Shopify Review: Pros & Cons
After completing three websites built on Shopify I thought I would share some of my experience with the e-commerce solution. As with any software there are good and bad sides. If you are a fellow web designer or a shop owner considering Shopify, this Pros and Cons list will help you decide to sign up with them or not.
| Many features to get you started.
Hosting, SSL, SEO, and all the basics you need to quickly start selling.
|Well designed themes.
The Theme store has plenty of great themes available with attractive designs.
If Shopify doesn’t have a feature built in that you need there is often an App available that will do the job.
|Point of Sale system (POS).
If you have a physical store you can sell your products using an iPhone or iPad.
As of Feb 22, 2017 all plans include real-time carrier shipping for Canada Post and USPS.
|Theme updates add cost.
If you purchase a theme and the theme developer makes an update, there could be a lot of work involved. Any changes made to the purchased theme has to be redone after the theme upgrade. This includes any settings and style changes. Shopify should take a page from WordPress and use a child theme system. A child theme would allow customizations without editing the main theme.
|The cost of Apps can be high.
If you are budgeting for a new online store, take this into consideration when doing your cost benefit analysis. The cost of Apps can add up, with some like recurring payments even charging a percentage of your store’s earnings, so be sure to check what Apps you may need and their pricing on the Shopify App Store.
|Reports are only available on Pro and Unlimited plans.
If you are on the Basic or starter plan you’ll be restricted to the past 90 days of a limited amount of statistics. Without these stats you will miss out on some very insightful information about the sales your website is generating. I recommend the upgrade.