Shopify vs Ecomz

Kareem Audi

When you decide to launch your ecommerce business, one of the important things you would need to do is choose the right ecommerce platform. This requires spending some time to research and identify which platform can cater for your business needs. Today we will talk about two of these platforms Shopify and Ecomz.

Ecomz and Shopify are both drag and drop platforms, allowing users to easily build their websites, almost without the need of hiring any developers.

Ecomz is a Lebanese based ecommerce website builder that allows sellers to easily create their own online store with their drag and drop feature, providing easy to follow tutorials.

Launched in 2006, Canadian based Shopify are one of the largest ecommerce platforms. They are considered to be one of the best platforms in terms of usability especially for users who aren’t tech savvy.

Pricing Structure

This is the breakdown of the pricing structure with some of the features they offer

ecomz

 

Free Store

Startup store

Basic store

Pro store

Monthly Fees

$0/mo

$24/mo

$69/mo

$199/mo

Transaction Fees

5% transaction fees + $1.5

No transaction fees

No transaction fees

No transaction fees

Number of Products

100

500

Unlimited

Unlimited

Staff Accounts

1

2

5

Unlimited

File Storage

250MB

1GB

2GB

10GB

Abandoned Cart Recovery

-

-

Yes

Yes

Discount codes

1

5

10

Unlimited

Source: Ecomz.com

 

Basic Shopify

Shopify

Advanced Shopify

Monthly Fees*

$29/mo

$79/mo

$299/mo

Transaction Fees (if using external payment gateway)

2%

1%

0.5%

Number of Products

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Staff Accounts

2

5

15

File Storage

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

Abandoned Cart Recovery

Yes

Yes

Yes

Discount codes

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

*Shopify Offers a 10% discount on annual plans and a 20% discount on biennial plans paid up front.

Source Shopify.com

 

Pros and Cons of both platforms

We introduced both platforms and showed you the pricing structure, we can dive into more details about the two:

We'll will start with Ecomz

Ecomz are local, this makes it easier to connect with them and set one on one meetings if there are things you would need to discuss with them prior setting your shop.

Given they come at a price, they have built-in multilingual (RTL and LTR support) and multi-currency payment features, which are lacking at the moment with Shopify, with Shopify you would need to install 3rd party apps. And since they are built in, any updates will, by default, be compatible with all their themes.

They also have easy to follow video tutorials divided properly into sections and 24hr customer support to assist anytime you would need any help.

 

Let’s move on to some of their cons or areas of improvement.

Themes, picking up a theme is very important when designing your website. Though they are constantly working on improving them, they only offer 21 themes, both free and paid. The themes they offer seem to lack the good design and smooth flow that Shopify themes have. But of course it all depends on the type of content and image resolution you add to your website.

Another thing, adding features and apps can be quite costly, probably since they are still fairly new and don’t have much subscribers as Shopify and there isn't that many 3rd partly apps available to provide more competitive prices.

 

Now let’s move on to Shopify

Shopify has a very user friendly interface, they have over 60 free and paid themes in their theme store, plus themes offered by 3rd party developers, though Shopify doesn’t recommend using them since they can’t offer any type off support for them.

Shopify allows theme designers and app developers to integrate their services and products into Shopify, giving you the flexibility to design the optimal ecommerce store. And since they have been for over 10yrs, you can find a lot of, do it yourself solutions on the Shopify forum and external blogs.

You can also hook up several sales channels like Shopify POS, Google shopping, Facebook shopping and Amazon, expanding your reach to a wider audience. They also have an integration with Instagram shopping, but is only available for a few countries, pending Instagram to offer it worldwide.

They are known to provide excellent customer service, reachable via direct call, chat and email support. They also offer 1 free design hour if you are using one of their free themes.

Moving on to their cons..

Shopify offers a 14-day trial before you have to choose a plan, this still gives you time to set up your store and even start selling, if you know which theme to pick and have all your content ready beforehand.

Another con is that Shopify charges transaction fees if you are using external payment gateways. Transaction fees are somewhere between 0.5% and 2%, depending on your subscription level. They don’t charge on COD’s (Cash on Delivery) and if you are using Shopify payments, though the latter is limited to a few countries like the US and Canada.

It is difficult to set up a multilingual store that supports RTL and LTR at the same time. Even though you can find a lot of cheap and free currency converter apps, for now, you can only accept payments in one currency.

Conclusion

While there is no right or wrong platform to choose from, do your research well, check stores using both platforms, reach out to them with a quick email or phone call if you need further clarifications on the services they offer.

 

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