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Shopify Review (2016) – Is it really the best eCommerce Platform?

There are a lot of options available when it comes to selecting an ecommerce platform for building an online store or revamping an old website with ecommerce functionality. And using Shopify is surely one of them. It is one of the leading ecommerce platforms that allows you to build an ecommerce site through which you can sell online, on social media and in person.

Although a lot has been said about Shopify and its features, we have explored how easy or hard it is to set up and maintain a Shopify online store, what all features and functions it provides to the users, and where it ranks when compared with other ecommerce platforms.

So without wasting anytime, let’s dive into the detailed Shopify review:

1. Shopify Themes

Shopify offers you more than 100 themes (both free and paid) that are responsive and can be customized as per your specific needs. You can also browse all free and paid templates by different categories such as clothing, electronics, food, toys, and much more.

One thing to note here is that Shopify themes are designed by a group of very skilled web designers so you can feel assured that the themes you get with shopify shall be way better than what its other competitors have to offer. In addition, you can also integrate a full-fledged blog into your online store with no coding whatsoever. While similar functionality is there in many other ecommerce platforms, Shopify makes it a one-click process that even a non-technical user can perform easily.

shopify theme store

2. Shopify’s App Store

Shopify provides you with more than 1500 different applications (both free and paid) that enable you to improve the functionality of your online store. These apps can help you streamline a lot of your business processes such as inventory management, bookkeeping, newsletter management, product reviews, product suggestions, cart management and more.

So if your theme doesn’t have some specific features, you can anytime browse the Shopify’s App Store and see if there’s an add-on that can help. This makes Shopify a preferred platform for building a full-fledged ecommerce website as these apps are absent in many other ecommerce systems available. Key third-party applications that Shopify supports include Xero, Freshbooks, Zendesk and Aweber.

Shopify App Store

3. Mobile eCommerce

In today’s ecommerce market, having a mobile responsive website is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Shopify recognizes this trend and comes with free, in-built mobile ecommerce shopping cart features that enable you to manage and monitor your ecommerce site on your mobile phone. You can check your sales statistics, inventory status, customer data, and manage your online orders without the need of logging into your PC or laptop.

As for the customers, they can browse different products on your site and place an order directly from their smartphones. Mobile ecommerce feature is pre-installed in Shopify and you don’t need to manually add a plugin or do custom coding (as in the case of some other ecommerce platforms) to make your site look good on a hand-held device. We have checked this feature on all the major mobile operating systems, including iOS, Windows and Android, and it worked equally well on all of them.

Shopify Mobile Ecommerce

4. Web Hosting & Backup Option

If you’re worrying to pay extra for buying a hosting plan, Shopify comes with a good news. The ecommerce platform offers you an unlimited amount of web space and bandwidth to host your site without charging any extra penny apart from your monthly/yearly plan. This means you don’t need to buy any third-party web hosting services to get your site up and running on the Internet.

In our research, we have also found out that Shopify is Level-1 PCI compliant and comes with a 256-bit SSL certificate that collectively mean your site and personal information is completely secured from any type of data threat. The platform also creates an automatic back-up of your data every day and thus helps you focus on other business activities. Shopify’s web hosting and backup features are so far the best among what other ecommerce platforms are offering at the moment.

Shopify Hosting

5. Shopify Customer Support

Shopify impresses us with their award-winning customer support services. The platform offers you a true 24/7 anytime support through a dedicated team of experts, whom you can connect with via email, live chat and phone.

You can also browse their Help Center and Discussion Forums to get the answers of commonly asked questions, and access learning resources such as e-books, video series, webinars and much more. Shopify’s customer support is recognized and appreciated by some leading organizations worldwide.

Shopify Customer Support

6. Shopify Payments, Payment Gateways & Transaction Fees

With Shopify, you can process online transactions in 2 different ways – by using Shopify Payment or by using an external payment gateway. If you use Shopify Payment to process all your online sales, you will not need to pay any transaction fees.

But if you’re using another service provider (such as PayPal), you will be charged a transaction fee ranging from 0.5% to 2% depending on which plan you are subscribed to. Furthermore, you will have to pay payment processing fee in both the cases as it is something you can’t avoid, no matter which payment option you use. More details in the screenshot below:

Shopify Pricing

7. Shopify Pricing

Shopify comes with three standard packages priced at $29, $79 and $299, and you can choose the plan that best suits your needs and budget. Though there’s no free plan available, you can avail a risk-free 14 days trial to see if Shopify fits your needs. You can also save either 10% or 20% if you choose to subscribe to their 1-year or 2-years plans, respectively. There are five Shopify plans to choose from:

  • Shopify Lite – $9 per month
  • Basic Shopify – $29 per month
  • Shopify – $79 per month
  • Advanced Shopify – $299 per month
  • Shopify Plus – fees are negotiable

Shopify Pricing

SHOPIFY REVIEW CONCLUSION:

Shopify Rating: 9.7/10 (based on overall review and customer feedback)

After reviewing different features of Shopify and their pros and cons, we can say that Shopify is possibly the best ecommerce platform for anyone who wants to create a full-fledged ecommerce site and who doesn’t want to go deeper into the technicalities. It’s competitively priced, easy to use, and its templates are strong. The only disadvantage of using Shopify is when you use a third-party payment gateway as it charges a transaction fee.

The best way to find out if Shopify is for you is to try it fully. You can avail a risk-free 14 days trial to see for yourself if Shopify fits your needs.

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We hope that the above Shopify review will help you make an informed decision. If you have any further queries or if you like to share your Shopify experience with us, please feel free to leave your comments below.

DreamHost Coupon – 40% off Promo Code (December 2016)

If you’re planning to build a new website or switch from one web host to another, DreamHost is surely one of the ideal choices for hosting your site. DreamHost is among the leading and most trusted web hosting service providers powering millions of websites from across the world. The web host offers shared hosting, VPS and dedicated hosting, and supports different platforms such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.

Though I’m not a big fan of their dedicated hosting, as I find it very costly and suitable only if your site has (or will have) a huge amount of data, I really like their shared hosting plan. If confused, you can buy their shared hosting plan and upgrade it later to VPS or dedicated hosting without facing any downtime. DreamHost’s shared hosting plan comes with unlimited bandwidth and unlimited web space that means you will never be charged for increased traffic or on the basis of number of visitors coming to your site.

DreamHost offers shared hosting at $9.95 per month (i.e. $119 per year), but you can grab a complete unlimited hosting plan for as low as $69 per year with one free domain name. All you need to do is add our DreamHost Promo Code while signing in to DreamHost and you can straightaway save $50 for one year.

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I hope you will make the most of our DreamHost Promo Code. If you have any further queries or face any issue while signing up, please share the same in the comment section below.

How to Rotate Computer Screen in Windows (3 Easy Steps)

Many a times you need to rotate your computer screen to a different angle for better viewing or for mounting monitors in hard-to-reach places. You can rotate your computer display to 90 degree or 180 degree angle based on your convenience. This doesn’t affect your computer’s performance and can be helpful while reading documents or eBooks.

Below mentioned are different ways through which you can rotate your computer screen in Windows:

FOLLOWING ON-SCREEN INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Right-click the desktop and select “Screen Resolution” or “Display Settings”. The option you will see depends on which version of Windows you are using. All of these will take you to a common window for Display/Screen settings.

Rotate Screen

STEP 2: Find the “Orientation” menu on the screen. Most versions of Microsoft Windows allow you to rotate the screen using this menu. By default, it would be adjusted to “Landscape” viewing.

Rotate Screen 2

STEP 3: Choose your preferred screen orientation from the drop-down menu. There will be four options to choose from:

Landscape: This is the default option for standard monitors.

Portrait: This will flip the screen to 90 degree to the right.

Landscape (Flipped): This will flip your computer display upside down.

Portrait (Flipped): This will rotate the screen 90 degree the opposite.

Rotate Screen

THROUGH SHORTCUT KEYS:

If you’re using Windows 7 or upper versions of Windows, you can easily rotate your screen to 90 degree, 180 degree and 270 degree using the below mentioned shortcut keys:

Ctrl + Alt + ↓ – Flip the screen upside down.

Ctrl + Alt + → – Rotate the screen 90 degree to the right.

Ctrl + Alt + ← – Rotate the screen 90 degree to the left.

Ctrl + Alt + ↑ – Return the screen to the standard landscape orientation.

Rotate Screen

There are also cases when computer manufacturers disable screen rotation option. In that case, you need to ensure that all display drivers are installed properly or may have to contact to the hardware manufacturer.

Let us know if you have any further queries and we would be happy to get in touch with you. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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