Shopify Developer Cost
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How Much Does a Shopify Developer Cost?

For those planning to launch an e-commerce store, Shopify offers a one-stop option with a high level of flexibility and is simple to manage on a day to day basis. While you can tackle the majority of basic management tasks simply enough, chances are that you will require the help of a Shopify expert at some point. Finding the right Shopify developer can help improve your e-commerce store in a variety of ways. But your first step will have to be identifying exactly what it is that you need, and evaluating the costs of that professional advice.
Shopify vs Square
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Shopify vs Square – Your Guide to Mobile Payment Solutions

In the final part of our month-long series on Shopify we’ll be looking at the mobile payment world, comparing Square and Shopify, the two industry leaders in mPOS solutions. Whether your business is a retail store, restaurant or any other brick and mortar location, you’ve likely faced the question of which point of sale solution to invest in? Ideally, you’ll need something that will track your inventory, sales reports and sync with any ecommerce store you’re running. It’s fair to say a good old-fashioned cash register won’t achieve this goal. You’re going to need something a little more robust, something like Square or Shopify. What is a Point of Sale System? A point of sale system facilitates payment between a customer and you, the merchant. In times past, a simple cash register (not connected to the internet) was more than enough for businesses but it wasn’t without drawbacks. For starters, stock levels needed to be audited manually taking up valuable staff time. Cash ‘floats’ also needed to be reconciled at the end of every business day. The modern POS system is much more flexible in what in can achieve. They can track inventory in real-time, run analytics to make future stock ordering automated, speak to your online store for cross functionality and even track in real time across multiple locations. Both Shopify and Square provide industry leading solutions in this space, each with advantages and disadvantages. Shopify PoS We’ve spoken at length in previous blog entries about the advantages of Shopify as an ecommerce solution. Its robust feature set and easy installation make it the gold standard for online merchants around the world. If you want to run a physical location and an online store, Shopify PoS provides an excellent way to achieve this thanks to a robust feature set of syncing, reporting, inventory management and much more. Not running a Shopify online store? No problem. Shopify Point of Sale can be used alone, or as an add-on to an existing ecommerce site. Price The Shopify PoS hardware starter kit costs upwards of $700 CAD with a 30-day money back guarantee. Monthly subscription plans include unlimited devices, products and 24/7 support. They start at just $12 per month for the “Shopify Lite” plan, escalating to $300 per month for the “Shopify Advanced” plan. Square Popular with smaller merchants and start-up businesses, Square’s point of sale app is free to download, and it has no monthly fee. The ubiquitous “square” hardware starter kit the plugs into the bottom of iOS and Android devices, providing the perfect solution for businesses not yet ready to invest in more robust point of sale solutions. All payments are processed through Square when using their hardware. It’s worth noting they’ve been known to put a hold on larger transactions, so it might not be suitable for businesses handling large sums. This is to help avoid any instances of fraudulent transactions. Price Square Point of Sale costs around $500 CAD and that’s the only cost a retailer must bear. There’s no fee per transaction and no monthly subscription. It’s a great solution for smaller businesses that haven’t quite found their feet. Looking Forward If you’re hoping to grow your business, it’s hard to look past Shopify PoS. While Square’s offering is fine for a start-up, it won’t scale with your business. Shopify will, handling larger transactions just as easily as small ones. The robust feature set and added security make it the clear winner. Looking to get set up with Shopify Point of Sale? GD Commerce is standing by to help! Contact Us and we’ll be happy to chat! Thank you to our GD Commerce Partners: Create Your Business Website Using Shopify Harness the Power of Drip CRM Software Set up Subscription Boxes, Recurring Orders and Payments Easily Using Bold Partners Boost Your Business Bookkeeping with Bench Learn How to Master Website SEO Using Mangools
Shopify or Squarespace
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Shopify or Squarespace? Choosing the Right Partner for Your Website

In the latest in our ongoing series, we examine the differences between Shopify and Squarespace, and how to decide which one is best for your business.
Shopify or Wix
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Shopify or Wix – Making an Informed Choice for Your Business

Trying to decide whether to use Wix or Shopify for your website? In this blog, we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each platform.
Shopify vs WordPress
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Shopify vs WordPress – Which One is Right for Your Business?

Last week, we took a surface level look at the different website CMS options available to business owners. In this week’s blog, we’re going a little deeper, comparing two of the most popular options: Shopify and WordPress. As we begin to compare the two, it’s worth mentioning both Shopify and WordPress are proven platforms that work for millions of customers. What distinguishes them from each other is how you plan to use them. Let’s break it down into some of the key ways people interact with these platforms. Blogging A regularly updated blog should form a central pillar of any digital marketing effort. In this area WordPress excels. The platform started life as a blogging tool that later implemented ecommerce as a feature. WordPress reportedly runs 65 per cent of all websites on the internet today. With its array of plug-ins and tools, it’s the industry leader from a blogging perspective. While WordPress is known for its blogging capabilities, Shopify is no slouch either. Though the focus is on ecommerce, each Shopify online store comes with the option to create a blog and the embedded capabilities will be plenty to meet your needs. All the blogging basics are handled in a smooth and elegant interface, covering common features like inserting images and video, automatic SEO and ability to schedule posts into the future. It’s not as robust a blogging platform as WordPress, but it should be more than enough for all but the most demanding of users. Ecommerce Ecommerce isn’t handled natively through WordPress. Instead, users install an extension called WooCommerce to conduct business. This free tool is made by Automatic, the owners of WordPress so it’s completely trustworthy and safe to use. Around since 2011, WooCommerce integrates seamlessly with existing WordPress sites. One area it falls down is design. To craft a beautiful WooCommerce platform the services of a web developer are usually needed. If you have the budget, great! However, it’s often not feasible for start-up businesses. Shopify’s strength is in its robust ecommerce offering. It offers dependable security and a range of beautiful templates that can be implemented without the use of a web developer. Shopify also offers a unique “ecommerce university” education platform, where users can avail of training, support and mentorship from a large community of users. Looking to add features to your store? Shopify has a convenient app store built-in to its platform. If you’re more focused on ecommerce than blogging, Shopify is the stronger platform for your needs. Hosting Shopify is a hosted web solution. This means your site will run on Shopify’s servers. Everything you will need to get your store up and running happens “off the shelf,” meaning no developers, no web hosting fees or the need to install specialized software. Shopify is offered as a service, so you won’t own the software. Instead, you pay a monthly fee to Shopify and everything is hosted in the cloud. As long as you have an internet connection you can manage your store or website. WordPress does things slightly differently. You can follow the Shopify model and host your website on WordPress for a monthly or a yearly fee. Going down this route provides a quick and easy way to get simple websites online. Unfortunately, it’s less of an all in one solution than Shopify, as you’d need to use a third-party tool (such as Shopify) to add an ecommerce solution to your site. Alternatively, you can self-host on your own existing server. This is more of an advanced solution, allowing users to customize pretty much every aspect of their site. Ease of Use We’ll finish by looking at an important factor that plays a huge role in people’s decision making – How easy is each platform to use? Shopify is the winner in this regard, with its off the shelf template and easy setup making it the platform of choice for everyday users. That being said, WordPress offers a deeper layer of customization for those willing to tinker under the bonnet, or employ a developer to do it for them. Overall, each platform has strengths and weaknesses. Shopify excels for those looking to find a robust ecommerce solution. While WordPress is aimed more at bloggers and casual websites. Which platform works for you is very much dependent on how you plan to use it. Find Out More As a Shopify Partner, GD Commerce can help you launch beautiful ecommerce stores for every size and budget. Contact us, and we’ll be happy to discuss your individual needs. Thank you to our GD Commerce Partners: Create Your Business Website Using Shopify Harness the Power of Drip CRM Software Set up Subscription Boxes, Recurring Orders and Payments Easily Using Bold Partners Boost Your Business Bookkeeping with Bench Learn How to Master Website SEO Using Mangools
CMS Options
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A Guide to Website Platforms – The Different CMS Options

Thinking of setting up a website? There are plenty of CMS options to choose from but it can be tough to know which one is right for your business. In this blog, we take a look at four of the most popular CMS options.