Shopify

During the last couple of years, many online store builders have appeared on the market, and picking the right one for your niche represents the first step towards building a great online store. Shopify with more than 400,000 satisfied users without a doubt is the best, and easiest to use e-commerce platform available on the market these days. Small learning curve, a multitude of great features makes it easy to perform e-commerce activity on Shopify.

To kick things off, those who are just starting out can register for a 14-day trial, during which they’ll be able to test out most of the features that Shopify provides to build an excellent e-commerce website. After the 14-day period, users can then choose which pricing solution best fits their needs.

In this Shopify review, I will target some of the main factors that a potential user must know before choosing to conduct his/here commerce business on the platform. These factors include usability, themes, speed, responsiveness, SEO, billing, integration, features, support, and a FAQ.

Usability
Because e-commerce platform is all about selling products, let’s get to the core functionality of the platform- adding and maintaining products in Shopify sites. Shopify allows you to quickly add multiple variants of the same product and vary their prices based on the size, material, and color of the product. With options to easily include product details such as weight, price in the product description, possibility to change color, the format of descriptions and with options to add images in multiple angles, Shopify makes it incredibly easy to make product pages and products look good while making them search engines friendly. Additionally, options like uploading products in bulk, easy categorizing of products using collections, creating manual discount collections, options to share products or collections on social media makes store maintenance a lot easier.

Themes
Themes are bound to ensure the success of any e-commerce platform, as they are the design language of your site, and one of the main factors that can attract other users. With this in mind, let’s discuss Shopify themes. All designs available on Shopify are bound to be extremely responsive and are created using Liquid, a platform’s language. On installing the Shopify themes, full access to code is given, thus allowing modifications to the design.

Being a search engine friendly website builder, Shopify makes sure that their every theme is contrast tested to have a better display on all devices, generates valid HTML, be accessible with keyboard shortcuts and functions properly on all major browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE9.

Shopify also allows designers to create new designs and sell them on Shopify Marketplace. Every design submitted to Shopify will undergo a strict evaluation process to make sure it is responsive and search engine friendly.

Speed
When it comes to running an online store, speed represents an essential factor, as most visitors tend to be impatient and want to leave a slow loading web store. To stay ahead in this aspect, Shopify uses world class CDN, run by Fastly, to load website fast throughout the globe, at no extra costs.
It all sounds awesome! But let’s see how these cool things translate in numbers. We chose four random sites built on Shopify and ran a speed test using Gtmetrix. Proofs time!

Shopify Loading Speed Test

Page speed grade on GtMetrix, for all four sites show around 70, which is a bit more than average. Because websites on Shopify being mostly web stores with loads of images, better image size optimization might make website loading speed better. Among those four sites, the sites with better page load speed tend to have better CSS sprites combining.

In case the loading times aren’t up to your expectations, you can follow optimization guides from Shopify. By fixing things like image size, minifying CSS or JavaScript, better speeds are possible in most cases. Also if you are a premium customer, you can always reach out to their support team and let them know the kinds issues you are facing regarding speed. They will in most cases help you optimize web pages load speed

Responsiveness
As mentioned earlier in designs section, every Shopify theme is responsive. The same four sites tested for page load speed were also tested for their responsive and mobile friendly nature. All of the sites that we have tested were responsive and rendered well on desktops, mobile phones, and tablets. But regarding loading speed on mobile phones, we did see some surprising results.

Below are the results for sites we tested. All the sites fluctuate around 45 on Google Page Speed Insights which seems to be a poor score. However, it is also important to keep in mind that those are e-commerce sites with homepage sizes of 3-4mb.

https://www.dodocase.com/ 48/100
https://www.masterdynamic.com/ 46/100
https://www.getdubs.com/ 48/100
https://blackmilkclothing.com/ 45/100

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
No matter how good the store looks, unless it won’t get traffic from search engines, commerce activity won’t start. Shopify offers a multitude of options to improve the on-page SEO of the web store, and the first thing I would like to mention in that category would be the ability of every Shopify theme to generate clean code to make search engine crawling easy. Like all other website and store builders, Shopify also allows you to edit header tags, meta descriptions, titles of every page, product, post, and also has options to avoid duplicate content. Shopify also allows you to edit URLs, generates sitemaps automatically and provides free SSL certificate for every paid plan. Additionally, if you want to use Shopify to review products, it has apps to makes such reviewing process quite easy.

Integration
Shopify offers a significant number of Apps—over 1,500—so you can add more function, automate a lot of business tasks, and, customize your store to satisfy your every need. Shopify has a total of 644 free apps that can be used to facilitate almost any function an online store needs. Not only this, but Shopify also comes along with a total of 1104 advanced, paid apps, which can be used to add numerous extra features to your online store. Some of the areas that the apps can help facilitate, include, but are not limited to sales, marketing, customer service, shipping, inventory management and more.

Shopify Loading Speed Test

Features
Payments:

Shopify is expensive, and other transaction charges make it even more pricey. Fortunately, it does offer Shopify payment gateway, which can help you save transaction costs if you are from United States, Australia, Canada, and Ireland. For those from other countries, Shopify supports 70 payment gateways to accept credit card payments, and as mentioned earlier by using other payment gateways, there will be Shopify transaction charges+credit card fees of 2.9% + 30cents. PayPal can also be integrated directly into the payment section.

Orders

Order section on dashboard displays the list of orders placed by the customer, list of pending orders. Order placed and not delivered is an unfulfilled order. Product shipped to the customer is a fulfilled order. The order section also manages to send confirmation emails about confirmed order to customers. Order fulfilling can be automated, semi-automated or manually done. For automation, all you need is the one-time configuration of delivery with checkout. Additionally, for Shopify users in USA and Canada, shipping can also be automated with Shopify Shipping. Shopify order section also allows you to check details about abandoned customers who add a product to cart and don’t buy which you can use for remarketing process.

The Sales Channels

Shopify has sales channels to let- you sell your products on websites, social media, mobile apps. You can manage them individually through sales channel option in the dashboard.

The Buy Button

This is the basic sales channel with which you can sell products on your website or blogs built on other platforms like WordPress, Tumblr, Squarespace. The button can also be added directly to emails sent through the email marketing campaigns.Buy button can be integrated and customized according to the blog or website theme so that you can maintain the brand of your blog or website

Messenger

Shopify with messenger option allows you to connect with Facebook account and business page to interact with your customers from Facebook.

Facebook

Shopify allows you organize your shop on Facebook. There are detailed guides on how to organize the Facebook shop. You can also only use the option to get social media attention if you’d like to.

Point of Sale (POS)

A point of sale (POS) feature is also available. After installing the POS app from the sales channel, you should be able to enable the retail packages. It’s worth pointing out the fact that the bigger package you decide to buy, the more POS staff accounts. POS app is compatible with iPad or iPhone, which will help you manage multiple points of sale, using your phone.

KIT

This is yet another of the many great features being offered by Shopify. It represents an official Facebook marketing partner, which will allow you to market your store on the internet, by helping you run Facebook and Instagram-based ads. It also uses dynamic ads, which can increase your ROI, and retargets customers.

Support
Upon using an e-commerce website builder, the chances are that you will need to get in touch with the customer support team at least once. If this is the case, Shopify has a live chat feature. On a typical working day, reaching customer support via live chat might take around 5-10. If you don’t want to wait in queues for live chat, you can send Shopify an email explaining your issue, and you’ll likely get a reply soon.

Customer support team from Shopify are both patient and friendly. They refer to themselves as e-commerce gurus and are bound to offer you the support that you need. During my test, I chatted with the support team for around an hour, on various issues, and was more than satisfied with their response. In addition to theses, Shopify also provides support via phone.

Shopify
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Billing Shopify sounds quite nice so far, doesn’t it? Well, my friend, as a business owner you should know that quality has its price. Shopify is not the cheapest option in the market. And the kicker is not the monthly payment for a premium version of their services, but the transaction charges, credit card fees you are supposed to spend for every product sold using the platform. However, if you are using Shopify Payments, those extra spendings can be avoided. You will get to know more about Shopify Payments in later sections. There are three main visible plans and one invisible $9 per month plan which offers a buy button which you can use on other outside blogs, websites and social media platforms such as Facebook. Shopify pricing It is important to note the fact that the bigger your plan of choice is, the less the transaction for each product sold through the platform. Also, buying an annual plan can save as much as 10%.
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  • What is the cost to renewal a domain if purchased from Shopify?

Shopify doesn’t offers free domain with any premium plans, if you wish to purchase domain from shopify domain cost ranges between  $14 to $31 per year depending on the extension you choose.
  • Can edit the code of template on Shopify ?

Shopify allows us to custom edit the HTML/CSS code of the theme. The disappointing thing is you can import or export the theme to editor. You should use only templates given by shopify.
  • How many free/premium sites  can I build on one Shopify account?

You can create only one store using one account. If you want create another website you need to create another account on shopify.
  • Can I edit my Shopify website from mobile?

No! Shopify doesn’t have any mobile applications to edit the store, but they have an mobile application where you can check up on the store on things new orders and stock levels or manage the things on products
  • Can I use 3rdparty payment gateways for Shopify store?

Yeah, shopify do support all the major payment gateways. The payment gateways are different for each country. All the payment gateways accept payments all major credit/debit cards and internet banking.
  • Can I accept offline payments like COD, cheque or mode of transfer etc.. ?

Yes! If you sell physical products, you can offer free shipping on all products by creating a free shipping rate. Alternatively, you can create a free shipping discount, but you cannot accept cheque or mode of cash  payments.
  • Does Shopify has livechat support

Yes! It offers the best customer service in the industry, Shopify offer live chat support for all the users, and also email and telephonic support. The best is there are different numbers for each country with the local code.
  • Does Shopify offer any high priority support for instant response?

No! But in the case of emergency you can call up on the telephone numbers respective to the country and get the instant response.
  • Can I connect paypal to Shopify online store?

Yes, you can accept payments through paypal from Shopify. This mode of payments is the default mode of payments for every store.
  • Can I edit my mobile website?

You can do unless you're a programmer, because  there should be a custom code for mobile and desktop separately. If you make any changes in the editor of the mobile view, that may affect the desktop version.
  • Can I add SSL to my website ?

Yes! Shopify offers SSL certificates for all Shopify Domains and third-party domains for $14/year if it’s a .com domain the price may vary for other extensions.
  • Can I able to publish the site after 14 days free trial ?

No! Once the free trial of 14days is over you cannot make any changes to the store until you make purchase of an premium plan.
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  1. 4.2
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    Shopify as a platform is fantastic. Having ran and sold a few ecommerce businesses, I have had the opportunity to many competitors. Some FREE and others more pricey. Shopify thus far has been the easiest to use.

    The support provided is usually very quick to respond and always friendly. I normally wait no more than 24 hours, in the case there is not a specialist available right away.

    The templates and designs are crisp and clean. While there are many paid options, luckily, most are free. The free designs are commonly used but most have the same features and great visuals that you would find with paid options. Ultimately, it comes down to your preference.

    Shopify is simple to use with apps, plugins, editing, and coding (if you’re into that sort of thing).

    The downside? It is on the higher side in terms of price. Shopify plans are not ‘cheap’ and in addition to the sales fees and the costs of apps, it can start to rack up a hefty monthly bill. The payments themselves are easy and not confusing whatsoever as it is all billed at once and easily accessible – but your wallet might not be too happy.

    These high costs become easier to bare once you begin having a steady income stream. Before that I would suggest you avoid the glamor of unnecessary apps and stick to the free ones to cut your cost.

    Overall Shopify is a great option amongst many, very commonly used, has an already great SEO due to it’s commonality – all for a price you need to be willing to pay.

  2. 4.8
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    We love the Shopify platform.

    It is quick and easy to make changes, has a streamlined checkout process, and has robust integrations like Fomo, YOTPO, etc.

    It is fairly inexpensive to start with but certainly increases substantially with Shopify +. This could certainly be a burden for a small business.

    We haven’t used Shopify payments but plan to move to it shortly.

    We do 7 figures on Shopify and for e-commerce we believe it’s the best platform out there.

  3. 3.4
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    The design is very basic and all placed in boxes architecture. There is no complexity to the design and just a plug-and-play layout.

    The only thing I like about Shopify is their payment gateway. Which can help you save transaction costs if you are from United States, Australia, Canada, and Ireland. For those from other neighboring countries, Shopify supports 70 payment gateways to accept credit card payments. PayPal can also be integrated directly into the payment section.

  4. 4.2
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    DON’T USE STRIPE IF DROPSHIPPING!!!

    THIS IS A LETTER OF WARNING TO MY FELLOW DROPSHIPPERS THINKING OF MOVING TO SHOPIFY. UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD TO USE AUTHORIZE.NET (49 A MONTH) TO DO PAYMENTS, SHOPIFY WILL HOLD 25% OF YOUR FUNDS FOR 90 DAYS IF YOU ARE DROPSHIPPING – EITHER ONLY GET PEOPLE TO PAY WITH PAYPAL OR GO WITH SOMETHING ELSE – OTHER THAN THAT – IT’S AMAZING

  5. 5
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    Great host and ecommerce partner. Shopify always answers the phone to fix problems. Great uptime. Basic package could have more features, but lots of apps help fill the gaps.

    A few limitations prevent a perfect score. Filtering is difficult for more than 1000 items.

    Variants are a bit cumbersome. Limited changes to checkout

  6. 4.4
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    Shopify makes it easy to show off and sell the unique pieces we have at our gallery. It’s very easy to upload photos of individual products. We also enjoy some of the apps associated with Shopify, especially gift Reggie which makes it simple for brides to register with our store.

  7. 5
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    Brilliant, massive help and excellent support

  8. 4.2
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    An extremely simple, well-priced platform. I was able to set up our store in no time, and the templates drove an immediate lift in sales as compared to our previous platform.

  9. 4
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    Great platform but the pricing is too high and about to get even higher. Check the various options for your needs before signing up.

  10. 4.6
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    Shopify is great. Ive used at least ten other companies like it but Shopify is the only site I would use for web design. There are a few reason for this.

    Although I gave pricing 3 stars, I believe its worth every penny. Value isn’t free, or cheap for that matter. There are other sites out there that cost way less but you don’t get nearly as much.

    The support seemed a tad lazy but they they have resolved every issue I’ve had so far, so I cant really complain about that except for that I wish they were a tad more enthusiastic about trying to help me.

    As for templates, you can pretty much find anything you will ever need, some of the nicer templates you will have to pay a one time fee for but again, in my opinion its worth it. There are always free themes as well if you don’t wish to pay. I wish that you were able to customize the templates a little easier (without having to change so much code) but I’m not an expert in this area and I’m not sure its even possible.

    The flexibility of Shopify is nearly endless for ecommerce if you take the time, do some research and learn a little coding (its not that hard if you set your mind to it). The fact that you can design a site and have it up and running within one day is amazing to me. No, you’re not going to be making the next Uber site with Shopify but I think this section still deserves 5 stars.

    All in all, I’ve done the research. I’ve tried other sites and I would still pick Shopify 10 times out of 10 for any online business.

  11. 4.2
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    Love Shopify. Easy to use, looks great. One stop shop for sure.

  12. 5
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    Really easy to use and great support

  13. 5
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    We run several stores on the Shopify platform and we love them. We find Shopify to be easy and thorough. Better yet, a user could more or less tailor their Shopify experience for their own level of expertise. From very basic to fairly complex.

    We run the basic $29 store for most of our sites and that has plenty of functionality. There is a wide range of add-on apps available, some free some not. But a person could run a decent store without ever adding a for-pay app.

    We not only chose Shopify, we chose it many times!

  14. 3.8
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    Shopify has been great with some inconsistent issues regarding shipping and wholesaling. Apps aren’t always congruent with Shopify and the gurus sometimes give inconsistent advice and solutions to problem. It’s been a process and an interesting journey.q

  15. 3.8
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    For my experience, I like shopify current service for me as at the company management side. It’s good choice compare to the price we are paying now compare to when we were using magento at the old days. Now we paid for only $30 bucks a month but we already had the service we need for the system.

  16. 5
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    Excellent system with Amazon back-end integration.

    All the tools I need
    Easy to use
    Connects up to Amazon
    Enough said!

  17. 4
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    Well shopify is a great and easy to set up shop platform. Its integrations and easy and works out of the box. Problems are theme customisation (we use an outside theme Ella and it is best of breed and also the support). So this solved our customisation requests (otherwise you need to hire shopify experts which are expensive). The only drawback is multicurrency and even more multilangual support.
    The rest I would say is really really good. I have gone from wordpress where the updating messend up the frontend editor and we could not edit for 3 months. After wordpress was blaming the theme builders and theme builders wordpress we decided to move our business elsewhere. Thinking of trying Opencart or Magento because Shopify fees might be high to be honest.

  18. 5
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    As a marketing person, I have ten years of expertise working with Drupal and, unfortunately, also WordPress. I can write basic HTML5, and can read and poke at CSS (but am no way an expert). I have built/managed the builds of a variety of sites, with a variety of complexity on many of the common platforms. I’ve also used Squarespace for my own website for about 4 years now (with a Square integration for eCommerce), and have happily recommended them to many non-technical people (artists) for their ease of use and lovely themes (would not recommend them for eCommerce, or for anything involving a lot of data management, as they’re not really set up for that).

    When McRoskey Mattress Company decided to redo our website from a hand-coded HTML5 site, to something more modern-looking, with a CMS to make changing content easy (and not require an agency and their fees!), we were using Shopify only for their order processing and eCommerce functionality. At the time, I felt that migrating everything to Drupal would be the best, because of the flexibility of Drupal, and the robust security features of that CMS.

    Reviewing requirements and costs with my internal team, we decided to try to build it ourselves in Shopify before committing the resources to having a site built for us in another CMS. We purchased a theme (Canopy) for $100 or so dollars, got a few custom page templates made for us by an expert (a few thousand dollars), and got a graphic designer to select and adjust photos for us (a few thousand dollars). The total bill for the new website came out way less than all the bids I got to get our site rebuilt in any other CMS.

    The eCommerce works really well, the site is beautiful and mobile-responsive, it is easy to change images, text, menus and pages on the fly or when we have a promotion. As the primary content creator and administrator, it is an easy CMS to work with. When we’ve run into problems, customer support answers the phone (or chat!), and they typically can resolve our problems within a day. They also are very familiar with the many third-party plugins offered for the platform, which is helpful when trying to select the appropriate one. As for monthly cost, our current bill, including Pro level service, and a handful of paid plugins, is still about 20-30% less expensive than comparable hosting for a Drupal or WordPress eCommerce site with similar complexity.

    I also love the (free!) POS system that works on any phone/tablet. I use it at offsite events, and we’ve used it as backup when our primary retail POS was migrating to a new system. It works great, and there’s a convenient card reader.

    All in all, I would recommend Shopify to people with these use cases: you are primarily a consumer-facing retail/food/beverage brand and you need seamless transactions. It’s pretty easy for a Luddite to set up the basic set up and install a new theme. If you want to get fancy with design, or functionality, you’re going to need to hire an expert, but if you understand your scope and write clear requirements, it can be much cheaper than most other CMS’ for small business.

  19. 5
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    Shopify is amazing. Customer support, easy functionality of the back end of the store. to the apps. to the POS. Highly recommend.

  20. 4.8
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    I am what you can call not tech savy at all. It took me a few hours to have my store up and running despite that. Its easy works well and there is tones of support if needed. You will also find a large community witj ressources.

  21. 5
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    Great platform. Easy to use. Excellent support. Huge range of apps available. We migrated from 3D Cart and have never looked back. Costs are low.

    Would like to have more flexibility for on page layouts and the ability to create link

  22. 4.8
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    The technical support is amazing!! As an average technological person there support system is amazing-I have never had a call that wasn’t excellent, and I call regularly!

  23. 4.2
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    I always have a good time speaking to a customer service person because they are all so nice and respectful. I dont like the long wait to speak to a person.

  24. 4
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    Relatively straight forward platform to use out of the box, can be set up in minutes using one of the built in templates and themes. Needs a bit more technical knowledge to do anything customized though. Price wise it is OK at a basic level, to get functionality away from the norm you will need to pay for apps – there are quite a few free one’s available as well. The other issue with Shopify is the credit card charges, flat rate through Shopify payments which is fine but to use a 3rd party they then charge a percentage on top so you can’t really look at a 3rd party. In the UK especially this is expensive in terms of debit card charges as normally with a 3rd party we are charged pence but through Shopify it is a 1.9% fee.

  25. 5
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    Shopify have been perfectly sufficient. I’m usually impressed with their apps and integrations, and I find their content editor complete & flexible.

  26. 3.2
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    We have been using Shopify for our store since 2013.

    Pros:

    Easy to set up
    Inexpensive
    Generally user friendly GUI on the backend
    Can accommodate a large range of products and variants
    Highly customizable
    SEO is easy
    Cons:

    Awkward when you have a large store (not super scalable)
    Very bare bones in terms of built-in functionality. It requires LOTS of apps and customizations to work well.
    They update the back end FREQUENTLY with NO advanced warning of changes to the interface. This is a big problem in SaaS solutions and they should work harder to notify subscribers of changes BEFORE they happen.
    You cannot edit orders. This is a really big problem if someone wants the item ordered, but in a different color (for example). They have 3rd party apps that might work for smaller stores that can circumvent the issue, but they are not a good solution for larger stores (like ours) because they can cause problems with accounting and inventory management.
    Most Shopify stores look more or less the same, no matter how much you tweak them, because we’re all using the same handful of responsive themes.

  27. 4.6
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    If you’ve used Woocommerce or even Magento, what will strike you about Shopify is two things. Ease of set up and use, as well as page loading speed. Woocommmerce in particular is slow in comparison one you have many shoppers.

    It’s also very flexible (with an API), even when hosted in the cloud.

  28. 4.4
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    I think Shopify is a great solution for all businesses that need to operate only a standard online-shop and that do not want to invest large sums of money into setting one up and running it. We are a small business serving a distinct niche and for this purpose Shopify has been almost ideal to work with. However, if demands are more complex I can imagine that one or two issues may come up.

  29. 5
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    Shopify is the best experience for ecommerce developers, i since to use Shopify in 2013, the forst user in Brasil, iam and my team are very happy.

  30. 4.2
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    Shopify is a great versatile platform with moderate flexibility. Based primarily off Liquid, finding a developer that understands liquid can be a challenge at times. The price is competitive and the support is top-notch. The large variety of themes are suitable for many different business types. Overall Shopify has been an excellent to us and is a good first-choice for most businesses.

  31. 5
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    100
    SEO
    100

    I looked at many options before selecting Shopify. The chat support is very good and easily accessible. Chat support has resolved almost all of my questions/issues on my first contact with them. I love the theme I selected. It makes my site look professional and their support has also been excellent. Shopify is pretty intuitive to use with the exception of the liquid files but for the

    I love the theme I selected. It makes my site look professional and their support has also been excellent. Shopify is pretty intuitive to use with the exception of the liquid files but for the

    Shopify is pretty intuitive to use with the exception of the liquid files but for the projects I was unable to accomplish myself, I was able to hire a developer who does small projects so it wasn’t too much of an issue. Check out TaskHusky.com.

    The Apps available as add-ons to Shopify are amazing. Many of them are free or very lost cost so for the things I wanted like better packing slip, easy landing page set tool, affiliate software, bulk redirects and more.

    The built in redirect feature is wonderful especially since I had existing sites with different subdomain names. The feature made the move much easier.

    I moved my blog from wordpress to Shopify and am very happy that I did. Clearly, I don’t have as many features as now as when I had wordpress, I’m happy with the look of the blog and the features that I do have and I get the added bonus of having my blog in the same domain as the store which I did not have with wordpress (had to use a subdomain which google doesn’t count as part of your domain).

    The built-in reporting and SEO are both good. It’s very easy to meet SEO requirements with the product template.

    Here is a list of things that I don’t like about Shopify – no order edit feature (this is inconvenient but not a deal breaker for me), the emails aren’t as slick as I would like (but there are apps for this) and I’d like to be able to customize the messages on the order pages based on products.

  32. 5
    Support
    100
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    100
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    100

    As an e-commerce company that started out in 1998, we’ve seen a LOT of software solutions come and go. We’ve gone from systems that we hosted ourselves, to managed solutions including Miva Merchant, Bigcommerce, and Shopify. Hands down, Shopify has been the best of the bunch. We found that there were a few minor ‘issues’ that caused us to re-think our workflow when we started, but any off-the-shelf solution will need the user to adjust the way they approach their e-commerce system.

  33. 5
    Support
    100
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    100
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    100

    We LOVE Shopify. We seriously couldn’t do it without them. I’m a Realtor with absolutely no retail experience and SOME web experience. But learning how to use and navigate shopify was really easy. I feel like a pro now! lol

    We owe much of our success to Shopify….(and our really cute products!)

    xoxo

  34. 4.2
    Support
    100
    Pricing
    80
    Templates
    60
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    80

    I love the packaging and client experience of Shopify. I have little website design experience outside of clicking and dragging in WordPress. I set-up my own Shopify site very simply. The issue you would need to know about has to do with managing you order flow. You cannot delete refunded, old, and edited orders. It is not possible, and it appears Shopify is doing nothing about it. Also, shipping calculations are all driven by outside apps and can be extremely difficult to implement. But…I don’t think there is a better solution available. I am very happy with Shopify.

  35. 4.2
    Support
    80
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    60
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    80

    The shopify gurus are available 24/7 over chat and are great help. The themes available are good too. Sometimes you do want to make some additional integrations or changes in the themes or shopify but you require a coder to help you with that. Overall pretty satisfying.

  36. 5
    Support
    100
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    100
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    100

    I’ve had a great experience working with Shopify. I’ve found their platform to be extremely easy to use; their back-end provides a wealth of data; and so many different developers have created apps and plug-ins that we’ve been able to find solutions without needing to pay a developer for custom work to our site. Also, because Shopify is such a large platform, a lot of other platforms integrate with it, which has been really helpful for us. We’ve been able to create automated systems for marketing, shipping, and data analysis, because of Shopify’s integrations.

  37. 4.6
    Support
    80
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    100
    Flexibility
    80
    SEO
    100

    Hi Megan,

    We are using Shopify here in Brazil. I manage the control panel.
    We are happy with it once it is ahead of the options in Brazil, specially the SEO capabilities.
    We don’t get much sales direct in the Shop. Our business is B2B. Our clients use the site to know more about our products and then contact us at the end of the sales process.
    Almost 100% of our sales has a Estimate before the close.

  38. 4.4
    Support
    80
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    80
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    80

    Easy to set up, lots of themes to choose from, hundreds of apps and great support!

  39. 4.4
    Support
    80
    Pricing
    100
    Templates
    80
    Flexibility
    100
    SEO
    80

    So far so good! We’re really happy with the design and ease of use on the back end. My web designer and I did a lot of research before choosing Shopify – they definitely seemed to be the industry leader. We love using the app too.

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