Shopify is a hosted 'software as a service' ecommerce platform that enables online stores to be setup and launched quickly. Shopify is great for small businesses who need to get to market fast, have simple requirements, and are happy to use a basic templated approach that only requires a little bit of customisation, and no ongoing technical maintenance.
Using pre-configured themes with a short period of customisation, we can have your store up and running in as soon as 4 weeks time.
Shopify provides unlimited, fast & secure web hosting deployed across one of the largest content delivery networks in the world, ensuring that your customers can load your site quickly no matter where they are in the world.
Let the experts worry about Security - Shopify is certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant, meaning your database or products, orders and customers is safe.
Some of the worlds largest brands such as Budweiser, Red Bull and Tesla trust Shopify as their ecommerce platform provider.
If your business has special requirements that fall outside of the core features that Shopify provides it might not be the right tool for your business.
Compared to solutions like Craft CMS and even Wordpress, Shopify provides only the most basic Content Management System when it comes to designing pages outside of your e-commerce workflows, which may limit your options for creating heavily branded experiences.
In short, we don't recommend trying and do not provide this service. Shopify as a service provider is not focused on providing this functionality in the core of its product, and so the only way to run a translation of your website is to either open multiple accounts, or use third party plugins which may or may not support 100% of the features of Shopify.
For businesses where operating an online store in more than one language is absolutely essential, we recommend working with Craft Commerce or Magento, where internationalization is built into the core of the software and supported in all features without compromise.
Shopify's pricing varies based on the volume of your sales and the payment gateway you choose to use. You will need to pay a monthly fee for keeping your store online (i.e. Hosting fee), and a transaction fee for each sale you make.
Technically you can target customers in China, however, since Shopify is providing the hosting, your website will not be 'behind the firewall' and may suffer from slower loading speeds, and potentially face SEO challenges. If your main target audience is China, we strongly recommend a self-hosted solution such as Craft Commerce or Magento instead.
With Shopify, we have access to an extensive range of structural "themes" that provide an excellent starting point to build from. Our design team will work with you to explore the right colour and typographic systems to perfectly align with your brand.
Working with Digital Butter, we aim to have you ready to launch in between 4 and 6 weeks, largely dependent on the scale of your inventory and how complete your content already is before we start. We spend this time collaborating with you on design, content development, search engine optimisation and in planning your Digital Strategy. It is important to note that in order to complete your project within this 4-6 week timeline, you will need to have your product database completed before we start. If you are not yet that far along, then your project may need longer to launch.
In our experience, content is almost always a contributing factor in any project delays we may face. It is important to understand the scale of your project, and to decide early on if you are able to resource content development in house, or if you need help.
You will also need to ensure that all of the below are taken care of well in advance of starting your Shopify project:
With dozens of ecommerce site launches behind us, we have experience with each of these potential pain points, and can guide you through this process if you are in the early stages.