Shopify Unbiased Review: Gateway to e-commerce or a Money making trap?
2020 was a year of unprecedented and unfortunate events globally, but it was also the year of a bloom in the world of e-commerce and online businesses. When the world wide lock down posed a challenge to their existence, the business-world brought up online platform as the befitting response. When the shops were physically closed, people went online to search, research and shop products. The businessmen also tapped this opportunity and made the most of the new trend. This is where Website creators and developers like Shopify comes to the rescue of small scale businesses, startups and even established businessmen who are less technically equipped. This detailed review can be your guide on whether to trust your business with the most-hyped Shopify or not.
What is Shopify?
Shopify is a user friendly all-in-one e-commerce application which not only helps businessmen to build own online ecommerce stores, but also to run and grow their business, even without the knowledge of coding and minimum technical know-how. It offers a variety of tools to customize the store according to the needs and interests of the user and the business. More importantly it also helps to access the target audience for the particular product by reaching them on their social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
How Shopify does all of these?
Shopify is a hosted solution meaning that the user does not require to buy a web space or web hosting and install any software, but it runs on its own servers. By paying a fees ranging from $29/month to $299/month, the user can run or manage his store from anywhere in the world as long as he can access a web browser and internet.
Shopify offers numerous themes, templates,order managing tool, payment manager, customer contact tools and various other facilities for the user customization, efficient running and exponential growth of the business and their popular and paid themes at just Avenue ($180 USD).
Why is Shopify so hyped?
Shopify claims to have born with 5 people in a shop and grown to a workforce of 5000 people and powering around 1,000,000 businesses worldwide. From 2016 to 2019, businesses on Shopify contributed $319billion to the global economic activity.Click here to see their Economic Impact Report
We have seen such websites mushrooming and then shutting down one fine day creating issues for the users. But what makes Shopify stand out from all of these?
Let’s discuss some of its outstanding features below.
Ease of use: Shopify has a very modern and easy-to-use interface which can be handled by the users even without any knowledge about coding. Like most contemporary websites, there is a Menu on the left side where you can access different features and on the maim window on the right, you can edit them. Below is a screenshot of their interface.
Themes & Templates : Shopify offers a wide array of modern, professional looking and responsive templates for the user to choose from. There are 9 free templates and 64 paid or ‘premium’ templates each of them with 2 or 3 variations. All of these themes look appealing and easy to eye across all devices ranging from desktops to mobile phones. Here are some examples of free Shopify templates.