eCommerce Platform Review

About Shopify

Often called the "Wordpress" of eCommerce, Shopify presents smaller merchants with the ability to create easy pop-up stores for handling and creating a branded storefront.

Website Creation With Shopify

Shopify is an ideal platform for smaller merchants that need a branded storefront but don't require anything too custom or complex–like systems integrations–to handle any other aspect of production or post-order processing automation. Shopify is a proprietary platform–you don't own the code–but its annual licensing fees are minimal and it doesn't require any initial development work to set up. Extending your Shopify can be done with plug-ins.

Managing Your Website With Shopify

The main appeal of Shopify is its simplicity. With very little development work or web administrative knowledge, you can easily set up your online, branded store within a matter of hours. It presents a clean UX to your customers, and a simple UI to your administrators. Although its proprietary build means that you can't access the website's source code, on the surface level you are given total control over your webstore's look and feel.

Guide to Evaluating eCommerce Platforms

See how to evaluate eCommerce platforms–including Magento®, Shopify, WooCommerce, Ubercart, Demandware, and others–based on their codebase, integration capability, licensing costs, and required coding skill. Look beyond the surface-level feature sets and make a more accurate selection when choosing the best eCommerce platform for your business.