Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows anyone to set up an online store to sell their products.
Shopify is now a leading ecommerce platform designed for businesses of all sizes. Whether you sell online, on social media, in store, or out of the back of your car, Shopify can be configured to meet your needs.
The Shopify platform is a ready-made ecommerce platform. Whether you’re a budding jewellery designer and want to start selling your products, or a musician and want to sell your latest mixtape, or if you have an established business and want to grow, Shopify can help you. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs from over 175 countries trust Shopify to help sell their products.
Shopify provides smartphone apps so you can manage your store from your iPhone or Android. It is simple to download the app and log in to your Shopify account to get started.
With a Content Management System (CMS) such as Joomla, a website is built from the ground up by a developer using open source software. The website runs in your own hosting account, and you are responsible for updating/maintaining the software, as well as adding your own content. CMS software has an SQL database behind the scenes, which means it is a highly flexible and configurable solution which can be scaled up or down as required. There are a variety of ecommerce solutions which can be installed within Joomla, and configured to work with other extensions that each perform specific functions.
Shopify is a Software as a Service (SaaS) ecommerce website platform. The main difference with an SaaS is that you don't really "own" the website - it's more like a lease to use their managed platform. You cannot download an SaaS site and run it within your own hosting account. This means it's a less flexible option than a CMS because you can only build within the boundaries they provide.
On the flip side, there are no ongoing requirements to update/maintain software in a Shopify website, and if all of your needs can be met then it's a great option. Shopify is more configurable than setting up an eBay or Amazon account to sell, because you can use your own domain name, logo and colours, but for some businesses the limitations may prove too restrictive to achieve overall business goals.
At the end of the day, our strategy when working with clients is determined firstly by determining the client's goals and target audience, and THEN we go about selecting the right tools for the job. In some cases, the type of clients we work with have needs which Shopify is perfectly suited to meet.
For more information, please visit the Shopify website.