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3 Budget-Friendly E-Commerce Web Builders

By In Web Design On August 12, 2014

3 Affordable website builders for ecommerce

Businesses looking to start or transition their e-commerce activity may have limited budgets with which to work at first. Fortunately, there are many free or low-cost web builders that can help them get their efforts off the ground – and generate profits.

Other E-Commerce Web Builders Besides WordPress

While WordPress is something of the established market leader and with good reason, it is not the only choice in web builders. Here we will look at three different platforms that offer viable methods of building and maintaining an e-commerce site.

Light CMS

With full cloud hosting, Light CMS offers unlimited bandwidth and storage and full mobile responsiveness. Editing is done by intuitive drag and drop action and more advanced users can even create their own designs. A secure cart and checkout process and the ability to easily create products are plusses of this platform. It also facilitates order management and customer communication.

Light CMS offers plans that support a minimum of 100 to an unlimited number of products. Blogs, galleries, forms and registrations can be set up in the platform as well. Light CMS is light on font options but offers enough to work for many businesses.


Jimdo offers one of the most excellent interfaces of any web builder, highlighted by a single view mode rather than separate edit and live modes. Its simplicity, however, should not let users think that it is light on features as the truth is quite the opposite. Dropbox integration, inventory tracking, coupon code creation, auto-generated emails, unlimited storage and fully responsive designs are just the beginning. Products can be tagged for cross-selling and the platform allows for up to 20 custom email addresses.

Like Light CMS, Jimdo is not likely for those sites that need an ultra-designed look and feel but its range of more than 120 templates offers a good mix for many businesses. One of the best features of Jimdo is their iOS app that lets users build a complete site from any Apple mobile device.


Weebly has been around for some time but its e-commerce integration is newer. This platform allows users to create multiple categories and products as well as variants. Businesses can add maps, audio and video with ease. The drag and drop menus on the left are easy to use but offer limited placement options for page elements.

Social sharing buttons are able to be placed on product pages and a filtered search is provided. Product sales can be highlighted by a crossed out original prices and prominently displayed sale prices. Integration with Paypal, and Stripe deliver secure onsite payment and checkout.

Light CMS, Jimdo and Weebly offer solid functionality for small to medium sized e-commerce businesses. Their pricing structures allow for companies of different sizes to find the solution that best matches their needs and business models.

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