SaaS vs. Custom eCommerce Platforms: What’s Best for Startups?

Whether you are a well-established enterprise or an emerging startup, creating a successful & impactful online eCommerce business is always a challenging task. However, online business is quite an easy and smart way of generating substantial revenue. Thus, choosing the right software platform, tools & technologies are crucial. Out of multiple eCommerce software platforms, here are two most reliable and flexible platforms for you--- SaaS (Software as a Service) and Custom eCommerce Platforms. In this blog, we’ll be comparing them based on different parameters, so that you can easily choose one according to your business goals.

Comparing SaaS and Custom eCommerce Platforms based on:


SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
Highly preferred for small scale projects. For eCommerce websites having less than 2000 products, SaaS software is a good and recommended optionPerfect for large scale businesses and for applications that require high flexibility

Architecture & Costing

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
SaaS platform is straightforward, easy, and consumes less time in the set-upThe existing templates are less as compared to the SaaS platform, and you need to create your website from scratch, which is time-consuming also
Lower implementation costHigher initial and ongoing costs

Time Factor

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
  Requires a maximum of 1 day for set-up, and you are all ready to get started!Requires a minimum of 3 months to get the software up and operational

Product Addition

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
Excess addition of products can cause bulkiness and compatibility issuesYou can add unlimited products with ease & flexibility without hampering performance


SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
Generic structure, minimal scalabilityPersonalized structure, maximum scalability
Business expansion is limitedReason: Software restrictionsBusiness expansion is unlimitedReason: Customized software


SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
Not up to the mark; Revenue Loss
Reason: Charges per-transaction
Increased Productivity and Better Revenue
Reason: Fixed Running costs
Incorporates shared servers that cannot handle a heavy loadIncludes reliable servers and data centers that can handle all kinds of load
Poor extended searching capabilityExcellent extended search capability


SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)Custom eCommerce Platforms
Big Commerce, Volusion, Shopify, and DemandWareFlipkart, Magento, Woocommerce, and Open cart.


As you can see, both the platforms have their pros and cons, therefore choosing the best one is entirely based on your preferences, goals, and business requirements. No matter which platform you choose for the development of your e-commerce website, you must go for an experienced and reliable technology partner. Look nowhere. Successive Technologies has you covered. Enjoy our rich, customized, quality features with seamless third-party integration that aligns best with your unique business needs. Contact us to know more.

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