The best website builder for eCommerce stores
Shopify is a bit of a twist because it’s focused exclusively focused on eCommerce, rather than helping you create a multipurpose site. By the numbers, Shopify powers 4.4% of all websites on the Internet, which makes it the second most popular way to make a website (only after WordPress, which has a whopping 43% market share). It’s also the second most popular way to build an eCommerce store, behind WooCommerce.
Basically, it’s not the best website builder overall, but it’s probably your best option if you’re serious about creating an eCommerce store.
How it works
Shopify operates on similar principles to the other website builders, but with a slightly different process.
Once you sign up for a free Shopify account, you’ll need to provide a little bit of information. From there, it will drop you into the Shopify dashboard:
This is where you’ll:
- Choose a theme
- Add products
- Install apps for more functionality
Shopify has three plans, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll focus on their Basic plan:
- Ecommerce store
- Unlimited products
- Free SSL security
- Up to two staff accounts
- 24/7 customer support
- Integration with a variety of other sales channels, such as Facebook; channel availability varies by country
- Manual order input
- Abandoned cart recovery software
- Shipping discount of up to 31% with Shopify printed shipping labels
- Shopify Point of Sale (POS) app
- Third party POS apps
- Hardware peripheral support
- Fraud analysis
Shopify’s plans start at $29 per month. For more detail, we have a post that’s dedicated to explaining Shopify pricing plans.
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