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Overview

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Shopify is a commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at a retail location, and everywhere in between

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Squarespace is the all-in-one platform to build a beautiful website, online store, or portfolio. Drive traffic to your Squarespace...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

$

29

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

$

12

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

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2,645

1,270

237

55

41

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

1,433

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5

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
95%
would recommend this app

Pros

We love that is is really use to use, to manage the products and check the orders. It is very user friendly, which is really helpful when you have a large team.

NB

Natasha B.

I love everything about Shopify, I mean, it has a great price, has amazing themes in terms of design and user experience, shopify's got it all, really, I highly reccomend it.

bm

bruna m.

I have had a pleasant experience so far and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for affordable prices.

Miguel R.

Pros

I have been satisfied with my Squarespace experience and would recommend it to others. Our website is clean and functional and it was easy to learn how to do everything on the backend.

Melissa H.

Squarespace is a well-designed, elegant solution to building a website when you are not a techie. Their options for designs are generally clean and artistic, and the back-end tools are very useful.

AF

Anne F.

I am grateful that I have an attractive, easy to use website, especially now when more and more of my customers are buying online instead of in person.

AH

April H.

Cons

Was not very much support on the stubborn aps that refuse to leave when you delete them.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Sometimes on the app I have trouble tracking my package either error from the sending company or from the something on my end in not understanding the app to it's fullest.

Heather W.

Bad practice, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. No other company does that.

LB

Lana B.

Cons

The options are limited. Editing pages can be difficult because everything needs to be dragged and dropped into place, but most of the time all of the other blocks will shift during editing.

Melissa H.

One of my colleagues who is taking over for me, really disliked how the Squarespace template prevented any changes. He contacted Squarespace and with their assistance was able to break the template.

JK

Jan K.

The flip side is that Squarespace has few if any bugs, while Wix and Weebly can get strange errors in my experience.

Cody M.

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Key features

  • Total features45
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Audio File Management
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Design Management
  • Discount Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Forms Management
  • Gift Card Management
  • Group Posting
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Keyword Tracking
  • Kitting
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • List Management
  • Media Library
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Moderation
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Pageview Tracking
  • Post Management
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Preview Functionality
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Product Ratings / Reviews
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Referral Tracking
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Reviews Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Site Search Tracking
  • Social Commerce
  • Social Media Integration
  • Stock Management
  • Tagging
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time on Site Tracking
  • User Interaction Tracking
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Traffic Reporting
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features114
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Audio File Management
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Channel Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Design Management
  • Discount Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Forms Management
  • Gift Card Management
  • Group Posting
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Keyword Tracking
  • Kitting
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • List Management
  • Media Library
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Moderation
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • Pageview Tracking
  • Post Management
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Preview Functionality
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Data Management
  • Product Ratings / Reviews
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Referral Tracking
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Retail Inventory Management
  • Returns Management
  • Reviews Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Site Search Tracking
  • Social Commerce
  • Social Media Integration
  • Stock Management
  • Tagging
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time on Site Tracking
  • User Interaction Tracking
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Traffic Reporting
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1095
  • AWeber
  • Authorize.net
  • BigCommerce
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Instagram
  • Magento Commerce
  • Mailchimp
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • Wordpress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations233
  • AWeber
  • Authorize.net
  • BigCommerce
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Instagram
  • Magento Commerce
  • Mailchimp
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • Wordpress
  • Xero
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk

User reviews that mention these apps

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Shopify

Bust have for ecommerce solopreneurs

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Great eCommerce platform where you can customize with countless apps, codes, and add ons

Cons

Back end is more advanced than a platform like Wix or Squarespace so there is a learning curve

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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I increased sales tremendously with Shopify

Reviewed a year ago

Excellent. I am so happy that I moved over to Shopify from SquareSpace. Nothing wrong with SquareSpace, I just wanted to have a more retail-centric site, instead of just an add-on store. Using Shopify has made it very easy to post my products on Instagram, where my customers are.

Pros

Everything was fairly easy to set up, except for running into trouble with my domain transfer from SquareSpace, but I got plenty of help from Shopify Support - and quickly! I like that there are many website themes to choose from to best suit my needs and that they are all customizable to a large degree. I also like that there are many available apps to add functionality (payment plans, compare products) and enhance the site (google and yelp reviews).

Cons

I wish that Shopify itself had many of the features that I have gotten via third party apps so that Shopify Support would simplify resolution of any issues I have.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Blog site turning profit

Reviewed 2 years ago

We are acquiring profit while our "blog site" operates each day, and users are

Pros

Our team-lead is an author and blogs daily with a large following, but his physical/digital books sales were down. We switched to Shopify and his bookstore after set up and management has created more profit.

Cons

The site customization is not as easy as some well know companies like Wix or Squarespace when it comes to creating an all-inclusive website.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Favorite website template software to use with ecommerce clients

Reviewed 3 years ago

Great experience, it's a platform build for the modern ecommerce store.

Pros

Great plugins available on the app store for your site. Perfect for people selling products.

Cons

I wish you did't need to have a plugin to build pages. Would be nice if there was a built in page builders on every page like squarespace and wix.

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Shopify is bomb

Reviewed 2 years ago

It's been really easy to fulfill orders and get them out on time with Shopify! I love it!

Pros

Shopify has made it so easy to connect with customers and provide the best e-commerce service. It's easy to set up and honestly, really user friendly.

Cons

The thing I like least about Shopify is that sometimes it doesn't always work with the different platforms I use. Other than that, its still really easy to use on like your six or squarespace page.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Gamechanger

Reviewed 2 years ago

Using Shopify over wordpress or other web-builders like Wix or Squarespace has been amazing. It's simply more focused and has more integrated web store abilities than the rest of them, making the online store building process much more enjoyable.

Pros

If you plan on creating your own online store, there are a few things to like about Shopify: -it's fairly cheap -The learning curve is quick. No need to learn to code. -It's pretty much fully integrated with all the apps/add-ons/web page themes that you can think of you can create your own professional-looking and fully functional online store extremely quickly and for the fraction of the cost of getting a custom website made by a web developer.

Cons

Unless you pay for upgraded website themes, most other web stores are going to run the same theme as yours.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Great website building platform/tool

Reviewed 3 years ago

In order to help users build their own online stores, Shopify also must provide their users with a solid website builder tool to accomplish this. We actually used Shopify solely for this feature - we didn't sell anything - and their website builder tool was incredibly powerful while also easy to use.

Pros

Shopify has a fantastic website builder tool which our team leveraged to build our website. We actually didn't even have an online store, but we chose Shopify simply because their website builder tool was better than Squarespace and other offerings.

Cons

While our use case is admittedly off-brand, it would have been nice to see more features from Shopify that were focused solely on building the website, and less so on the e-commerce aspect.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great for Larger Companies & Startups

Reviewed 3 years ago

I also like Shopify because whenever I've run into a problem in the past, their customer service team was really quick to get back to us and resolve the issue. Very helpful with teaching us how not to recreate those mistakes too.

Pros

I'm by no means a web designer, but I've used Shopify on multiple occasions and it's just as easy every time. Building pages is quick and even easier than Squarespace, and listing products is also super fast and easy to reference.

Cons

I do wish Shopify could handle more file types when uploading assets. Sometimes the sizing gets weird and glitchy.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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A super user-friendly e-commerce platform

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall I definitely recommend Shopify for any small business owners that are looking to set up, design, and manage their e-commerce site themselves.

Pros

I love how e-commerce focused Shopify is. It has all the features you'll need to make selling online streamlined and easy. It's also super easy to set up and design your site, so you don't need any fancy skills to be able to set it up your self.

Cons

The templates can be pretty restricting unless you want to edit custom code. I wish there was a happy medium with more Squarespace-like capabilities. That way when you wanted to change the design your only option wasn't to resort to custom code.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Shopify is an absolute MUST for e-commerce.

Reviewed 2 years ago

When I first launched my online store, I used squarespace. After a year, I switched to Shopify because we could easily adjust the shipping fee for the different countries. Plus, Shopify has that connection with FB, Instagram, Pinterest, and Amazon .. you can't beat that.

Pros

There are so many things I love about Shopify and their customer service is at the top of the least. They have 24/7 availability to chat live with a representative. As an entrepreneur, sometimes you are working late into the evening (past midnight) and someone is always available to answer your questions! I am floored by this. And if they do not have an answer, the representative will reach out to other employees and email you back with the solution. Excellent service.

Cons

There isn't much I don't love about Shopify. They connect with FB and instagram and sell on those platforms, they provide excellent analytics, easy information for shipping internationally, and many templates and apps to help elevate your business.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Shopify

Best Website Software for Building a Business!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Shopify alleviated numerous headaches we were experiencing with Squarespace, made it easy for us to handle pickup and delivery orders (the ability to leave order notes and track an order's history are super helpful!) and has given us great insights into where our website traffic comes from.

Pros

We love Shopify's clean website templates, added features like live visitor counts and its thousands of app integrations. Using Shopify has given us the ability to truly understand our customers and their wants and needs through thorough reporting. While we don't currently use all of Shopify's features and apps, we love knowing that as our store grows and changes, the features and functionality of our Shopify store will too!

Cons

The administrative Shopify website often loads slowly, so completing basic tasks can sometimes be tedious. While it functions without this feature, we would appreciate it if it was possible to run multi-product purchase orders or inventory adjustments in Shopify - we currently have to increase the in-stock product quantity item-by-item when we receive new orders, which is time consuming.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Works Well Enough

Reviewed 2 years ago

On the overall Shopify has been easy to use and, compared to Wordpress, easy to maintain. If you want to set up a merchandising site, this one of your best options.

Pros

Shopify lets you set up an online store without too much hassle. It's easier to use than Wordpress, but maybe a little bit tougher than Squarespace. In any case, someone without a ton of experience, but a little bit of time, can put together a presentable Shopify site.

Cons

My main issue right now is the blogging feature, which is not as rich or customizable as Wordpress. There is a decent chance your online store won't need flashy blogs, or any blogs at all, so this may not be a deal breaker.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Great platform for small business ecommerce

Reviewed 6 days ago

We're a small agency that used to focus primarily on Wordpress sites, but as clients came to us with sites built on other platforms, we've quickly come up-to-speed on Squarespace, Wix and Shopify as well. Hands-down, Shopify is a great platform for ecommerce, especially for companies that require the ease of having everything they need under one umbrella platform. It's easy to make the site look great, without requiring coding.

Pros

Shopify is easy to set up, modify and manage without requiring outside technical support. The interface is fresh and modern, loads fast, and everything you need in terms of additional software apps are within easy reach from the admin panel.

Cons

I really wish it were easier to create marketing campaign landing pages in Shopify. The platform isn't built for creating multiple unique page types. In fact, it's not intuitive at all when it comes to adding and editing a new page type. Luckily, there are landing page apps available that can help with that. App integration is a snap, and we like that apps are billed monthly... it makes it easy for us to audition a new app and see how well it works for us. There are many inexpensive and even free apps available.

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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User-friendly platform that covers (almost) all your e-commerce needs

Reviewed 2 years ago

Shopify is still my first pick after almost a decade working with E-commerce, but with a much lesser margin than before. Squarespace and Wix offer, in my opinion, good alternatives if you don't want to put up with constantly wondering "Why isn't this function in place? Oh, I have to install an app and pay X$ every month". I would recommend Shopify for those who don't require a lot beyond the standard E-commerce solution and/or won't mind paying a bit for some pro templates and apps.

Pros

Shopify is extremely user-friendly and easy to set up. It's intuitive even if you've never used an e-commerce platform before, and you're able to get by with no coding skills. The basic templates are plain, but professional and modern. Basically it covers everything you need to get started with an online business, the pricing model is fair, and there's a wealth of 3rd party plugins and templates if you require something beyond the standard functionalities.

Cons

Though I've put the 3rd party marketplace as a benefit, I'm also left with the feeling that it comes with a hidden downside. Basic functions such as bundling and customer messages on an order (which, to give an example, Etsy offers) requires a 3rd party plugin with Shopify. After so many years in the industry, I'm baffled as to why this hasn't been implemented by default. The only reason I can think of is, why would they? Customers are forced to buy an app, which makes more money for Shopify. Another pet peeve example: You cannot use more than 1 discount code unless you install an app. Which means, you can't put 10% off the entire site, and offer customers an additional discount with a code.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Watch out Amazon - Marketplace sellers have more options in Shopify

Reviewed 2 years ago

One of the best one-stop services to build your e-commerce business from scratch. You get a great value for your money in terms of fast startup and support services, however, know that even though your initial startup fees will be small, maybe long-term you might feel trapped in their walled garden. Nevertheless, I don't think I could have gotten this far without Shopify's help so if you're a budding entrepreneur looking for a fast way to dive into global markets then Shopify is the tool for you!

Pros

I was reluctant at first to try Shopify for an e-commerce startup but after hearing so much hype about this Canadian online platform, I thought it would be prudent to try it out. And I'm impressed. You are able to make a professional, aesthetically pleasing e-commerce store in a few hours. Less if you just want to use their pre-made templates and images. As someone who has little to no coding experience,...

Cons

There is a learning curve. I had many preset expectations on what Shopify did and how it did it based on my experiences with Squarespace, Wordpress, etc. which made the learning curve harder. But I believe that even someone with no experience building websites or an online store will catch up quickly. What kind of got me was the feeling of being entrapped in Shopify's ecos