Why Choose Shopify in Ireland?

by | Oct 27, 2020

Why Choose Shopify in Ireland?

Why Choose Shopify in Ireland? 

Introduction

We’re Ireland’s #1 Shopify Partners, with more than nine years of experience in ecommerce website design. Our Shopify Agency is based in Cork, Ireland with additional offices in Dublin and Boston. We’ve worked with all types of businesses, small and large, independent to global multinationals, and we’ve helped all of them grow online.

Whether you’re a small business with no current ecommerce website or a national brand with an existing ecommerce store on a different ecommerce platform, Shopify is for you. Shopify is a complete ecommerce platform for selling your products online. 

In this article, I’ll outline the main reasons why you should choose Shopify as your ecommerce platform for selling your products online.

Shopify is affordable

As a business owner, costs are often top of your mind when it comes to making any decisions. Shopify knows this and is transparent with its pricing. Then you pay a monthly fee for using the Shopify platform and then pay small transaction fees for every purchase made on your Shopify online store. These transaction fees depend on which Shopify plan you choose for your business. We recommend using this Shopify pricing calculator to figure out which pricing plan makes the most sense for your business.

Shopify’s pricing model helps you scale your business using its platform without scaling up your costs at the same time. The cost of using Shopify actually decreases as you sell more because the transaction fees are lower for the plans that require a higher monthly subscription. 

In the image below, I’ve modified Shopify’s official pricing table to only include the information you’ll likely find most useful. You can alternatively view the original, unmodified Shopify pricing plan. Note that all Shopify’s pricing is in USD, regardless of which country you’re in. You will be billed at the equivalent price in Euro.

Shopify Pricing Ireland
A modified version of Shopify’s pricing plans

We recommend the Basic Shopify plan for all small businesses starting out. You can upgrade/downgrade your Shopify plan at any time.

You can create a beautiful, professional store

Some of the world’s best-designed ecommerce stores are hosted on the Shopify platform. Shopify offers readymade themes that are designed for exceptional user experiences. You can explore the Shopify Theme Store to find a theme to match your brand – there are over 70 Shopify themes to choose from.

Or as Shopify Experts, if you’d like a truly unique look for your new Shopify store, we can build you a custom Shopify website. 

Shopify’s themes are designed for mobile-first experiences. This means that your store will look great for all your customers, no matter which device they’re shopping on. Every page, including the checkout process, is designed to look great and be fully functional on all screen sizes, including mobile devices. Considering the percentage of online orders from mobile devices is increasing year-over-year, having a truly responsive website design is critical for your business. 

Shopify Theme Store
The Shopify Theme Store offers 70+ pre-built themes that you can choose from

Shopify Payments cuts out the middlemen 

PayPal and Stripe charge transaction fees on every order placed using their payment processors. Shopify built its own payment processor, Shopify Payments, to cut out these middlemen and offer lower transaction fees for merchants like you. Shopify Payments allows you to accept payments from customers using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Shop Pay. Customers can pay using their preferred payment method – whether that’s VISA or Google Pay.

While Shopify allows you to use third-party payment processors such as PayPal and Stripe, the transaction fees are higher for orders placed using these processors. I recommend using Shopify Payments as your store’s default payment processor and then offering PayPal as a secondary payment option as a small percentage of your customers will always want to use PayPal for placing their order.

You can view a list of all Shopify’s payment providers for Ireland.

Shopify Payments
Accept payments from customers anywhere using Shopify Payments

Shopify’s App Store has an app for everything

With the Shopify App Store, you can find a Shopify App for just about anything you need. For example, if you’re looking to create daily backups of your store in case you accidentally delete an order, you can download the Rewind Backups app. If you’re looking to collect and show off your customer reviews, you can download the Loox app.

Having access to such an extensive app store will save you and your business money in the long-run because you won’t need to keep relying on a Shopify developer to build additional functionality you may need for your store – there’s probably already an app that does exactly what you’re looking for.

Like Shopify’s pricing plans, most apps offer generous free plans and then different tiers of payment that increase as you scale using the app.

Shopify App Store
The Shopify App Store has 1,000s of apps for your every need

You can stop worrying about web hosting

If you got a €1 coin for every time you worried about your web hosting, you’d be sitting on a fortune. No year goes by without your business (or any other online business) having an issue with your web hosting – either your website is down or your web developer has broken something.

Good news: when you switch to Shopify, Shopify takes care of hosting your website. Their hosting is lightning-fast, which is super important, considering the link between decreased page load time and increased sales.

You can easily migrate to Shopify from other platforms

Sometimes you’ll find a platform or software that you’d love to use for your business but the time, effort, and cost of migrating to that platform or software is too much and you end up not making the switch. Fortunately for you, Shopify makes switching easy.

If you already have an existing online store on Squarespace, Etsy, BigCommerce, Big Cartel, or PrestaShop, then you can use the Shopify Store Importer app to import your product, customer, and order information from your existing platform into your new Shopify store

If you currently use Magento or WordPress or any other ecommerce platform not mentioned above, the migration process is more complex but for a Shopify Expert like ourselves, it’s a manageable process that we’ve done many times before (and love doing!)

Shopify Migrations

Shopify support is available 24/7

You can get dedicated help from Shopify’s support team, 24/7. Having access to expert support at any hour of the day is critical in ecommerce, when your customers are shopping at your online store around the clock.

I use Shopify for my own ecommerce stores and their support team has always been extremely helpful whenever I’ve had questions. And the wait time to speak with an expert via live chat has never been longer than 5 minutes.

Shopify’s Help Center also offers excellent documentation and explainer guides on how to use Shopify. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in the help centre, we recommend you contact Shopify’s support team

You can easily scale your Shopify store as you grow

Shopify provides you with the same technology as it does for its enterprise clients such as Tesla, Gymshark, and Heinz – even though you’re paying a tiny fraction of the price of an enterprise subscription. This means you don’t need to worry about scaling as you grow your store – it’s all taken care of by Shopify.

This is a lifesaver for any growing business because you don’t need to migrate to a different ecommerce platform when you get bigger and bigger, Shopify is built to handle whatever traffic you give it.

You can access everything Shopify on your mobile app

As a business owner, you’re frequently on-the-go. Shopify’s free mobile app allows you to receive notifications and view new orders on the go. Need to make a change to an order, product, or customer? You can do all of these and so much more right from the Shopify mobile app

Shopify Mobile App

I find the Shopify mobile app most useful for communicating with my staff about new orders and also for fulfilling, refunding, or archiving orders on-the-go.

In the Shopify app, you can also track, in real-time, the number of visitors who are browsing your store, how many have added items to their cart, and how many are in the checkout. It’s surprisingly addictive watching these numbers update in real-time, as visitors are browsing your online store.

Shopify POS allows you to instantly accept in-person payments

Shopify’s Point-of-Sales (POS) system allows you to unify your in-store and online sales so you no longer have to use multiple different systems to manage your stock, customers, and order information. Shopify POS allows you to accept in-person payments from customers at events such as markets or at pop-up stores. Use the Shopify POS app to accept payments using your mobile phone or tablet.

Shopify POS
Accept in-store payments using Shopify POS

Your Shopify POS is synced to your online store so your product, customer, and information get updated in real-time. Gone for you are the days of selling the last available unit of a product in-store and then a few hours later having the same “last” unit be purchased through your online store. 

Shopify is a secure ecommerce platform

Trust is a critical part of ecommerce and determines whether or not customers will trust your website enough to buy from you. 19% of abandoned carts are because the shopper doesn’t trust the site with their credit card information.

Shopify is certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant, meaning Shopify is compliant with the standards set out by PCI, the globally recognised organisation for maintaining standards for secure processing of credit card transactions.

Shopify spends millions of dollars every year on their platform’s security so you can rest assured that your security concerns are being taken care of.

Your Shopify store will be protected with an SSL certificate (i.e. https://), meaning all communications between your customers and Shopify are encrypted and cannot be intercepted by third parties (e.g. hackers).

Shopify also comes with in-built fraud analysis that’s included in every Shopify plan. Shopify’s fraud analysis helps you identify orders that could be fraudulent. You can also use Shopify’s fraud analysis to review high-risk orders to avoid potential chargebacks – which can be a high cost for merchants selling online.

Shopify Security

What are you waiting for? Get started with Shopify

Shopify is the leading ecommerce platform for selling online. Shopify has a pricing plan to suit your budget and requirements and you can get your store up-and-running in days. Shopify’s ecommerce platform is built to help grow your business – it’s affordable and has the underlying technology that can support your website as you scale to reach new heights. Shopify takes its security seriously and helps you securely accept payments from customers anywhere in the world.

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