Ashop Commerce presents itself as a robust eCommerce platform, but the service finds itself better used by a niche clientele of smaller businesses that see lots of traffic. If that designation isn’t yours, other eCommerce platforms will better serve your business.
Where Ashop Commerce sets itself apart can be quantified easily. Where even some of the largest eCommerce platforms have limits on bandwidth, Ashop Commerce has none. This may not seem like a huge deal to some, but as competing platforms charge fees for each gb over plan limits, the costs can add up. If your business sees a lot of traffic this is definitely something to consider.
The bandwidth should mark a hallmark in the decision to go with Ashop Commerce, as storage space will be a detractor. Storage is limited on all levels of Ashop Commerce compared to other platforms. This can be a big issue for larger businesses as even the largest plan with Ashop Commerce doesn’t have unlimited storage. But for smaller business that won’t be utilizing memory for a number of videos and high-density images, the bandwidth alone could make Ashop Commerce a still attractive offer.
Setting up your site is an easy proposition. While Ashop Commerce doesn’t have as expansive a selection as some of the top tier platforms, it does what it does well. Templates are easy to use and to manipulate with different themes. The admin is also accessible to novice users and marks a less intimidating undertaking that some competitors. Users can also utilize HTML and CSS to code and modify their creations.
Customer support was also positive in our review process. All the usual avenues are present to connect with a knowledgeable representative. A number of questions and concerns are answered in detailed guides and FAQs. Wait times were below average as well. In actually building sites Ashop Commerce doesn’t try to do too much and instead focuses on doing a few things very well. Some of the features cost extra if you are using a basic plan, but this is a lesser issue when compared to the struggles associated with third party apps.
Issues arise in a lackluster ability to integrate with third party apps. With much of the market allowing for a number of third party apps and the top tier of eCommerce platforms making third party integration a priority, Ashop Commerce finds itself falling behind. Even mainstays like Amazon, QuickBooks and WordPress are unavailable. This can pose a large issue to businesses who look to integrate, and marks a larger question about how Ashop Commerce plans to adapt in the future.
The unlimited bandwidth in all plans is a great feature to go with solid backend capabilities and upper level support. The issues that arise can be less obtrusive to smaller businesses that see lots of traffic.
Ashop Commerce doesn’t make the top of our list of eCommerce platforms, but it is definitely a product that we recommend to specific businesses, ones that know their needs well.
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