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Custom e-Commerce vs Systems such as Shopify

Discussion in 'eCommerce' started by Andrzej Wilczynski, Oct 3, 2021.

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    In choosing an e-Commerce store for your business, there are ready web design solutions such as Shopify. Then, there are custom-built e-Commerce websites that are more dynamic and advantageous for most.
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    There are pros and cons to both approaches. I would like to hear them from your personal experience. Which one was better for you and why?
     
    Andrzej Wilczynski, Oct 3, 2021 IP
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    mmerlinn Prominent Member

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    Custom:

    Pro: You have total control over how the site works.
    Con: You must either do all the programming yourself or hire it done.

    Ready made:

    Pro: Very little if any programming needed.
    Con: You are limited in how your pages work, if they work at all.
     
    mmerlinn, Oct 3, 2021 IP
  3. Andrzej Wilczynski

    Andrzej Wilczynski Greenhorn

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    Thanks. I was wondering about specific examples of hurdles with ready systems. I run a webdesign studio and my programmer is capable of setting up custom e-commerce. And I prefer to go this way, but I lost customers to Shopify and I would really like to know the cons. Of course I can Google that but nothing is better than someone's hands on experience.
     
    Andrzej Wilczynski, Oct 3, 2021 IP
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    Andrzej Wilczynski Greenhorn

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    I am old school and prefer custom solutions. One main issue with services such as Shopify, I have is the fact that if you decide that you don't like the solution or it is not working for you anymore, you are left with nothing. You cannot take your Shopify system to another host.
     
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    From my experience with e-commerce products, migrating to Shopify also requires developers' involvement. And sometimes it's even more problematic than building your own system from scratch. So if you have time and money to invest, I'd recommend going for a custom system. Also, I've heard that sometimes Shopify's support may be challenging to work with.
     
    Dan Impressit, Oct 22, 2021 IP
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    Not a developer myself, but I work in an IT company, so I communicate with devs and PMs daily (including discussing work-related issues\situations). And I understand that every case is different. That is why I am not claiming that Shopify is a bad solution, I'm just sharing some opinions\situations that I've heard from my colleagues.
     
    Dan Impressit, Oct 22, 2021 IP
  7. Andrzej Wilczynski

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    I am not a programmer myself, but I am the owner of web design studio and have programmers working for me. So far I worked with WP + WooCommerce and custom solution for eCommerce. In both cases, especially the latter, I have full freedom of what can be done and I can host it on my own servers and move when necessary. Also my customers own these sites so they can take them if needed and work with another company. I see it as fair and flexible solution for everyone.
     
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  8. Hooman Bahreini

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    If you want something generic that can be built from a template then of course use a template such as (Shopify, Storbie, WooCommerce, etc)
    Benefits are:
    1> Cost: you can set up your website in a few hours using the template and the website looks good
    2> Qualify: When you use platforms such as Shopify, they generally handle a lot of things for you, such as Payment, SEO, Terms and Conditions
    3> Trust: Users would trust your payment gateway because its built using Shopify

    So in short, if you want a generic website, it would be madness not to use these templates.

    But what if you want to build something like ebay? Where people can both buy and sell? What if you want to build an e-commerce for a Goverment agency (to put their tenders on) which needs to integrate with their existing system with a lot of unique requirements? If you have these requirements then there are no templates... you would have to build it from scratch. It would take years of development to build such a system.
     
    Hooman Bahreini, Nov 30, 2021 IP
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    I need to find a Free Terms and Conditions Generator for my business, does anyone have any ideas?
     
    Apostle, Dec 6, 2021 IP
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    What is your business? I got a T&C template for my e-commerce from Shopify.
     
    Hooman Bahreini, Dec 6, 2021 IP
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    Shopify gives access to their code files so they are actually can easily be modified. I edited their code (which in the core is based on HTML) to add/change functions I needed and stylize it to my preference, in addition to the customization available in the Shopify admin area.
    Strong advantages of Shopify that they have built-in merchant system and good technical support, so for my business I consider it a good option.
     
    SunnyWave, Jan 5, 2022 IP
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    It depends, if you are not that familiar with programming, then stick to a paid service.
    But, if you know your way around a keyboard, then a custom platform is for you.
    There are a lot of good scripts out there to get you started, then just make the changes as needed.
     
    4DL, Jan 5, 2022 IP
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    Shopify could be a better option if you are in hurry to make the site and if you don't have enough technical knowledge, as it offers some prebuilt templates that you can use for the store. On the contrary, custom e-commerce stores can give you more wide opportunities as you could customize each element on the site according to your wishes and needs, and they usually have better performances when it comes to loading speed, good UX, and general SEO. Their downfall is only the fact that they are usually a lot more expensive than Shopify as there you can use existing themes and here you need to create a new one.
     
    VortexAlpha, Jan 21, 2022 IP