Online eCommerce has become one of the major drivers of the retail economy and the trend is only expected to grow in the coming years. It is estimated that, in 2021, eCommerce sales are expected to account for 18.1% of retail sales worldwide, estimated to grow to 21.8% by 2024.
Albeit new another trend that is expected to grow in the coming years is bitcoin as a form of payment. As digital currencies make their way into the mainstream economy, their acceptance is also expected to grow especially by eCom merchants.
Many major website builders now offer support for digital currencies allowing merchants to accept bitcoin and altcoins as a form of payment.
Let’s have a look at some of the major website builders that you as a merchant can use to build your website and also accept bitcoin as a form of payment.
It is an open-source, free, flexible solution that provides its users with full ownership of their storefront as well as the data, users can:
- Create beautiful, enticing storefronts
- Customize pages in minutes
- Showcase physical and digital goods, product variations, custom configurations, instant downloads, and affiliate items.
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WooCommerce allows bitcoin payments through a number of plugins that are available to the users. Almost every bitcoin payment gateway has plugin support for WooCommerce. The top plugins include:
A powerful eCommerce solution, Shopify is a versatile tool for anyone looking to take their business online. It boasts a user base of almost 25,000 [in the top 1 million sites] second only to WooCommerce.
Shopify offers the following eCom solutions to its merchants;
- Online stores
- Point of Sales (POS)
- Buy button
- Sales channels
- Custom storefront
It offers a 14-day free trial, after which users have a choice of 3 plans,
— Basic: $29/month
— Shopify: $79/month
— Advanced: $299/month
For Bitcoin payments, the options are rather limited with only 3 services currently supported,
Magento is an open-source eCommerce platform written on PHP. It is the third most used eCommerce solution with about 10,000 [in the top 1 million sites] users. In 2018, Magento was acquired by Adobe.
Some of the key features of Magento include:
- Seamless Page Builder (Drag and Drop)
- Cloud Delivery
- Web Apps
- Amazon Sales Channel
Magento supports quite a few extensions to allow its users to accept bitcoin payments, the top ones including:
Prestashop is an open-source e-commerce platform written in PHP with support for MySQL database management system. It includes more than 600 features and supports 5,000+ modules and themes.
Some of its salient features include:
- Easy drag and drop website builder
- 75+ language support
- Hosted by IONOS
- customizable with 5000+ modules, graphic themes, and services
When it comes to Bitcoin payments, there are quite a few options available to its users, including:
Squarespace is a website and hosting service that users to use pre-built templates and themes to create visually stunning websites.
Its biggest selling point is the hundreds of custom templates that allow anyone to create a website, without prior knowledge of any coding language.
Squarespace is a favorite amongst bloggers, designers, and the art community who are looking for aesthetically pleasing designs without the hassle of hard coding a website.
Squarespace commerce offers 3 pricing plans:
- Business: $26/month
- Basic Commerce: $35/month
- Advanced Commerce: $54/month
Squarespace does not support bitcoin payments but there is a workaround that allows its users to accept bitcoin payments
Using Blockonomics’s payment links/button, users can accept bitcoin payments.
Wix offers cloud-based web development services allowing users to create HTML5 websites and mobile websites through a drag and drop functionality.
Its eCommerce platform offers various functionality to its users, including:
- Order Management
- Multichannel Sales
Wix does not officially have bitcoin payment support, but similar to Squarespace, users can accept bitcoin payments through Blockonomics’s payment links/button.