The Best Ecommerce Web Design Companies and Platforms 2021

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By Dan Barraclough | Updated: 1 March 2021

Top 8 ecommerce web design companies

From our research, we know that the top eight ecommerce web design companies in the UK right now are: Web.com, Kd Web, Staple Digital, Yell, Shape, iWeb, Empire Elements and Session Digital.

1. Web.com

Web.com has been creating websites for over 20 years. As a Google Premier Partner, Web.com can build a website for you that isn’t just good-looking, but well-optimised for search engines, meaning it’ll get seen by all the right internet users. If you’re a small business looking to set up shop online, Web.com has you covered.


2. Kd Web

Kd Web understands that setting up shop online isn’t the end of the story. Growing businesses can outgrow their websites, and sales can start to drop. That’s where Kd Web can help. Its team of developers and digital marketing pros can help take your website to the next level, taking care of everything from branding to search engine optimisation (SEO).


3. Staple Digital

Need a professional ecommerce website, but on a tight budget? Staple Digital will be right up your street. With a focused approach to design, Staple Digital can have you up and running with an effective website for as little as £250.


4. Yell

Everyone has heard of Yell, but most people don’t know it has a website building service, too. Customer reviews show that they love how they still get a bespoke service from such a big company, and they get the website they want at the end of it – and all for an affordable price, with a quick turn around.


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5. Shape

When you’re trusting a web development company with creating your website, there are two ways to quickly assess how good they’re going to be. First, look at their own website. And second, look at their client base. Shape ticks all the boxes. Not only is the Shape website a user-friendly work of art, but their client list includes huge names like Selfridges and the BBC.


6. iWeb

Ever heard of Magento? It’s an open-source ecommerce software, similar to WordPress. Magento is a big deal in the ecommerce world, used by Nike and Proctor and Gamble. iWeb uses Magento to build all its ecommerce websites for clients. In fact, iWeb received an award from Magento for ‘best overall B2B implementation’.


7. Empire Elements

A great web presence is all in the key elements: web apps, mobile apps and cloud architecture, to name a few. Now, some of that might not mean a lot to you – and that’s okay. The important thing is that it means a lot to Empire Elements. Its four step approach will take you from consultation to testing and launch day. You can be as involved in the design process as you like: Empire Elements puts you first.


8. Session Digital

Session Digital is another agency that’s doing great things with the Magento platform. So much so that it’s actually a ‘gold’ Magento partner. Its services can be a little pricey, but you can be sure you’ll end up with an elegant and useful website – that’s something worth splashing out on.

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The 4 best ecommerce platforms

Hiring a web design company might not be the best choice for your particular business. For instance, there are cheaper ways to create an ecommerce website than spending thousands designer fees. One of the easiest and most cost-effective alternative methods is to use an ecommerce platform.

These tools enable you to create a website and sell products online without having to use any code, offering set monthly price plans, typically ranging from £13 per month to £200+ per month. We've hand tested a wide range of ecommerce solutions ourselves, digging deep under their skin and reviewing their key features to give you the most accurate information possible. Below, we reveal which platforms performed best in our testing…

1. BigCommerce

Best for scaling your business

BigCommerce is ideal for ambitious businesses looking to grow quickly, offering superb ecommerce tools including multi-channel selling via social media. Price plans start from just £22 per month, and you can enjoy a 15-day free trial before spending a penny.


2. Wix

Best for user-friendliness

Wix currently powers over 160 million websites, and it offers ecommerce price plans from only £13 per month, offering lots of creative freedom with its intuitive design tools, and brilliant sales tools to help you sell products with ease. It also has over 500 stunning templates to choose from. What’s not to love?


3. Shopify

Best for sales-specific features

Shopify is one of the most comprehensive ecommerce platforms on the market, offering the best sales-specific tools of any platform we tested. Offering three price plans with a free 14 day trial, it’s a great value for money option, too.


4. Squarespace

Best for designing a beautiful website

Squarespace is the best option for creative industries, offering the sleekest templates of any platform we tested. Its main focus is to help your products shine online, but it does offer excellent sales tools as well, including multi-channel selling across social media to help you reach more audiences.


How do I choose the best ecommerce web design company for my business?

So, you want an ecommerce website. Who do you choose for the job? First, consider three things:

Budget

Decide on a reasonable budget for your site. On the one hand, your website isn’t the place to scrimp. On the other hand, you don’t want to fork out for unnecessary add-ons, especially if you’re just starting out.

Location

Choosing a company that you can easily meet up with helps, but it isn’t obligatory. Think about how important face-to-face interaction will be to you. How closely do you want to be involved in the design process?

Fees

You’ve got your budget for the upfront payment sorted, but what happens after the site is launched? Make sure you’re clear on any ongoing fees from day one.

Remember, with ecommerce platforms, there are set monthly price plans to choose from, typically ranging from £13 per month to £200+ per month, so it's easy to find a monthly plan to suit your budget.


Next steps

This article has shown you the UK’s finest web development companies, and the best ecommerce platforms.

Each web development company will offer you something different – that’s just the nature of the business. That’s why it’s so important to get a selection of quotes.

Simply fill in this short form with a few key details about you and the kind of website you’re after, and we’ll do the rest. Sit back and wait for tailored quotes from up to four leading web design agencies to come to you directly with more information and no-obligation quotes for you to compare.

And don’t forget, there’s always the DIY route to consider. We recommend you check out one of BigCommerce, Shopify, Wix, or Squarespace, depending on your type of business.

Dan Barraclough

Dan’s a Senior Writer at Expert Market, specialising in digital marketing, web design, and photocopiers, amongst other topics.

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