

Reading Tip: Learn when you should take the next step and switch to Shopify Plus.

We are happy to support you in creating and setting up your online store with Shopify or Shopify Plus. Contact us without any obligation.

2. Jimdo

A Jimdo store is also up and running after just a few minutes. Unlike Shopify, however, the products here are limited to 100 pieces.

Jimdo Features

  • Many templates

  • Social media marketing

  • SEO

  • In the Business & VIP package there is a discount function

Jimdo Prices

With Jimdo you can choose from 3 different price packages:

  • Basic: 15€ / month

    Business: 19 € / month 

    VIP: 39 € / month

Jimdo
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Simple setup and operabilityFew features
Relatively cheapLimited range of functions
German serverNo sale of digital products possible
No real drag & drop function

Suitable for: Jimdo is a good solution for online merchants who are just starting to sell online and just need a small store with few features now and in the future.

3. Wix

While Wix is known for its website builder, it also offers a solution for online stores. This online store builder is called "Wix Stores", is easy to use and takes care of the store system and hosting for you.

Wix Stores Features

  • Drag & drop function

  • over 500 templates

  • relatively large number of payment service providers

Wix Stores Prices

Wix does not offer a free trial. There are 3 different price packages:

  • Business Basic: 23,80€ / Monat

  • Business Unbegrenzt: 35,70€ / Monat

  • Business VIP: 52,36€ / Monat

Wix
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Quick setupOnce the store is live, templates cannot be changed.
Simple operationNo German support
No additional transaction feesNo enterprise resource planning interface
Longer loading times for mobile devices
Limited scalability

Suitable for: If you are creating your first online store and have limited technical skills and budget, Wix Stores can be a good solution for you.

Reading Tip: Get inspired by these 20 Shopify examples for your own store.

4. Gambio

Gambio Cloud is a store system from Germany and has the great advantage that it offers you legal security and suitable legal texts. Unfortunately, however, Gambio does not offer such an extensive app store to add additional features to your own store.

Gambio Features

  • Integrated warehouse management

  • Multichannel distribution

  • Newsletter marketing

Gambio prices

Just like Shopify, Gambio also offers a 14-day free trial period. You can choose between 3 different price packages:

  • Start-Up: 17,96€ / month (1 user)

  • Small Business: 44,96€ / month (3 users)

  • Professional: 93,72€ / month (Unlimited)

In addition, Gambio also offers a version for 149€ per year where you can take over the hosting yourself.

Gambio
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Hosted in GermanyFew integrations
Integrated marketing functionsContract duration of 12 months
User friendly interfaceEnglish only support
No additional transaction feesLimited scalability
Limited design customizations

Suitable for: If it is important to you that your webshop provider is from Germany, but you can do without a wide range of integration options in return, then Gambio is a very good solution.

5. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an open source store system designed for WordPress websites. This means that, like WordPress, you can customize a lot of things to suit your needs. Installation is very quick and easy, just like any other WordPress plugin.

WooCommerce Features

  • More than 400 extensions

  • Numerous themes

  • Possibility to sell physical and digital products

WooCommerce prices

Like WordPress, WooCommerce is also a free open source software.

WooCommerce
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Many apps and extensionsThe store hosting incl. updates and maintenance must be taken over by yourself
Simple integrationLimited support
Large communityWordPress experience required
High adaptability and flexibilityCosts for premium themes, extensions, plugins, payment gateways or hosting services may apply

Suitable for: If you are tech-savvy and HTML as well as CSS are familiar terms for you, WooCommerce can be a good solution for you. However, if you just want an online store without having to worry about updates and maintenance, WooCommerce is the wrong choice.

Reading Tip: WooCommerce vs Shopify - we compared both systems!

6. Spryker

Spryker is an e-commerce platform and framework that helps businesses build and run their own digital sales channels. It is designed to be flexible, scalable and customizable to meet the needs of different businesses.

Spryker Features

  • Modular framework

  • Omnichannel capability

  • Catalog management

Spryker Pricing

Spryker typically offers flexible pricing where costs can be calculated based on licenses, implementation services, support contracts, and maintenance fees. It is common for companies to receive a customized quote from Spryker.

Spryker
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Flexible and modularDependence on developers due to technical complexity
CustomizableExpensive
Omnichannel capabilityResponsibility for hosting lies with the dealer
Scalable and powerful
Active community

7. Shopware

Shopware is a German open source software and a modular store system that is very popular in this country. The system is suitable for companies of any size and can be customized. However, Shopware is not recommended for e-commerce beginners, as some technical know-how should be present.

Shopware Features

  • Flexible template system

  • Extensive product display

  • Extensive marketing tools

Shopware Prices

  • Community Edition: Free of charge

  • Professional-Edition: 1295€ basic fee - one time only

  • Enterprise-Edition: Prices only on request

Shopware
AdvantagesDisadvantages
German toolCost-intensive (license costs, idR agency costs, costs for themes, plugins, hosting)
Wide range of functionsNot suitable for beginners
App extensionsHosting must be taken over by yourself
Flexibility and adaptabilityResource-intensive
Aktive Gemeinschaft und Unterstützung

8. PrestaShop

PrestaShop is an open source platform that allows merchants to create and manage online stores. It offers users a wide range of features and extensions.

PrestaShop Features

  • Numerous extensions and tools

  • Flexible design

  • Large community and support

PrestaShop Prices

PrestaShop offers a free basic version. Extensions, on the other hand, are subject to a fee.

PrestaShop
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Flexibility & AdaptabilityTechnical knowledge required
Active support and communityLimited marketing and SEO functions
Free and open sourceLack of integration with third-party systems
Extensive functionsResource-intensive
Scalability

9. Adobe Commerce (Magento)

Adobe Commerce, formerly known as Magento Commerce, is a powerful online store system developed by Adobe. Adobe Commerce is arguably one of the world's most popular e-commerce platforms.

Adobe Commerce features

  • Multichannel sales

  • Scalable architecture

  • Wide range of functions

  • Extensive product management

Adobe Commerce pricing

  • Adobe Commerce Pro: Price upon request

  • Managed Services: Price on request

Adobe Commerce
Adobe CommerceDisadvantages
ScalableComplex
Powerful and flexibleNot suitable for small companies (cost-intensive)
Professional support and large communityHigh resource requirements
Many functions and extensionsTime-consuming / high time-to-market

Reading tip: Migrate Magento to Shopify - we show you how it's done.

10. Commercetools

Commercetools is a modern, cloud-based e-commerce platform that helps companies develop flexible e-commerce solutions. The headless commerce platform relies on an API-first and microservices architecture for this purpose.

Commercetools Features

  • Microservices architecture

  • API-first approach

  • Headless architecture

  • Scalability

  • Integration and extensions

Commercetools Prices

Pricing for Commercetools may vary and is only available upon request.

Commercetools
AdvantagesDisadvantages
Headless commerce well possibleTechnical knowledge required
Scalable and flexibleComplex implementation
Omnichannel supportCost-intensive at the beginning due to costs for licensing, development, integration and operation
PersonalizationSmaller community and limited resources
Cloud based

Conclusion

As you probably noticed yourself during our store system comparison, there is no one, best online store provider. The choice of the right store system depends on countless individual factors, so no blanket statement can be made about which webshop provider is best. The most important criteria are usually the budget and the personal business model. Especially with our test winner Shopify, you can build a low-cost and low-risk online store that offers options ranging from dropshipping to selling subscriptions. With the option of individual expandability and fail-safe cloud hosting, this will give you a sustainable online store that will set you up securely for the future.

E-commerce systems are, next to marketplaces like Amazon or eBay, the best way to build an online presence. In contrast to these, however, they offer significantly more freedom in terms of design, user experience and storytelling. In addition, most store systems have interfaces to the highest-traffic marketplaces, so having your own online store and selling on marketplaces are not mutually exclusive. When choosing your online store solution, you should always make sure that it is a comprehensive control center that combines all sales channels. It should allow you to control everything from inventory to marketing, process payments, and seamlessly access all the tools relevant to your online business.

You need help with your store? Feel free to contact us and we will gladly help you out.

Frequently asked questions about the store system comparison

Which online store provider is the best?

Shopify is considered the best all-rounder for online merchants. Nevertheless, there are also many other good store systems for different use cases. When choosing your online store provider, you should consider how tech-savvy you are, how much budget you have and what features the e-commerce system absolutely has to have.

What store systems are available?

There are basically 4 different types of store systems:

  • SaaS solutions (rental store systems)

  • Open source solutions

  • On-premise solutions

  • Webshop plug-in solutions

In the article you will learn the differences. And get to know store systems like Shopify, Shopify Plus, WooCommerce, Wix or Jimdo.

How much does an online store cost?

The costs for your own online store can be quite different. If you choose an online store builder like Shopify, prices start at €5 per month. Sophisticated enterprise solutions like Shopify Plus are naturally more expensive due to their range of functions.

Which store system for dropshipping?

Shopify is the best choice for dropshipping. All you need to do is install the Shopify app DSers to find products and import them into your store.

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