Shopify is #1 in Top 11 Online Store Builders
Last updated: January 31, 2018
Simple, Beautiful, and Flexible End-to-End E-Commerce Solution. Simply choose a stylish ecommerce website design, easily customize your online store, add products, and you're pretty much ready to accept payments. Whether you already have products, are looking to sell digital goods or are interested in drop shipping — Shopify has a complete solution for you.
Positions in ratings
#1 in Top 11 Online Store Builders
#1 in Top 15 Retail software
#1 in Top 21 Payment Processing services
The best alternatives to Shopify are: BigCommerce, Squarespace, WooCommerce, Magento, Volusion, WordPress, Wix, Stripe
Latest news about Shopify
2018. Shopify now allows to fulfill orders directly from your phone
Shopify app for iOS and Android now supports buying and printing shipping labels from your phone. You can create and print labels immediately, or save them to print later, and you can manage your entire shipping workflow from the palm of your hand. You also get full access to everything you currently use in Shopify Shipping, including our low rates with supported carriers (UPS, DHL Express, USPS, and Canada Post) directly in the Shopify app.
2017. Shopify adds new shareable discount links
To help you make the most of the holiday shopping bonanza, Shopify added a simple new function that will help you reach out and pull those deal-hunters right into your store. Shareable Discount Links direct customers to your homepage and automatically apply a discount code to their cart. Shareable Discount Links eliminate the need to find or enter a code, and give you an enticing invitation that you can send to customers via email, Facebook, or other social media.
2017. Shopify Mobile adds Discounts, Product Collections, Live View, and More
Last year during Black Friday Cyber Monday, more Shopify merchants logged in on mobile than on desktop. That’s why this year the developers focused on making key features you need for your #BFCMWin available on your phone or tablet. You can now create, modify, and manage discounts from your phone and tablet. Another new feature - Product collections is one of the best ways to help your customers find what they’re looking for quickly. Now, you can set up and modify Product Collections on mobile in the Shopify app. And with Live View on mobile, you can keep track of your store’s performance in real-time, which is especially handy during high-traffic days like BFCM weekend.
2017. Shopify integrates with UPS
UPS has become a new option in Shopify Shipping, so U.S.-based Shopify merchants can now offer a best-in-class delivery experience, just like enterprise retailers. With UPS and Shopify Shipping, you’ll get competitive rates of up to 52% off list rates, just in time for the holiday season. No matter how big or small your business is, you can now access UPS’ guaranteed delivery date shipping options at industry-leading rates. UPS offers Shopify merchants exclusive discounted rates, especially for heavier packages. Shopify will cover any peak surcharges on UPS Ground shipments during the holidays.
2017. Shopify introduced real-time visitors monitoring
Shopify now allows store owners to watch the activity taking place in online store, as it happens. With Live View, you can now keep track of how your store is performing in real-time right from the palm of your hand. You can track how many visitors are on your site right now and where in the world they are, watch visitors become customers and celebrate sales as they happen, monitor daily total visits, orders, and sales, keep a pulse on your purchase funnel as visitors add items to their carts, start the checkout process, and successfully make purchases, see how many pages are being viewed right now.
2017. Shopify integrates with eBay
Shopify and eBay have partnered to give you access to eBay’s customer base of over 171 million buyers, and this new sales channel is ready to use. Just like Shopify’s partnerships with Amazon, Facebook, and other top selling channels, the new eBay sales channel effortlessly syncs with your Shopify store. Merchants based in the U.S. and selling in USD can easily list and sell on eBay while conveniently managing the fulfillment and inventory process within Shopify. Simply add new products to Shopify and sync your product information in the eBay sales channel to create an eBay listing. You'll save time manually entering product information and be able to manage your entire product catalog for your online store, retail store, eBay listing, and all other sales channels, all from one place.
2017. Shopify launches new Marketing Analytics
Shopify has launched a new set of Marketing Activity and Sales Attribution Reports that give you a comprehensive understanding of how your marketing efforts are performing. You’ll see clearly and quickly what’s working (and what’s not), and can use that knowledge to improve your marketing campaigns. To bring in new customers, you may run a variety of marketing campaigns using tools like Kit, Facebook, and Google, or apps like MailChimp. You’ll see clearly and quickly what’s working (and what’s not), and can use that knowledge to improve your marketing campaigns.
2017. Shopify integrates with DHL Express
Shopify teamed up with DHL Express to help online store owners to access the global market. Now, you can grow your business with international shipping that works for every business, big or small. When you ship orders with DHL Express, your customers win. They'll get end-to-end shipment tracking, the security of a signature upon delivery, and their order will be there in two to five business days.You can even schedule free DHL Express pick ups in Shopify, for any volume of packages. To start using DHL Express make sure your shop is setup to ship internationally with shipping zones, add DHL Express rates to these international shipping zones, create DHL Express shipping labels for international orders and schedule a free DHL Express pickup.
2017. Shopify integrates with Google Autocomplete
Google Autocomplete for address forms makes for an easy and speedy checkout experience for customers. And, it’s coming to Shopify. You put lots of work into creating an enjoyable buying experience. But, multiple fields to complete at checkout can slow down your customers or even discourage them from making a purchase. This becomes even more apparent for customers on mobile, where checking out on a tiny screen can be a long exercise in typing, misspelling, and re-typing. As part of improving your customer experience and helping you achieve higher conversions, Google Autocomplete is starting to roll out to Shopify’s checkout pages over the coming weeks, at no additional cost.
2017. Shopify implemented bulk label printing
Printing shipping labels in Shopify just got 10 times faster. Now you can buy and print shipping labels for multiple orders at once. With bulk label printing, you’ll be able to fulfill your orders more efficiently, saving you precious time. This holiday season, use bulk label printing to get your products into your customers’ hands faster than ever. Bulk shipping is a free upgrade for any merchant in Canada and the United States who buy and print their shipping labels through Shopify.
2017. Shopify adds QR Shopcodes
QR codes have evolved a lot since their invention in 1994 to their current position as a mechanism of mobile commerce, powered by Android and iPhone devices. And now with the newly announced iOS 11 update, you will be able to scan them with the native camera app. That's why Shopify is introducing Shopcodes: QR codes that consumers can scan to take them directly to a product in your Shopify store. You can generate Shopcodes with the new Shopcodes app, which you can download for free in the App Store. Shopcodes can only be generated within Shopify stores, and unlike traditional QR codes, they’re exclusively for shopping. Plus, each one is unique and trackable, so you can see where traffic and sales are coming from in your Shopify Analytics dashboard.
2017. Shopify launches new card reader to compete with Square
Shopify’s new card reader Chip & Swipe is now shipping in the United States. It accepts both swipes and chip-based dips. The reader is a competitor to Square Reader, made by merchant services company Square, which has established a huge presence at small businesses, craft markets, and other places where mobility is important. Much like Square, the Chip & Swipe is ideally designed to work at a cashier station or out and about with a smartphone, and can be operated using one hand. The reader accepts Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Shopify says on a full charge the reader lasts 400 chip transactions or 700 swipes, and it can pair wirelessly with Android or Apple phones over Bluetooth. The reader is also being offered for free to new Shopify point-of-sale merchants, while existing customers will be able to pick one up for $29.
2016. Shopify unveiled WordPress plugin
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to start selling on WordPress, the wait is over. Now, it’s easier than ever to add WordPress ecommerce to your website, and get all the features and security that comes with Shopify. To make setting up an online store on WordPress simple, we’re introducing two new, beautiful themes and our new Shopify, all for free. These themes and our new plugin allow you to add products to any of your pages or blog posts without leaving WordPress. As usual, you’ll still manage all of your pages and posts in WordPress, but you’ll have Shopify to manage everything else: payments, secure checkout, shipping and fulfillment, inventory, and taxes—all the hard things about selling online.
2015. Shopify allows to create an online store from mobile phone
E-commerce company Shopify has launched a new app called Sello that allows businesses to build online stores. With Sello, you just snap a photo of the product that you want to sell, add a price and description, then you’re ready to go. You’ll be able to accept credit card and PayPal payments, and you can share your product listings on social networks. Sello is less about product discovery and more about creating those product listings and handling the purchases. Sello is available for iOS and Android. It’s a free app and there are no transaction fees (but you will have to pay for payment processing).
2015. Shopify launched add-on apps for its iPad POS
Shopify is expanding the capabilities of its iOS point-of-sale system with the launch of nearly a half-dozen apps for the platform, allowing merchants to add custom features to their point-of-sale solutions without having to upgrade to a more expensive POS platform. The apps include those that will help merchants run promotions, upsell to customers, turn their Wi-Fi into a marketing tool, offer wholesale discounts to select customers, plus print invoices, labels, receipts and more. The current lineup available today includes loyalty card app Appcard, Ultimate Sales Manager, Turnstyle (the Wi-Fi app), Supple Wholesale and Order Printer. The introduction of POS apps is notable because it allows merchants to customize their POS experience in a much more affordable way than was previously possible, and because it can help brick-and-mortar merchants tap into Shopify’s online offerings. Meanwhile, for developers, the launch is meaningful because it introduces a new platform to build for – and there are shops out there that solely work on building Shopify apps.
2015. Google Wallet integrates with Shopify and other merchant platforms
Google Wallet mobile payment system is adding some key integrations with merchants and merchant platforms. Customers that use Android apps from Dunkin’ Donuts and Seamless, and merchants that build online stores through Shopify, will now all be able to access Google Wallet to make and accept quick payments. In November Google Wallet was also integrated with Papa John’s Android app, as well as merchant platforms ChowNow and Shopgate. But overall it has been a relatively slow rollout for Google Wallet: before today, there were only around 30 mobile sites and 30 apps integrated with the product. To date, the payment services of Google Wallet are restricted to U.S. users and businesses only, although the company has now started to extend the ability to transfer money, another aspect of Wallet, to international markets, opening it up to Gmail users in the UK.
2014. Shopify allows to accept payments in Bitcoin
Popular online store-building platform Shopify had already supported bitcoin merchant service BitPay since November, but announced today that its users could start accepting bitcoin via Coinbase, pitting the two payment processors against each other. Thus Shopify may just be stoking the flames between the two natural, but growing competitors. As Shopify acknowledged by integrating both processing companies, each have their pros and cons — and, most importantly, now businesses on Shopify have the option to choose. Bitcoin will have a hard time growing its economy if there’s a monopoly. Giving consumers a choice only helps open it up to more people. After all, a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.
2011. Shopify integrates with Stripe
Hot on the heels of Stripe coming out of beta, Shopify announced support for accepting payments on your Shopify store through Stripe. Shopify is a multichannel commerce platform. Merchants can use Shopify to sell on the web, social media, and in-person. Stripe handles the full stack of payment processing without requiring you to have a merchant account or gateway; all you need is a bank account with one of their supported banks.