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Published 06/04/2015 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Shopify is an eCommerce software solution that enables you to bring your business online. The solution covers all areas of online retail, from creating a website to managing customers and orders. In addition, Shopify facilitates selling in person through its own POS software.

Shopify offers a series of robust tools to create your own customizable, SEO friendly storefront with unlimited bandwidth and support for global taxes & currencies, gift cards & discount codes, and a shopping cart that integrates with over 70 payment gateways.

Shopify doesn’t stop at building your site, from the moment you start selling you can manage customer profiles & accounts, refunds, and order fulfilment. There is also built-in inventory management, marketing & SEO tools, and analytics to keep you busy.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Shopify was born out of an identified gap in the market - the ability to sell products online independent of an online marketplace such as eBay or Amazon. The team behind Shopify built their own online store nearly a decade ago to sell snowboard equipment.

The founders wanted an alternative to selling on a marketplace that would let them retain their branding and build customer relationships. No such solution existed at the time, so they built their own.

What are the differences to other apps?

Shopify was a pioneer in eCommerce retail management, providing a solution to a problem the founders themselves faced, meaning the software covers everything, and covers it well.

Using Shopify eliminates the need to use several stand-alone apps, combining a website builder, shopping cart, inventory management, order management, POS and more in one.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Shopify has a slick and modern feel which is minimalistic in design yet comprehensive in information. The application is intuitive and simple to navigate. A menu on the left hand side of the page gives quick access to all the features.

Creating a product page in Shopify is quick and hassle-free, utilizing a familiar WYSIWYG editor tool. The app’s dashboard gives a visual representation of your store’s KPIs. There is also a mobile app that lets you manage your store from your iPad or iPhone.

How does the registration process work?

You can sign up for a free 14-day trial of Shopify from their website.

What does it cost to use the application?

Shopify offers 4 pricing plans: Starter ($14/ month), Basic ($29/ month), Professional ($79/ month), and Unlimited ($179/ month).

Who would you recommend the application to?

Shopify is a great solution for anyone with a retail store - whether they are already selling online through a marketplace or are new to eCommerce and looking to make the move.

The application can be used by anyone, regardless of technical expertise, and it’s capabilities reduce the amount of tools you need to get selling .

Shopify is used by over 160, 000 retailers small and large, who sell everything from clothes to food to artwork.

  • Online storefront creation
  • Shopping cart
  • Order & inventory management
  • Customer profiles & accounts
  • Marketing & SEO tools
  • Web hosting
  • Analytics

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Shopify pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $14.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $179.00