Shopify vs. Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Shopify
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Shopify is a commerce platform designed for both online stores and retail locations. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, and the Shopify POS application to power retail sales.
$29
per month
Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
The Handshake B2B Commerce platform from Shopify (acquired May 2019), was an ecommerce tool designed to make buying and selling simple, intuitive and mobile. The product has been discontinued, and is no longer sold or supported.N/A
Pricing
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Editions & Modules
Shopify Lite
$9
per month
Basic Shopify
$29
per month
Shopify
$79
per month
Advanced Shopify
$299
per month
Shopify Plus
2,000
per month
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Considered Both Products
Shopify

No answer on this topic

Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Chose Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Because its innovative and tons of features to boost sales and its ease of use is the reason why I have chosen Handshake B2B Commerce, from Shopify, over other competitors.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Online Storefront
Comparison of Online Storefront features of Product A and Product B
Shopify
8.5
137 Ratings
9% above category average
Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
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Ratings
Product catalog & listings9.4137 Ratings00 Ratings
Product management8.4135 Ratings00 Ratings
Bulk product upload8.6116 Ratings00 Ratings
Branding8.7135 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile storefront8.6131 Ratings00 Ratings
Product variations8.5128 Ratings00 Ratings
Website integration8.7128 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual customization7.9134 Ratings00 Ratings
CMS7.5110 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Shopping Cart
Comparison of Online Shopping Cart features of Product A and Product B
Shopify
7.9
130 Ratings
3% above category average
Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
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Ratings
Abandoned cart recovery7.8121 Ratings00 Ratings
Checkout user experience7.9128 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Payment System
Comparison of Online Payment System features of Product A and Product B
Shopify
9.5
132 Ratings
13% above category average
Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
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Ratings
eCommerce security9.5132 Ratings00 Ratings
eCommerce Marketing
Comparison of eCommerce Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Shopify
8.3
134 Ratings
9% above category average
Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
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Ratings
Promotions & discounts8.9129 Ratings00 Ratings
Personalized recommendations8.432 Ratings00 Ratings
SEO7.7125 Ratings00 Ratings
eCommerce Business Management
Comparison of eCommerce Business Management features of Product A and Product B
Shopify
8.1
135 Ratings
2% above category average
Handshake by Shopify (discontinued)
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Ratings
Multi-site management6.719 Ratings00 Ratings
Order processing9.7133 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory management8.0132 Ratings00 Ratings
Shipping7.9125 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom functionality8.3125 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Small Businesses
Shopify Plus
Shopify Plus
Score 9.0 out of 10

No answers on this topic

Medium-sized Companies
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10

No answers on this topic

Enterprises
IBM Digital Commerce
IBM Digital Commerce
Score 9.0 out of 10

No answers on this topic

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User Ratings
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(150 ratings)
8.5
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(15 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ShopifyHandshake by Shopify (discontinued)
Likelihood to Recommend
Shopify
Shopify has low barriers to entry so it's a great store for new businesses and small to medium size businesses who have a limited product amount and are interested in building a site from scratch that is centered around the buying experience. However, if you're a larger to enterprise company and want to incorporate an e-commerce element to your site, then they are still a possible solution but be prepared to hire a firm to help you implement and connect to your site in a seamless way because without a developer, it's near impossible.
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My boss implemented Shopify with his Developer two years ago and handed off the support role to me. I manage user access, training, support, and product setup with our website. We are growing our use of this system by adding a variety of products and payment types for credit card processing.
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Pros
Shopify
  • Managing products and Sales using a very user friendly platform.
  • Apps that make marketing really easy and effective.
  • Directly linking platforms like Instagram and Titkok and managing content that is posted on the sites.
  • Fast customer service.
  • Customer Analytics, allows me to see what type of products should I sell more.
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  • An effective and productive way to increase sales on E-commerce platforms. Simple order entry and increased revenue. There are various ways to search for an item.
  • Handshake B2B Commerce, from Shopify, allowed high-resolution images and was geared toward visual presentation.
  • it is so easy to add products to the online store.
  • It's easy to change prices and make status active or inactive. clean and basic layout, Good for new users.
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Cons
Shopify
  • The main drawback that I am facing in Shopify for a long time is that their sales analytics system is not up to mark. As I am using Shopify to run different stores for my organization it does not get updated after-sales and does not provide the right analytics about the product strength and number of sales.
  • Secondly, Shopify has different apps which are best to run the store on max strength but they are very much costly like inventory management, generating multiple discount codes, and more robust customizable editing.
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  • Improve the performance on load page for all Handshake skins.
  • Need an easier way to understand creating and debugging Handshake skins.
  • They should improve on customer support.
  • Their Jump Start for Intranet portal should be more user friendly and easier to implement in reality, not just in theory.
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Likelihood to Renew
Shopify
Nothing we have used in the past or have seen thus far even comes close to offering what we get with Shopify Plus, especially for the price. You cannot even come close to getting what we are getting at the price we pay. We are beyond thrilled and Shopify Plus meets and exceeds all of our needs and expectations. We love it!
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We started using Shopify and we are growing its usefulness in our business. I am in the process of helping our reps we gave access and provided training to create all the products they need. We still have most of the new products to be setup.
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Usability
Shopify
I think most people are able to suer Shopify that have used a computer. There are some features that take a bit longer to learn. If you are not a creative person it may be a bit more difficult to learn the website customization, but with a help guide or tutorial it will only take a few tries to understand how to work the interface
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Extremely easy to use and very useful records available to verify payment processing.
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Support Rating
Shopify
In terms of support I give Shopify a 9 out of 10 because they're always very friendly and thorough, and they personally can't solve my problem for me they always point me in the proper direction with the proper information I need to move forward
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Shopify has been successfully implemented in a short period of time, and support has been easy to provide. THe system is very easy to adapt to our needs and I am able to train users quickly.
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Implementation Rating
Shopify
Just start now and make the switch, the sooner the better. You will love it and it is really a simple process
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Discontinued Products
Everything is working fine with each phase we implemented. More of our staff is aware of the system and are enjoying how user-friendly the system is for them.
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Alternatives Considered
Shopify
The old platform that I used could not help us to meet our requirements. It was not helping us properly, then I got to know about Shopify and started using it. After 1 month [of] usage of Shopify we could understand that this is the best platform [for E-commerce] to make better sales and goodwill. Shopify helped us to get a proper idea of the analytics of the website. Shopify [supports] most of the [applications] and helps us to make better results.
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Discontinued Products
Because its innovative and tons of features to boost sales and its ease of use is the reason why I have chosen Handshake B2B Commerce, from Shopify, over other competitors.
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Return on Investment
Shopify
  • It got the store up quickly so the client could start selling. She was previously selling products on Etsy and Facebook and wanted to consolidate everything onto one website, so the main thing Shopify solved was to reduce the store owner's time in managing all her products on multiple sites. Also, we had previously built a website on Wix with all the custom functionality and branding she needed - a truly great, high-end website - but it performed so slowly that it was unusable. So the speed at which Shopify can be set up and then works on the page is appreciable.
  • The website was manageable by the client - she could figure the system out herself after a while so she saved money on costs for hiring developers. She did have to hire developers to customize some of the plug-ins but costs are all relative; it wasn't a high investment compared to building a full e-commerce website. With the complexity and size of her product base and the functionality and branding she wanted to have in a website, and the potential of her business, she would have needed to invest well over $10,000 to get to where she really needs to be. In the end she kept the budget under $5000.00.
  • Costs kept climbing with plug-ins having to be added with everything. My client became more involved in building the website and began to try multiple plugins, and she did not have the skill base to evaluate the plugins functionalities so she chose plugins that did not do everything she needed, and then ended up paying the plugin developers to customize the plugins. So on one hand, it's pretty amazing to be able to bring up an e-commerce website as quickly as a week or so, but on the other hand if you need anything customized or deeper functionality in regards to product searching and filtering on the web page, and management on the backend, it quickly goes beyond the skills of the average person to manage, and above their expected budget as well. In the end my client really did not get anything close to the functionality for the website we had originally envisioned.
  • Shopify was the easiest way we could find to bring the client's products to a global market. We evaluated several other platforms and the functionality simple did not seem to be adequate, so Shopify seemed like the only solution that could do enough of what we needed and still stay within this client's budget. Really the problem in this project was not platform per se but that the budget wasn't large enough. Shopify managed to provide a solution for an ecommerce store with thousands of products on a tiny budget, so in the sense of pure functionality it provided the best value of all the platforms we evaluated. The solution still isn't big enough for this client's business though so, without having insights into this client's post-build sales results, my guess is that because her new website did not make her products easier to sort through, and she likely didn't have much more budget left to invest in SEO and other marketing of the website, her sales probably didn't increase substantially as a result of having built the website. So I think this project all in all did not likely have a high ROI.
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Discontinued Products
  • We were able to quickly put out a portal using Handshake on SharePoint online when our firm was merging with another firm.
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