Questions and Answers

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.

How does Shopify work?

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 pricing starts at US$29/month. If you would like our assistance getting set up, we're happy to provide a quote - please get in touch.

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.

Why would I choose Shopify?

We have over 15 years experience creating Content Management System (CMS) websites using Joomla and sometimes Wordpress. A CMS website is created and developed from the ground up, using open source software. The website sits in your own hosting account, and you are responsible for updating/maintaining the software (although we can do it for you if you prefer). CMS software has an SQL database behind the scenes which makes a CMS a highly flexible and configurable solution that can be scaled up or down as required. There are a variety of ecommerce extensions which can be installed into a CMS, and configured to work with other extensions that each perform specific functions.

Shopify is a Software as a Service (SaaS) ecommerce website platform, which is a bit different to a CMS. 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, or move it somewhere else, and you can't get into the database. This means it's a less flexible option than a CMS because you can only build a website within the boundaries they provide, and for some organisations the limitations may prove too restrictive to achieve overall business goals.

On the positive side, there are no ongoing requirements to update/maintain software in a Shopify website, and if all of your needs can be met by an SaaS then it's a great option. While Shopify is less configurable and scalable than a CMS, it is more configurable than an eBay or Amazon account. You can use your own domain name, logo, colours and layout via a variety of themes that are available, and there is a developer network which offers a range of software plugins that can be installed into Shopify. There are also free apps which enable you to easily access your store from any device 24/7.

Our strategy when working with clients is to first determine the client's goals and target audience, and THEN select the right tools for the job. In some cases, the best solution for a client is Shopify.

For more information, please visit the Shopify website.

Please contact us if you have any queries.