Should we use Shopify?

Shopify is really fantastic software for building ecommerce sites - sites that sell products online - but it's not the right choice for every ecommerce site. One of it's most popular alternatives is WordPress with its WooCommerce system.

Shopify has many positives, and the first is that it's very easy to use. If you have your product information all organised with a folder of pictures ready, you can build a Shopify site by yourself in a couple of hours if you keep it really simple. Shopify is also really reliable and safe website software, meaning that you'll almost never find any bugs in the software, and it won't be hacked. Lastly, Shopify is quite flexible, with thousands of themes to choose from, and thousands of "apps" (plugins) to extend the site with new features.

For most businesses, the biggest downside of Shopify is its cost. Shopify charges a reasonable monthly charge - depending on which tier you choose - along with taking a percentage of all sales, ranging from 0.5% to 2%, also depending on the tier chosen. Lastly, Shopify is a little less flexible than WordPress with WooCommerce, because it focusses on just ecommerce sites, instead of more complex sites that have an ecommerce section.

If you'd like a Shopify site, feel free to contact us to chat about it.

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