Options for an eCommerce solution have come a loooong way in recently years. Admittedly we used to shy away from eCommerce jobs. It used to be a long, expensive and time consuming process, but not any more. We’ve narrowed the choices down to 2 options we recommend to sell your products online.
Running an eCommerce store still costs more than running a regular website but remember, there’s a return on that an investment right?
The emphasis at Neurovision has always been on making the most of existing technologies. We’re transparent about what technologies we’re using and how we’re able to build beautiful sites at a fraction of the cost of others.
Enter said new technologies, but first of all…
A word on WordPress
We’re no longer using WordPress exclusively. WordPress is brilliant and we still use it, in fact this site is running on WordPress, yours probably is too. More than 25% of the websites on the internet are running on WP – it’s still a popular option. WordPress does however cost more time to setup and to maintain and doesn’t readily produce the kind of visually elegant outcome as Squarespace, nor is it an efficient solution for eCommerce.
Note: While we’re talking maintenance, another point of difference is that we host WordPress sites on our own servers, which has advantage and disadvantages. Annual fees for hosting WordPress sites with Neurovision are normally $180AUD for Domestic grade hosting and $220AUD for Corporate.
So when and why would we use Squarespace or Shopify?
Squarespace is super user-friendly. The advantage then is that it takes less time to set up, is easier for clients to manage their own content and, the final product is visually stunning. This is where Squarespace excels; they have a library of stunning templates to base your site design on.
A really nice eCommerce option is also available but we’d recommend it if you have no more than several products to sell.
For an idea on what your site could look like see: Squarespace Themes
Squarespace annual fees
For a basic website: $210AUD
or for an eCommerce solution: $408 or $624 [more info]
Shopify is dedicated to selling products, that’s their primary focus.
For an idea on what your site could look like see: Shopify Themes
It takes some time and know-how to get it set up initially but after that, it’s fairly easy to manage.
Shopify annual fees
The thing to be aware of here is that additional functionality outside of Shopify’s default feature set come at an added monthly fee. We avoid this wherever possible but your requirements may require a paid add-on.
Note: Neurovision don’t make any money on the annual fees for either Shopify or Squarespace. Our fees are only based on an hourly rate to help you set up the site and for any additional training.