Cloudcart is a good product but with an overhaul of the pricing structure and some attention to detail on the Cloudcart.com website, this could be a GREAT product. At the £15.75 entry-level price point Cloudcart would be fantastic value for money but unfortunately they have opted to strip the product of the features that would make it attractive to anyone wanting to build an eCommerce website on a budget.
ActiveInbox is a brilliant addition to Gmail that converts your emails into an organised workflow with due dates and a searchable tagging system. For those who spend a lot of time in the Gmail interface, it is an indispensable tool.
You'll need to be adept at exporting your contacts to a CSV file to use with Google Sheets but once you have that nailed you'll be a marketing pro with Gmass. I use this in combination with FullContact where I can tag all my contacts ready for use with Gmass. The two Apps work brilliantly together and you'll be mass emailing with aplomb in no time at all.
When I started using this software I hadn't realised what a mess my contact list was in. Trying to find contacts using different devices and platforms was a complete waste of time. FullContact has changed all that and with a bit of a self-discipline, you can quickly organise your contacts into meaningful lists and import and export with ease.
Is Shopwired an alternative to Shopify? I'd go as far as saying it is the ideal place to start and a replacement for Shopify for any UK eCommerce retailer. Shopify is good but it can't satisfy all UK specific needs. Shopwired addresses all of the pain points that a UK retailer needs to do business: VAT, (Taxes) Delivery (shipping) as well as integration with UK specific accounting packages and payment gateways. I recommend it highly as the place to start your eCommerce journey.
iZettle is an easy way for small businesses and sole traders to get started accepting credit card payments. The new card reader replaces both old models. It's a shame they deem email only support to be sufficient.
As a convenient quick and simple way to process card payments "on the go" Payleven has developed mobile technology that allows small business to compete professionally and at low cost. The contactless card reader costs £79, and there is also the option to purchase a receipt printer if you are selling high ticket items or the customer needs proof of purchase. All the main credit cards are supported (American Express has a higher 2.95% transaction fee), and the product meets financial security standards. The application and card reader are EMV approved, (Europay, Mastercard, Visa) which is a...
If you are using Shopify, are based in the UK and want to accept payments from abroad then Nochex is what you need. Excellent customer support and very good transaction charges make this an excellent choice.
For UK users Sagepay is your "Go To" payment processor. Reasonable charges and decent customer support put it way ahead of the competition. If you can use Cardsense then you'll save on transaction charges but otherwise, Sagepay is the safe pair of hands you need for your eCommerce store.
Paypal is one of the most commonly used payment gateway interfaces since it's inception in 2002. The transaction charges aren't great though and just try getting an answer from customer support when you have a problem.