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  • Email Forwarding
  • SSL Certificates
  • Free Shopping Cart
  • 24/7 Support
  • Credit Card
  • Private SSL

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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!

 
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Shopify

shopify.com
Founded:2006
Pros: All-in-One e-commerce Packages , Easy website builder
Cons: Difficult transfer to CMS

Shopify Introduction

Shopify is a leading site for turnkey e-commerce hosting. It offers all the necessary services, including domain registration, site hosting, content management, and payment processing. New clients get a 14-day free trial.

E-commerce is Shopify's exclusive focus. While it's possible in principle to create other types of sites, other services make more sense if selling isn't your main purpose.

How Shopify Works

According to Shopify's website, you can get your site created "within seconds of sign-up." This is a bit of an exaggeration, but the process is smooth and simple. Businesses can set up a site quickly using a standard template or spend a lot of time customizing it to the appearance they want. Testing tools let the client perform trial transactions before going live.

Shopify can host an existing domain, or clients can register a domain through Shopify. The most economical option is to request a subdomain of myshopify.com at no cost. Clients can add as many subdomains as they want to the primary domain.

Security is a strong point. Accepting credit card payments online requires compliance with the PCI standards, and Shopify meets all levels of PCI compliance. All client sites on Shopify are PCI compliant. Each site comes with an SSL certificate at no extra cost. All Shopify content is encrypted over HTTPS to make sure personal information can't be intercepted and content can't be altered in transit.

Since it's a cloud service, the site's software is always up to date. Store owners don't have to worry about backups or software upgrades.

Various Plans

Several pricing plans are available. All include credit card processing as a standard service. The higher-end plans charge more per month, providing several benefits in return:

  • Lower credit card fees
  • Lower fees on external payment gateways
  • More staff accounts
  • Shipping discounts
  • Reporting features.

Credit card processing is a standard service. Several plans are available, and the ones with higher monthly rates charge less per credit card transaction. Businesses with very high sales volume can request a quote for Shopify Plus, which gets them extra support and migration tools but isn't cheap.

The Fastly CDN connects Shopify to users all over the world. Fast response is important to getting and keeping customers on a website, and Fastly's edge servers and caching keep users from having to wait.

Shopify doesn't provide email hosting. However, it lets an account set up unlimited forwarding email addresses. A separate account with an email provider is required to send and receive email.

Creating an E-Commerce Site

The instructions on Shopify's site start with detailed information on planning before setting up a store. They lead the user through all the steps, from obtaining a domain to publishing the site. The first steps after setting up the domain are adding products and selecting themes. Static pages can then be added as necessary, along with a menu to link to them.

The setup process lets the user select payment and shipping methods and specify tax requirements. After constructing the site, the user can test it and place dummy orders to make sure everything is working.

The process is straightforward enough that little technical knowledge is necessary, and the testing mode lets clients make sure the site is the way they want it before the site is published.

Customization

Themes allow customization of a site. Clients can select free themes or buy premium ones. A theme is made up of layouts and templates. A site can have as many as 20 themes installed, but only one can be published at a time.

Many add-ons are available through Shopify's app store. They provide additional functionality in marketing, sales, shipping, accounting, and many other areas. Some are free, and others are available for a monthly fee.

Developers can create their own themes or modify existing ones. The template language is called Liquid. Like PHP and some other programming languages. Liquid code can be interspersed with HTML. It isn't a full programming language, though. It lets the developer control the presentation but isn't used for application development.

Developers can register as partners and create applications using the Shopify API. They can choose from several programming languages. They can develop applications privately for a site or submit them to the app store.

Support

The Shopify Help Center lets anyone search the online documentation. Clients can request help by email, phone, or online chat 24 hours a day. Status information is put online so clients know when a problem is being worked on. Online forums let clients discuss issues and ask for suggestions.

Advantages of Shopify

Shopify does many things right, making it a good choice for businesses who want to set up a solid e-commerce site but don't want to build it from scratch.

Businesses can set up everything necessary for online sales without requiring programming or web design skills. All the steps are well explained. Many customization options are available to make the site look distinctive and professional. With 99.99% uptime and no bandwidth limit, availability won't be a problem.

The hosting features help to ensure broad outreach. All the themes are mobile-ready and internationalized. Search engine optimization is built into every site.

The app store offers many extra features to run a more successful online business.

Possible Concerns

No service is ideal for everyone, and some aspects of Shopify may keep it from being a business's best choice.

  • It offers less flexibility than a self-managed website. Businesses that want the broadest range of options may want to spend the necessary money on custom development with a CMS.
  • There's no good way to export a site and move it somewhere else. The Liquid language isn't widely used outside Shopify, so it will have to be rewritten. A business that later wants to migrate to a CMS will have a fair amount of work to do.
  • Checkout redirects from the merchant's own domain to checkout.shopify.com. Some people have expressed concern on forums that seeing the domain change may scare buyers away just as they're about to pay.

Summary

Shopify's target market is small to medium businesses that want a turnkey solution to e-commerce. It serves that market very well. Other hosting services allow more control over the site, but they require more development and maintenance work. Shopify provides a very good e-commerce experience for a reasonable cost and a small amount of effort.

Last updated: 2017-09-26

Shopify Hosting Plans

Hosting Plan Features Disk Space Bandwidth Price
Basic Shopify PCI Compliant EZ-Shop Secure Small Business Business Managed Unlimited Unlimited $29.00/month
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Standard Shopify PCI Compliant EZ-Shop Secure Small Business Business Managed Unlimited Unlimited $79.00/month
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Advanced Shopify EZ-Shop PCI Compliant Secure Small Business Business Managed Unlimited Unlimited $299.00/month
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Shopify Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an e commerce website?

    An ecommerce website is a virtual store on the internet. Typically, ecommerce websites have a range of products, a shopping cart, a checkout function, and a way of making payment through the website.

  • How do I create an online store?

    To create an ecommerce store, you will need to choose a platform. Shopify is just one option, but there are others, such as Magento. Once you have the platform set up, you can create products, add photos, and set prices.

  • Does Shopify offer a free trial for its plans?

    Shopify offers its customers a 14-day free trial where customers can work with Shopify's interface and see the various features. This free trial period does not require you to enter your credit card information.

  • What security features does Shopify implement?

    Shopify implements a 256-bit SSL certificate to ensure that financial transactions taking place on your website are secure. In addition, Shopify is Level 1 PCI Compliant which means that your customer's credit card data is stored and processed securely.

  • Do I need to purchase an SSL Certificate for my online store?

    All of Shopify's ecommerce plans include an SSL certificate. However, if you use the "Buy Now" button on your own site, you may need to purchase one. Contact customer support for more details.

  • What type of support does Shopify offer its customers?

    Customers who need help resolving issues with their store can contact the company 24/7 through email, chat, and phone. They can also get help by posting the question on the community forum or taking a look at the various user guides and tutorials in the Shopify Help Center. For customers interested in learning more about general ecommerce concepts such as crowdfunding or drop shipping, Shopify has an eCommerce University.

  • Who owns Shopify?

    Shopify was founded by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake. Tobias Lütke is the CEO and was the original developer behind the project. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 2015.

  • How many products can I put on my online store?

    All of Shopify's plans allow you to put an unlimited number of products on your ecommerce site.

  • Does Shopify allow me to add products to my existing site?

    Yes, it is possible to add products to your existing site with a scaled down service. This plan, called Shopify Lite, features JavaScript and HTML code you can add directly on your website. The cost for this service is nominal.

  • Is it possible to use Shopify to power an online store on social media sites?

    Yes, Shopify can be used to create your own store on multiple social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. For example, with Facebook, you can feature products and add an option to purchase your products on your Facebook account's 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.

  • Am I able to integrate discounts or promotions on my online store?

    Yes, it is possible to create various discount codes for all Shopify plans. However, if you are interested in giving away physical or digital gift cards, you must have the Shopify or Advanced Shopify plans.

  • Are Shopify themes free?

    No, not all Shopify themes are free. However, out of over a 100 themes there are 6 free themes you can use for your store's website.

  • Do I have to purchase a domain name from Shopify?

    No. You can either purchase a domain name through Shopify or from another host.

  • Is it possible to create an online store that also features a blog with Shopify?

    Shopify not only gives you the tools you need to create a shopping cart and interface for your customers to view items, it also gives you a complete content management system. The CMS allows you to create a dedicated blog as well as static pages to add to your online store.

  • Am I able to receive payments via credit card?

    Yes. In addition to its own payment gateway, Shopify supports a wide range of other gateways such as Authorize.net and PayPal. However, if you choose to use an external gateway, you will incur additional transaction fees.

  • Does Shopify support integrating in-person sales with online store sales?

    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 your favorite mobile device.

  • Do shoppers at my store need to create an account to complete the checkout process?

    Shopify allows shoppers to create accounts, but it isn't required.

  • 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. To make modifications, you’ll need to select a plan that gives you full access to the template files in order to implement a custom theme.

  • Are Shopify themes responsive?

    All of Shopify’s themes are responsive, meaning that customers will see an appropriate interface regardless of whether they are using their computer, tablet, or phone.

  • Does Shopify have features to support multiple languages?

    If you sell to customers who do not speak English, Shopify provides the tools and plugins necessary to translate your online store's pages and products into different languages.

  • Does Shopify provide shopper statistics?

    Shopify gives you a integrated dashboard that includes a wide range of statistics that include the number of sales and traffic. You can also get reports on various products you sell and understand which products sell the most. The reports also give you insights on the visitors to your website such as where they came from or how they found your store.

  • What is Shopify payments?

    Shopify payments is Shopify's own payment gateway. If you use it, you'll be able to start accepting credit cards at your store right away, without setting up any accounts with third party payment processing providers.

  • How do you set up an online store?

    You can set up an online store by choosing a hosted platform like Shopify, or installing software on your web hosting account. For example, you could use WordPress with an ecommerce plugin, or a dedicated shopping cart script for your Windows or Linux server.

  • What is Shopify UK?

    Shopify has a UK website at www.shopify.co.uk. The company has 22 different regional websites, including options for the United States, Indonesia, Ireland, India, France, and Canada.

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