Looking to start an online store, does anyone have any recommendation on what platform i should built it on? I've been suggested shopify and have looked into woocommerce. Anyone have experience with these platforms or any others out there?
I looked at BigCommerce, Shopify, Squarespace and Weebly.
Ended up going with Weebly as their templates fit my needs best and their charges were good.
BigCommerce is Aussie Based - they had the best follow up service (called and talked to me), but their templates were very geared to being shop only (I needed a few static plus a shop). Charges are reasonable.
Squarespace - best templates by a mile but only support Stripe for payments which doesn't work in NZ - non starter.
Shopify - didn't really like templates (expensive for paid and free ones average) and didn't like the cost per transaction.
Weebly had good templates I could customise and support a bazillion payment processors and good costs.
So I am going Weebly + Paypal.
Be VERY careful on costs - some hosts charge per transaction (3-4%) then your payment processor will charge similar (3-4% + 0.45c for Paypal?). Others charge a flat monthly fee with no transaction costs.
I'd grab a premium Wordpress template with eCommerce built in. That way everything already looks pretty for you with all the back end tools you need to get started. Wordpress is also an awesome SEO platform.