As if it needs any introduction; Shopify is the leading e commerce platform.
it is easy to see why with a range of packages from basic Shopify through to advanced and into Shopify Plus.
Shopify can cope with a wide range of clients. Whether you are just starting out or you are truly taking on ecommerce and scaling to millions in revenue per year.
Shopify have their own payments platform called Shopify payments which is based upon Stripe. The inbuilt Shopify payments, as well as other payment methods such as Apple Pay, PayPal, Google Wallet and a huge range of international payments and split payment options, make it super easy for your customers to make a purchase and come back, time and time again.
There is an excellent customer mobile app called ‘Shop’, this lets customers track their orders and browse products from Shopify merchants (keep an eye on this app, it could become a competitor to Amazon in time). For the admin there is a great admin app available on Android and iOS which allows you to manage multiple webstores, check orders, customers, add products, customise your site and do 98% of the functionality that is available on the main website.
For multi store brands you can manage multiple stores at once, through one dashboard, as well as opening, different language, and location options, such as a European site, and the US site using the same data (available on Shopify Plus natively).
Shopify has by far the best range of apps for an ecommerce platform. Many available for free or a very low monthly rate. These apps range from site personalization, upsell tools, category management, bulk editing tools, newsletter signups, customer service integrations and tens of thousands more!
For support you can get help from Shopify using their ticket system, and live chat. You will always get a response within a few hours; mission critical issues are dealt with fast. Due to the millions and millions of sites that are powered on Shopify if there is any network or admin issue it is spotted and dealt with quickly. Shopify infrastructure is highly well regarded and tested, powering some of the biggest web stores, as well as the highest traffic. It copes well even with massive spikes in traffic due to Instagram posts and celebrity endorsements.
Adding and amending products is super simple. The user interface is remarkably simple yet functional, products can be added manually (on the web site and the mobile apps) as well as imported via Excel/CSV imports. It can handle products with variations such as colour and size, allowing up to 50 variations per product.
Managing your staff is easy with user roles. Users can be edited, and you are able to create user roles that can be quickly assigned to users such as Warehouse or Customer Service. You can ensure two factor authentication, which we highly recommend ensuring site security.
For look and feel there is there is a huge range of web themes available on many sites, including ThemeForest, as well as on the Shopify theme store. Due to Shopify being the most common ecommerce platform the wealth of knowledge from developers and the community is huge, many issues can be resolved quickly. Help and guidance is available on the Shopify forums, as well as on several popular Facebook groups.
The templating system called Liquid is easy for any developer or budding coder to grasp and small to medium improvements are possible with just an hour or two of tinkering.
We find Shopify to be the most reliable, and swift way to bring a product or brand to market. From an initial idea you can quickly create a store within just a few minutes. (Click here to open yours now). From there, you can be adding products, editing your look and feel of the site, through the online theme editor and have an initial site set up same day. The theme editor allows you to quickly click and edit almost any part of the site.
If you require a logo for your Shopify store you can use the Shopify free logo designer or brand name generator. Alternatively, you can use a service like Canva to create your brand.
Once your store is live try and link to the Instagram and Facebook store apps and push your products out automatically.
Shopify is fully integrated with our Rapid Pack system. Orders that you receive on your store are processed automatically by our system. They are then picked carefully and packed safely and securely to your customers. No hassle, no drama, you focus on your brand and scaling your brand will handle the shipping. You can log into our order management system to keep an eye on the exact stage of the pick and pack process, easy and transparent for you and your customers.
At just $29/month, Basic Shopify comes with:
- Up to 2 staff accounts
- Online credit card rates of 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction
- 2% additional fee for using third-party payment providers (instead of Shopify Payments)
In comparison, a Shopify plan costs $79/month and comes with:
- Up to 5 staff accounts
- Online credit card rates of 2.6% plus 30 cents per transaction
- 1% additional fee for using third-party payment providers
- The option to use gift cards, access to professional reports and USPS priority shipping pricing
Finally, their Advanced Shopify plan costs $299/month and includes:
- Up to 15 staff accounts
- Online credit card rates of 2.4% plus a 30-cent transaction fee
- 5% additional fee for using third-party payment provider
- All features from the standard Shopify plan, along with advanced reporting and third-party calculated shipping rates
Shopify Plus Pricing
Shopify Plus initially costs $2,000 per month if your monthly site revenue is below $800,000.
When you store reaches the $800,000 per month threshold your subscription will change to a revenue-based model. This means above the threshold you will be paying 0.25% of the revenue, it is capped at $40,000 per month.
Examples of what you would be paying based on your Shopify Plus store’s sales volume:
- $0 to $800,000 – you’ll pay $2,000
- $1,000,000 – you’ll pay $2,500
- $5,000,000 – you’ll pay $12,500
- $12,000,000 – you’ll pay $30,000
- $16,000,000 and more – you’ll pay $40,000