|Features||4.8 / 5.0|
|Ease of Use||4.3 / 5.0|
|Pricing||4.5 / 5.0|
|Reliability & Support||4.5 / 5.0|
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.
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Shopify is the winner
1 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