A user-friendly way to set up your first e-commerce store.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 17, 2020

A user-friendly way to set up your first e-commerce store.

Score 10 out of 10
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Software Version

Basic

Overall Satisfaction with Shopify

I have personally been using Shopify, for a small e-commerce store I run, for the last year. I set up a store and was able to start selling items and accepting payments very quickly after signing up. One of the biggest challenges for me (since this is a side business I work on) is that I cannot devote a lot of time or resources to get this up and running. That meant I would not be able to hire a dedicated design and development team to set up my e-shop. Shopify was the perfect solution for this. Their interface was really easy to understand, I really liked how everything is basically drag-and-drop simple. They were also able to set up my payment method without any hassles as well and that meant I could generate revenue from the get-go. Overall, this is the perfect e-commerce start-up tool for small and medium businesses.
  • Very easy to use. No expertise in web development required.
  • Looks great. Tons of built-in templates.
  • Add-on applications can be confusing. It tacks on (what I think) are some unwanted add-ons for no beneficial reason.
  • It is much cheaper than any other alternative (such as hiring a development team to create a portal for you) so I have saved a fair bit by using Shopify.
  • Since it's easy to use and the learning curve is pretty gentle, I didn't have to invest a lot of time into learning how to use it.
I looked at both Wix and Squarespace. I felt Wix was a little too complicated for me to use as I only have a fairly basic knowledge of web development. And while Squarespace was easy to use and looked better than Shopify, its pricing was a little bit on the higher side. I felt Shopify offered the best of both worlds (pricing and ease of use).
If you have a small or mid-sized business (or even a business that you run on the side), Shopify is pretty much the perfect tool. Great pricing, easy to use, and looks great. Shopify is all you will need to set up your e-commerce web presence and start selling items within a matter of days. However, as your business scales up, I think its use-case scenario becomes more limited. If you are a large organization you probably would be better off contracting or making something in-house.

Shopify Feature Ratings

Product catalog & listings
10
Product management
10
Bulk product upload
Not Rated
Branding
10
Mobile storefront
9
Product variations
9
Website integration
10
Visual customization
10
CMS
Not Rated
Abandoned cart recovery
10
Checkout user experience
10
eCommerce security
10
Promotions & discounts
8
SEO
8
Order processing
10
Inventory management
10
Shipping
9
Custom functionality
Not Rated