Shopify Review

Shopify Review

 

 

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Shopify is a modern, up-to-date e-commerce hosting platform. It’s best suited for the business, large or small, that wants their storefront to look tech savvy, streamlined and user-friendly. Shopify abandons what we now think are traditional web templates, with store fronts of a more graphic-designed, social media oriented look. Besides the front, they offer competitive features like unlimited products and unlimited bandwidth for all their full-size plans, plus a navigable control panel and unique customer Analytics features.


What We Like

introductionShopify can integrate many forms of currency, using iDEAL, PayPal, Bitcoin and others, which is a revolutionary step that demonstrates their progressive interest. They also know how to reach clients and know that many would require a mobile card reader, merging online store with in-person sales in an advanced interpretation of online sales. Of course, their templates are something to be desired, as they’re among the more focused, attractive templates on the market.


What We Don’t Like

icon-questionSome may love that Shopify has a plan like the Starter Plan, a temporary plan for businesses that just need to get up and running now and add features later. But Shopify didn’t market that intent very clearly; they seemed to hedge on those details. They might have marketed the intent of the Starter plan a bit better, especially because many customers may want an additional “trial” package without paying for the Basic Plan.

The plans are also worth their salt, after seeing how the programs work, but the prices and features alike hike up. An add-on/feature mix and match option would be great. Perhaps calling a customer support representative would lead to options where clients can add certain features to certain plans.


Features

featuresThey promote their storefront, product listing templates and add-ons most. The storefront templates looks incredibly clean, professional and modern—as if the client paid someone to professionally graphic design and overhaul their store. Shopify is definitely on-trend, as far as templates are concerned. Product listings are displayed catalogue-style and fast uploading for potential customers. There’s no product limit, making this group a great choice for both small and large businesses. The checkout menus have high uptime, little loading time and clearly mark all products and prices.

Other features include mobile-friendly platforms, a dashboard-like control panel where the owner can see orders of different statuses, the ability to make discount codes and gift cards, tax support and over seventy payment gateways. Their website and blog features are also SEO optimized using the latest tools. Shopify promises unlimited bandwidth for all users.

Last, if you wanted to take your store entirely mobile, Shopify produces their own card reader for multiple mobile devices, which changes the game in terms of “online” shopping.


Pricing

pricingShopify first offers a fourteen-day trial for all users. Afterwards, they divide their bundles into four plans: the Starter Plan, the Basic Plan, the Professional Plan and the Unlimited Plan.

The Starter Plan is definitely just intended to be a temporary plan, comes with a product limit of 25 products, 1 GB file storage, no transaction fees, unlimited bandwidth and customer support. It costs $14/month. Consider the Starter Plan a secondary trial plan, to see how well the client’s store works with this platform.

The full plans begin with the Basic Plan. This comes with all of the above, plus Shopify POS, unlimited products, customer support, a discount code engine and fraud analysis tools, costing clients $29/month. The Professional Plan costs $79/month and additionally comes with the gift card engine, high-quality professional reports and an essential abandoned cart recovery feature. The final plan, Unlimited Plan, costs $179/month, for the advanced report builder and real-time carrier shipping perks, along with everything else encapsulated by the other three plans combined.


Control Panel

controlpanelThe Shopify dashboard is set up not unlike the WordPress template; the menus come in two vertical black and grey toolbars to the left of the screen, with shortcuts like Products, Product List, Inventory, Collections, etc, under a group category of product listings. Other features include the discount code generator page, the home page, the site page itself, the accounts page, orders, etc.  Adding products is easy—the client uploads the photos directly to the site, change the information and adjust the pricing. Shopify completes the tax information on their end. If the client has many products, they can bulk-import all products from an Excel or CSV file, among others. They can also categorize products.

Aside from adjusting products, clients can manage the web content on all their pages, make new pages with the same layouts, and make a blog for the site if they so choose.

One cool part is the customer grouping feature. Of course, the client can track orders, customer details and make order notes, but the client can use Analytics to group customers based on commonalities like past purchases, location, age, etc. This helps their client marketing initiative.


Customer Support

supportShopify offers a full support menu, where users can ask questions and search the support topics via a toolbar. Or, clients can go through the entire Knowledge Base systematically and find their support topic. Shopify uploads all documents either to this database, or to their forums. The forums are moderated and staffed to answer all questions.  Outside of the webpage, clients can reach Shopify by e-mail, phone and open chat service.


Reliability

reliability1The customer support team will reliably answer any questions, ensure site security, and keep most problems at bay before they start. Shopify does not have a reputation for producing buggy platforms; they’re all easy to edit and use and are consistently fast-loading. Their uptime capabilities hold strong, no matter the size of the store and no matter how many products the client bulk uploads to their control panel.


Final Conclusion

shopifyrecommendedShopify certainly knows their worth. Their strengths lay in their template, their competitive control panel, and their shopping customer-oriented frame of mind. They make shopping a breeze for the consumer, with multiple payment options, and the client, with design features that are easy to navigate and are guaranteed high quality. Of their competitors, Shopify is the most no-nonsense and among the most simple to use.

 

 

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