5 Reasons to choose Shopify?
1. Everything works together
All the pieces work together perfectly. Similar to how Apple or Google designs/manufactures their software and hardware to all sync up just right – Shopify also builds your ecommerce ecosystem: the website, shopping cart, payment, and inventory to all work together seamlessly.
2. Your not very technical
When using WordPress you’ll be responsible for security, speed, and hosting. Shopify has already thought of this and built it for the everyday professionals. Your store will be secure, easy to configure, fast, and maintenance free.
3. More payment gateways
Handling payments and receivables is one of the more complicated components of running a online store.
Shopify makes it super-easy to plug and play nearly all payment gateways.
4. Simple backend administration / Accounting
As a store owner, you’ll be spending most of your time in the backend of your website – setting things up, adding product, and serving customers. Shopify has an amazingly simple backend system that makes your administrative chores easy.
You will love the simple paste-in Analytics fields, the drop down settings, and the set up checklists – makes this a no brainer!
5. Professional support + Large Developer Community
Unlike WordPress and other shopping carts which are open-source and rely on community (ie, not right now) support – Shopify has a dedicated support team. I was especially impressed with Caroline Schnapp – who if you look on their Facebook page still impresses customers to this day with detailed and helpful service on the forums.
The great news about Shopify is you are getting a world class, bullet proof platform to run your business. They have had more SharkTank clients than any single competitor, and have never experienced downtime (this is amazing!). They also partner with a few of the Sharktank hosts in their Build a Biz comp!
Pricing & Plans
Standard Plans: Starts at $9 monthly and goes all the way up to $179 monthly
Enterprise: Shopify Plus is their new Enterprise level plan and starts at $500/mo and goes all the way up to $2K a month (from our feedback)
Random Questions we get all the time!General Questions
1. Is there a setup fee?
No. There are no setup fees on any of our plans.
2. Do I need to enter my credit card details to sign up?
No. You can sign up and use Shopify for 14 days without entering your credit card details. At the end of your trial, or when you decide to launch your store, you will need to pick a plan and enter your credit card details.
3. Can I cancel my account at any time?
Yes. If you ever decide that Shopify isn’t the best ecommerce platform for your business, simply cancel your account from your control panel.
4. How long are your contracts?
All Shopify plans are month to month unless you sign up for an annual or biennial plan.
5. Do you offer any discounted plans?
Yes, we offer a 10% discount on an annual and a 20% discount on a biennial plans, when they are paid upfront.
6. Can I change my plan later on?
Absolutely! You can upgrade or downgrade your plan at any time.
7. Is Shopify PCI Compliant or PCI Certified?
Yes. Shopify is certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant. This means all your data and customer information is ultra secure.
8. Do I have to sell the same products in-store as I do online?
No, you can choose exactly what products to sell online, in-store, or both.
9. What is the rate if I type in a credit card?
If you chose to type in a credit card number instead of using the Shopify credit card reader, you will be charged the same rate as your online rate.
10. Are there any transaction fees?
Use Shopify Payments and pay no transaction fee. If you choose an external payment gateway, there will be additional fees of 2%, 1% or 0.5% for our Basic, Professional, and Unlimited plans, respectively.