Great info everytime! I’d really like to see a Shopify (updated) and a Magento Community Version (MC) (updated) competitive comparison review. But with your expert opinion, which is the better option? I am on MC, using a server, but do not have on hand, a team of tech experts to help whenever problems arise. As the business grow, I appreciate MC’s functionality but heard Shopify matches the functionality in terms by adding the Shopify apps, and the costs of these apps would be even out by the server requirement cost for MC? I like the fact that Shopify now has a ONE payment/dashboard gateway which makes it easy for customers and admin alike, 24/7 support (would they revert to non 24/7 as their marketshare grows?), but end of day is we do not own the platform like we do MC (ownership is a pretty big thing haha), and I read that’s because they are able to execute version upgrades seamlessly with this model of us not owning the software platform? Torn between the two but want ultimate ecommerce success at the end and the correct ecommerce platform that will help bring us there. Your thoughts please.
Business transactions that take place on the internet are called e-commerce, short for "electronic commerce."​ Popular examples of e-commerce generally involve buying and selling online, but the e-commerce universe contains other types of activities as well. Basically, any form of business transaction conducted electronically can be referred to as e-commerce. Those involved in the transactions can represent multiple combinations of customers, businesses, vendors or other suppliers, or government agencies.
In October 2017, activist short-seller Andrew Left released a detailed report which described the e-commerce platform as a "get-rich-quick" scheme that is against Federal Trade Commission regulations.[52][53] The day the report was released, the stock plunged more than 11%.[54] The main question he posed was "Outside the roughly 50,000 verifiable merchants working with Shopify, who are the other 450,000 the company says it has?" Third-party marketing tactics are expected to be improved going forward.[55]
In order to grow, brick-and-mortar stores realize they must use their digital touchpoints to enhance their customers' in-store experiences. Online retailers recognize they need to separate themselves from the pack through faster and more informative shopping experiences. And omnichannel sellers and brands are aware they need to provide their customers with a seamless, cross-channel experience. [More...]
BigCommerce and Shopify are relatively equal. But for some, even their small differences can be crucial: BigCommerce is in the lead when it comes to SEO. This added flexibility can be valuable in competitive markets. Also, unlike Shopify, BigCommerce doesn’t charge any transaction fees. However, they will put you into a higher pricing plan as you hit certain thresholds in your sales. Check out our Shopify vs BigCommerce comparison for more details.
Their arrogance in my following discussions with them was shocking and despite my attempts to offer solutions and alternatives to their unacceptable action they maintained their intransigence. I have no option but to leave Shopify altogether because by closing off the payment gateway this adds an additional 2% transaction fee for using alternatives and my business is very small margin that this fee makes the business unprofitable. They have also offered no recompense or solutions or even an apology. I would not go anywhere near this company and they are the worst company I have dealt with in my entire career. I am glad to be leaving but it infuriates me to think they can mess around with peoples lives the way they do. I have heard of many others since this happened to me that have had similar experiences with Shopify. Avoid at all costs! There are plenty of alternatives and even ones that change no transaction fees if you use an alternative payment gateway.
I am opening a small online store (no more than 50 items at a time, but need to constantly change them) and will be selling mostly to Canadian and US customers. I am strongly thinking Shopify is the best option for me, but I need to purchase a domain name and also would like to have an email address associated with this domain. Can Shopify provide these features to me? Or would I be better off to go with Weebly, as I had initially planned on doing until I stumbled across your review.
Research from BigCommerce has found that Americans are about evenly split on online versus offline shopping, with 51% of Americans preferring e-commerce and 49% preferring physical stores. However, 67% of millennials prefer shopping online over offline. According to Forbes, 40% of millennials are also already using voice assistants to make purchases, with that number expected to surpass 50% by 2020.

The world of dropshipping is often considered the easiest way to sell products online. The biggest difference between drop shipping and the standard retail model is that in drop shipping, the selling merchant doesn't stock his own inventory.  Instead, the merchant purchases inventory as needed from a third party – usually dropshipping wholesalers or manufacturers – to fulfil orders.


Music Vine collaborates with over 160 independent musicians to produce more than 2,500 tracks that you can segment by style, mood, energy, vocals, and duration. They also curate collections for particular themes in filmmaking and video production. You can filter them by vibe, theme, genre, and environment. Additionally, Music Vine dedicates a section of their website to their artists, letting people follow them and explore their music.
We have been using Shopify Plus for almost 2 years. We moved over from NetSuite at the end of 2015 and have been very happy with the product. While the cost for Shopify Plus is rising dramatically, we need the versatility of a secure dedicated shopping cart, customer support, customization and API connections for our inventory platform Seller Cloud. I would recommend Shopify to anyone opening an E-Commerce business.
Musopen is another free site that, like Public Domain 4U, provides music that has the copyright expired. On the site’s about page they say, “We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.” At Musopen you can browse music by composer, performer, instrument, period or form. Musopen is great, especially if you are looking for classical music for your video.

For traditional businesses, one research stated that information technology and cross-border e-commerce is a good opportunity for the rapid development and growth of enterprises. Many companies have invested enormous volume of investment in mobile applications. The DeLone and McLean Model stated that three perspectives contribute to a successful e-business: information system quality, service quality and users' satisfaction.[58] There is no limit of time and space, there are more opportunities to reach out to customers around the world, and to cut down unnecessary intermediate links, thereby reducing the cost price, and can benefit from one on one large customer data analysis, to achieve a high degree of personal customization strategic plan, in order to fully enhance the core competitiveness of the products in company.[59]

I agree that Shopify’s lack of volume discount and quantity breaks is frustrating and something that they need to address. I believe they were looking into adding this into Shopify 2, but it doesn’t look like it ever materialized. As you noted there are a fair few apps and add-ons that can add this feature for an additional cost but I agree that it should be built into the native interface.

Wherever you are right now in your ecommerce journey, we hope this post gave you some insights that you can apply in your venture. If you’re just starting out and need help picking a platform or deciding on your target audience,  go back and read the section on ecommerce types and solutions. Already running a business and want to ensure your success? Read through the ecommerce stories above.
I don’t think any specific website builders can get any pages or products to the top of the search engines by themselves. Getting good ranking for your website requires you to work on your onsite and offsite SEO and it takes time and consistency in order to achieve this! Imagine if it was too easy, then everybody can rank well, but there can only be 10 search results on the first page of search engines!

ECOM Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd is a leading global commodity merchant and sustainable supply chain management company. As an origin-integrated business operating in over 40 major producing countries worldwide, ECOM focuses primarily on coffee, cotton, and cocoa, as well as participating in selected other agricultural product markets. ECOM is one of the top two merchants in coffee, the largest coffee miller, and amongst the top four merchants in both cotton and cocoa, making ECOM a top tier participant in each of its core businesses.


Contemporary electronic commerce can be classified into two categories. The first category is business based on types of goods sold (involves everything from ordering "digital" content for immediate online consumption, to ordering conventional goods and services, to "meta" services to facilitate other types of electronic commerce). The second category is based on the nature of the participant (B2B, B2C, C2B and C2C);[39]
Modern 3D graphics technologies, such as Facebook 3D Posts, are considered by some social media marketers and advertisers as a more preferable way to promote consumer goods than static photos, and some brands like Sony are already paving the way for augmented reality commerce. Wayfair now lets you inspect a 3D version of its furniture in a home setting before buying.[60]
Having an online storefront is one of the most straightforward ways to conduct ecommerce. The merchant creates a website and uses it to sell products and services using shopping carts and ecommerce solutions. The “right” solution will depend on the merchant and their products. Below is a list of some of the top ecommerce platforms. Check them out and see which one is right for you.

I started off using Square when it first came out. But I wanted something more robust that would help me with ecommerce and POS as I grew my ecommerce platform. Shopify makes everything seamless and has a number of apps that help me do other things like marketing. It's not as inexpensive as Square for POS, but it also is way more powerful. The customer service has also been great. I hate calling for customer service, so I use their Chat feature and always get an answer to my questions or issues.
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In 2013, Brazil's e-commerce was growing quickly with retail e-commerce sales expected to grow at a double-digit pace through 2014. By 2016, eMarketer expected retail e-commerce sales in Brazil to reach $17.3 billion.[49] India has an Internet user base of about 460 million as of December 2017.[50] Despite being third largest user base in world, the penetration of Internet is low compared to markets like the United States, United Kingdom or France but is growing at a much faster rate, adding around 6 million new entrants every month.[citation needed] In India, cash on delivery is the most preferred payment method, accumulating 75% of the e-retail activities.[51][citation needed] The India retail market is expected to rise from 2.5% in 2016 to 5% in 2020.[52]
You probably don’t have the time or expertise to create your own music, and seeking permission from an artist or label for every song you want to use isn’t very feasible. That leaves using public domain songs or finding royalty free music. The music in the public domain is very limited, though it can be cost effective if you have a lot of patience and don’t mind digging for needles in a haystack.
Incompetech is one of my go-to places for great royalty free music. The site was created by composer Kevin MacLeod and has tons of music, categorized by genre and feel. In the site’s FAQ you’ll see that the music on the site is free to use for your video soundtrack. Kevin just asks that you place a credit within the video. My favorite music on this particular site are the tracks in the Silent Film Score section, but you can find all sorts of great stuff from horror soundtracks to polka, rock, pop and everything in between.
For most filmmakers, the best option is to work with a company that specializes in stock music. At Soundstripe, we offer monthly and yearly subscriptions that allow our members to use every song in our growing music library. We deal with all the music licensing and permissions, so that the only thing you have to worry about is finding the perfect music for your videos!
So going head on against big, established players will definitely be challenging. But in the world of ecommerce, there’s plenty of space for new players to become successful. Every successful business (big or small) once started small! One just has to do things differently (whether that is in the marketing message / strategy, or product variations).
The e-commerce industry has seen an exponential rise in recent years. According to a 2018 report released by The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, total e-commerce sales for the second quarter of 2018 were estimated at $127.3 billion, an increase of 15.2% from the second quarter of 2017. Retail e-commerce sales in North America are expected to see consistent double-digit growth by 2020.

There’s a difference between free music for YouTube videos and royalty free music. Free music is where you can just download the music for free, but it’s not necessarily free to use. You might face copyright issues. Whereas copyright free music means it’s just free of any royalty fees. You have to just once, to buy it, or get it free from other resources. Once you buy/get the track, you can use it for free in a video, without being charged for the music per a number of views.
Today's customer feedback world is extremely complex with data coming from a variety of sources. With the growing number of cross-functional teams and silos within an organization, leaders have been finding it increasingly difficult to capture the full 360-degree view of the customer to drive true change within an organization. While it's clear that problems exist, what's less straightforward is why. [More...]
Traditionally if you wanted to accept payments you would have to use a third-party payments processor like Stripe, PayPal, or others that would charge a certain fee per transaction. Shopify has created their own payment processor called Shopify Payments (Powered by Stripe). If you decide to sign up for this program then all transaction fees will be lifted regardless of your plan.
Beginners, intermediates and advanced users (the ones looking to speed up the development process by not spending much time on coding or more complicated processes). I also like it for generalist bloggers or content creators who would like to sell digital goods and should start the Lite plan. The Shopify Lite plan is ripe for converting a regular business site into an ecommerce one. It's also nice to see a homepage builder (Shopify Sections) that has draggable elements.
In October 2017, activist short-seller Andrew Left released a detailed report which described the e-commerce platform as a "get-rich-quick" scheme that is against Federal Trade Commission regulations.[52][53] The day the report was released, the stock plunged more than 11%.[54] The main question he posed was "Outside the roughly 50,000 verifiable merchants working with Shopify, who are the other 450,000 the company says it has?" Third-party marketing tactics are expected to be improved going forward.[55]
I have been fairly happy with Shopify. The price is reasonable. The support has been excellent (and my Canadian speaking skills continue to improve). My biggest problem has been trying to improve my SEO. Anything Shopify can do to help me with that would be much appreciated. The Kit app has been somewhat helpful, but I get lost in the setup on my end on some of the Kit options/suggestions. My geek skills are on the low end.
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