Shopify

Shopify

Everything you need to sell anywhere. Trusted by 160k stores

4.5/5 (2944 reviews)

Shopify Overview

Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at a retail location, and everywhere in between. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, and the Shopify POS application to power retail sales.

With Shopify’s eCommerce software, users get one unified platform to run their business with ease. Users can fully customize their online store, add new sales channels in seconds, manage unlimited products and inventory, fulfill orders in a single step, track sales and growth trends, and more.

Establish the company's brand online with a custom domain name and online store. With instant access to hundreds of the best looking themes, and complete control over the look and feel, users can have a gorgeous store of their own that reflects the personality of their business.

Shopify currently powers over 160,000 retailers in 100 different countries, including: Tesla Motors, Gatorade, Forbes, Amnesty International, Encyclopedia Britannica, Maxim Magazine, CrossFit, Black Milk Clothing, Herschel Supply Co., and many more.

Pricing

Starting from
$29.00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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M
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Markets

Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, India and 4 others, Latin America, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Shopify Reviews

Overall rating
4.5/5
91% positive reviews
1774
Excellent
918
Very good
184
Average
39
Poor
29
Terrible
Lee'ann B.

Shopify is easy to launch and manage

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/30/2019
Review Source: Capterra

My overall experience has been positive using Shopify as my shopping cart for my store. I felt the transition from Magento was pretty simple - although I did not do the migration that is an option, I ended up starting a brand new site.

Pros

I currently use Shopify for my “side hustle” business - selling retro and vintage style dresses online - www.retrovintagedresses.com I previously used Magento for my shopping cart before switching over to Shopify. I like that it’s an easy platform to get set up on and deploy. Also, I love that you can easily create a catalog on business manager to sell products on Facebook and Instagram. Definitely easy to use.

Cons

I don’t have any cons that I can think of with Shopify. I’ve been using it for over 2 years and have not had any major issues or set backs.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Sarah O.

If you run a shop, you need to use Shopify!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 10/21/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall Shopify can be an extremely helpful platform for a company that is running an online store. It makes both the front and back end seamless for everyone. Once I took the time to learn my way around the website I realized that there is so much that Shopify can do, and it makes us running our company a lot easier than if we tried to build an online shop ourselves. Our whole team now utilizes Shopify on a daily basis and we love everything about it, from the retail functions right down to the design.

Pros

I love that we can provide an easy-to-use online store for our customers and seamlessly connect it to everything on the backend. I love the customization that the apps in Shopify provide, and we are utilizing things like shipping & inventory, bundle discounts, upselling, random coupons, email collection, and much more. The number of apps provided makes it easy to find the right one for your store. Our backend support team can easily view and fulfill orders and we can handle customer service right from our site. It's easy to set up and constantly update. I love that Shopify has made running an online store easy for both our management team and customer base.

Cons

Unfortunately since there are so many apps offered, it does take some time to sort through and find the right one for you. Some of them are not as customizable than others, and it can be tough to learn your way around the building platform but luckily Shopify and the app developers have awesome support teams. I'm also not a fan that you can't physically drag and drop widgets on your website like Wix can, and sometimes you need to teach yourself a bit of HTML to edit things (although again, their support team is great for helping with this). However, these are small inconveniences compared to the vast functionality of Shopify.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Emeka O.

Want to start Drop Shipping? Meet Shopify!

Used Other for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/19/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Generally, Shopify has been an awesome service. I was able to build many sites with it. Ecommerce and Drop shipping is very easy with Shopify. With Shopify, I didn't have to bother about hosting my store or making my site secure. All these were taken care of by Shopify.

It's ease of use for drop shipping is second to none, and I didn't have to be a programmer to enjoy it. The only turn off I had while starting was the initial cost because I wanted to start on a very lean budget.

It's ease of use is beautiful. Using Shopify is fun.

Pros

I love many things about Shopify. Honestly, I've not fallen in love with any other alternative as much as I have with Shopify. The pros of Shopify includes:

1. No Hosting required: This is a beautiful part of Shopify. With Shopify, I never had to worry about purchasing a hosting plan. Shopify hosts all merchant accounts on their server.

2. Free SSL: I love this a lot. With some other alternatives, a user may need to purchase an SSL certificate to keep his/her site safe, but not with Shopify. Shopify provides free SSL for all users.

3. Easy to use: With Shopify, I was able to get up and running in about half an hour. No programming skills required. Customising and tweaking everything can be done in about an hour. This is beautiful compared to alternatives.

4. Free trials: Shopify allows a new user to tryout it's services for complete two weeks without paying any money if the user desires. Being curious, I had to try the free service before deciding to make any purchase.

5. Easy to install apps: Shopify have apps to help users add functionalities to their websites. The apps are very easy to install. Their are both free and premium apps on Shopify.

6. Easy payment collection: Shopify has it's own payment system for users. This allows users collect payment for products and services from their customers. The payment processing fee varies from plan to plan.

7. Easy to integrate with drop shipping services: A large chunk of Shopify users are drop shippers. This is a plus.

Cons

Inasmuch as I so much love Shopify, honestly, there are a few turn offs. They include:

1. Expensive: For a starter, Shopify may be very expensive compared to alternatives like woocommerce. With woocommerce, a user can build a free forever ecommerce/ drop shipping site. The user only need to purchase a hosting service and an SSL certificate if need be.

2. Some apps are not available: I opted to using another payment gateway other than Shopify's. The issue I had was that I couldn't find the app for my desired payment processor on the App store. By this, I was compelled to use another payment processor.

3. Premium Apps: Shopify apps helps users add features to their websites. The con here is that many of the apps are premium apps, and should be paid for. This means that apart from the money one have to pay to use Shopify, the one still need to pay some more to have his/her desired apps installed. This can be a turn off for newbies, and others users.

Apart from those cons, Shopify is a beautiful app to use.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Randi Z.

Shopify is Go To for Building Any eCommerce Physical Product Store

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/21/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Shopify is amazing. Building an e-commerce website on your own or with a developer is ultimately complex. Shopify has made this a simple experience. Building your own eCommerce site typically would require you to pay for a lot of things in all different places such as hosting with GoDaddy and a URL and then you need to buy all this different plugins from different developers. It becomes a headache. Your site can also crash and get buggy as a result. Shopify is an all-in-one solution and will usually never crash unless all of Shopify is under maintenance. It's just a really great software and a must use if you're building an eCommerce website for the first time. You can start with Shopify and most likely find all the features you need to keep your site there for the long haul.

Pros

Shopify allows even a beginner to build a really nice looking, responsive eCommerce site. You offer templates that you know help store owners be more successful. They are already designed really well and someone just needs to switch out elements to make the store their own. You made it easy to buy a domain, a template and hosting all in one place. You also have it easy to setup your sales tax which on platforms like Magento and Wordpress can requires additional plugins that can be a headache. You connect well with distribution channels such as Amazon and eBay and I can manage my inventory quantities all in one place.

Cons

Cons is of course with any DIY software limitations within the software. You also to customize this need to work with developer who really knows Shopify and deep coding experience, versus building a website on Wordpress, millions of developers know wordpress, Shopify has less true experts to choose from.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Chelsea D.

Shopify for the win!

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 9/19/2019
Review Source: Capterra

I love that shopify will scale with my business and that there are various pricing plans that give you different options and shipping discounts. It's easy to use and has other apps that work with it so I can easily generate line sheets and product catalogues.

Pros

I love that shopify integrates seamlessly into my inventory program, social media accounts, email marketing platform, etc. They also work really well with google ads so you can add products to google shopping and run really effective retargeting ads. Their live view option is great and gives me an idea of where my customers are coming from.

Their shipping discounts are also great!

Cons

The only thing that really annoys me is that I can't pick which shipping option comes first. Because one of my shipping options is "local pickup" and is free, I'd rather that not be the default shipping option (a lot of out of town customers accidentally choose local pickup and then I have to contact them and it looks unprofessional). Apart from that, it's a great platform

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

Shopify Pricing

Starting from
$29.00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

BASIC SHOPIFY: $29 per month
Online rate: 2.9% + 30¢
In person rate: 2.7% + 0¢

SHOPIFY: $79 per month
Online rate: 2.6% + 30¢
In person rate: 2.5% + 0¢

ADVANCED SHOPIFY: $299 per month
Online rate: 2.4% + 30¢
In person rate: 2.4% + 0¢

Shopify Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Electronic Payments
  • Product Catalog
  • Third Party Integration
  • Website Management
  • eCommerce Management

  • Access Control
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Custom Forms
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Search Functionality
  • Social Media Integration
  • Template Management
  • eCommerce Integration

Additional information for Shopify

Key features of Shopify

  • 100+ professional themes
  • 100+ professional themes
  • 70 payment gateways
  • Abandoned checkout recovery
  • Custom domain name
  • Full blogging platform
  • Gift Cards
  • Integrate with Dropshippers or Fulfillment Centers
  • Mobile commerce ready
  • Product reviews, Discount codes and coupons
  • Search engine optimized (SEO)
  • Secure shopping cart -256-bit SSL
  • Sell in store (POS)
  • Sell on Facebook
  • Shopify Mobile - update your store or inventory
  • Social Media Integration
  • Translate in 50+ languages
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited products
  • Use your own domain name
  • https://www.linkedin.com/company/shopify/

Benefits

  • Whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the trunk of your car, Shopify has you covered.

  • Shopify handles everything from marketing and payments, to secure checkout and shipping.

  • Get a fully customizable website, online store, and blog, and accept credit cards instantly with Shopify Payments.

  • Sell on new sales channels like Pinterest and Amazon, and save time and money with Shopify Shipping and discounted rates.

  • All the features you want, none of the hassle. Shopify makes it easy to build and manage your online store.

  • Shopify FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Shopify.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Shopify offer?

    Shopify offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: $29.00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    BASIC SHOPIFY: $29 per month
    Online rate: 2.9% + 30¢
    In person rate: 2.7% + 0¢

    SHOPIFY: $79 per month
    Online rate: 2.6% + 30¢
    In person rate: 2.5% + 0¢

    ADVANCED SHOPIFY: $299 per month
    Online rate: 2.4% + 30¢
    In person rate: 2.4% + 0¢

    Q. What are the main features of Shopify?

    Shopify offers the following features:

    • 100+ professional themes
    • 100+ professional themes
    • 70 payment gateways
    • Abandoned checkout recovery
    • Custom domain name
    • Full blogging platform
    • Gift Cards
    • Integrate with Dropshippers or Fulfillment Centers
    • Mobile commerce ready
    • Product reviews, Discount codes and coupons
    • Search engine optimized (SEO)
    • Secure shopping cart -256-bit SSL
    • Sell in store (POS)
    • Sell on Facebook
    • Shopify Mobile - update your store or inventory
    • Social Media Integration
    • Translate in 50+ languages
    • Unlimited bandwidth
    • Unlimited products
    • Use your own domain name
    • https://www.linkedin.com/company/shopify/

    Q. Who are the typical users of Shopify?

    Shopify has the following typical customers:

    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Small Business

    Q. What languages does Shopify support?

    Shopify supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Shopify offer?

    Shopify has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Shopify support mobile devices?

    Shopify supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Shopify integrate with?

    Shopify integrates with the following applications:

    Bookeo, OrderHarmony, Ordoro, Post Affiliate Pro, Sendloop, ShipStation, Stitch Labs, Storefront Social, Veeqo, Yotpo

    Q. What level of support does Shopify offer?

    Shopify offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

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