Shopify review

An advanced, fully hosted e-commerce solution for businesses of all sizes

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Our Verdict

Shopify is arguably the best all-in-one e-commerce solution for small- to medium-sized businesses, with a fantastic selection of tools to help you build and manage your store.

For

  • Broad feature set
  • Powerful commerce tools
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Transaction fees on third-party gateways
  • Limited flexibility

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Shopify is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms in the world. It provides users with all the tools they need to build their website and start selling products online (or even offline using the Shopify POS app) right out of the box. 

It’s incredibly easy to use and perfect for beginners with its simplified interface and quick setup process. At the same time, it offers developer-friendly features for experienced business owners that want more control.

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How does Shopify compare to its main competitors?
Header Cell - Column 0 ShopifyBigCommerceSquarespace
Score4.5/54.5/54/5
ProsPowerful store management tools No additional transaction fees Very attractive website templates
ConsTransaction fees if you use a third-party payment gatewayNo abandoned cart feature in Standard plan Few e-commerce features
VerdictShopify is the world’s leading hosted e-commerce solution, with a broad feature set and incredibly easy-to-use interface.BigCommerce is another e-commerce giant with a similar feature set to Shopify and no additional transaction fees on any plan.Squarespace is more of a general-purpose website builder than an e-commerce platform, but its templates are stunning.
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Shopify pricing plans
Plan type / FeatureShopify LiteBasic ShopifyShopifyAdvanced ShopifyShopify Plus
Cost per month$9$29$79$299From $2000
Cost per year$108$313.20$853.20$3229.20From $24000
Store builderX
Staff accountsNA2515Variable
Inventory locationsNAUp to 4Up to 5Up to 8Variable
Third-party transaction feesNone2%1%0.5%Variable
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Shopify features compared to the competition
Header Cell - Column 0 ShopifyBigCommerceSquarespace
Transaction feesYes (unless using Shopify Payments)NoNo (on Commerce Basic and Advanced plans)
Themes / Templates81180+140+
SupportHelp center and 24/7 live chat, email, and phone supportHelp center and 24/7 live chat, email, and phone supportHelp center, 24/7 email support, live chat support Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Basic plan$29/mo$29.95/mo$26/mo

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Shopify

Shopify is arguably the best all-in-one e-commerce solution for small- to medium-sized businesses, with a fantastic selection of tools to help you build and manage your store.