|Features||4.8 / 5.0|
|Ease of Use||4.3 / 5.0|
|Pricing||4.5 / 5.0|
|Reliability & Support||4.5 / 5.0|
|Customer Reviews||4 reviews|
Shopify makes it about as easy as feasibly possible to get started: beginning with a 14-day free trial. Their website is pretty intuitive and lays out everything you need to know before making the plunge to pick a plan. Overall, you're going to get more robust technology with a web host, rather than an eCommerce web builder, but Shopify's ease of use is pretty great.
Shopify pricing can get pretty lofty — reaching 179 dollars for the "Unlimited" monthly plan — but their "Lite" and "Basic" plans offer plenty of features to get your online store built and online relatively painlessly. With each hike in cost comes a package upgrade that includes added eCommerce features, like gift card functionality or advanced tools for reporting, shopping carts, and shipping. Depending on what your online store building needs are, you can certainly find a Shopify package that suites your eCommerce expectations. Don't forget: it's all fully-hosted!
Shopify services are fully-hosted, but you can't expect an eCommerce platform to be as robust as some of the more advanced exclusively-hosting companies' technology. They don't offer an uptime guarantee, as you'd expect to find with more traditional web hosts, but they do offer the 24/7 assistance of the friendly Shopify experts.
Review by Chase S. from BestCompany.com
I’ve setup 4 different stores with Shopify over the past year and have loved how simple and effective it is. Here’s what I love about Shopify: 1. That it only takes me about 1-2 hours to get everything setup from the domain to design, all the way to getting my products imported. 2. My site and checkout are all mobile optimized right out of the gate. 3. Getting setup with Shopify’s merchant account only takes me a day or two before I’m live and taking orders. 4. They have a really cool fraud protection system that evaluates the risk levels of each transaction. Great for preventing charge backs. 5. The mobile app makes it super easy to manage orders when I’m away from the office. 6. I’m a dropshipper and Shopify makes drop shipping super easy. Whenever I hit the “fulfill” button on an order it automatically emails fulfillment the details of the order. Love Shopify! These guys are great. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to get into Ecommerce.
Review by Kirk Smith from MerchantMaverick.com
Shopify has been a fantastic ecommerce site for our small business. It is easy to navigate and the customer service is outstanding. Great customer service and a great hosting platform gives Shopify 5 stars.
Review by Mike Rusallo from BestCompany.com
I set up a Shopify store with my wife for a small business she started selling some of her baby clothing. It was really easy, which was nice because we didn’t need to hire a developer or a designer. We had our questions answered really quickly and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.
Review by Donovan Biela from MerchantMaverick.com
They have a pretty decent API, but I thought for such a popular eCommerce platform they would support batch updates/inserts…sadly they do not. The API call limit is 2 per second, so you have to plan accordingly if you plan on making a lot of requests to their API. The docs aren’t the greatest either, I find myself being confused on what certain fields mean a lot of the time. Decent coverage though, I was pleasantly surprised to see you can get cart contents via the API!
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Shopify is the winner
2 out of 3 times.
The Shopify experts have built a platform from which anyone can easily launch an online business, and customize it to match their personal brand via free and premium Shopify themes. All packages include fully-hosted services, a free site builder, and a boatload of eCommerce features that only increase and advance with each plan upgrade. All in all, if you're looking for an exclusively-eCommerce website, Shopify makes it super easy to boast an unlimited number of products and accept payments for them via a multitude of ways (e.g., social media, a flashy BUY NOW button, or the Shopify POS system). If an eStore is what you need, Shopify can help you create it.
Overall Rating4.6 / 5.0