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Is Shopify the host for you?

Last reviewed Jun 28, 2014

Key features

  • Email Forwarding
  • SSL Certificates
  • Free Shopping Cart
  • Private SSL
  • Website Builder Software

User Reviews - Total: 1


I was using shopify for a Long Time and i still Love it.
It Features One of the best eCommerce sites.
Although it has an outrageous Price, its still worth of it.

I recommend shopify!

Shopify Founded: 2006

This unique company was founded in 2006 with the goal of simplifying e-commerce site creation. Shopify powers more than 60,000 webstores of all sizes. It combines easy-to-use site building tools, free hosting, and extensive support and learning tools to make running your online store a successful endeavor.


Shopify asks you to rate your satisfaction after each encounter with support. Customer satisfaction rates are posted in real time on the site. Support options include a knowledge base, live chat, email, and 24/7 toll free phone support. The starter plan only includes chat and email support. In addition to those problem-solving support solutions, Shopify Manual is a quick reference for every aspect of using the company’s tools. Shopify’s eCommerce University is a collection of learning tools and interactive forums designed to help you learn more about every aspect of selling online, such as marketing, taxes, manufacturing, and shipping.


Shopify offers four types of accounts. All four types share the same basic features, but the available features and resources increase along with price.

  • Unlimited* hosting
  • 99.94% uptime
  • Unlimited* bandwidth
  • Secure Level 1 PCI compliant
  • More than 100 templates
  • Option to use your domain
  • Secure checkout using credit cards or Paypal
  • Credit card payment fees are charged based on which tier account you choose

Starter Plan

A plan that might be great for people who are just launching their business and don’t yet need a huge amount of storage or product listings.

  • Up to 25 products allowed in store
  • 1 GB storage
  • Chat and email support
  • No option for CSS editing of your theme

Basic Plan

The absolute essentials for opening and operating an eCommerce site. This plan is free of frills, but completely functional.

  • Unlimited* products
  • 1 GB storage
  • Discount code engine
  • Fully customizable themes; full access to CSS and HTML

Professional Plan

Shopify bills this as their most popular plan. It has some extras that add value for your customers and help you plan and target better.

  • Unlimited* products
  • 5 GB storage
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Professional reports
  • Fully customizable themes; full access to CSS and HTML

Unlimited* Plan

This plan boasts the best of everything Shopify has to offer.

  • Unlimited* products
  • Unlimited* storage
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Professional reports
  • Advanced report builder
  • Real-time carrier shipping
  • Fully customizable themes; full access to CSS and HTML

*When hosts describe anything as “unlimited,” it is typically boundless except in cases of abuse. A user may be charged a penalty or be required to subscribe to a more robust package if they are overburdening the servers.


  • 14-day free trial
  • Shopify POS add-on available for a fee
  • Use your own payment gateway
  • Fully hosted
  • App market for added features, like MailChimp integration
  • Mobile themes
  • Customer accounts
  • Advertising credits
  • Blogging platform


  • No FTP access
  • Transaction charges required to accept credit card payments
  • Blogging platform is not necessarily as user friendly as dedicated blogging platforms
  • Exporting is limited to CSV file; a move would be starting almost from scratch

The Verdict

Shopify is not your usual hosting provider for a typical website. As the name suggests, this product is tailor-made for business owners who want an eCommerce site. It is designed to be simple to use while offering customizability and app integration for some services your business already uses. Shopify is much more than a simple shopping cart, and the included hosting is ample, but makes a poor choice for developers or those uninterested in eCommerce solutions.

Shopify Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Shopify Website Builder Software Private SSL Free Shopping Cart SSL Certificates Email Forwarding 1GB Unlimited $14.00/month
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Shopify Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Shopify themes free?

    Shopify offers over 100 themes you can use to create an eCommerce site that is polished and professional. Around 30 of these themes are free. Paid themes range in price from $100 to $180 - a bargain compared to the cost of hiring a professional web designer.

  • Are Shopify themes professionally designed?

    Shopify themes have been developed by some real heavy-hitters within the web design community. Industry-leading firms like Happy Cog, Clearleft, and Pixel Union have contributed themes to the Shopify theme store. Shopify’s theme store is carefully curated to ensure that only truly excellent themes are offered.

  • Can I build a custom theme or have a designer build one for me?

    If you have the skills you can build your own theme or modify one purchased from the theme store. If you want help Shopify has a search tool to help you find a Shopify Expert that fits your project and budget. Keep in mind that you’ll need to select a plan that gives you full access to the template files in order to implement a custom theme.

  • Will my Shopify store be responsive and look great on different devices?

    One of the criteria all Shopify themes have to meet prior to being added to the theme store is the implementation of responsive design principles. In other words: yes. If you use a theme from the Shopify store it will be responsive and look great on a range of devices.

  • I already have a domain name. Can I use it?

    With Shopify, you can either use a domain name you already own, or buy one through Shopify.

  • I want to create a complete website, not just an eCommerce site. Can Shopify do that?

    When you select Shopify you’re getting a complete content management system with integrated eCommerce. So you can build a website complete with a blog and lots of other content along with your webstore.

  • Can Shopify help me set up a way to receive payment by credit card?

    Shopify offers a credit card processing service with competitive rates that doesn’t require you to set up an account with a third party payment gateway. From the moment you launch your store, you’ll be able to accept credit cards.

  • Can Shopify help me integrate in-person sales with an eCommerce site?

    Shopify offers a point-of-sale (POS) solution that enables you to sell both online and in person all from a single account. You even get a free card reader to accept credit cards in person using a tablet or smartphone.

  • Does Shopify require shoppers to create an account to checkout?

    Shopify allows shoppers to create accounts, but also allows checkout using a guest profile.

  • Can I use Shopify to power a Facebook store?

    Shopify does integrate with Facebook allowing you to offer products on your Facebook business page.

  • Does Shopify offer a way to sell different variations of a product?

    Shopify was designed with product variations in mind. So if you have a product available in three colors, six sizes, and two materials Shopify will let you create a product listing that includes all of those variations so your customer is sure to get exactly what they want.

  • Are Shopify stores secure?

    Every Shopify store includes a 256-bit Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate ensuring your customers’ and business data is secure. In addition, Shopify is compliant with PCI level-1 ensuring your customers’ credit card information is processed securely.

  • Does Shopify provide shopper statistics?

    An integrated statistics dashboard is provided with your Shopify store. In addition, Shopify supports Google Analytics integration so you can also receive all of the detailed information available from Google Analytics.

  • What if I have a problem? Will Shopify help me get it resolved?

    All Shopify plans include 24/7 support by email, chat, or phone. If your problem isn’t urgent you can also make use of Shopify’s knowledge base which contains many guides, tutorials, and manuals. In addition, a community discussion board is available.

  • I’m new to eCommerce. Where can I learn about selling online?

    Shopify has created the Ecommerce University with ebooks, video series, webinars and more. Ecommerce University covers common topics such as crowdfunding, selling online, making your first sale, developing a business plan, drop shipping, the legal implications of selling online, and more.

  • Can I integrate my social media accounts with my Shopify store?

    Yes, and you should! Shopify’s documentation page provides information on how to integrate popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google Plus, Twitter, and Disqus.

  • I have an existing website I want to add eCommerce to. Can Shopify help with that?

    Shopify does offer a scaled-down Buy Button plan that lets you add products to an existing site. You get the powerful Shopify shopping cart by just dropping HTML into your existing site where you want a product and “Buy Now” button to appear.

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