11 of the Best Salesforce Commerce Cloud Apps to Run Your Business Effectively [2021 Update]

Salesforce is a powerful platform. Used by over 150,000 people, it is known as one of the best CRM (customer relations management) platforms out there. It’s a great tool that can help you to run your business more effectively – but it can be customized further using their App Marketplace.

The question is – which apps are the best? With over 3,000 apps to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin. In our guide on the best Salesforce commerce cloud apps, we’ll take you through the top ones out there.

We’ll look at a variety of apps in different categories – event management, accounting, analytics, marketing automation, and more – looking at the main features they have to offer. We’ll also take a look at customer reviews, giving you an overview of what real users think, and we’ll give you the average star rating out of 5 for each app.

Plus, we’ll tell you which tiers work for each app – as not all apps are compatible with every tier.

We’ve tried to pick an app from a broad range of categories, so you can find something to suit your business.

Let’s start off with marketing!

Best for Marketing – Lead Scoring

For a free app, this one packs a punch. Lead Scoring gives your customers a score based on rules that you can set yourself (for example, making a purchase). The higher the score, the more likely the customer is to make a new purchase – meaning you can specifically target those customers in your marketing strategy.

It’s a simple app to install and run, and it doesn’t take long to set up the rules. If you’ve never encountered lead scoring before, this app provides a good way to try it.

Main Features

  • Capture leads based on a variety of criteria
  • Highly customizable
  • Easy to install

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users enjoyed how easy it was to install the app, and how many features it offered for free. They also report that the app is very customizable, allowing you to set your own criteria for lead scoring. This may put some people off if you’ve never attempted lead scoring before, but it may be just right for you if you want to have full control of the process.

It has an average rating of 5 stars.

Pricing

Lead Scoring is a free app – you can find out more here.

Best Page Builder – Shogun

Shogun will give you the power to create beautiful pages for your eCommerce store. Whether you need to make landing pages, blog posts, or product pages, the easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor will enable you to do so.

What’s great about Shogun is that it’s a very visual platform, simple to learn and easy to use. Just drag and drop the page elements where you want them – and then customize it to your hearts’ content. If you want to make page building simple, this is a great app to go for.

Plus, it comes with extra features, including A/B testing for your pages, and analytics (depending on which price plan you choose).

Main Features

  • Create great-looking pages, using templates or from scratch
  • Simple drag-and-drop page editor
  • A/B testing
  • Analytics suite

What Do Users Think?

As Shogun doesn’t appear on the App Exchange, we weren’t able to get user reviews. However, you can find our review of Shogun for Shopify here (it works in the same way once you’ve got the integration up and running).

Pricing

There are different price plans for Shogun, depending on which features you want. To find out more, visit Shogun’s website.

Best for Events Management – Cvent Events App

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If you need to sell tickets to an event online, this app is a must-have. It streamlines a lot of the processes that come with event management, saving you time and effort – and it’s particularly well-suited to businesses with larger teams. You can allow your teams to invite and register customers to events and track how well your events have performed.

The great thing about this app is that you can follow your contact’s journey with your business – at past events for example. This can give your sales team an idea of which future events they can market to specific customers. From your point of view, you can track and manage the performance of your sales team easily.

The data from your events is displayed clearly – making it much easier to report the results of an event to your wider team.

Main Features

  • Streamline the processes that come with running events
  • Clear reporting shows you the success of each event
  • Sales team can individually track and pursue potential customers

Available For

  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users really enjoy how much this app streamlines their work processes, eliminating some of the time-consuming manual tasks (like manual invitee list uploads).

It has an average rating of 5 stars.

Pricing

Starts at $2,450 per company per year – click here to find out more.

Best for Analytics – Conga Grid

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With a huge amount of 5-star reviews, Conga Grid is the ultimate analytics solution. It will organise data in a way that makes it simple to understand. It allows you to manage information, simplifying it so you have the most accurate data available. Using their grid system, you can create a customized display that will show your data in one screen – this saves you time and allows you to see how well certain products or pages are performing, so you can make adjustments if necessary.

You can also use Quick Start Grids if you want to get up and running right away.

Main Features

  • Create your own personalized grid to organise data
  • Keep data organised and clear
  • Quick Start Grids allow you to get going straight away
  • Clear display allows you to see and understand your sales data in one glance

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users find Conga to be intuitive and simple to use, with little training needed to get up to speed with it. They also found Conga’s customer service to be brilliant, with dedicated account managers available if needed. They enjoyed how easy it is to import data in one click, saving a lot of time and effort.

It has an average rating of 5 stars.

Pricing

Conga starts at $18 per month for 10 users (this is the minimum user amount). They offer discounts for non-profits. Find out more here.

Best for Accounting – FinancialForce

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Keeping on top of your accounts can be complicated and time-consuming, so when you’re looking for an app, you want one that is going to simplify the process as much as possible, saving you a lot of headaches. Financial Force is a great one, as it has tons of features and helps to break things down in a simple, easy-to-understand way.

With a modern, clean interface, Financial Force allows you to automate the billing and collections process, saving you time. It gives you comprehensive financial reporting, with very readable information that is updated in real time. It also allows you to streamline some of the more boring processes, like recurring journal entries and reversing of entries. You can also monitor cashflow, even across multiple bank accounts – which is a vital tool.

You can even get access to trend forecasting, and it’s easy to access data wherever you are, even on mobile.

Main Features

  • Streamlines tedious processes, making bookkeeping much easier
  • Gives you comprehensive financial reporting
  • Automates billing and collections process
  • Trend forecasting
  • Easy to access live information at any time

Available For

  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users found the app to be user-friendly and intuitive. They found the reporting to be very powerful, too. Some users found it slowed things down a little, as the app installs a lot of objects, tabs, and pages, so that’s something be aware of. However, most reviews are positive.

It has an average rating of 4.6 stars.

Pricing

Pricing starts at $420 per company per month. Click here to find out more.

Best for Marketing Automation – ActiveCampaign

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When it comes to marketing automation, ActiveCampaign are well-known, and their app for Salesforce is brilliant. You can create personalized email marketing campaigns using information you already have in your Salesforce accounts. You can manage leads and contacts easily, allowing you to specifically target certain customers with marketing campaigns that are just right for them.

It’s packed with features, including marketing automation, email marketing, site messaging, online chat, segmentation, and conditional content – meaning you can create highly personalized, customisable campaigns.

Whether you want to send follow-up emails, target leads with specific campaigns, or just observe how your leads are interacting with your email campaigns, ActiveCampaign covers it all.

Main Features

  • Marketing automation which allows you to create highly personalized campaigns
  • Email marketing, site messaging, and online chat
  • Lead management allows you to segment and organise your contacts
  • Set unique goals for each customer
  • Start a campaign to win back previous customers

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Essentials

What Do Users Think?

Users think that the app takes a little time to learn – so if you don’t want a learning curve, it might not be for you. However, most users report great results, meeting or exceeding all expectations when it comes to creating marketing campaigns.

It has an average rating of 4.4 stars.

Pricing

ActiveCampaign starts at $9 per company per month, with discounts available for non-profits. Find out more here.

Best for Shipping – FedEx Shipping App

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If you want to manage your shipping seamlessly, FedEx is a great choice. You can mail and ship products to any lead, contact, or account. The app automatically calculates FedEx shipping rates, too – meaning it can quickly print shipping and return labels, saving you time and effort.

It also allows you to keep in touch with your customers using the ‘Chatter’ service, giving them real time tracking updates.

Main Features

  • Send mail or ship packages to any Lead, Contact, or Account
  • Automatically calculates FedEx rates
  • Generate and print labels automatically
  • Track shipments using Chatter service

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Force.com
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users enjoy how easy this is to use, especially as you never have to leave the Salesforce cloud to do it – saving you from having to learn to use multiple platforms. They found the automation of otherwise time-consuming tasks to be extremely useful, which is great.

It has an average rating of 4.9 stars.

Pricing

The price starts at $208.75 per month, with discounts available for non-profits. You can find out more here.

Best for Customer Feedback – Formstack

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Sometimes, you need to capture data from your customers. Whether you want feedback on a certain event, campaign, or sale, or you need to collect data for an order form, Formstack has you covered with it’s easy to use form builder.

You can create a variety of forms, including customer feedback, event registration, waivers and disclaimers, job applications, order forms, and more. You can even create a contact form so your customers can contact you directly. The form builder itself is intuitive and simple to use, and best of all, it’s safe – it’s HIPAA, PIPEDA and GDPR compliant, meaning you can trust that your customer’s data will be kept securely.

Main Features

  • Create any kind of form using an easy, intuitive form builder
  • Form builder is HIPAA, PIPEDA and GDPR compliant
  • Forms are responsive and mobile-friendly
  • You can send forms to customers via email
  • Includes a free 14-day trial

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Force.com
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users think that the form builder itself works really well, and they like how customizable it is even if you have no technical experience. They also praised the customer support, saying they were responsive and helpful.

It has an average rating of 4.8 stars.

Pricing

FormStack starts at $79 per month with discounts available for nonprofits. You can find out more here.

Best for Staff Training – Trail Tracker

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If you run a bigger business and you manage a sales team, motivating your team to learn a new platform can be difficult. Trail Tracker is designed to train your staff to learn how to use Salesforce in a fun, engaging way. Your employees can collect badges as they learn new skills.

It’s also very easy to keep on top of how your employees are doing. It automatically syncs on a daily basis, and it gives you all the customer data you need, including most active users, most popular badges, and records of activity for each user.

It’s a fun app – and if you want to encourage your staff to learn new skills and reach their goals, this is a good way to do it.

Main Features

  • Fun platform encourages staff to reach their goals to earn badges
  • Data syncs every day, so you can track the performance of each staff member
  • An easy, fun way to motivate staff to learn new skills

Available For

  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Force.com
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users find Trail Tracker to be an excellent way to motivate staff. Many found that a sense of friendly competition pushed their staff to work harder – which is a great result. A few people had some issues with installation but found the customer service team to be very responsive.

It has an average rating of 3.2 stars.

Pricing

Trail Tracker is free to use. You can find out more here.

Best for Email Marketing – iContact

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If you want to send mass emails as part of a campaign, but you don’t want to leave the Salesforce platform, this could be the app for you. You can send an unlimited amount of emails per day, choosing from over 600 responsive email design templates – and you can personalize them using Salesforce custom fields.

You can track how interested your contacts are in your email campaigns, so you can then target them with specific emails that will interest them.

The best part is that you don’t have to learn a new platform – it’s all in one place, so as long as you’re already familiar with Salesforce, you’ll be good to go.

It’s also the 2 x winner of the Best Mass Email App by App Exchange in the Customer Choice Awards – so you know they’re a popular choice with Salesforce users.

Main Features

  • 600+ email templates to choose from
  • Send an unlimited amount of emails each day
  • Track how contacts interact with your emails, so you can target them based on their interests
  • Functions within Salesforce platform

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users praised the simplicity of this app, and they like that they don’t have to leave Salesforce to use it. They found the interface to be user-friendly and modern, and felt the customer support was excellent.

It has an average rating of 4.6 stars.

Pricing

iContact starts at $99 per company per month, with discounts available for non-profits. You can find out more here.

Best for Translation – Lingotek Translation

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We’ve got one more free app to round things off. If you want to translate information into different languages, you’ll need an app to help you out – and Lingotek is a brilliant one. Not only does it allow you to translate knowledge base articles and content, it also allows you to translate leads – allowing your sales team to get the right information on each lead in their native language. This helps to improve communication overall, which is great if you have staff in different locations.

All that, for free – and you don’t need to know any coding languages or have strong technical skills.

Main Features

  • Translate pages quickly and easily
  • Translate knowledge base articles to help users
  • Translate lead information for your sales team
  • No coding required

Available For

  • Professional
  • Enterprise
  • Unlimited
  • Force.com
  • Developer
  • Performance

What Do Users Think?

Users liked how simple this app is to use, and how effectively it was able to translate information for different staff members. They found it saved time and allowed their team to work more efficiently.

It has an average rating of 5.0 stars.

Pricing

Lingotek is a free app. You can find out more by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have any burning questions about Salesforce Commerce Cloud apps? We might have the answer here.

Where Can I Find the App store?

You can find the Salesforce AppExchange by clicking here.

How Much Do Apps Cost?

It depends. Many of them are free (you can filter them to show the free ones if you like). Others can cost hundreds of dollars per month depending on how they work and what they have to offer.

What Apps Do I Really Need?

This depends on the focus of your business and what you want to achieve. If you want to improve your marketing in your eCommerce business, for example, focusing on email marketing apps and marketing automation apps can really help. If you want to run events, you’ll obviously need a good events management app. You can get apps to help with accounting, form creation, shipping … There’s a lot of choice out there.

One thing you may want to consider getting is a good analytics app. A good app (like the one we looked at earlier, CongaGrid) will be able to break down information in a way that is easy to understand. The more data you have about your business – sales, customer information, clickthrough rates, cart abandonment rates, and so on – the more power you have to make practical changes to bring in more sales. We’d definitely recommend finding a decent analytics app for that reason.

How Do I Install a New App?

On the app’s page, click ‘get it now’ and go through the checkout process. You will see a button named ‘install’. Salesforce will then talk you through the steps required to complete the installation process.

How Can I Delete an App on Salesforce?

Head to ‘Setup’, then use the QuickFind box to search for ‘Apps’. Click ‘App Manager’, and from there you can view and delete the apps you don’t want.

What’s the Main Feature I Should Look for in a New App?

Time saving – a lot of time saving!

When you’re running a business, small, repetitive tasks can become a headache really quickly. Many tasks on Salesforce can be automated – from printing postage slips to inputting data to translating pages – and the more time you can save, the easier your life becomes. You can then put your focus into things you’d rather be doing, like building meaningful relationships with your customers or clients, or upskilling staff members.

Every app in this article will save you time in some capacity – and that’s one of the most important things you can look for in a new app.

What is Salesforce Marketing Cloud Platform?

Salesforce also has a marketing cloud platform where you can find apps to help you communicate with your customers, create marketing campaigns, generate customer engagement, and analyze data.

Conclusion

Salesforce Commerce Cloud, formerly Demandware, is a great tool for an ecommerce site, but sometimes the AppExchange can be pretty overwhelming.

We hope this guide has helped you to figure out which apps you need the most on Salesforce for your digital commerce. With so many attractive apps out there, it’s tempting to dive right in and download as many as you can – but by being strategic, you can maximize your Salesforce experience, streamlining a lot of processes, like marketing, inventory management, and shipping, that would have otherwise taken up a lot of time and energy.

Pagefly vs Shogun App – Which is the Best Shopify App for Your Business? [2021 Update]

If you run a Shopify store, you may be a little frustrated at the lack of templates, and you may wish that you could have better-looking landing pages for your business. In that case, you might be looking at Shopify Apps. Designed to extend your Shopify experience, third-party apps can allow you to design the page you’ve been looking for.

In this PageFly vs Shogun app comparison, we’ll be looking at two similar apps for Shopify. Both allow you to create multiple pages for your website, using a simple drag-and-drop builder. However, there are some differences between the two. We’ll take a look at each platform in detail before directly comparing them to see which one is better for your eCommerce business.

Let’s start with the main differences between the two.

The Main Differences Between PageFly vs Shogun

The main differences between PageFly vs Shogun are:

  • Shogun has a great design and templates, whereas Pagefly is easy to use.
  • Shogun has built-in analytics and split testing, whereas with PageFly you have to integrate with third-party analytics
  • Shogun is more expensive, whereas Pagefly even offers a free plan

What is PageFly?

PageFly is an app built for Shopify that allows you to build landing pages, product pages, blogs, and FAQs. Using a simple drag-and-drop page builder, you can build great pages for your Shopify products, creating a better shopping experience for your customers.

The Main Features of PageFly

In a nutshell, here are the main features you can expect from the PageFly app:

  • Simple to use drag-and-drop page builder which allows you to make pages
  • 50+ templates and 40+ page elements to choose from
  • Save features you have designed to use on other pages

Page Builder

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PageFly allows you to choose from the following:

  • Regular page
  • Home Page
  • Collection Page
  • Product Page
  • Password Page
  • Blog Post

The only one we could test in our free trial was a regular page, but the page builder itself seems to work similarly for each type of page.

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There are over 50 templates to choose from – you can choose to filter them by industry or by page type. You can also quickly view how each template looks on widescreen, desktop, tablet, or mobile device. The templates are attractive and look easy to navigate.

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Once you’ve chosen a template, the page builder will load up. You can build your page using the options on the left.

Elements

Elements are the building blocks of each page. You can play around with the layout here, adding ‘blocks’ in which you can place content.

You can set preferences for each section on the page, including setting ID and class, visibility on different devices, and set a click action (for example, you can send a customer to a certain link if they click on the section).

You can also add headings, paragraphs, buttons, icons, and QR codes. You do this simply by dragging the item you want onto the page. You can then play around with the settings to make it look exactly the way you want it to.

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There are other things you can add too, including:

  • Media, like SoundCloud clips, YouTube videos, and other videos and images
  • Social media, like Instagram, Facebook Like, Facebook Page, and Twitter
  • Advanced features, like a countdown timer, MailChimp Form, tabs, tables, accordions, slideshows, lists, dividers, Google Maps, and custom HTML.

Shopify

The Shopify section allows you to add products directly from your Shopify account. You can choose from the following:

  • Product List
  • Product Details
  • Product Image
  • Product Title
  • Product Vendor
  • Product Price
  • Product Compare at Price
  • Product Variant
  • Product Quantity
  • Product Add to Cart
  • Product Description
  • Product View Details

However, a lot of them are limited to Pro mode, so you need to consider this when deciding which price plan to choose.

Being able to add these elements is really useful, and it’s easy to adjust these if needed.

Third Party Elements

PageFly integrates with other apps, which you can use when you’re building a page. You can add Judge.me Product Reviews, Ali Reviews Product Reviews, and Loox Photo Reviews. 

Premade Sections

You can also add premade sections. These are only available on the Pro plan and are easy to drag and drop into your page. It’s great to have these premade sections available, especially if you want to build a page from scratch.

You can choose to see how your page will look on different types of devices whenever you want to, and it’s easy to switch between them as you edit the page.

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You can see your page outline and bring up a custom code editor – so if you know coding, you can get stuck in here.

You can also build a page from scratch, in which case, the page editor looks like this:

On the Premium plan, you can create sections and save them. So, if you create a design element that you really like, you can save it and use it on other pages. This is really useful if you have multiple pages you want to create that look similar.

The page builder is pretty simple to use, although it doesn’t look as pleasing to the eye as it could do.

SEO

PageFly allows you to improve your SEO in the following ways:

  • Page URL
  • Meta Description
  • Page Title

This is really simple to do as you set up each page, and PageFly reminds you of this when you create a new page.

Analytics

PageFly doesn’t have its own analytics – you have to integrate with Google Analytics or Facebook Pixel instead. PageFly gives you a tutorial to walk you through this process step-by-step.

Support

PageFly has a great, easy to navigate knowledge base. 

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It has a wide range of tutorials, articles and videos. It also has a great ‘Best Practice’ section which will teach you how to make the most of the platform.

If you need support, you can ask a question using a ticket system, or you can join the Facebook community if you want to seek support from other users.

Pricing

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PageFly has three pricing plans to choose from:

Free

Free is – as the name suggests – free! It offers the following:

  • 15+ templates
  • Basic page elements
  • 1 saved section
  • 3 page limit
  • New regular page
  • Page outline

The Free plan would really suit someone who only wants to create, say, a landing page and an about me page. However, many of the better page elements are missing from the Free plan, which is something to keep in mind.

Pro

Pro is $9.95 per month (or $8.25 per month if you choose to pay for a year in one go). It offers:

  • Everything in the ‘Free’ plan
  • 40+ templates
  • Advanced page elements
  • 5 saved sections
  • No page limit
  • Product page add-on
  • New Home page
  • Autosave

Premium

Premium is $29.95 per month (or $24.96 per month if you choose to pay for a year in one go). It offers:

  • Everything in the ‘Pro’ plan
  • 20 saved sections
  • Collection page add-on
  • New Coming Soon page
  • New blog post
  • Import/export page
  • Slideshow element
  • Version history

You can find out more about PageFly’s pricing plans here.

Pros

So, what are the pros of PageFly?

  • Price plans – the prices are very reasonable, and the addition of a free plan is a great bonus.
  • Simple to use – the platform is pretty easy to use
  • Good knowledge base – the knowledge base is extensive and useful

Cons

There are a few downsides, however:

  • Design of platform – the platform isn’t as pleasing to the eye as it could be
  • No analytics – there aren’t any analytics built into PageFly, which would have been useful

What is Shogun?

Shogun is a page builder for Shopify (and is available for BigCommerce and Magento too). It allows you to build beautiful landing pages for your Shopify store, including standard pages, blog posts, product pages, and collections.

The Main Features of Shogun

Here’s what you can expect from Shogun:

  • User-friendly drag-and-drop editor
  • Range of beautiful templates to choose from
  • Easy to install split-testing
  • Analytics to measure how well your pages are doing
  • Page scheduler which allows you to choose when to publish each page

Page Builder

With Shogun page builder, you can create four types of pages: standard pages, blog posts, product pages, and collections.

There are many great templates to choose from – they look professional, well-designed, and easy to navigate. You can also choose from a series of ‘blank’ templates, too:

This is great if you want the basic building blocks of a page without the images or text that accompany the other templates.

You can preview your chosen template and see how it looks on different devices. Once you’ve settled on a template, you can choose your basic settings, like the page name and URL.

The page editor itself is incredibly user-friendly, and it looks great. The bar along the top allows you to quickly switch between device types – you can view (and edit) how your page will look on widescreen, desktop, tablet, and mobile device. The menu on the right allows you to drag and drop the elements you want to include onto your page.

Structure

The ‘structure’ section allows you to build the basic layout of your page. You can make:

  • Sections
  • Columns
  • Sliders
  • Tables
  • Tabs
  • Accordions

Once you’ve chosen the structural element that you want, you can drag it onto the page wherever you want it.

Once the structure is in place, you can start to add content.

Content

Adding content is as simple as clicking and dragging it into the block you want. You can choose from the following:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Headings
  • Text
  • Buttons
  • Icons
  • Countdowns
  • Separators
  • Forms
  • Maps
  • HTML

If, for example, you’re uploading an image, you can drag and drop the ‘image’ icon, then upload the image you want to use. You can also choose an image from other places, like Facebook, Google Drive, Instagram, and Evernote.

It’s so easy to use, and very intuitive – it all runs very smoothly.

Shopify

The Shopify section allows you to add content from your Shopify store. For example, you might want to create a product page that includes a specific product image, reviews, and price. You can drag and drop these wherever you want on the page. This way, you can create a beautiful, eye-catching page that will be attractive and easy to navigate for your customers.

Social

This allows you to add social media buttons to your page. The great thing about this is that you can change the size, color, and positioning of the buttons, making them match your page exactly.

Structural Blocks

Structural blocks allow you to add whole blocks of content to your page in a specific style, using their premade templates.

This is particularly helpful if you’re starting from scratch and you’re not sure how you want your page to look – you can simply assemble these blocks together to create a great-looking page.

Scheduling

You can also schedule your page – this is great if you want a product to launch on a certain date. You can also ‘unpublish’ the page, which is good if you have a sale on for a certain amount of time.

Blank Pages

If you’d rather forego the templates and build your page from scratch, you can choose to start with a blank page.

Split Testing

One excellent feature of Shogun is split testing. Say you have two slightly different ideas for a page, and you would like to know which one performs better. Shogun can run a split test for you, calculating which one is the most likely to win, and automatically choosing that one for you (if you wish). This is easily set up during the page editing process.

You can choose from three objectives – clickthrough, sales, or add to cart. If you want to see which page will cause the most customers to press ‘add to cart’, for example, you can click that, and then easily switch between the two pages to make changes to them:

You can tell which page you’re currently editing by the colored border that will surround it. This will help you to differentiate between the two.

The ‘Versions’ tool allows you to see all previous versions of that page, switching between them if you want to. Once the split test is finished, you can choose to view the results or have Shogun choose the winner for you. 

If you’re running a split test on a page, that page will have the status ‘currently running test’, so you’ll know that a test is ongoing.

The only downside to this tool is that it’s only available on the most expensive price plan – so keep that in mind if you’re on a tight budget.

SEO

What about SEO? Shogun has a few features that will allow you to optimize your SEO for the best results:

  • You can set page title and meta description easily when you make a page
  • You can easily add alt-tags to your images
  • Your images will be compressed, making the load time faster
  • Shogun uses semantic HTML, resulting in SEO-friendly pages

Analytics

Shogun has its own reporting system, which is great.

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You can choose to view each page and how it is performing on different types of devices. You can check the following:

  • Sales Conversion
  • Add to Cart
  • Total Sessions
  • Bounce Rate
  • Top Clickthrough Destinations
  • Top Outside Referrers

You can directly compare one page to another, too. (The graph will show a different colored line to represent the page you’re comparing it to). This is really easy to use, and a great way of visualizing how well your pages are performing, without needing to use another analytics platform.

You can also see the results of your split tests here.

The downside is that the analytics are only available on the medium-priced plan.

Extra Features

Shogun offers a few more features, too. These include:

Syncing

Syncing allows you to copy content between your stores. For example, you could copy across whole pages, blog posts, snippets of pages, custom elements, and data collections. If you have two or more stores on a paid plan that share the same verified email address, you’ll automatically be good to go with syncing.

Advanced Settings

If you want to customize your Shogun pages even more, you have the option of doing so. You can create custom elements using Liquid, CSS, and JavaScript – this is great if you’ve envisioned an element that Shogun hasn’t created yet. You can also:

  • Use MailChimp forms
  • Add custom fonts
  • Make an anchor, which will point users to a certain point in a page
  • Embed third-party forms

Support

When it comes to support, Shogun has a pretty detailed knowledge base:

It includes guides on how to get started, tutorials, videos, and FAQs.

You can also view FAQs at any time on the main navigation area. You can leave a message to have a Shogun representative get back to you – they aim to reply within 24 hours. If you have the Measure or Optimize plan, you can use a live chat feature to speak to an advisor if you need support right there and then.

Pricing

There are three pricing plans to choose from:

Build

Build costs $39 per month and includes the following:

  • Drag and drop page builder
  • All page types
  • 30 + page templates
  • Design by screen size
  • SEO controls
  • Email support
  • 2 user seats

Measure

Measure costs $99 per month and includes the following:

  • Everything in the ‘Build’ plan
  • Analytics Suite
  • Multi Site CMS/page syncing
  • Content scheduling
  • Dev tools
  • Email and live chat support
  • 4 user seats

Optimize

Optimize costs $149 per month and includes the following:

  • Everything in the ‘Measure’ plan
  • AB testing
  • 6 user seats

They also offer a free 10-day trial: click here to find out more.

Pros

Here are the pros of Shogun:

  • Whole platform looks great and is very user-friendly
  • Templates look professional and beautiful
  • The drag-and-drop editor is very easy to use
  • The analytics are very informative
  • Split testing is a great extra feature

Cons

  • Split testing is only available on the most expensive plan
  • There aren’t many integrations yet

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make a landing page on Shopify?

The short answer is yes, but there are different ways to do it. The easy way is using a page builder that includes a drag and drop feature. After your landing page is built, you can easily add it to your store. If you want to know more check out our guide on How to Create a Landing Page On Shopify No Coding

How do you use PageFly?

As a Shopify builder page with a drag and drop system, PageFly is very easy and friendly to use. You can go through the whole process following just 5 easy steps: 1. Install PageFly page builder, 2. Create a new page (regular pages, home pages, product pages, collection pages, etc), 3. Configure the features, 4. Use the elements and, the last step, is to publish your page!

Is Shopify a website builder?

Yes, but Shopify is mainly focused on eCommerce websites which means that their tools and updates are focused on creating a more accessible online store for users. If you have other needs such as marketing or further site customization than you might be in need of another app integration.

PageFly or Shogun: Which One is Best?

To decide which is the best, we’ll take a look at both platforms in a few different categories, starting with the page builder itself.

Page Builder

Both apps offer a great drag-and-drop page builder. You can easily see what your page will look like on different types of devices, and both have a great selection of pre-made templates to choose from. Both apps make it simple to add products from your Shopify stores.

However, in terms of ease of use and user-friendliness, we’ll have to pick Shogun as our winner in this category. It looks nicer, and is a little more intuitive than PageFly’s page builder.

Extras

PageFly doesn’t have much to offer in terms of extra features, whereas Shogun offers split testing, which is obviously a huge advantage (with the caveat of this feature only being available on the most expensive plan). We’ll have to pick Shogun as the winner here.

Analytics

The obvious winner here is Shogun, as PageFly do not offer their own analytics. Shogun’s analytics suite is great – really simple to use, giving you a great visualization of your page’s performance.

Support

Both Shogun and PageFly have a pretty good system when it comes to support – we’ll call this one a draw.

Pricing

This is a tricky one. Shogun has more features than PageFly, which may justify the expense for you. However, the big drawback is that they don’t offer a free plan. PageFly, on the other hand, offers a very basic package for free, which may be enough for people who just want to create one or two landing pages for their Shopify store. For that reason, we’ll choose PageFly as our winner in this category.

Conclusion: Which is the Winner?

Both platforms are great if you want to build landing pages. 

PageFly is simple to use, and the templates look good. It could be a good option for you if you just want to build a single landing page, given the free plan.

However, in terms of user-friendliness, design, and content, we’ll have to go with Shogun as our winner. The whole platform is easy to navigate, and the extra features make it a really great app. It could elevate your online store to the next level – and there’s not much of a learning curve at all. If you can spring for the split testing, it may be worth giving it a shot – you might find it makes a big difference in the long run to your overall sales. Plus, the ability to further customize your pages with advanced settings is really useful, and the analytics suite is great and easy to understand.

If you want to create beautiful pages for your Shopify store, Shogun might just be your best bet.

Further recommendations:

GemPages vs Shogun – Which is the Best Shopify Page Builder for Your Store?

One area that some people feel Shopify lacks is the page customization – luckily, there are many great apps out there that allow you to fully customize each page in your Shopify store, or even create brand-new pages from scratch. In our GemPages vs Shogun comparison, we’ll be looking at two of the most popular page building apps for Shopify.

On the surface of it, both apps are similar – they both have beautiful templates and an intuitive, user-friendly drag-and-drop editor. How can you tell which one is the best? We’ll be directly comparing the two, so you can see how they stack up against each other.

Main Differences Between GemPages vs Shogun

The main differences between GemPages and Shogun are:

  • Shogun has extra features like split testing and analytics, whereas GemPages does not have any extra features
  • Shogun has an in-depth knowledge base, whereas GemPages knowledge base is missing some information
  • Shogun only has two price plans which could be a bit expensive for some smaller businesses, whereas GemPages has three price plans and a slightly lower price point

What is GemPages?

GemPages has an intuitive drag-and-drop page editor, and enables you to make landing pages, home pages, product pages, collection pages, and blog posts. It also offers a range of stylish templates to choose from and has some built-in SEO tools.

The Main Features of GemPages

Here are the main features of GemPages:

  • Drag-and-drop editor allows you to build a variety of pages
  • Syncing with Facebook Pixel and Google Shopping catalog
  • Built in SEO tools makes it simple to improve your SEO as you create new pages
  • Fast loading times for your pages
  • Keep the pages you’ve created even if you uninstall GemPages
  • Great range of templates

Dashboard/Navigation

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Making your way around GemPages is pretty simple. You can see an overview of your pages on the home page, and the toolbar along the left is simple to use. There’s also a chatbot in the corner if you need help on a particular subject.

The whole interface is nicely designed and feels intuitive.

Page Editor

You can create a variety of pages with GemPages. Clicking on ‘Create New Pages’ will bring up a variety of subpage templates for you to choose from, including About pages, Product pages, and more:

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The templates look very clean and professional. According to the GemPages website, they are based on designs by successful eCommerce businesses, and are designed to give you more sales – user reviews do seem to suggest that their product pages perform well.

Once you’ve chosen one, you’ll be asked to give it a name, and then you’ll be taken to the page editor:

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You can then edit each section to suit you. Here, we’re editing a promotional page – this brings up a list of each product you have on sale, including how long the sale is going to last for. It’s really simple to play around with the layout – simply grab the element that you want from the toolbar along the left, and then drop it onto the page.

There are a variety of page elements to choose from:

  • Basic page elements – including rows, headings, text blocks, images, icons, buttons, and separators
  • Custom Liquid code elements
  • Banners – including parallax and hero banners
  • Stacks – including tabs, carousels, carousels, and accordions
  • Icon Lists
  • Integrations – including Google Maps, Instagram, and MailChimp elements
  • Videos – including popup videos, YouTube videos, and Vimeo videos
  • Booster elements – including social media share buttons, countdown timers, and counters
  • Form Fields – including text fields, email fields, check boxes, and submit buttons
  • Articles – including excerpts, title, and content
  • Collections – including collection banner, title, description, and toolbar

As you can see, there are a lot of interesting page elements to choose from. You can also search for a page element using the search bar at the top of the bar on the left-hand side.

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There are also the Product page elements, which relate directly to the products you want to sell on your Shopify store. These include:

  • Product
  • Product List
  • Related Products
  • Title
  • Description
  • Price
  • Quantity
  • Image
  • Image List
  • Variants
  • Swatches
  • Cart Button
  • View More
  • Stock Counter
  • Meta

Once you’ve chosen an element to drag and drop into your page, you can edit it, again using the bar along the left-hand side:

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There’s a good amount of customization here. For example, you can pick which effect you would like your product images to have (‘zoom’ or ‘hover’), change the image size and alignment, and more. It’s great to have so many options for your product pages, especially when compared to the product pages that Shopify automatically creates for you.

You can also create a blog for your online store:

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This works in the exact same way as the other pages – just drag and drop the elements you want onto the page.

You can also create a new home page for your store. Again, this works in the exact same way as the other pages – you can either choose from a template or create one from scratch. You can then click which page you would like to make your default home page:

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Simply click ‘make default’ to switch your homepage to the version you like the best.

SEO

When it comes to SEO, there are a few things you can take advantage of here. When you click ‘Publish’, you’ll be given a few options:

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You can set a custom URL and meta description here. You can also enable Lazy Loading. This is a technique that loads images as you scroll down the page, instead of during the first page load – this speeds up loading times significantly, which can help to improve your SEO, as loading time can impact your page ranking on Google.

Analytics

GemPages does not offer any extra analytics – so if you want deeper analytics for your pages, you’ll need to install another app.

Pricing

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There are three price plans available for GemPages:

Starter – $15 per month

This includes the page builder, landing pages, home pages, SEO tools, mobile editing, and fast CDN loading. It also includes email support.

Professional – $29 per month

This gives you everything in the Starter plan, plus some extras, including product pages, collection pages, blog posts, and premium templates. You’ll also get Speed PLUS+ (for fast loading times), sales-booster elements, and priority support.

Advanced – $59 per month

This includes everything in the previous two plans, plus 3 store installations. It also enables you to copy pages between GemPages accounts, and you get VIP support, too.

GemPages offers a free 10-day trial. Click here to find out more.

Integrations

GemPages offers the following integrations:

  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Ads
  • MailChimp
  • Klaviyo
  • Oberlo
  • Reviews Importer Apps

Support/Knowledge Base

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We found the knowledge base to be a little sparse – there are some useful video tutorials, but we tried a few search terms that didn’t bring up any results. (For example, we tried to look up how GemPages can help with SEO – typing ‘SEO’ didn’t return any results. It would be useful to have a guideline about how to optimize your pages effectively using GemPages).

If you need extra support, you can leave a message for a representative to contact you using the chatbot in the lower right-hand corner.

The Pros of GemPages

  • Well-designed templates: the dynamic templates, based on successful eCommerce stores, are a great way to potentially increase sales of your products
  • Drag-and-drop editor: the editor is straightforward to use, and it contains a ton of great elements. There is a high amount of customization too.
  • Interface: the interface of the platform itself is easy to navigate.

The Cons of GemPages

  • Pricing: although the plans are reasonably priced, it seems a shame to lock away product pages in the ‘professional’ price plan
  • Knowledge Base: We wanted to find out more about some of the features GemPages has to offer, but a search of the knowledge base didn’t bring up the results we were looking for.
  • Lack of Features: There is a lack of extra features here, like page analytics.

What is Shogun?

Shogun is a page building app for Shopify, Magento, and BigCommerce. It allows you to build landing pages, product pages, home pages, and more – and it also offers some extra features, too.

The Main Features of Shogun

  • Drag-and-drop page editor allows you to build a variety of pages
  • Range of professional and stylish templates to choose from
  • Analytics Suite allows you to closely track the performance of your pages
  • Split testing enables you to test two pages to see how they perform against each other

Dashboard/Navigation

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Shogun’s interface looks very clean and minimal – it’s easy to find your way around using the icons along the left-hand side. The homepage gives you an overview of the pages you have already created.

Page Editor

You can create a variety of page types in Shogun.

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You can either start with a blank page or pick a template. The templates look very attractive, and there’s a wide variety of them, so you should be able to find one to suit your business.

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The page editor itself, like GemPages, works in a drag-and-drop style. Just click the element you want (these are displayed on the right-hand side), then drag and drop them onto the page.

It’s all very user-friendly and simple to understand, with clear iconography.

There’s a huge amount of page elements to choose from. Firstly, you have structural elements – these give your page a basic ‘shape’, and include sections, columns, slides, tables, tabs, and accordions. Playing around with these will enable you to build your page exactly the way you want it.

Then you have a few different types of page elements to choose from.

Content

These will make up the basic content of your page. You can choose to include the following:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Headings
  • Text
  • Icons
  • Buttons
  • Separators
  • Countdowns
  • Maps
  • Forms
  • Custom HTML

Social

This allows you to add social sharing buttons. You can also add an Instagram widget to your page.

Shopify

Shopify blocks allow you to add content from your Shopify store. These include:

  • Product Box
  • Collection
  • Product Title
  • Product Image
  • Product Image Gallery
  • Product Price
  • Product Variant
  • Product Quantity
  • Product Add to Cart
  • Product Reviews

You also have ‘Structural Blocks’. These are blocks of pre-arranged content that you can customize – for example, you can add a heading and a button in one block.

Each element can be customized simply by clicking on them. For example, editing a background image looks like this:

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You can adjust the positioning of the image, the dimensions, the overlay settings, and more.

SEO

Like GemPages, there are a few built-in options here to help improve your SEO. You can set a custom page title and meta description for each page, and you can add alt-tags to each of your images. Like GemPages, Shogun improves the loading time for your pages – it does this by compressing images, and by using semantic HTML.

Analytics

One huge advantage of Shogun is the Analytics Suite. You can check the analytics for each individual page:

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You can check the analytics for one page, or even compare two pages at the same time.

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You can check analytics for all devices or narrow it down to different device types (for example, you might want to check how a page performs on mobile devices).

You can look at the following:

  • Sales Conversion – the total amount of placed orders from add to carts on the page
  • Add to Cart – the percentage of users who added the product to the cart from anywhere on the page
  • Total Sessions – total number of visitors to the page
  • Bounce Rate – the percentage of users who leave the page with no further activity
  • Top Clickthrough Destinations – where users are going from the page
  • Top Outside Referrers – how users are getting to the page

This is a huge bonus, as the analytics are clear and easy to understand, and it saves you having to add another app – everything is in one place.

Split Testing

Shogun also offer split testing on the higher price plan. A/B tests are proven to be effective at improving the performance of pages – it allows you to create two slightly different versions of the same page, and then run tests to see which page performs better (for example, which page ends in more sales). This is straightforward to set up.

In the page editor, you can easily swap between ‘Original’ and ‘Variant A’ using the different coloured tabs along the top of the page. This allows you to make small edits to each one, so you can track which one your customers like the most. You can choose an objective – Clickthrough, Sales, or Add to Cart – and choose when you want the test to start and finish.

If you have a test running, you will be able to see this clearly on the home page, as it will have the status ‘Currently Running Test’. Once the test has finished, you can view the results for yourself, or just have Shogun pick the winner for you.

Unfortunately, this is only available on the most expensive price plan. If you’re a smaller business and you’re on a tight budget, this might be out of reach for you. If you can afford it, however, it could be a great way to ensure your pages are reaching their optimal performance.

Pricing

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There are two price plans to choose from:

Build – $39 per month

This includes the page builder, all page types, page templates, SEO controls, design by screen size, email support, and 2 user seats.

Optimize – $199 per month

This includes everything in the ‘Build’ plan, plus multi-site content syncing, AB testing, analytics, dev tools, content scheduling, premium support, and 6 user seats.

Shogun offer a free 10-day trial – click here to find out more.

Integrations

Shogun offers integration with Google Analytics, Adobe Typekit, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Support/Knowledge Base

Like GemPages, Shogun has a knowledge base that you can search through. It includes tutorials and videos to help you to make the most of the platform. We were able to find everything we were looking for, too, which was great.

You can also click the ‘Need Help?’ button in the lower right-hand corner when you’re using Shogun, which is helpful. This brings up the FAQ section and gives you an email address to contact Shogun if you need extra support.

The Pros of Shogun

  • Interface: the Shogun interface is very clean and minimal, and it’s easy to navigate
  • Page Editor: the page editor is user-friendly and offers a variety of page elements
  • Extra Features: if you’re willing to pay for them, split testing and analytics are useful features that could make a tangible difference to your sales

The Cons of Shogun

  • Pricing: it’s more expensive than some of the other page builders out there, plus the ‘Optimize’ plan may be out of reach of some smaller businesses
  • Feature Lock: split testing and analytics are locked behind the higher price plan, which is a shame

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have more questions about Shogun or Gempages, we might have the answer:

Can I design my own custom elements to use in Shogun?

Yes, using the custom HTML element, you can create your own page elements from scratch.

Is there a Shogun app?

Not at the time of writing, no.

Can I switch price plans at any time with Shogun?

Yes, you can do this by going to ‘settings’ on the left-hand side of the Shogun app. Bear in mind that if you downgrade to a lower price plan, you’ll lose some of the features – see the Pricing section earlier in this article to check which features are available on each plan.

What happens to my pages if I uninstall Shogun?

You can keep your pages even if you uninstall Shogun – you can sign up again at any time to edit them.

Is there a Gempages app?

No, not at the time of writing.

Can I switch price plan at any time with Gempages?

Yes – just go to ‘account settings’ on the left-hand side of the screen to change your plan. Bear in mind if you drop down plans, you may lose some features (see the ‘pricing’ section above to see which features belong to which price plan!).

Can I edit CSS in GemPages?

Yes – each element has a CSS code editor and Script code editor.

Is there a limit to how many pages you can create?

No – you can create an unlimited number of pages.

GemPages vs Shogun – Which One is the Best?

Now that we’ve seen each platform in detail, let’s directly compare each feature to see how they stack up against each other. Starting with the most obvious:

Page Editor

This is a very difficult one to call. Both platforms are very similar, with the same drag-and-drop functionality. Both offer a wide variety of page elements to choose from, and both are pretty user-friendly. We’re going to have to call this one a draw.

Templates

Both have a wide variety of beautiful, professional-looking templates. We’re going to call this a draw too.

Overall Design/Ease of Use

Both platforms are straightforward to use. However, the design of Shogun is a little cleaner and easier to navigate than GemPages, so we’ll give this one to Shogun.

SEO

Another draw here – both offer similar features, including custom URLs, page names, and meta descriptions. Both platforms try to improve page loading speed, too.

Extra Features

Shogun is the obvious winner here – although they’re locked behind the higher price plan, having analytics and split-testing available is such a great way to improve the performance of your pages. It could make a difference to your sales, and it means you don’t have to have multiple apps doing different jobs in Shopify.

Pricing

GemPages is the winner here. Although Shogun does have some great features, the jump between ‘Build’ and ‘Optimize’ is huge, making it out of reach for some smaller business owners.

Knowledge Base and Support

Shogun had more to offer in their knowledge base, with every search term we tried returning useful results – so it’s the clear choice here.

Conclusion: Our Decision

This is a pretty close call! Ultimately, if you want to create beautiful pages for your Shopify store, either app is going to work well. Both have an easy to use editor, both give you tons of page elements to work with, both have well-designed templates – and both open up a lot more customization than Shopify alone has to offer.

However, if you do have the money to invest in your business, we would recommend Shogun. Although the split testing and analytics are on the pricey side, they are valuable tools that will enable you to optimize the performance of your pages – which could lead to more sales in the long run. Plus, although GemPages has some great features and is very simple to use, Shogun felt a little smoother and more user-friendly – so it’s our overall winner today.

Further read:

Shogun Review – Is This the Best App for My Shopify Store? [2021 Update]

If you’re a Shopify user, you may be considering investing in some apps. Shopify apps can help you to create the online store you’ve been dreaming of. The question is, how do you know if an app is worth using?

In our Shogun app review, we’ll be taking a look at this particular app in-depth, testing out the page builder and other features to see if it will really make a difference to your Shopify experience. We’ll also look at the pros and cons to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Ready to start? Let’s see what Shogun actually is, and how it works.

What is Shogun?

Shopify is an excellent tool when it comes to selling your products online – used by over 1,000,000 active users, it’s one of the most popular eCommerce platforms out there. However, when it comes to customization, it has its limits. If you love Shopify, but you want a personalized website that is totally suited for your ecommerce store – that’s where Shogun comes in.

Shogun is an app that allows you to create attractive, custom-built pages in Shopify. You can use it with any Shopify theme, and it’s built to be simple and easy-to-use. The pages are designed to be mobile-friendly, and you can preview how your page will look whenever you like.

Shogun also works with BigCommerce and Magneto, so if you’re on either of those platforms, you’ll be able to use it too. However, for the purposes of this article, we’ll only be looking at the Shopify integration.

What are the Main Features of Shogun?

Here are the main features Shogun has to offer:

  • Easy to use drag-and-drop editor
  • Beautiful templates
  • Detailed analytics to measure how your pages are performing
  • Split-testing to optimize your pages
  • Choose when to publish your pages with page scheduler
  • Sync products between multiple stores
  • SEO controls to maximise visibility

The Dashboard

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Once you’ve logged into Shogun, it looks like this. Straight away you can see a list of pages, which you can organize by type: standard page, blog post, product, or collection. You can also view them by their status (‘Outdated’, for example, shows you pages that haven’t been updated for a long time, and ‘Draft’ will bring up pages you haven’t published yet). 

The navigation along the left side will allow you to flick between sections easily.

Page Builder

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If you decide to build a new page, you’re presented with four choices: standard page, blog post, product page, or collection.

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There are many beautiful templates to choose from – no matter what kind of product you’re selling, you should be able to find a template that suits you.

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As you can see, they look professional and easy to navigate, with a mixture of page types including product pages and landing pages. Shogun also offers basic templates that don’t include images or text yet:

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If you like the look of a template, you can click ‘preview’ to see how it looks.

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Once you’ve chosen a template, you can change a few basic settings, like the page title and URL.

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Once you’ve done that, it will begin to create the page for you. (This can take a few moments!)

Straight away, you can see the page editor looks really user-friendly, with a very simple layout – most of the action will occur on the right-hand side of the page, and there’s a bar at the top which will allow you to switch between desktop view, mobile view, or tablet view. You can view your page while you work, which makes the editing process very quick and efficient.

Structure

The ‘Structure’ section will allow you to change the basic layout of your page. 

You can easily add sections, columns, sliders, tables, tabs, and accordions by clicking and dragging them onto the page:

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Say you want to insert a slider into your page. You can drag it and drop it where you’d like it to go:

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Then you can scroll down to ‘Content’ to choose what you’d like the slider to feature.

Content

Once you’ve set the building blocks for your page, you can then fill it with content. You can include:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Headings
  • Text
  • Buttons
  • Icons
  • Countdowns
  • Separators
  • Forms
  • Maps
  • HTML

Going back to our slider – if you want to choose an image to feature on the slider, you can drag the ‘image’ icon to the slider, drop it there, and then pick which image you want to upload:

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You can also edit the image position and size.

Adding more content is very similar – just drag it where you want it to go, and start editing! You can add icons straight from Shogun, searching through their icon files to find the one you want. Buttons and templates are also quick and easy to add. Adding text will bring up a basic text editor:

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It’s easy to add content to your page, and it’s great to be able to immediately see how it looks.

Shopify

You can also add a variety of things related to your Shopify store (like individual products, prices, and variations). This is great if, for example, you’re talking about a product and you want to quickly add some reviews to your page. You can set how many reviews you want to feature and set a character limit for each review.

This easy integration makes it so simple to create beautiful pages based around one product. For example, if you were selling an eBook or a PDF, you could create a page with product reviews, images, price, and text, arranged in the exact way that you want it, and can make it super easy for your potential customers to add the product to their basket and follow you on social media. Being able to drag and drop these elements makes it really easy to create an eye-catching, attention-grabbing page: the whole page builder works really well.

Social

You can very quickly and easily add social media buttons to your page. You can choose which platform you want to link to and set the size and color of the button to fit the rest of your page.

Structural Blocks

Structural blocks allow you to add chunks of content to your page.

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In this example, we’ve added a background image, a button, and a heading – each element is fully customizable.

Page Settings and Scheduling

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You can easily change your page settings. You can also schedule your page – this is great if you’re not quite ready to launch a product or you want to build some hype first before the page goes live. You can even choose to ‘unpublish’ a page at a certain time – for example, once an event is over.

Starting from a Blank Page

If you’d prefer, you can ignore the templates and start from scratch. The page builder will look like this:

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The process is exactly the same, but you’ll be building the entire page from scratch instead of replacing or customizing elements that are already there.

Page Optimization

Let’s take a look at how Split Testing works.

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Once you’ve clicked on ‘Start Test’, it will give you a choice of objectives: clickthrough, sales, or add to cart. Let’s say you want to test clickthrough rates.

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You can easily set your destination page. You’ll then return to your page builder as normal, but with a new area:

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You can then change Variant A, making it slightly different from the original page. This allows you to test which page performs the best. This is incredibly simple to set up, and you can switch between them easily (a colored border around the edge of the page builder will indicate which version of the page you are currently working on).

Shogun will either pick the variant that they feel has the best chance of winning, or they’ll stop the split test after a specified amount of time. When you return to your dashboard, the page will have the status ‘currently running test’. When you click on the page, you can choose to stop the test, or view the results (but more on that in the Analytics section later).

You can view previous versions of pages using the ‘Versions’ tool, allowing you to see all the versions you have created and switch between them if you want.

The only downside to split testing is that it’s only available on the most expensive plan – so you need to be willing to pay more to use it.

SEO

Shogun pages are built to be SEO optimized:

  • They use semantic HTML – this ensures that pages are SEO friendly
  • You can set your page title and meta description inside Shogun
  • You can add alt-tags to your images
  • They serve compressed images, making the load time faster

Syncing

This is a feature that will only appeal to users in a specific situation, but if it does apply to you, it could be incredibly useful. Sync allows you to copy content between your stores, including pages, blog posts, snippets, product pages, custom elements, and data collections.

Syncing will be automatically setup between stores if both your stores are on a paid plan that has the Sync feature, and if you are using the same verified email for both the accounts. You can choose which pages, products, blog posts and snippets that you want to copy from one account to the other.

Analytics

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Shogun offers detailed reporting for each page that you create. Firstly, it will let you know if it can run an AB test on this particular page, which is handy.

You can choose to view all traffic from every device, or just one (for example – you can test how well a particular page has done on mobile devices). 

You can view the following:

  • Sales Conversion – total amount of $ made from ‘add to cart’ on the page
  • Add to Cart – percentage of users who added this product to their cart anywhere on the page
  • Total Sessions – total amount of users visiting the page
  • Bounce Rate – the percentage of users who leave the page with no further activity
  • Top Clickthrough Destinations – where users go after leaving the page
  • Top Outside Referrers – where users are coming from

You can choose to compare one page to another (graphs will show two different colored lines to represent each page). This gives you a great, instant visual idea of how your pages are performing in comparison to one another.

You can also view your split test results here: you can view the amount of users that took part in the test, how long the test ran, Shogun’s confidence in the winning variant, and which one is the winner.

The Analytics Suite is not available on the cheapest plan, however.

Support

What happens if you need help with Shogun?

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The Knowledge Base is pretty good, with tutorials, videos, articles and FAQs. These cover almost everything you need to know to use Shogun – we referred to it multiple times during this review, and the search function worked really well, pulling up multiple articles relating to each query.

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In Shogun itself, you can pull up the FAQ at any time. You can also press the ‘contact us’ button to leave a message for their support team – they claim to reply within 24 hours. If you have the Measure or Optimize plan, then you can also use the live chat feature to get instant support if you need it.

Advanced Customization

There’s still a lot more you can do with Shogun. You can customize your pages far more than you could when just using Shopify. For example, you can:

  • Add your own fonts
  • Remove space at the top of pages
  • Use MailChimp forms on Shogun pages
  • Change the colour of bullet points
  • Make an anchor to jump users to a certain point on a page
  • Embed third-party forms

You can also create Custom Elements, using Liquid, CSS, and JavaScript – so if you know how to code and you’ve got an idea for an element that Shogun doesn’t offer, you can go in and create it yourself.

Pricing

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If you want to go ahead with Shogun, you’ll need to choose a monthly plan. 

Build

Build costs $39 per month and includes the following:

  • Drag and drop page builder
  • All page types
  • 30 + page templates
  • Design by screen size
  • SEO controls
  • Email support
  • 2 user seats

Measure

Measure costs $99 per month and includes the following:

  • Everything in the ‘Build’ plan
  • Analytics Suite
  • Multi Site CMS/page syncing
  • Content scheduling
  • Dev tools
  • Email and live chat support
  • 4 user seats

Optimize

Optimize costs $149 per month and includes the following:

  • Everything in the ‘Measure’ plan
  • AB testing
  • 6 user seats

They also offer a free 10-day trial so you can test it before you commit to a plan: click here to find out more.

There’s a pretty big jump from Measure to Optimize – essentially, you’re paying $50 for split testing and two extra user seats. If you’re a small business, the cost of this may put you off. However, split testing is a very neat feature, so you may decide it’s worth the cost.

The Pros of Shogun

So, what are the upsides to Shogun?

Page Builder/Templates

Firstly, the page builder itself is easy and fun to use. Being able to drag and drop elements wherever you like, create the content that you want, and easily add features like social media buttons and forms makes it so easy to create the page you have envisioned. It works incredibly well as a tool for Shopify – being able to simply drop in products, reviews, and an ‘add to cart’ button is really useful.

The pre-built templates are beautiful, too, and it’s easy to customize them.

Analytics

The analytics are great (if you’re on the right plan!). The reporting is detailed but easy to understand, and it’s useful to be able to compare one page to another.

Split Testing

AB testing is so easy to set up using Shogun. You can adjust the page however you want before starting the test, and you can easily view the results when you want to. Plus, having the option of Shogun choosing and implementing the probable winner is a great time-saver, especially if you’re split testing a lot of pages at the same time.

The Cons of Shogun

There’s a couple of downsides to Shogun, however.

Pricing

If you want all the features Shogun has to offer, you’re looking at paying $149 per month. That’s not cheap, especially for smaller businesses that are just starting out. It’s a shame that some of the best features, like the split testing, is restricted to the most expensive plan.

However, if you just want access to the page builder and the templates, the cheapest plan is pretty reasonable. If you haven’t set up a store yet, you’ll need to consider the cost of Shogun and the cost of Shopify before you decide if it’s right for you.

Integrations

There aren’t many integrations available at present, which is a shame – it would be great to have more integrations with different email marketing platforms, for example. However, on the app store, the customer support suggested that there are more integrations coming in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions about Shogun

Still have questions? We might have the answer.

Can I translate my Shogun page into different languages?

Yes. Using a separate translation app, Weglot, you can easily translate your page content.

If I want to uninstall Shogun, will I get to keep my pages?

Yes – your pages will still work. However, if you want to edit them using the Shogun editor, you’ll have to reinstall it.

I’ve already got pages in Shopify that I like – can I still use them?

Yes – you can import and edit pages from Shopify into Shogun.

Can I save my page as a template?

Yes. If you’ve created a page that you love, you can save it as a template to use in the future. You can do this by choosing ‘save template’ and giving it a name.

Is it easy to cancel my Shogun subscription?

Yes – you can cancel at any time. You do this by uninstalling Shogun through your Shopify app dashboard. 

Can I upgrade my Shogun plan?

Yes – this is really simple. Just go to ‘settings’ and then ‘billing’, and then you can change your plan to one that suits you better.

Conclusion

Would I recommend Shogun? Absolutely.

There are a lot of great things about Shopify, but many people want more from their pages. They don’t necessarily want basic pages – they want pages that will draw in new customers, pages that are responsive and easy to navigate. Many users also want to be able to customize their pages to their exact requirements – and Shogun gives you just that. The platform itself is user-friendly, attractive, and simple to navigate. It’s also great for those who know coding and want to create custom content.

Yes, it’s a bit of a shame that the analytics and split testing are not available on the cheapest plan. They are, however, brilliant features that work well, and could make a huge difference to your business.

So, is it the best app for Shopify? That is hard to tell, however, if you want to make the most out of Shopify, then you should definitely consider investing in Shogun.

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Magento Review – Is This Powerful eCommerce Platform Right for You?

Magento was launched in 2008 and is used by big brands across the globe. In our Magento review, we’ll consider if it is the right choice for your business.

If you run an eCommerce business and you’re thinking of switching to a new platform, you may have considered Magento. It has a lot of great features, including powerful marketing and shopping cart tools, and in-depth inventory management which will save you time on repetitive tasks. However, it’s not that well suited for beginners, as it has quite a steep learning curve – but it does offer a free community edition, so you might be tempted to give it a shot.

In our review, we’ll have a look at the key features of Magento, before looking at the platform in detail. We’ll look at pricing and pros and cons, before giving our opinion on who Magento is best suited for – so you can decide whether it’s right for you.

Key Features of Magento

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  • Two versions available – Community Edition (free to download) and Enterprise Edition
  • Secure cart with automatic tax and sales calculations
  • In-depth inventory management, including management of stock in various locations
  • Order management and customer account management
  • Secure cart with multiple payment options, including Google Checkout, debit or credit card, and PayPal
  • Integration with Google Analytics
  • Customizable storefront using free or paid themes
  • Built-in blogging platform
  • Built-in search engine optimization
  • Powerful marketing tools
  • Hundreds of extensions available

Ease of Use

Magento is not a beginner-friendly platform.

If you’re a newbie looking to enter the world of eCommerce for the first time, with no technical experience and no money to hire a developer – Magento is not going to be the best choice for you. It has a steep learning curve, so if you’re looking for an eCommerce platform that will allow you to get going quickly and easily, you’re better off looking at another service like Shopify.

If you are a developer, or you have one on your team, you should find navigating Magento quite simple. The interface is pretty easy to use once you’re up and running, but as we said, it won’t be suitable for total beginners. Set up can take quite a bit of time, however, and installing extensions can sometimes be a laborious process depending on the extension itself.

Inventory and Order Management

Magento has a range of inventory management tools – it’s a real strength of this platform.

Uploading products is a simple process – it’s very quick to upload photos, videos, and descriptions of products. You can offer virtual or downloadable/digital products. You can also allow personalization of products (like monogramming).

It’s simple to keep your inventory organised, even if your stock is stored in different locations. Magento also helps to speed up certain processes when it comes to managing stock – for example, you can mass-assign a value to multiple products, create product templates to quickly upload new items, and automatically assign products to certain categories. You can also choose to automatically resize images and batch-import and export catalog information at set times. These processes, although seemingly small, can drastically reduce the amount of time you may otherwise spend doing repetitive tasks.

If you do want more control, though, the admin area has a lot to offer. You can moderate reviews and product tags manually, create or edit orders, and even assign customer service reps to create customer accounts or place orders manually if necessary.

The admin area allows you to control multiple websites and one stores from one account, but you can also create multiple user accounts with permissions depending on the roles of your team members. You can also review all users’ admin activities, if you like.

Storefront

Magneto has a blank base theme, or a free theme called Luma. These can be customized using a drag-and-drop editor – this does make things easier if you don’t have any experience coding. You can buy themes from the official Magento extension store or go for a theme from a third-party website (these vary a lot in price – from $80 right through to $500, as you can see in the example above). Theme Forest has a lot of great Magento themes:

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For $83 at the time of writing, this is a pretty dynamic theme from Theme Forest. So, if you’re willing to shop around, you can find one to suit your business.

There are a lot of options within Magento, if you can learn how to use the platform. You can create and edit content blocks, combine text with videos and images, blend content (like a blog post) and commerce by adding products to content pages, organize content with menus and page hierarchy, and use stock photos from Adobe Stock.

There are many companies using Magento to create attractive websites. This example from Graze (a snack company based in the UK) shows how your website could look:

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You may want to consider a page builder extension, however – these can offer a bit more flexibility than Magento on its own can give and make page building and content creation really simple.

Magento also has a built-in blogging platform – this is great for creating ongoing content to keep potential customers coming back again and again.

You can show multiple images for each product page and allow customers to zoom in on product images. You can include color and fabric swatches, too. Products can be viewed individually or grouped together – for example, you can set related products, up-sells, or cross-sells, so that customers can see recommended products. You can add social media sharing buttons to each product, and customers can set up a wishlist or even a gift registry. There are a lot of features here to utilize.

Shopping Cart

Magento offers a secure shopping cart with a ton of features. We could talk about them all day, so here’s a quick list of the features included:

  • Customers can pay using credit or debit card, authorize.net, PayPal, BACS, or payment on collection
  • Can include mini cart on store pages
  • Tax and shipping estimates are estimated in shopping cart
  • Order summary includes product images during checkout
  • Instant Purchase option allows your customers to checkout time, thus boosting conversion rates
  • Customers can create accounts, wish lists, and save shopping carts for later
  • Gift wrapping and gift messages can be included

There is a lot here to unpack, but essentially, Magento offers a ton of features to make the shopping experience as simple as possible for your customers – a quick and easy checkout process will improve conversion rates, so this is important. Plus, having customer accounts means that they’re more likely to come back again – especially if you draw them in with vouchers or coupons.

Marketing/SEO Tools

Magento’s stores are mobile optimized, so they should perform well on different devices. SEO is taken care of, with Magento automatically generating sitemaps for Google, and creating search-engine friendly URLs without you having to lift a finger.

When it comes to marketing, there’s quite a lot to offer without having to rely on extensions. Integration with Amazon means you can sync your inventory easily, opening up more options for customers. Google Smart Shopping campaigns and Google Ads are integrated, meaning you can manage ads easily. Plus, the upsells and cross-sells that we mentioned earlier, along with promotions, sales, and coupons, adds up to a lot of options when it comes to inviting customers to make a purchase.

You can set up special flash sale pages, for a limited time – or you can set up private sales for select customers. This is a great way to reward customer loyalty, by offering exclusive products or discounts.

Extensions

There are a lot of extensions available for Magento – at the time of writing, almost 6,000 of them. They’re organised into the following categories:

  • Customer support
  • Marketing
  • Payment and security
  • Accounting and finance
  • Site optimization
  • Shipping and fulfilment

With the right extensions, you can really enhance your experience using Magento – and they will allow you to manage everything in one place.

Reporting

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Magento has an easy to use dashboard, which will allow you to see at a quick glance the key information that you need, including best-selling products, total sales, website traffic, and more. The integration with Google Analytics allows you to create visually appealing in-depth reports – therefore giving you access to easy-to-understand data. You do have to sync up Google Analytics before you can get going.

Support

Magento does have a steep learning curve, but their Knowledge Base is packed with documentation to help. Like the rest of the platform, this can appear (at least initially) quite overwhelming – they don’t have an easy to access section for beginners, for example. If you need support, they have a helpline and an online chat function. Plus, they have a busy chat forum if you want to connect with other users.

Thankfully, as we’ve mentioned already, there are plenty of free resources on other websites that you can use to get going with Magento.

Pricing

Magento has two basic plans.

Community Edition/Magento Open Source

This is a free-to-download version of Magento. Anyone can go online and get the software – completely free.

This does require technical knowledge. You have to upload it to your own server, which obviously requires a bit of previous experience (or you can follow a tutorial online to help – YouTube is a good place to look for a visual guide on how to do it). If you have experience or you can afford to hire a developer – this is a great choice. However, for most small businesses or eCommerce stores run by individuals, it’s a mammoth task to get going, and therefore may be out of reach.

Although the software itself is free, there are costs involved – including hosting, your own domain, and possibly paying for themes and extensions. This can vary, so we can’t give you an approximate cost.

Enterprise Edition/Magento Commerce

This is a package individually designed for bigger companies. This can be very expensive – we’re talking potentially thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars per year. You have to call and request a quote from Magento, and they will come up with a package for you based on the scale of your business and which features you require.

Obviously, this will be way out of the price range of many smaller companies. But some big brands – including Ford, Coca Cola, Olympus, and Christian Louboutin – use Magento with great success.

You can request a free demo of Magento – click here to find out more.

The Pros of Magento

  • Free edition available – perfect for developers
  • Used by big brands across the globe
  • Inventory management is excellent
  • Comes with a variety of marketing tools
  • Themes can be customized
  • SEO is automatically taken care of
  • Range of extensions to choose from

The Cons of Magento

  • Free edition requires you to host it on your own server
  • Steep learning curve – not suitable for beginners
  • Can take some time to get going
  • Some extensions and themes are expensive
  • Knowledge Base isn’t that suited for beginners – you may need to look further afield for tutorials and support

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve still got questions regarding Magento, we may have the answer for you.

What’s the difference between Magento 1 and Magento 2?

Magento 2 has improved loading times, a better dashboard, and more SEO tools including meta tags – so a lot of improvements.

How can I learn how to use Magento?

The knowledge base does have documentation, but if you want a complete beginners guide, YouTube is a good source for beginner tutorials. There are also some great blogs out there with free tutorials.

Are Magento extensions expensive?

They can be – they range in price from being totally free, all the way up to $500. Some of them work on a monthly subscription basis rather than a one-off cost.

How long does it take to install a Magento extension?

Depending on the extension and your level of experience, it can take up to three hours to download and install a new extension.

Are there email marketing extensions available?

Yes! There are many integrations available with popular email marketing platforms, including MailChimp and Drip.

Does Magento offer marketing tips?

Yes – if you sign up to their emails, you can receive free marketing tips.

Does Magento have a mobile app?

No, Magento doesn’t have an official mobile app, although there are third-party apps available.

Does Magento sync up with eBay?

Yes – it syncs with eBay and Amazon, allowing you to sell products in multiple places at once.

Conclusion – is Magento Worth Using?

Magento is a powerful eCommerce platform.

It has a range of admin tools. From detailed inventory management, to built-in marketing and shopping cart tools, to powerful reporting using Google Analytics, there is a lot to like about Magento. Several processes are made simple – being able to perform certain actions in batches and having SEO tools built-in, for example.

You may have a lot of ‘threads’ in your business – for example, if you’re selling on multiple platforms and you keep stock in different places – and Magento ties everything together, allowing you to manage everything in one place. It’s designed with larger companies in mind, with the ability to create admin accounts and monitor user activity.

It’s also very customizable. Using extensions and the built-in drag-and-drop tools, you’ll have the ability to build a dynamic, fast-loading store with Magento. If you go for a page building extension, you’ll have even more options available to you when it comes to store design and content.

The downside is – unless you’ve got experience as a developer, or you’re in the position to hire a developer, it won’t be suitable for you. (Unless you want to learn an entirely new skill, which is always a good thing, but can be very time-consuming.) Beginners to eCommerce will find Magento overwhelming, and there are other platforms out there that allow you to get up and running really quickly, with plenty of useful features.

When it comes down to it, we think that Magento is an excellent platform – if you’re a larger, established business with specific knowledge and expertise. If you’re a bigger brand, then you’ll have access to the Enterprise Edition/Magento Commerce, which could be the perfect solution – at a high price tag, of course.

So, whether you should go for it depends on your situation. If you’ve got a developer on board who can dedicate a lot of time to get your store up and running, then yes – absolutely go for it, and enjoy Magento’s powerful tools and features (and the fact that the software itself is free). If you’re a beginner, we’d suggest looking elsewhere.

Magento vs Shopify: Which eCommerce Platform is Right for You?

If you want to set up an eCommerce business, you need to choose a good platform – our Magento vs Shopify comparison will show you the features of two of the most popular ones out there.

A decent eCommerce platform does more than host a storefront. It gives you an array of marketing tools that will make the customer experience as smooth as possible (which will encourage them to come back again and again). It will also help you to clearly and simply upload products and run your business, with clear analytics and support if needed.

Magento and Shopify are two well-loved eCommerce platforms. In this article, we’ll show you the main differences between the two platforms, before going into each one in detail. Then we’ll compare them directly to see which one comes out on top.

Main Differences between Magento vs Shopify

In a nutshell, here are the main differences between Magento vs Shopify:

  • Magento offers a free plan in the form of their community edition, whereas Shopify doesn’t
  • Magento requires more technical experience, whereas Shopify doesn’t
  • Magento offers a personalized service on their Enterprise edition, whereas Shopify doesn’t
  • Magento offers a free demo, whereas Shopify offers a full 90-day trial
  • Magento’s themes are mostly paid, whereas Shopify has more of a range of free themes

Magento

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Magento was launched in 2008. They have over 250,000 users worldwide, so it’s a popular platform, used by big businesses worldwide.

Let’s check out the main features of Magento:

  • Inventory management, with multiple images for products and user reviews
  • Batch import products
  • Automatic tax calculations
  • Integration with Google analytics
  • Create customer accounts
  • Order management
  • Secure cart with the option to pay by credit card, PayPal, authorize.net, Google Checkout, and more
  • SEO tools with Google SiteMap support
  • Blogging platform
  • Marketing tools including discounts and coupons
  • Customizable storefront with premade layouts
  • Two versions of Magento available – Community Edition, which is free to download (to install on your own server) or a hosted service called Enterprise Edition

Product Management

Magento allows users to manage inventory even in multiple locations. You can assign products to multiple sources and track inventory at each individual location – great for larger businesses that may have stock in different places.

You can also have full control over your orders – you can view, edit, fulfil, and create new orders in the admin area. They enable you to offer great customer service, too, by allowing representatives to create orders and customer accounts, to update individual customer’s carts, and update wish lists.

They also offer some advanced indexing methods, which will allow you to update your catalog quickly and easily.

Although the initial setup (if you’re going for the community version of Magento) is a little tricky, once you’ve got it up and running, entering product information is pretty intuitive.

Storefront

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Magento comes with a blank base theme, or a free theme from the store (Luma). If you want more choice, they have some for sale on their own Marketplace, or you can buy them from separate websites.

Magento does offer a ton of flexibility. If you have the skills, you can build a theme from scratch. You can also customize your storefront to your heart’s content, but it’s not as straightforward as Shopify. (Again, page-builder extensions are a good call here, as they allow you to build your pages in a much simpler way).

They offer some powerful tools for merchandising. You can organize product category pages, either using their drag-and-drop interface, or by setting rules that sort products into a certain order (for example, you could have them ordered by best seller, or newest products).

You have lots of options when it comes to presenting product pages to customers – you can zoom in on product images, display product videos, show color swatches, show multiple products, and more.

Shopping Cart

Magento offers a secure shopping cart with a ton of extra features. Customers can see tax and shipping estimates automatically, and they are automatically recognized when they enter their email address – making their shopping experience super convenient. Customers can create wish lists and save their shopping cart for later.

Like the rest of the platform, there’s a lot to offer here, but it takes a little time to learn Magento’s full potential.

Marketing/SEO Tools

As you might expect, there’s tons to offer here, too. You can encourage customers to shop again by offering reward points for certain actions (like leaving reviews, for instance). You can enable gift registries and allow customers to purchase gift cards (both physical and virtual). You can even set up private sale sites or flash sale sites – a great way to reward loyal customers.

It automatically generates a sitemap for Google, creates search-engine-friendly URLs, and allows you to take control of URLs using rewrites – so they’ve thought about SEO too, with Magento 2 improving their SEO tools.

Analytics

Magento has an intuitive interface, with a dashboard that allows you to quickly see data, including total sales, best-selling products, and more. It syncs with Google Analytics, giving you a wide range of data to work with. This includes insights on website traffic and visitor data. It does involve setting up a Google Analytics account and syncing it, but there are tutorials online that go through this step-by-step.

Integrations

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Magento has a huge amount of extensions available on their Marketplace. Some are free and some are paid, and there’s plenty to choose from, including:

  • Customer Support
  • Payment and Security
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Shipping and Fulfilment
  • Site Optimization

Well-chosen extensions can make your life a lot easier when it comes to using Magento – check out our guide to some of the best ones here for some ideas.

Support

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There’s a steep learning curve when it comes to using Magento, but they do offer a lot of support and guidance – but it can feel a bit overwhelming for beginners, as the user guides are quite technical.

It has a variety of tech resources, how-to guides, and troubleshooting solutions. There’s also a forum of users.

You can call their helpline if you need further support or start an online chat.

Pricing

Magento has two basic plans, as we mentioned earlier:

Community Edition

This is completely free and allows you access to tons of interesting and useful features. You will have to download and install Magento on your own server – this is a bit tricky and has several steps to follow (but there are plenty of online tutorials to walk you through it. The process is a lot easier if you have a person on your team that has some technical experience).

The real cost lies in buying themes and extensions, which vary in price.

Enterprise Edition

This is a hosted service, set up by Magento themselves. It’s expensive – they don’t advertise the price as you have to get a quote depending on the size of your company and what you want to achieve.

Frequently Asked Questions about Magento

Is Magento good for dropshippers?

It can be using the right extension – there are several Magento extensions aimed at dropshippers.

How many sites use Magento?

Magento has over 250,000 users – including Coca Cola and Ford, and many other big businesses.

How can I learn how Magento works?

There are many free resources out there to help you learn how to use Magento’s community edition – YouTube has tons of video tutorials. They do require a bit of time and patience though!

What’s the difference between Magento 1 and 2?

Essentially, Magento 2 offers a much faster experience, improving load times for both you and your customers. Magento 2 has an improved dashboard and user interface and meta tags for better SEO.

We Think Magento is Suited for …

Larger businesses who require a customized, and perhaps more complex, eCommerce solution, or those with a lot of technical experience already.

You can request a demo for Magento here.

Shopify

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Shopify was launched in 2004. It’s one of the biggest eCommerce platforms out there – coming in at over 1.2 million users, many people are using it to build and run eCommerce stores.

Here’s a quick look at the main features of Shopify:

  • 70+ storefront themes
  • Mobile-commerce ready
  • Full blogging platform
  • Customize stores with logos and branding
  • Cloud-based website builder
  • Secure shopping cart
  • Take payments from most credit cards, PayPal, and Stripe
  • Create customer profiles and customer accounts
  • Manage inventory
  • Manage order fulfillment
  • Offer refunds
  • Compatible with drop shipping
  • Send customizable emails to customers
  • In-built marketing and SEO tools
  • Detailed analytics dashboard

Product Management

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The product management system is well-organized on Shopify. Adding a product is straightforward – you can easily add a title, description, images, videos, set product availability, set the pricing, add an SKU, and assign tags to each product.

Shopify doesn’t set a limit on products, so you can have as many as you want. Plus, you can add SEO product tags at this stage, which is useful.

You can also organize products into collections. This allows your customers to search for items by category, and will appear on your website as a gallery of products – this is a great way to encourage customers to browse, and depending on the theme you choose, it showcases your products beautifully.

Storefront

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There are a handful of free templates for your storefront – they’re all customizable to a certain extent, and they’re well-designed.

There’s also a collection of paid themes. These vary in price but tend to be around the $160-$180 mark.

You can play around with each page on your website – you can add images with text, text columns, collections, testimonials, and galleries. You can also edit the theme settings, including altering the color scheme and typography. It’s not as highly customizable as other platforms, but there’s a decent amount to work with, and if you want, there are a range of page building apps for Shopify (like Shogun) that can help.

Shopping Cart

Shopify has a secure shopping cart, with a free 256-bit SSL certificate (the same level of security used by banks). Customers can pay using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. It also partners with over 100 payment gateways, including Bitcoin and PayPal.

Shopify automatically calculates shipping rates from some shipping carriers – notably UPS, USPS, and FedEx. It also deals with tax automatically, saving users time and effort.

Users on all price plans have access to abandoned cart recovery – customers who abandon their cart will be automatically sent an email reminder to complete the purchase.

Marketing/SEO Tools

Shopify offer some SEO tools. You can easily customize H1, title, and meta tags, for example.

You can also encourage customers to make a purchase by offering discounts and gift cards.

In terms of advertising, there are a few options: social media integration is included, so you can run ads on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and you will receive a $100 credit for Google Adwords if you spend $25.

Facebook integration allows you to sell products directly on Facebook, too, so users won’t have to leave the platform to make a purchase.

Analytics

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Shopify offers a decent amount of data to work with, including an overview of sales, orders and traffic.

You can create product reports, which allow you to analyse the growth of your store. These reports can be exported to send to other team members. Shopify offers integration with Google Analytics, too.

Integrations

Shopify has a huge Appstore, which is a great bonus. The categories include:

  • Store design
  • Sales and conversion
  • Marketing
  • Orders and shipping
  • Inventory management
  • Customer support
  • Reporting
  • Finding products
  • Productivity
  • Finances
  • Places to sell
  • Trust and security

App prices vary, but there’s a good number of free apps and integrations to enjoy.

Support

Shopify’s Help Centre is a good resource, with articles and videos on how to make the most of the platform – they’ve created some very detailed guides, with specific guidance for dropshippers. They also offer online chat, email, phone, and Twitter support.

Pricing

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There are three price plans:

Basic Shopify – $29 per month

This allows you two staff accounts and a good range of basic features.

Shopify – $79 per month

This gives you access to 5 staff accounts, and most of Shopify’s features.

Advanced Shopify – $299 per month

If you want to scale up your business, this plan allows you to have 15 staff accounts, and all the features Shopify has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Shopify

Which languages does Shopify support?

The customer-facing parts of your store can be in any language that the theme supports. The admin area is available in over twenty languages: English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

How do I get a domain name on Shopify?

You can buy one through Shopify or use one from a third-party provider.

Do I have to ship the items myself?

No, you don’t have to – you can use a third-party fulfilment service.

Do I need a lot of technical knowledge to use Shopify?

No. It’s pretty user-friendly in its interface, plus extensions can help make it easier.

We Think Shopify is Suited for …

Small-to-medium sized businesses who want a simple platform that can be used even by beginners. It’s also great for dropshippers.

You can try a free 90-day trial of Shopify by clicking here.

Magento vs Shopify – Which is Better?

This is a really difficult one to call as the platforms are actually very different.

Product Management

Both platforms offer great product management and make it simple to upload products. Magento has a few more features in terms of catalogue organisation, so we think it wins this category.

Storefront

The possibilities of both platforms are endless when it comes to store themes and content, but we have chosen Shopify, because it’s a much easier platform to learn, and it has a range of free themes.

Shopping Cart

We’ll call this one a draw – both offer a secure shopping cart with tons of features.

Marketing/SEO Tools

We’ll give this one to Shopify, too, as it’s easier to access and use marketing features like abandoned cart recovery, and creating ads is really simple. They both have a lot to offer in terms of marketing, however.

Analytics

Again, Shopify has to win this one, purely because it’s a lot easier to access analytics straight away.

Integrations

Both have a huge amount to offer here, but we’ll give this one to Magento – the catalog of extensions is huge, and they make a big difference to your user experience.

Support

Shopify wins this one again – the tutorials are in-depth and very useful. They both offer a lot in terms of support though, which is great.

In Conclusion …

Which platform is the best depends on your individual requirements.

Magento is a very powerful platform. The option to use it for free is generous and allows developers to create customized eCommerce stores with a wide array of features. The built-in tools are excellent, including the marketing and product catalog tools. It’s used and enjoyed by some very big companies, which is a great endorsement. If you’re a larger business and you have tech support, it could be the best choice. (If you have a big budget, their Enterprise edition is fantastic, too.)

However, it does have a learning curve. It’s not particularly suited for beginners – even navigating their features can be difficult if you’re not technically-minded – and it requires a bit of setup to use the Community version. If you want something that’s simple to use right from the start, it’s not going to be the choice for you.

Shopify, meanwhile, is better suited for small-to-medium businesses, dropshippers, and beginners. The process of setting up a Shopify store is simple – it just takes a few moments to get going. Plus, you have 90 days to test out the platform fully before committing to a plan, which is generous. With extensions and paid themes, you can create a store that looks and runs exactly the way you want it to, even if you don’t have a lot of experience.

For that reason, we’ve chosen Shopify as our winner today – but they’re both excellent platforms for eCommerce depending on your needs.

WooCommerce vs Magento – Which eCommerce Platform is Better?

Our WooCommerce vs Magento comparison will show you the similarities and differences between these two popular eCommerce platforms, so if you’re trying to decide between them, we may be able to help.

What you look for in an eCommerce platform depends upon the scale of your business, the features you want, and the technical support you require. On the face of it, WooCommerce and Magento are similar: both are technically free to use, both allow you to create an online store, both have a range of extensions available. However, they’re quite different in terms of features and learning curves.

In this article, we’ll take a quick look at the main differences between the two platforms, and then focus on each one in turn, looking at their features in-depth. Then we’ll compare them at the end in each category, to see which one is best.

The Main Differences between WooCommerce vs Magento

Here are the main differences between the WooCommerce and Magento:

  • WooCommerce is built for WordPress, whereas Magento isn’t
  • WooCommerce is fairly simple to use for beginners, whereas Magento requires more work
  • WooCommerce requires extensions for marketing tools, whereas Magento has some built-in
  • WooCommerce has an easy-to-understand knowledge base, whereas Magento is a bit more difficult
  • WooCommerce has a mobile app, whereas Magento doesn’t
  • WooCommerce has basic inventory management, whereas Magento is more powerful

WooCommerce – In Depth

WooCommerce is an eCommerce platform designed for WordPress. It was launched in 2011 and is very popular among WordPress users.

Let’s take a look at the main features of WooCommerce:

  • Secure cart with a variety of payment methods (including PayPal and Stripe)
  • Uses custom theme for WordPress (Storefront) designed to create an easy-to-navigate store
  • Tax automatically calculated
  • Easy stock management
  • Includes mobile app for on-the-go store management
  • Many extensions available

Inventory Management

Uploading a product to WooCommerce is a simple process – it feels a little like creating a blog post. You can add text, images, and adjust the formatting. It’s very simple to add the price, manage stock levels, and add shipping information.

Products are sorted into categories, like Simple (single products that are shipped), Grouped (products that are related to each other), Virtual, Downloadable, External (listed on your website but sold somewhere else), Variable (products with variations, and Subscriptions. This distinction helps to keep products organised.

You can organise products further by placing them into categories. You can also add upsells or cross-sells easily, which is useful – with an upsell, your customer will see ‘You may also like …’ with a range of items underneath the product they’re interested in, whereas a cross-sell will allow you to link products that specifically go together (like items that are part of a set).

Order management is also made simple. You can see a list of all orders, clicking on each one to see order information or to complete an action. Orders are color coded so you can check their status quickly.

Storefront

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Installing Storefront to your WordPress account allows you access to a variety of paid or free themes. The free themes are not particularly exciting, but they are clear and easy to navigate. There is a wide range of paid themes which are well-designed. This is a live demo of one of the paid themes available:

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WooCommerce pages are built using blocks, which can then be edited (you can change the images, titles, and content). It’s very customizable, but you do need to have a bit of technical knowledge if you want to do anything other than basic customizing.

Shopping Cart

WooCommerce offers a safe, secure shopping cart with a variety of payment methods, including:

  • Debit and credit cards
  • payPal
  • Check Payments
  • BACS
  • Stripe
  • Cash on Delivery
  • Klarna
  • PayPal Pro

One great feature of WooCommerce is how easy it is to offer different types of payments, like subscriptions.

Marketing/SEO Tools

WooCommerce does not have much in terms of SEO and marketing tools straight away. Instead, you have to rely on the huge amount of plugins available for WordPress. This is great as it allows you to customize your user experience depending on your own needs, but it can potentially push the costs up. There are a lot of marketing tools available, including:

  • Marketing automation
  • Email marketing
  • Social media marketing
  • Coupons and discounts
  • Marketing analysis

Analytics

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WooCommerce offers good reporting – you can see orders, customers, stock, and taxes at a quick glance. You can also view your best-selling products, total number of coupons used, and stock levels quickly and easily. It’s not the most in-depth reporting out there, but it gives you enough information to get going. Plus, there are plugins that can offer more detailed reporting.

Integrations

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If you want to customize your WooCommerce experience, extensions are the way to go. There are a variety to choose from, including extensions developed by WooCommerce, as well as third-party extensions. The categories include:

  • Product Type
  • Store Management
  • Marketing
  • Payments
  • Enhancements
  • Shipping
  • Subscriptions

You can also view all the free extensions together, which is helpful. They offer integration with some social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

We also need to mention the mobile app here. Having a mobile app is useful, and the WooCommerce app allows you to check orders and track your store’s performance on the go – the app itself is free, but obviously requires a WooCommerce account to use it.

Support

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WooCommerce has a very clear, easy-to-navigate knowledge base, full of tutorials, how-to guides, and tips. They also have a support request form, and a busy user forum if you need extra help.

Pricing

WooCommerce is free to use. On the surface of it, this is obviously a big bonus. But you do have to pay to have a WordPress account (including a domain), plus you’ll probably want to splash out on a Storefront theme, as well as a few extensions to give you access to extra marketing platforms.

This makes it tricky to compare to other platforms – it’s hard to estimate the cost, because it will depend on your individual requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a WordPress plugin and a WooCommerce extension?

Plugins can be used by anyone with a WordPress account. Extensions require a base plugin in order to work. WooCommerce extensions have been designed for eCommerce businesses, making it easier and simpler to find the features they need quickly.

Is there a limit to how many products I can upload to WooCommerce?

No – there’s no limit to the number of products you can upload.

Does WooCommerce charge fees per transaction?

No – there is no fee per transaction on WooCommerce.

Can I trial a WooCommerce extension?

No – they don’t offer free trials for extensions or plugins.

We Think WooCommerce is Suited For …

eCommerce businesses who like the functionality of WordPress, and those who want to be able to customize their user experience using plugins and extensions.

You can find out more about WooCommerce here.

Magneto

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Magento was launched in 2008. It’s a powerful platform, used by big companies like Coca Cola and Ford. It has a lot of features, including:

  • Two main versions – Community Edition (free to download) and Enterprise Edition
  • Powerful inventory management
  • Automatic tax and sales calculation
  • Order management
  • Secure cart with multiple payment options including Google Checkout, debit or credit card, PayPal, and authorize.net
  • SEO tools using Google Analytics
  • Customizable storefront
  • Built-in blogging platform

Inventory Management

One strength of Magento is the inventory management tools. It offers advanced indexing methods, including mass import of products. You can manage inventory even if it is stored in different locations.

You also have a lot of control over orders – the admin area allows you to edit or even create new orders. You can assign representatives to create customer accounts and place orders manually, which is good for customer service.

Storefront

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Magento has a blank base theme, or a theme from the store (called Luma). There are more choices available, either through their Marketplace, or from a third-party website. These vary in price from around $80 right through to $500.

If you have a bit of technical knowledge, you can build a theme from scratch. If that goes beyond your skill set, you could go for a page-builder extension instead, which will open up much more customization without requiring any coding skills.

You can organise products into category pages, allowing your customers to browse similar products. This is done using a drag-and-drop interface. Customers can see color swatches, zoom in on product images, and watch product videos.

Shopping Cart

Magento’s shopping cart is secure. It comes with a range of extra features – like automatic tax and shipping calculations for customers, wish lists, and the ability to save shopping carts to checkout later.

Payment options include:

  • Credit or debit card
  • PayPal
  • BACS
  • Cash on delivery
  • Authorize.net

Marketing/SEO Tools

Magento has a range of powerful tools for marketing. You can offer customers reward points for leaving reviews or creating accounts. Customers can create gift registries, and they can buy gift cards. You can set up separate sites for flash sales, or even private sales for select customers.

There’s also a range of options to improve SEO. Magento automatically generates a sitemap for Google and creates URLs that are search-engine friendly.

Analytics

Magento’s dashboard allows you to see data at a quick glance, including best-selling products and total sales. It uses Google Analytics, giving you access to in-depth reporting, which is great. You can track website traffic, access visitor data, and more. However, it does require a bit of work to sync up with Google Analytics.

Integrations

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Magento’s Extension Marketplace has a wide variety of extensions, in the following categories:

  • Customer support
  • Marketing
  • Payment and security
  • Accounting and finance
  • Site optimization
  • Shipping and fulfilment

There are a lot of extensions to choose from – in the above screenshot you can see there are nearly 800 marketing extensions alone.

Support

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Magento has a pretty steep learning curve if you’re new. The Knowledge Base has a lot of documentation, but it can be overwhelming if you’ve had no previous experience. If you need further assistance, they have a helpline or online chat function.

Pricing

Magneto has two plans.

Community Edition

The community edition is free to download, but you must upload it onto your own server. This involves several steps (there are tutorials online to walk you through this process). If you go for the Community Edition, you have to be prepared to put a bit of effort into installing it. However, this combined with extensions will allow you to build a great eCommerce store.

Enterprise Edition

If you want Magento to host your store, you’ll have to pay for the Enterprise edition. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you how much this is, because potential users must get a quote from Magento depending on the size of the business and the features they want.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Magento extensions cost?

They range from being free, all the way up to $500.

Is it worth choosing Magento 2 over Magento 1?

In our opinion, yes. Magento 2 is a lot faster and adds more SEO features including meta tags. It’s also a bit easier to navigate using the dashboard.

Where is the best place to learn how Magento works?

Magento’s knowledge base has a lot of information, but if you’re a complete beginner, we’d recommend following a tutorial on YouTube.

How long does it take to install a Magento extension?

It can take around 3 hours to download and install a new Magento extension.

We Think Magento is Suited For …

Larger businesses, or businesses wanting a personalized eCommerce solution with more complex features.

You can try a demo for Magento here.

WooCommerce vs Magento – Which is Better?

We’ll take a look at each category to see how they stack up against each other.

Inventory Management

Magento has this one – advanced inventory management makes it simple to manage a lot of stock, even if it’s in different locations.

Storefront

They’re about even, we think – with the right themes and extensions, you can create beautiful storefronts on both platforms.

Shopping Cart

Magento wins this one, as they offer a lot of payment options, with built-in tools to make the customer’s shopping experience as quick and smooth as possible.

Marketing/SEO Tools

Magento wins this one again, as it has some tools built into the platform. While WooCommerce has a lot of great marketing tools, you’ll have to download extensions to get to them.

Analytics

Both platforms offer a decent analytics dashboard, however, it’s easier to use the analytics provided by WooCommerce.

Integrations

Again, they’re both about the same here – there are so many extensions available for both platforms, which is great.

Support

We’ll give this one to WooCommerce, as their knowledge base is a bit easier to navigate.

Our Verdict: WooCommerce vs Magento

So which platform is best?

We don’t think there is a clear winner here. WooCommerce is more suited for beginners. It has enough features for any sized business, especially with the use of extensions. It’s simple to use, with lots of support for beginners, and the free themes, although basic, can be customized further using extensions. The mobile app is great too. Ultimately, WooCommerce may be the better choice if you’re looking to start an eCommerce business from scratch with no prior experience. It’s also great if you have some experience with blogging, as the WordPress platform is built for that.

However, Magento is the more powerful of the two. If you have in-house tech support or a team member who specialises in web development, you may find that it’s the better choice for your business. Although it takes a bit of effort to learn, the possibilities with Magento are endless. It has the advantage of having built in shopping cart and marketing tools, and the range of extensions available make the user experience highly customizable. Extensions can make the experience easier (especially when it comes to page building, for example), but you still need that initial setup before you can begin installing extensions (and extensions can take a long time to install, too). Of course, if you have the budget for it, you can go for the Enterprise Edition – but this is prohibitively expensive for most people.

The long and the short of it? If you want something that is user-friendly, go for WooCommerce. If you’re willing to go through more of a learning curve in order to access powerful features, pick Magento.

3 of Best Magento Page Builders: Create Stunning Pages for Your Store

Want to build a great looking page for your eCommerce store? Our guide to the best Magento page builders can help.

Having a visually appealing website can make a big difference to your conversion rates. A great-looking page not only showcases your products, it also encourages customers to stay for longer – and can drive your visitors along the path you want them to take.

You might think that creating pages is complicated, or that you need to know HTML or CSS to do it. Thankfully, there are Magento extensions out there that turn what could be a headache into an easy, smooth process – with no coding knowledge whatsoever.

Today, we’ll be looking at three page builders for Magento, looking at their features, user reviews, and pricing, to help find the right 3rd party extension for you.

First, let’s take a quick look at some of the features you should look for when choosing a page builder.

What to Look for in a Page Builder

There are a few things to keep an eye out for:

The Page Builder

How does the page builder work? A drag-and-drop builder is best for those with no coding knowledge – it’s such a simple way to build a page. What content can you create using their page builder? Can you add images and videos easily? How easy is it to add product information?

Templates

If you don’t want to build a page from scratch, check that your chosen Magento extension has premade templates that you like the look of.

User-Friendliness

Building pages can take a long time. You want to try and find an extension that is easy to navigate and intuitive to use, to save frustration and headaches.

SEO

It’s important that your pages are optimized for SEO. How can the extension you’re looking that support you in this? Do they offer built-in SEO tools? Do their pages have fast loading times?

Extra Features

Some extensions have extra features, like scheduled posting or integration with other platforms. The more features you have, the higher the cost tends to be, however.

Real-Life Examples

Finally, you might want to see if a page builder is any good, check out some websites that have been built using that platform (you can usually find links to examples on the extensions’ own website). If you like what you see, you will probably be able to create something similar using that extension for your own pages.

3 Best Page Builders – an Overview

Name of FeatureDragDroprShogunPage Builder by Magezon
Page EditorDrag and DropDrag and DropDrag and Drop
Pre-made templatesNoYesYes
SEO toolsNoYesYes
Custom page elementsYesYesYes
Fast page loadingYesYesYes
Extra featuresNoneSplit testing, page scheduling, analytics suiteBuilt-in color palettes

 

 

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PricingFrom $14.90 per month for single use, up to $198 for multiple clientsFrom $49 per month$199 one-time payment, plus optional $79/$129 service agreement for extra support

DragDropr Visual Page Builder

DragDropr is a great example of how an extension can help you to build a page, even without any coding or technical knowledge. It has a drag-and-drop interface, so all you have to do is point and click – it’s super easy to use.

It has a bunch of great features that will make your website both attractive and easy to use. The ‘add to cart button’ widget is really useful, plus you can add new products simply by dragging and dropping it onto the page. It has over 200 content blocks to choose from, so you should be able to create the page you have envisioned.

You can even enable or disable product elements including images, names, and descriptions – all within the DragDropr interface.

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You can create Magento landing pages, articles, and blog pages.

Antoher great feature is the ability to save your content as a HTML file. This allows you to edit your page at a HTML level if you’re that way inclined, and you can also import a new theme with just one click.

Plus, the page you are editing shows changes to your page in real time – so you’ll be able to see exactly what your page looks like as you go.

In terms of mobile and tablet devices, DragDropr generates content that automatically adjusts to the screen size of the person browsing. You can also check to see what it looks like on different devices, to make sure it looks great on every screen size.

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You can create great looking pages with DragDropr – however, it doesn’t seem to have pre-made templates to choose from. If you’re happy to work with the layout your current Magento template provides, this might not be a problem, but it’s something to be aware of.

One of the aims of DragDropr is to be ‘efficient’ – which it certainly is. If you’re looking for a drag-and-drop editor and nothing else, it could be a really great choice for you. However, it does lack some features that other page editors have, like analytics, for example. It also doesn’t give you much guidance in terms of making the most of your pages, so if you want to find out how to improve your SEO or conversion rates, it’s not going to walk you through it.

However, that being said, it comes at a low price point – so if you’re on a tight budget, and you’re willing to forgo some of the extra features another page builder might offer, it could be a decent option for you.

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There isn’t a huge amount of information on the DragDropr Magento FAQ page, which is a shame. This could be a great resource on how to use the platform to your advantage if it had more articles and guides. However, the DragDropr staff are knowledgable and users say they are extremely helpful (but more on that in a moment).

Main Features

  • Intuitive drag-and-drop editor
  • Over 200 content blocks to choose from, including videos, text, images, buttons, and dynamic content
  • Easily add products from your Magento store
  • Enable and disable product elements
  • Create an ecommerce website that looks good on every device
  • Live preview allows you to see how it looks as you go along

User Reviews

Users enjoy how easy the DragDropr interface is to use, even for those who have never built a website before. They also report that the team offer great support for when things do go wrong. They even reported that the team were able to provide them with CSS that allowed them to add drop-down content to their page, which is helpful.

It has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Pricing

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The extension itself is free to download in the Magento extension store. However, you need to have a DragDropr account to use it. There are three price plans:

  • Single Account – $14.90 per month paid annually

This is great for users who only have one online store.

  • Agency – $118 per month paid annually

This is a good plan for those who have clients they want to build websites for – it allows for up to 30 clients.

  • White Label – $198 per month paid annually

This is for bigger brands and gives you up to 50 clients and unlimited custom domains.

You can find DragDropr on the Magento extension store here

Frequently Asked Questions

Is DragDropr compatible with Magento 2.3?

According to their page on the Magento extension store, it is not currently compatible with 2.3 – but they’re working on it.

Can I add custom fonts to my pages?

You can – this involves tweaking the CSS a little, but they have a tutorial on their knowledge base.

Will my pages load quickly?

According to DragDropr, pages should load quickly as they use pure HTML code.

What happens if DragDropr goes down – will my content still be live?

Yes – your content will still be live as it is saved in your own Magento system.

Shogun

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Shogun is another great example of an extension that can help you to build websites with no technical knowledge – again, with a simple to use drag-and-drop page editor, you can simply choose from a range of page elements, drop them onto the page, and then fill them with the content you require.

Shogun is a very visually pleasing platform, which is helpful if you’re spending hours at a time working on your website. You can add a range of content to your pages, including:

  • Text blocks
  • Images
  • Videos
  • Headings
  • Buttons
  • Sliders
  • Social media buttons

It also has a range of content options for your Magento products. You can add a buy now button, product description, product images and videos, and more. All of this can be dragged and dropped where you would like it to go. This makes it really easy to build product pages that look exactly the wat you want them to.

You can also create custom HTML elements, if you have the skills to do so. At any time, you can view how your page will look on different devices, and the templates are responsive, meaning they work well on any device.

The pre-made templates are great – there’s quite a lot of them to choose from, and they all look stylish and easy to navigate. If you don’t want to use a template, you can create a page from scratch, building the basic shape using page elements and then adding content afterwards.

But what makes Shogun stand out is the extra features. As well as offering SEO tools like the ability to edit meta titles and descriptions for each page, and lazy loading/image compression for faster loading times, it also has more tools to help you to make the most of your pages.

You can schedule page uploads as part of a marketing campaign, allowing you to measure their performance using the Analytics Suite. This will give you detailed analytics in a range of categories including clickthrough rates, bounce rates, and abandoned cart rates. You can even compare two pages to see which one is performing better in any of the given categories. This is a great feature – the more knowledge you have about how a page is doing, the better chance you have of creating pages that work really well.

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It also has A/B testing. This is a great way to optimize your pages to reach their full potential – simply create two different versions of the same page, and Shogun will run the test, automatically choosing a winner after a certain period of time has passed (or you can choose to review the results yourself). Creating two versions of the same page is very simple.

All in all, it’s an excellent platform with plenty of extra features to use.

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However, like DragDropr, the FAQ page is quite sparse – it would be good to see more tutorials and videos, although the main Shogun FAQ does have a bit more to offer in that respect.

Main Features

  • Drag-and-drop editor allows you to add blocks of content
  • Stylish premade templates
  • Page scheduling
  • Analytics Suite
  • Split Testing
  • Built-in SEO tools

User Reviews

There weren’t any reviews to look at on the Magento extension marketplace. However, looking at other reviews online, users seem to enjoy using the Shogun interface, finding it very user-friendly and intuitive. They also found the support to be good, with Shogun representatives quick to respond to queries.

Pricing

The Shogun app is free on the Magento marketplace, but you will need a subscription to Shogun. Prices start at $49 per month, but the price does rise if you want some of the extra features, like AB testing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I save a page as a template if I want to use it again?

Yes – you can easily save a page you like as a template using Shogun.

What is a page status?

The page status is a quick way to show you what each page is doing. ‘Published’ means the page is live, ‘Draft’ means you haven’t published it yet, and ‘Outdated’ means you have made edits that haven’t been published to the page yet. If a page says ‘running test’ it means you are currently running an A/B test on it.

Can I add my own page elements to Shogun?

Yes, you can add custom elements and HTML elements using Shogun.

Page Builder by Magezon

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If you want to create great-looking pages, Page Builder by Magezon could work really well for you. Again, no coding skills are required – just time and creativity. There are more than 50 elements available in this drag-and-drop editor, all of which can be customized to create the exact look you want. It works well with all common Magento themes including Porto and Ultimo.

However, there’s one thing to note right at the start – there are actually two page building extensions by Magezon. One is the Single Product Page builder. This allows you to change the structure of a product page for your Magento store – it does not allow you to add content. It works in a different way than the Magezon Page Builder extension, even though they look similar – just something to keep an eye on when you’re browsing the extension marketplace.

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When it comes to elements, you have a lot of choice, including text blocks, images, videos, product sliders, and buttons – all of which can be tweaked. You can set borders, padding, margins, and background colors – plus, it comes with color palettes, which help you to stick to the theme of your website. It also comes with access to a library of over 900 icons – so you should be able to find icons that match your theme perfectly.

Like the other platforms, at any time, you can view and edit how your page will look on different types of devices. The templates are responsive and load quickly on any device.

If you like, you can choose from a range of beautiful templates – or you can create one from scratch. You can even save pages as templates – meaning you can use them again and again.

The pages are SEO friendly, too – fast loading speeds are emphasised here, and it states that every line of code created is SEO optimized – this means you don’t have to worry too much about SEO to start with.

It’s a really intuitive interface, simple to use – but it also allows you a great deal of control and customization, including being able to use your own custom CSS. The pages you can create have the potential to look stunning:

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As with any platform, it does take some time to learn, but the interface is pretty easy to use.

It’s compatible with some useful plugins – including some email marketing services like MailChimp, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and more.

In terms of features, it’s kind of in the middle of DragDropr and Shogun. It doesn’t have the excellent split testing or analytics offered by Shogun, but it does have more features than DragDropr provides. The standout points for us are the SEO optimization and emphasis on fast loading speeds.

It also has the advantage of having great user guidance. There is a user guide that covers every (and we mean every) detail of the platform – but if the idea of reading through it doesn’t thrill you, they also have a YouTube channel offering video tutorials.

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Ideally, we’d like to see more guides about how to create high-converting pages, but still, it’s a useful feature.

Main Features

  • Drag and drop editor allows you to choose from over 50 elements
  • Beautiful templates
  • Built-in SEO optimization
  • Integration with other plugins
  • Creates fast, responsive pages
  • Useful knowledge base

User Reviews

User reviews are great, with users happily reporting that the platform is very simple to use, and that they were able to create amazing pages with it. They also said that the customer support is great, and that the support combined with the ease of the drag-and-drop editor means that even with little-to-know website building experience, you can still build a great page.

It has an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Pricing

Page Builder by Magezon costs $199 (this is a one-off payment). You can choose to add a service agreement, however, which gives you extra support – you can get six months for $79 or twelve months for $129.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a free trial of Page Builder by Magezon?

Not at this time, no – they do offer free demos, however, which you can find out more about here.

Do I get free updates?

Yes, you won’t have to pay to get updates.

Should I buy it from Magezon’s website or the Magento extension marketplace?

You can buy it from either place.

Does Magento work with WordPress?

Yes, there are plugins that you can use to integrate Magento with WordPress. You can even integrate your Magento theme and your WordPress theme, and create an easy blog-to-cart experience.

In Conclusion – Which is the Best Page Builder for Magento?

All three options are great. However, you do get what you pay for. Although DragDropr is a great budget option, it does lack some of the features that Shogun and Magezon have to offer. It is brilliant for businesses with a small budget, however.

Magezon represents a good middle-ground. You can create amazing looking pages with Magezon, and it has the advantage of a one-off payment – although if you don’t have $200 to pay upfront, it may put you off.

Shogun is our top choice for a few reasons. Although the price can add up if you want the extra features, they are appealing. Split testing and access to detailed analytics can have a real impact on your business if used wisely. Plus, it’s easy to use, the templates are beautiful, and the built-in SEO tools can make a big difference to the visibility of your pages. Although it does cost more than DragDropr, we think the tools it provides makes it worth the investment.

Further read:

10 of The Best Magento Extensions to Boost Sales

If you run an eCommerce business using Magento, you’ve probably seen the huge amount of extensions available to you. With thousands to choose from, it’s easy to think you need all of them – and looking at the Marketplace can be pretty overwhelming.

In our guide to the best Magento extensions, we’ll show you some of the best extensions you can get, covering some important areas that need attention – like language translation, fraud prevention, delivery management, page design, payment, and advertising. Each extension has features that may improve your Magento experience for you and your customers – hopefully landing you more sales!

For each extension, we’ll show you their main features. We’ll also give you the price of each one, as we know that buying extensions for Magento can quickly add up.

Let’s take a look at some of the best extensions out there.

Best for Translation – Language Translator

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If you want to increase your sales, you could consider a language translator. Language Translator uses Google Translate, making your store more accessible to a wider range of customers. With over 100 languages, the great thing about this extension is that it can translate products, CMS page data, static blocks, and product reviews using the Mass Translation feature.

Although it’s on the higher side when it comes to pricing, if you think you can make more sales by offering translation into different languages, it’s definitely worth the investment – especially if you own a bigger store and you want to make more sales worldwide.

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Main Features

  • Backend admin control – you can decide which parts of your store you want to translate
  • Translate product information like name and description, meta details, page title and content, and reviews
  • Search string – you can search for a specific string and translate it to any language you wish
  • Mass translate – you can choose to translate everything into your preferred language in a few clicks

Pricing

To use this extension, you will require a Google API Key, so you’ll need to bear that in mind when working out the cost. At the time of writing, the price of a basic translation API is around $20 per million characters.

The extension itself costs $149. You can also choose to have a 6-month service agreement at $59 and an installation service at $39, but these are optional.

To find out more about Language Translator, click here.

Best for SEO – MageWorx SEO Suite Ultimate

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We all know the importance of a good SEO strategy, and you can find extensions for Magento that make managing SEO a lot easier. SEO Suite Ultimate will give you a range of tools, including tools for optimizing categories, product reviews and navigation pages, tools to help you avoid duplicate content issues, and tools to help you improve internal and external cross-linking. It can also help you to create redirects for deleted products.

One of the best things about this extension is that it allows you to create SEO templates for various categories (for example, products), which helps you to streamline your work processes, saving you time.

You also get comprehensive reports, so you can see the difference your SEO strategy is making in a very real, easy-to-understand way. SEO Suite Ultimate has a lot of features to offer – it’s well worth checking out if you don’t know where to start with SEO, or you just help to manage your efforts more effectively.

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Main Features

  • Advanced SEO Templates – cut down on time spent on manually managing meta data – instead, create SEO templates that automate the process, saving you tons of time. You can create templates for products, categories, and pages
  • Optimize SEO for Product Reviews – create custom URLs for product reviews and set canonical tags
  • Improve Layered Navigation – using dynamic titles and meta descriptions
  • Set Indexation for Search Engines – control this on the backend using Robots.txt editor
  • Improve Cross-Links – set up a well thought-out internal linking structure
  • SEO Redirects – redirect customers to desired pages when they encounter deleted products
  • SEO Reports – receive detailed reports so you know if your SEO strategy is working

Pricing

SEO Suite Ultimate costs $249, with an optional installation service at $49. To find out more, click here.

Best for Page Creation – Shogun

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If you want to easily create and manage the look and feel of your Magento storefront, Shogun is a great extension (they also offer apps for Shopify and BigCommerce, too). Using a drag-and-drop editor, you can create beautiful landing pages, blog posts, product pages, and ‘about’ pages.

It’s a really intuitive platform, and it gives you full creative control of how your store will appear to customers without the hassle of coding. It also allows you to create an easy, memorable shopping experience for your customers.

It has slick, professional pre-designed templates to choose from, or you can build your own pages from scratch simply by dragging and dropping the elements you want to include on each page. The page builder is really easy to use, so you don’t have to worry about a big learning curve when it comes to learning a new platform.

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It also has some great extra features, including the Analytics Suite, which allows you to directly compare your pages to see how well they are performing. It also has split testing, which will help you to optimize your pages to their fullest potential – you can easily create two slightly different versions of the same page to test how they perform against each other.

Main Features

  • Easy to use drag-and-drop page builder
  • Beautiful pre-made templates
  • Analytics Suite gives you detailed information about clickthrough rates, add-to-cart rates, and more, and even allows you to compare one page against another
  • A/B testing allows you to publish two slightly different versions of the same page to see which one performs the best

Pricing

To get Shogun, you’ll need to subscribe. Prices start from $49 per month, but you have to pay more to unlock some of the features like split testing. To find out more, click here.

Best for Managing Deliveries – FedEx Shipping Manager

If you use FedEx, the FedEx Shipping Manager is the obvious solution to your shipping problems. You can create and print FedEx shipping and return labels, either automatically, in bulk, or manually. The system then inserts tracking numbers into shopping information, and sends it to the customer by email so they can track their delivery (saving you a lot of time and effort).

One great thing about this extension is the ability to automatically calculate packages based on the product dimensions – again, saving you time and effort. You also have the option to manage international options and print International Paperless invoices.

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If you want to keep on top of your shipping and manage everything in one place, automating some of the more annoying and time-consuming tasks that come with running an online store, this extension is a good choice for you. It may not be the most exciting extension out there – but it has the potential to make your life much easier!

Main Features

  • Create and print shipping and returns labels automatically, manually, or in bulk
  • Send tracking numbers to your customers so they can track their deliveries
  • Manage international shipment including taxes and invoices
  • Automatically calculate packages based on product dimensions

Pricing

FedEx Shipping Manager costs $199 with an optional $150 installation service. You will need a FedEx account and have FedEx credentials in order to use it. To find out more, click here.

Best for Custom Product Creation – AppJetty Product Designer Tool

There are a lot of product designing extensions out there for Magento, but we think this is one of the best. If you have a printer you would like to use to create customized products, this could be a great business idea that your customers will love. This clever tool allows your customers to create their own products, including mugs, t-shirts, pen drives, stationery, skins for gadgets like mobile phones, and more.

The Product Designer Tool will give your customers an array of high-quality clipart images to choose from, as well as text editing, backgrounds, images and templates. (Some product designing extensions look a little basic or dated – that’s not the case with Product Designer).

This means they can create the exact product they desire, including customizing each element, through your own store. Once a customer has completed their design, the tool will present you with a high-quality, ready-to-print file, exactly the way the customer would like it.

Main Features

  • Designer tool gives your customers access to high-quality clipart, text, images (including the option to upload their own images), backgrounds, and more
  • Items can be printed onto mugs, t-shirts, phone cases, and more
  • Customers can save and re-use their designs
  • Dynamic pricing allows you to set the pricing of different elements, so the price can be calculated for your customers in real-time
  • Creates a high-quality file ready for printing

Pricing

This extension costs $1,499. It’s a pricey one, but if you want to run a customizable product business, it’s definitely one of the best ones out there. Click here to find out more.

Best for Social Media Marketing – Instagram Integration

Instagram has over 1 billion users, making it an incredibly important platform when it comes to social media marketing. This extension helps you to make the most of your Instagram account in a unique and useful way.

You can create dynamic galleries for your pages, featuring pictures from your Instagram feed, which will not only create a beautiful display of products, but will also help your customers to easily identify them – hopefully making the shopping process much more simple for them.

You can include call-to-action buttons whilst hovering (for example, a ‘shop now’ button). Using a ‘pinning’ system, if you have a picture that includes more than one item for sale, you can drag and drop call to action buttons to show your customers which item is which. You can do this for up to 5 products in a single Instagram post.

You can also show your customers more details, including links to product pages, likes, comments, and social sharing buttons – this can all be fully customized.

Once you post a picture to Instagram, the extension collects the information of the photo and displays it in your store – saving you the legwork of uploading photos multiple times.

The extension also includes reporting, so you can see how customers are interacting with your Instagram posts.

Features

  • Create beautiful, eye-catching photo galleries using images automatically pulled from your Instagram account
  • Add details to each picture, including product links, descriptions, social sharing buttons, and more
  • Reporting allows you to see which of your Instagram posts are performing the best

Pricing

You’ll need an Instagram account to use this extension (free at the time of writing). The extension itself costs $149. Click here to find out more.

Best for Advertising – AdRoll

AdRoll is an advertising platform used by businesses to create advertising campaigns. With the Magento extension, you can easily create high-performing ad campaigns for your store. Once you install the extension, your store will be tagged with the AdRoll pixel – this allows you to collect site visitors to serve ads to. A product feed is automatically generated, too – this allows you to run dynamic product ads to catch your customer’s attention.

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You can also segment your audience, which allows you to specifically target certain types of customers with ads based on how those customers interact with your store. It tracks customer purchases, too, enabling ROI tracking across your campaigns. You have to set up an AdRoll account to get started, and there’s a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never created an advertising campaign before, but you could see a big difference in visits to your store (and hopefully sales!) if you try it out.

Features

  • Create dynamic ad campaigns for products in your Magento store
  • Segment customers so you can target them with specific campaigns
  • Track customer purchases

Pricing

Signing up for an AdRoll account is free, and installing the extension is free. However, you have to pay for each ad campaign, which can vary depending on which type you choose. You can set a budget for each day for each campaign – for example, if you want to launch an introduction campaign on social media, they suggest a budget of $55 a day.

Essentially, you can spend as much as you want to. To find out more, click here.

Best for Payments – Stripe Extension

If you want to offer more payment options for your customers, Stripe integration is key. Stripe is a global payment gateway, allowing you to accept payments from customers using their debit and credit cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, and more.

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There are a lot of advantages to using Stripe. It improves abandoned cart rates, as customers will be able to use their preferred payment method. It enhances conversion rates, as it allows customers to stay on the page to checkout rather than go to a separate page. It also allows you to personalize payment methods, including setting up a Credit Card Vault function – this saves customer card information for future purchases, hopefully encouraging them to return again in the future. Although you have to pay a small transaction fee, it’s worth having Stripe to make the shopping experience easier for your customers.

Features

  • Integrate Stripe payments with your Magento store
  • Improves card abandonment rates
  • Allows your customers to save credit card details for future purchases

Pricing

You’ll need to set up a Stripe account to use this extension. To see Stripe’s pricing, click here (they take a small percentage of each sale using Stripe). The extension itself costs around £249. To find out more, click here.

Best for Security – Fraud Prevention

As an eCommerce business owner, you may be at risk of malicious customers – for example, customers who won’t pay, or customers who fraudulently claim that their orders haven’t arrived to get a refund. It’s uncommon, but not unheard of – and it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your business.

Fraud Prevention has a ton of features for your Magento store, allowing you to mark orders that haven’t been paid as ‘suspicious’ to create a Fraud Suspicion Record. This helps the extension to automatically detect and block future orders that may be fraudulent.

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It also allows you to create custom blacklisting rules – this allows you to blacklist customers based on attributes like name, address, zip code, or IP address. This prevents fraudulent customers from being able to make future orders. You can prevent the extension from blacklisting customers after one fraud suspicion – so if it turns out they are a genuine customer you can whitelist them again.

Main Features:

  • Create custom blacklisting rules
  • Manage and track suspicious orders
  • Block fraudulent orders before payments can process
  • Prevent credit card chargebacks to save money and time

Pricing

Fraud Prevention doesn’t have any additional monthly fees. It costs $115, making it one of the cheapest extensions on our list. To find out more, click here.

Best for Reporting – AheadWorks Advanced Reports

If you want detailed reporting about the performance of your store, this is the place to get it. Advanced Reports creates visual charts and data tables, so you can quickly see how each product is doing. You can get a general sales overview, track each product’s performance, split sales by categories, look at sales in more detail, and track sales by coupon code, payment type, manufacturer, and product attributes.

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You can also check abandoned cart rates, track sales by location, segment customers, and look at traffic and conversions. Having this information could help you to grow your business, so it’s really worth investing in an extension like this.

Features

  • Presents data in a visually appealing way
  • Check each product’s performance
  • Check sales by coupon code, manufacturer, and more
  • Keep an eye on cart abandonment rates and traffic

Pricing

This extension costs $499. To find out more, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about Magento extensions? We might have the answer you’re looking for.

What is the Magento Marketplace?

Magento Marketplace is where you go to buy extensions for your Magento store – you can find it here.

How do I install a Magento extension?

In the marketplace, click ‘add to cart’ on the extension you want, then go through the checkout process. It will then connect you to Magento to start the installation process.

Do I have to pay for Magento extensions?

Most of them, yes. Others are free and allow you to integrate with outside platforms (like email marketing platforms), but most of them require a one-off payment

Can you have too many Magento extensions?

Technically, no – you can run as many extensions as you like without any issues. However, it’s important to choose wisely, as a badly coded extension can cause you problems later down the line – it’s a good idea to check reviews before you buy.

Can I buy themes for my Magento store on the Marketplace?

Yes – you can buy premium themes on the Marketplace as well as extensions. Themes range from $29 all the way up to $499, so you should be able to find one to suit every budget.

Can I uninstall a Magento extension?

Yes – but it does require a bit of effort. You have to go into the root of your Magento installation and disable them manually – there are tutorials explaining this online.

Conclusion

We hope this has helped you to narrow down your choices when it comes to buying Magento extensions. Magento is a powerful platform, loved by many – but it can definitely be improved using the right extensions.

You can use extensions to optimize the shopping experience for the customer at every stage of the process – from finding you on social media or through advertising, to navigating the layout of your store, to safe payment, to shipment – creating a shopping experience that will, hopefully, keep them coming back for more.

Of course, there are many more Magento extensions out there – but these are some of the best. Hopefully, they can help to improve your online store, and make your life a little easier in the process.

Further read:

How to Build a Shopify Product Page – With or Without Apps!

Product pages make up the main content of your Shopify store. A product page has to work hard – after all, it needs to entice potential customers into buying. With crisp images, a clear layout, and a bit of personality, you can create a page that will make customers fall in love with your product.

The question is, how do you do this in Shopify? In our guide on how to build a Shopify product page, we’ll show you how much customization Shopify gives you and how to find the code for your product pages. We’ll also take a look at some Shopify page building apps, giving you an example of how apps can help you to build the product page of your dreams – and to (hopefully) grow your eCommerce business in the future.

First, let’s take a look at how you can build a product page without apps.

How to Build a Page Without Apps

You don’t necessarily need an app to customize your Shopify product pages. Shopify do have a selection of themes to choose from that look great, and they allow a certain amount of customization – let’s take a look at how much we can achieve using Shopify’s basic settings.

Step One: Upload a Product

Firstly, make sure you have a product uploaded.

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This sounds obvious, but it’s easier to see how the product pages will look when it has your own products on it, as opposed to example products.

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The information you input here will make up the content of your product page. So, if you want videos, images, or detailed descriptions of your product, this is the time to do it. Shopify gives you a bit of customization here, with a choice of fonts. Clear images and a well-written product description will make a huge difference here, so it’s worth putting time and effort into this stage.

Once you’ve added your first product, it’s time to look at themes.

Step Two: Pick a Theme

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Next, head over to Online Store > Themes > Theme Library. You can choose a free theme or pay to unlock a paid theme.

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Your theme will determine how your entire store looks, not just the product pages. Whether you want to pay for a theme is up to you. Here’s a quick idea of the types you can get:

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Free Themes

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Paid Themes

You should be able to get a good idea of which theme will best fit your brand, based on the demo stores that Shopify provide for you to look at.

Step Three: Basic Customization

Go to Online Store > Themes > Current Theme.

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Click ‘Customize’ to bring up basic theme customization. At the top you should see a button that says ‘Home Page’. Click on that to bring up a drop-down menu of pages for your store and choose ‘Product Pages’.

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Our product page looks like this:

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The bar on the left represents the amount of customization you can get at this stage. You can play around with a few things here.

Header

This section allows you to customize the header which will appear on each page, including your product pages. You can upload a logo, customize the menu, add an announcement bar, and add social media links to your page.

Product Pages

This is where you can play around with your product pages. As you can see, the changes you make will apply to all your product pages, and there’s not a huge amount you can do here:

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You can change the image size and customize a few small things, like whether you want to enable zoom on your images or show variant labels. There’s not a lot more you can do here.

Product Recommendations

This allows you to turn ‘dynamic recommendations’ on and off (dynamic recommendations will automatically show your customer similar products that they might be interested in).

Footer

This will appear on the bottom of every page in your store. Here, you can add payment method icons, add quick links, add some text, insert a newsletter sign-up form, and add social media buttons.

It’s worth noting here that you cannot edit each product page individually – any changes you make apply to every product that you upload to your store (unless you get a page building app – but more on that later).

As you can see, there’s not a huge amount you can do here – unless you know how to code.

Step Four: Further Customization with Code

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Returning to the Theme page, clicking on ‘edit code’ will bring up this screen:

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Shopify uses Liquid, HTML, CSS and JavaScript – so you do need to be at least a little familiar with some of these coding languages before you begin.

Scroll down through the templates on the left to find product.liquid, which is the file you will need to work on:

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This will bring up the code for your product pages:

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You can click here to find out more information about how to customize your product pages using Liquid. You can play around with the ‘add to cart’ button, variants, and add product page features.

Always remember to make a back-up copy of your theme before you begin to edit. You can do that by going back to ‘Themes’, clicking ‘Actions’ and then ‘Duplicate Theme’:

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Of course, if you don’t know Liquid, you might be feeling stuck at this point (although there are some tutorials online if you want to learn, it’s a pretty time-consuming process).

The other option you have is to use Shopify apps to customize your product pages – this is a great way of unlocking further customization without having to have in-depth technical knowledge.

How to Build a Page Using a Shopify App

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Shopify has many great apps which will allow you greater control and customization of your ecommerce store. There are a few page building apps to choose from with a variety of pricing options, so you should be able to find one that suits your budget.

We’ll give you a few recommendations and give you a look at how one of the apps, Shogun, can help you to customize your product pages.

Step One: Pick an App

In the main menu on the left of Shopify, click ‘Apps’, then ‘Visit the Shopify Appstore’:

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In the Appstore, you click ‘Categories’, ‘Store Design’, and ‘Page Builder’:

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This will bring up all the page building apps.

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Here are a few we can recommend:

  • Shogun – from $39 – $199 per month
  • PageFly – from $0 – $29.95 per month
  • GemPages – from $15 – £59 per month
  • Page Studio – $14.95 per month
  • HyperVisual – from $9.95 – $49 per month

All of these are good options, offering you much more page customization than Shopify alone can give. (If you want more details about them, try our guide to the Best Shopify Page Builders, or our PageFly vs Shogun comparison.)

Take a look at the features each one can offer – you might want a basic page builder, or you might want to take advantage of extra features, like detailed analytics or SEO optimization. Many of them offer free trials, so you can play around with them before making a decision.

To install the app, click the ‘add app’ button. You’ll see this:

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Click ‘install app’, and you’re ready to start customizing!

We’ll be using Shogun as an example here. Each app functions differently, so the following steps will only be applicable to Shogun. However, it should give you a general idea of how apps can give you more possibilities when it comes to customization of product pages.

Step Two: Create Your Product Page

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You can search for the product you want to build a page for:

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With Shogun, you can create a new layout for your product page or choose the existing layout to further customize it.

Creating a Page from Scratch

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Shogun will import your product – this will take a few moments.

You will then see this:

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It looks a little daunting, but thanks to the drag-and-drop system (PageFly and GemPages also have similar drag-and-drop editors) it’s easy to use. Just grab a page element and drop it onto the page where you want it. For example, ‘Product Box’ will bring up the following:

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Find the product you want, and then click ‘confirm’.

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You can then drag a Product Field Element onto the page (for example, a product image). You can add:

  • Product Title
  • Product Image
  • Product Price
  • Product Variant
  • Product Quantity
  • Product Add to Cart
  • Product Reviews

Each section is fully customizable – for example, you can change the font and size of the product title, adjust the size and alignment of the product image, etc. It allows for so much more customization than you can get with Shopify alone. You can also add more elements to your page:

  • Images
  • Videos
  • Headings
  • Text
  • Buttons
  • Icons
  • Countdowns
  • Separators
  • Forms
  • Maps
  • HTML

You can play around with the structure of the page using structural blocks. For example, if you wanted to add a carousel of images and text, you can pick ‘Slider’ and drag it onto the page, then edit each ‘slide’:

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This will create a rotating carousel to which you can add images and text.

However, if all this seems too daunting, you do have the option of just editing the product page you already created using Shopify.

Customizing Shopify Product Page

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Back on the Shogun homepage, click ‘import’ to find your product. You can pick from two options.

Use Existing Layout imports a product page that you already created on Shopify and keeps the content exactly the same. It does allow you to add new page elements above or below the content you already created.

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Use Custom Layout allows you to start again from scratch with your existing product page.

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Shogun shows you exactly how your page will look on different types of devices – you can switch between device type using the options in the middle of the purple bar at the top of the screen.

Step Three: Publish Your Page

Clicking the three dots next to ‘Publish’ on the right-hand side will bring up a small menu:

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On the higher price plan, Shogun allows you to schedule the publication of your pages, duplicate pages and run split tests. As we’re testing out the basic plan, we don’t have access to those. You can see, however, where you can find page settings, which brings up this menu:

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Here you can edit basic information about your page, including page name, page path, and meta description. These basic steps will improve your product page’s visibility on search engines, so it’s important to spend a little time here.

Once you’re done with this, you’re ready to go!

Click ‘Publish’, and your product page will go live.

Going to Shogun’s dashboard will give you an overview of your pages:

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Clicking the three dots next to your product page will bring up a few options:

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Clicking ‘preview’ will bring up your product page, so you can see how it looks to a potential customer. If you’re not completely happy with it, you can go back and edit it at any time.

Other page building apps work similarly – it’s worth checking them out if you want to be able to customize each product page individually.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shopify make your products?

No, Shopify is a platform that allows you to create your online store and sell almost anything you want, from personal care products to services and even tickets. This means that you need to have a previous business plan or at least an idea of the kind of product/service you want to offer.

How do I customize my product on Shopify?

One of the many tools that Shopify offers is the possibility to customize the products that you are selling. Keep in mind that after the product is published, you can only customize it in the Shopify admin. There you can change the product title, description, product type, vendor, collections, tags, images, and variants. Check out our guide on the best page builders to customize your store!

Conclusion

As you can see, much of the work that goes into creating a product page begins at the ‘add product’ stage. The images and words you use to sell the product to your customer will make a big difference. Shopify have a great range of free themes to choose from, and the product pages included in these themes are great – crisp, clean, and well-designed, they’re simple to navigate and allow the product to speak for itself.

However, if you do want to be able to fully customize your pages, but you don’t know code, a third-party app is a great idea. Being able to drag and drop page elements wherever you like allows you total control over each product – which Shopify alone doesn’t give you. So, if you want to have more customization, paying a little extra each month for an app like Shogun could be a great choice for you.

Either way, it’s pretty simple to set up a product page using Shopify. Good luck!

Further read:

Best Online Storefront Builder – Which is the Best One Out There?

Why is it important that you find the best online storefront builder?

If you owned a store in real life, you’d likely spend a lot of time making sure it looked just right. First impressions count. What your customer sees as they first enter your store is incredibly important, along with how easy it is to navigate. If they find it dreary, or boring, or it has a confusing layout, they’re more likely to leave without making a purchase.

The same goes for eCommerce. How your website looks – and functions – is key. The most successful online businesses make sure that their customers will find it as simple to use their store as possible. The easier you make it for your customer to checkout, the better. That doesn’t mean your store has to be boring – you can still inject a lot of personality into your store, creating a rapport with your customers.

You can achieve this with a good online storefront builder. The right tools will help you to build a professional, functional, and easy-to-navigate website that fits with your brand and encourages customers to shop with you.

We’ll take a look at some of the best storefront builders out there, looking at their pros and cons, so that you can find the right one for your business.

What Should You Look for in an Online Storefront Builder?

There are a few features you should consider when you’re looking for the perfect storefront builder:

A Range of Page Types

You may want more for your website than a collection of product pages – you might want to build landing pages, about pages, FAQs, or even a blog. A good storefront builder should give you the choice of building a variety of pages.

Templates

A good storefront builder will provide you with a range of pre-made templates, covering different types of businesses, so that you can find one that suits you. They should also offer you the option of building your pages from scratch.

Page Editing

Some eCommerce platforms don’t allow you much control over how your pages look. There are many out there that offer drag-and-drop builders that allow you to tweak each page to look exactly the way you want it to, even if you don’t have a lot of technical knowledge.

Extras and Plugins

Some storefront builders offer extra features. These could include basic email marketing, coupons for your customers, or analytics so you can study how well your pages are performing.

Integrations

Some storefront builders offer integrations with other apps, like social media or email marketing platforms – for example, you may be able to include a sign-up form for your MailChimp email newsletter.

The Best Online Storefront Builders

Here’s an overview of the storefront builders we’ll be looking at today:

Name

Features

Pricing

Shopify

 

  • Offers a variety of apps
  • Secure cart
  • Abandoned Cart and other marketing features
  • Good templates

 

Basic – $29 per month

 

Shopify – $79 per month

Advanced Shopify – $299 per month

Shogun

  • Easy to use drag-and-drop builder for Shopify
  • Beautiful templates
  • Split testing and analytics
Build – $39 per month

 

Measure – $99 per month

Optimize – $149 per month

BigCommerce

  • Good integrations
  • Decent range of templates
  • Lots of payment options for customers
Standard – $29.95 per month

 

Plus – $79.95 per month

Pro – $249.95 per month

WooCommerce
  • Paid templates (for WordPress) are great
  • Lots of plugins including a range of marketing tools
Free (but need WordPresssubscription)

3dCart

  • Variety of payment options
  • Good order managing/processing
  • Add content to pages easily
  • Customer grouping
  • Gift registries and coupons
Startup – $19 per month

 

Basic – $29 per month

Plus – $79 per month

Pro – $299 per month

Yahoo! Stores

  • Aimed at small businesses
  • Secure cart with easy payment for customers
  • Good range of templates

 

 

Basic – from $10.95 per month

 

Standard – from $25.95 per month

Professional – from $254.95 per month

Kartra

  • Tons of marketing features
  • Drag-and-drop page builders
  • Good range of templates
Starter – $99 per month

 

Silver – $199 per month

Gold – $299 per month

Platinum – $499 per month

PageFly

  • Great looking templates for Shopify
  • Drag-and-drop page builder
Free – $0 per month

 

Pro – $9.95 per month

Premium – $29.95 per month

SamCart

  • Great features like Subscription Saver and 1-click upsells
  • Build a store in 30 minutes or less

 

Pro – $99 per month

 

Premium – $199 per month

Leadpages

  • Range of beautiful templates
  • Create a whole website
  • Extra features like pop-ups and alert bars
Standard – $37 per month

 

Pro – $79 per month

Advanced – $321 per month

We’ll mainly be focusing on the storefront building aspect of each platform, but we will give a quick rundown of some of the other features they have to offer.

Shopify

Shopify has a lot to offer – including a secure shopping cart with zero transaction fees, automatic store backup, and a lot of security features, so you know your customers will have a safe shopping experience with you. It’s cloud-based, so you can work on your store wherever you go.

One of Shopify’s strengths is the product management system – you can easily upload, edit, and organize your products.

When it comes to templates, Shopify offers a range of beautiful options, both free and paid:

You can design pages and add a blog – however, it’s not the best page builder out there in terms of ease of use. (Apps improve the experience here – more on that a bit later).

In terms of SEO, Shopify has a lot to offer, including custom URLs and adding alt-tags to images.

Analytics-wise, they offer a good overview of how your store is performing. They also have quite a lot to offer when it comes to marketing tools. For example, the Abandoned Cart Recovery is a great tool that will email your customers to remind them to complete the checkout process.

You can change your Shopify experience by adding apps. The Appstore contains a ton of apps for different purposes – page builders, email marketing, custom packaging creators, returns solutions, and more. These vary in price – so while it’s a great way to customize your Shopify experience, if you’re not careful you could end up spending more money than you originally anticipated in running your store.

They have three pricing tiers – the Basic plan at $29 per month, the Shopify plan at $79 per month, and the Advanced Shopify plan at $299 per month. The Basic plan does have quite a lot to offer, including the very useful Abandoned Cart Recovery.

Pros of Shopify:

  • Secure payment system
  • In-built marketing tools
  • In-built analytics
  • Good choice of templates
  • Many optional apps to choose from

Cons of Shopify:

  • Apps can start to add up
  • Product pages could look nicer

Shopify offer a free 14-day trial: click here to find out more.

Shogun

Shogun is an app for Shopify, BigCommerce, and Magento, but it makes a huge difference to how your store will look to your customers. It’s a page building app, enabling you to create beautiful product pages, standard pages, blog posts, or product collections. 

The templates are great:

The drag-and-drop page builder is incredibly simple to use and will enable you to create the exact page that you desire for your website.

You can also add a ton of extras to your page – for example, social media buttons, countdown timers, buttons, videos, and images.

What’s great about Shogun is that it offers more than just page building. You can split test your pages – creating two slightly different versions of the same page to see which one performs the best – and it also has its own analytics suite, so you can see exactly how your pages are performing.

It’s a great app, and it could make a huge difference to the experience your customers can have with your store.

Shogun has three pricing plans: Build, at $39 per month, Measure, at $99 per month, and Optimize, at $149 per month. Analytics become available on the Measure plan, whereas split testing is only available on the Optimize plan.

Pros of Shogun:

  • Range of beautiful templates
  • Page builder is very easy to use
  • Add lots of extras to your page, including social media buttons and videos
  • Split testing and analytics are great ‘bonus’ features

Cons of Shogun:

  • The price of Shogun together with the platforms it is designed for could be out of reach if you’re on a very tight budget

BigCommerce

BigCommerce is another popular eCommerce platform. It has a lot to offer, including a secure site hosted by Google Cloud platform and advanced SEO and CRO tools (including Abandoned Cart Saver).

What’s good about BigCommerce is the integration with other platforms. Using BigCommerce, you can also set up to sell your products on Facebook, Instagram, eBay, Google Shopping, Amazon, and Square. You can also set up PayPal One Touch – great for enabling your customers to checkout quickly and easily.

When it comes to the storefront itself, there are a lot of templates to choose from:

You can tweak the colours and sections of your website, but it’s not the most customizable page builder we’ve seen. If you want more control over the look of your pages, you might be better off looking elsewhere. Still, the whole platform is very easy to use, which is great.

BigCommerce has a lot of great features, too, including coupons, and a basic email marketing system. Having all this in one place is really handy.

There are three pricing plans. The cheapest is Standard at $29.95 per month. Then you have Plus at $79.95 per month, and finally Pro at $249.95 per month. It’s worth noting that some of the extra features, like abandoned cart saver and customer segmentation, are only available on the Plus and Pro plans.

Pros of BigCommerce

  • Good integrations
  • Pretty straightforward to use
  • Good range of premade templates
  • Lots of payment options for customers

Cons of BigCommerce

  • Not much customization when it comes to storefront
  • Some of the best features aren’t available on the cheapest plan

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an app designed for Squarespace, enabling you to turn your website into an online store. It gives you a secure shopping experience for your customers with multiple payment methods, easy stock management, and even a mobile app so you can work on your store wherever you go.

In terms of templates, there are a variety to choose from. The free themes aren’t that great to look at, however. The paid themes are a lot nicer, with some modern and interesting designs to choose from.

You can customize your website, changing images, titles, and content. If you have a bit of coding knowledge, you’ll be able to customize your website a little more. However, if you’re a beginner, you may find the choices that you have a bit limiting.

Like Shopify, WooCommerce offers a range of plugins (some free and some paid) to enhance your store. There are a lot of marketing tools available here, including follow-up emails, email subscriptions, marketing analysis, social media marketing, and coupons and discounts. These are great, but the costs may stack up quickly here.

The reporting is pretty good, and the main draw is that the platform itself is free (minus the cost of being on WordPress) – so that could help to mitigate the costs of the plugins and templates you may need.

Pros of WooCommerce:

  • Actual platform is free
  • Paid templates are nice
  • Plugins give you extra marketing tools

Cons of WooCommerce:

  • Plugins and templates can get expensive
  • Not much customization when it comes to actual pages

3dCart

3dCart is another great option. It gives you a secure shopping cart with multiple payment options and simple order processing, including a 1-click printing system for orders.

The store builder has over 100 themes to choose from:

Some of them are paid and others are free. The themes are not as modern or dynamic as some of the others we’ve seen, but they’re still pretty decent. Unfortunately, the themes themselves are not that customizable – you can play around with the colour scheme and edit the content, but you can’t drag and drop elements to build the page exactly the way you want it.

There is, however, a ‘site content’ area. This allows you to quickly navigate the pages of your website:

You can create a variety of pages, including home pages, blog posts, and terms and conditions. The page editors themselves are quite basic, but they enable you to add text and images.

3dCart offers some great extra features, including customer grouping (you can then go on to offer those customers a specific discount code), create a gift registry, and sell your products on eBay and Amazon.

In terms of pricing, you have four options: Startup at $19 per month, Basic at $29 per month, Plus at $79 per month, and Pro at $229 per month. You can unlock most of the marketing tools and extras on the Plus plan, which is a similar price to some of the other platforms we’ve tried.

Pros of 3dCart:

  • Secure cart with a variety of payment options
  • Create pages for your website and add content to them
  • Decent range of templates
  • Extra features, like customer grouping, gift registries, and more

Cons of 3dCart:

  • Not much customization of pages
  • Some of the better features are only available on the Plus plan

Yahoo! Stores

Yahoo! Stores has over $70 million in sales under its belt – that’s a pretty impressive amount of products sold through the platform. It’s aimed at small business owners who might be new to the world of eCommerce, and it boasts a secure payment system with PayPal Smart Payment buttons, an inventory management system, and more.

When it comes to the storefront, there are quite a few templates to choose from:

We weren’t able to fully test Yahoo! Stores, but from reading user reviews, we can see that the pages are customizable to a certain extent. If you’re after a fully customizable website, you’re probably better off with another platform with more of a focus on the storefront itself.

However, if you’re after a basic store builder that will allow you to get up and running very quickly, Yahoo! Stores could be a great choice.

When it comes to pricing, there are three options: Basic, from $10.95 per month, Standard, from $25.95 per month, and Professional, from $254.95 per month. Yahoo! Stores charge you for transaction fees – from 0.75% to 1.5%, depending on which one you choose.

Pros of Yahoo! Stores

  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Decent range of templates
  • Good for beginners

Cons of Yahoo! Stores

  • Pages aren’t completely customizable
  • You will be charged for transaction fees

Kartra

Kartra is another great platform that allows you to create an eCommerce business, with a huge range of marketing features to choose from. There are so many extra features, in fact, that we can’t cover them all here. From sales funnels to marketing campaigns, video creation to calendars and scheduling, Kartra has everything you could possibly need.

However, how is it in terms of creating an attractive, easy-to-navigate storefront?

You can create a whole range of pages in Kartra, including a video sales page, at hank you page, a coming soon page, blog posts, squeeze pages, live event pages, legal pages, and many more besides. 

Kartra has a drag-and-drop page builder, which is great.

There’s a bit of a learning curve involved here, but there’s quite a bit of help and support available if you need it.

In terms of pricing, there are four tiers available: Starter, at $99 per month, Silver, at $199 per month, Gold, at $299 per month, and Platinum, at $499 per month. Obviously, this is the most expensive platform on this list. However, you’re paying for a lot of extra features, so you’ll need to bear that in mind.

Pros of Kartra:

  • Lots of marketing features
  • Everything in one place, so you don’t have to use multiple platforms
  • Lots of templates to choose from
  • Drag-and-drop page builder

Cons of Kartra:

  • On the pricier side
  • Bigger learning curve than some of the others on this list

PageFly

PageFly is another page building app built for Shopify. It will allow you to build a variety of pages for your Shopify store.

There are over 50 templates to choose from, and they all look great, easy to navigate and professional. Like Shogun, it has a drag-and-drop page builder, enabling you to assemble your pages the exact way you want to, although the interface isn’t as user-friendly as Shogun. You can choose to build regular pages, home pages, collection pages, product pages, password pages, and blog posts.

You can add a lot of extra features to your pages, including social media buttons, countdown timers, images, and videos. It’s a great way to make Shopify more customizable.

It doesn’t, however, offer much else – it’s really just designed to create pages, without any of the extra features that some of the other platforms on this list have to offer.

It does, however, have the huge advantage of having a free plan, which will allow you to build up to three pages for your Shopify store. There’s also the Pro plan, at $9.95 per month, and the Premium plan, at $29.95 per month. This makes it one of the cheapest options we’re looking at today, although you have to factor the cost of Shopify itself into the equation.

Pros of PageFly:

  • Free plan is great for Shopify users who want to create extra pages
  • Great templates
  • Drag-and-drop builder is easy to use

Cons of PageFly:

  • No extra features – it just creates pages

You can find out more about PageFly here.

SamCart

SamCart is another platform that will help you get set up quickly – you can get going in under half an hour. It offers a secure cart with the option of subscriptions, coupons, and trial offers, detailed analytics, and an affiliate center. It also has the Subscription Saver, helping you to save lost income from cancelled Subscription payments.

It has a few storefront templates to choose from:

They are, however, pretty bland. They’re a basic way to sell products – as you can tell, they don’t look that great compared to the templates some of the other platforms have to offer. You can customize these pages, but the level of customization is not that extensive – you can change colors and headings, that sort of thing, and obviously adjust the content and add images.

SamCart would be a good choice if you offer subscriptions, as it protects you against lost revenue from failed card payments – however, there are more attractive looking storefront builders out there.

There are two price plans: Pro, at $99 per month, Premium, at $199 per month. Pro contains a lot of the features you’d want, including split testing and 1-click upselling, but the Subscription Saver is restricted to the Premium plan.

Pros of SamCart:

  • Good marketing features like 1-click upsells
  • Affiliate marketing and Subscription Saver are great features
  • Quick to get started

Cons of SamCart:

  • Templates are very basic
  • Not much customization

SamCart offer a free trial – click here to find out more.

Leadpages

Leadpages is designed to create landing pages and websites. However, you can use Leadpages to create a storefront for your eCommerce business. On the Pro plan, you can sell products online, making it a similar price to some of the other platforms on this list.

Leadpages have beautiful templates:

They are attractive, responsive and look professional. They’d be particularly suited to those selling digital products, like eBooks or PDFs. The page builder itself is really simple to use, again, using a drag-and-drop mechanism to drag blocks of content where you want them. You can also customize colors, headings, etc, and if you know CSS, you can take that customization a lot further.

It’s one of the easiest page builders we’ve tried. You can create whole websites with Leadpages – so no matter what content you want to add, you can do so with ease. It also offers a range of extras – including pop-ups, alert bars, and trigger links to draw your customers’ attention where you want it.

When it comes to the pricing plans, you have Standard, at $37 per month, Pro, at $79 per month, and Advanced, at $321 per month.

Pros of Leadpages:

  • Templates look beautiful
  • Page builder is easy to use
  • Create a whole website easily
  • Pop-ups and alert bars are great extras

Cons of Leadpages:

  • Relies on integration with Stripe, so you’ll be charged transaction fees
  • No real product inventory – you have to create a page for each product. More suited to those selling a handful of products, for example, eBooks or online courses

You can find out more about Leadpages here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is basic Shopify worth it?

Short answer? Yes, it is. For only $29/month, Shopify is an amazing platform for an online store. However, the basic Shopify plan is only worth it if you have a small store. It’s important to remember that if your products are expensive or if you sell big quantities the online credit card rate (2.9% + $0.30) will add up fast.

Does Shopify protect buyers?

Yes, for a lot of users, Shopify is the safest eCommerce platform. Shopify provides a secure shopping experience for the customers, keeping up to date all the security parameters and follows all the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).

How many stores can you have on a Shopify account?

Truthfully, you can have many stores as you want….or as you can afford. The catch is, Shopify only allows you to have one store per admin login.

You’ll need to create another store if you want to sell and manage any other products/services apart from the one you already have. Especially if they have different suppliers, warehouses, or products. However, Shopify does offer the option to create two different stores, the first one under the main domain, and the second one under a subdomain.

Conclusion – Which Storefront Builder Will You Choose?

As you can see, there are many great storefront builders out there, and this list doesn’t cover all of them. What you will choose as your favorite will depend on a lot of factors – pricing, features, and your level of experience.

If you want to quickly set up a store, and you’re not too bothered about limited templates, SamCart is a good option, as you can get going in under 30 minutes, and the pricing is pretty average for a storefront builder. If you’re after the complete package, Kartra is a great choice – it really does have everything you could imagine for an online business, and it’s particularly great if you run events that need managing, too. Or, if you want a very easy way to make an attractive storefront for your Shopify page, we’d definitely recommend Shogun – it’s user-friendliness and beautiful templates make it a great choice.

Any of these choices will help you to create a beautiful storefront, improving your customers’ shopping experience and hopefully landing you more sales. If you can’t decide, many of them offer free trials, which is a great way to get a feel for how the platform works before you make your final decision.

Best Shopify Page Builders – Which is the Best Page Builder for You?

Shopify is an excellent platform, used and enjoyed by many people around the world. As an eCommerce platform, it works brilliantly, but if you really want to grow your online stores, there comes a time when you need more than just the page builders that Shopify offers, which is why I wanted to discuss the best Shopify page builders I’ve found with you here today.

However, you may want a more ‘complete’ website – something that shows your customers exactly what your brand is about, something that gives them extra content and that gives them a good first impression. For that, you may need to consider installing a page builder app. Shopify offers a range of different apps, and page builders are a great tool for those who want to make beautiful landing pages, blog posts, and more.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the best Shopify page builders, testing out how they work and exploring their pros and cons, to see which is the best one for you.

Why Do I Need a Page Builder for Shopify?

Although Shopify is a great platform for your eCommerce business, you might find their templates a bit limiting. You want a website that will capture the interest of your potential customers; you want something that looks professional, interesting and is easy for them to navigate. A page builder could be the thing you’re looking for: it will work with your Shopify products, enabling you to design a page that looks exactly the way you want it to.

You may also want to make different pages for your website. You might want a detailed About page that will explain the story of your business to your customers. You may want to run a blog, perhaps showing them a glimpse of what your business looks like behind the scenes, or to inform your customers of upcoming products. Or, you may want to create a page from scratch that doesn’t fit into any of those categories.

Some page builders also include extra features, like split testing, or analytics. This is great if you want to further understand how your business is doing, or if you want to improve the performance of your pages.

Finally, a good page builder will work with other platforms – for example, you may be able to create custom social media buttons to give your customers more ways to connect with you, or you may be able to insert a form for email marketing platform. These things may seem small, but they could make a big difference to your business overall.

Interested? Let’s take a look at five of the best page building apps there are for Shopify right now.

Shogun

Shogun (full review here!) is a great platform for Shopify (and is also available on Magento and BigCommerce), with tons of attractive templates to choose from. You can build the following types of pages:

  • Standard pages
  • Blog posts
  • Product pages
  • Collections

Page Builder

There are a lot of beautiful templates to choose from with Shogun.

They look easy to navigate and professional, and you can choose to view how they will look on different types of platforms before you decide.

The page builder itself is a real highlight of Shogun – it’s really easy to use and nice to look at, too.

At any time, you can switch between types of devices and keep editing – so if you want to check it looks okay on a mobile device, you can do that, and then choose to keep working on the page in mobile view.

The menu on the right-hand side allows you to build your page. You can choose from basic structural blocks, like sections, columns, sliders, tables, tabs, and accordions – and simply drag your chosen block onto the page. Once you’ve arranged things the way you like, you add content, which includes:

  • Images (you can upload these or choose them from another platform, like Facebook or Google Drive)
  • Videos
  • Text, including headings, paragraphs and bullet-point lists
  • Icons
  • Countdowns
  • Separators
  • Maps
  • Forms
  • Custom HTML

You can also add products from your Shopify store – you can choose a product image, title, and description, for example, and drag them around where you want them on the page. You can also add product reviews, which is great, as well as an add to cart button.

Another great feature is the social media icons section – you can create icons for your main social media accounts in any size and color.

Structural blocks allow you to add pre-made blocks of content to your page. Again, this is great if you’re building a page from scratch and you’re not sure where to start.

Split Testing

Using the highest-priced plan, you can split test your pages. This is a really great tool to improve the performance of your pages over time, and Shogun has gone out of their way to make this a really simple process for you. You can choose from three objectives: clickthrough rates, sales, and add-to-cart. Shogun will then create a duplicate version of your page, allowing you to make slight adjustments (you can swap between them easily in the page builder). 

Shogun will then run the split test for as long as you want it to. You can choose to allow Shogun to pick the most likely winner, or you can view the results and choose which version you’d like to use.

This is a really great feature – and could make a big difference to your sales over time.

SEO

Shogun helps you to optimize your SEO in the following ways:

  • Set page title and meta description easily when you make a page
  • Add alt-tags to your images
  • Images will be compressed, making the load time faster
  • Uses semantic HTML, resulting in SEO-friendly pages

Analytics

On the two highest price tiers, Shogun has an Analytics Suite.

You can see how well your pages are performing in the following areas:

  • Sales Conversion
  • Add to Cart
  • Total Sessions
  • Bounce Rate
  • Top Clickthrough Destinations
  • Top Outside Referrers

You can also see how each page performs on different types of devices. The great thing is you can compare your pages – this gives you a great visualisation of how each type of page is doing.

You can also view your split test results here. All in all, it’s a great analytics package, and it’s so helpful to have it ready for you without having to worry about signing up to another platform.

Extra Features

There are a few more things we need to say about Shogun, too:

  • Syncing

This allows you to copy content between your stores – whether that is a whole page, a blog post, or snippets of pages that you’ve created. As long as you have two or more stores on a paid plan with the same verified email address, you’ll be able to sync your content right away.

  • Advanced Settings

If you know Liquid, CSS, or JavaScript, you can create custom elements for your Shogun pages. You can also add extras, like a MailChimp form, custom fonts, an anchor for your pages, and even embed third-party forms.

Support

Shogun has a pretty good knowledge base, with videos, tutorials, and FAQs. You can also leave a message for a Shogun representative to get back to you if you have any issues, or if you’re a higher price plan, you can access a live chat feature to speak to someone straight away.

Pricing

Here’s the lowdown on Shogun’s pricing plans:

Build

Build costs $39 per month and includes the following:

  • Drag and drop page builder
  • All page types
  • 30 + page templates
  • Design by screen size
  • SEO controls
  • Email support
  • 2 user seats

Measure

Measure costs $99 per month and includes the following:

  • Everything in the ‘Build’ plan
  • Analytics Suite
  • Multi Site CMS/page syncing
  • Content scheduling
  • Dev tools
  • Email and live chat support
  • 4 user seats

Optimize

Optimize costs $149 per month and includes the following:

  • Everything in the ‘Measure’ plan
  • AB testing
  • 6 user seats

Click here to find out about Shogun’s 10-day free trial!

Pros and Cons of Shogun

Here are the pros and cons of the platform:

Pros

  • Platform is super easy to use and looks great
  • Templates are beautiful and professional
  • The editor is very easy to use
  • The extra features (like split testing and analytics) are great

Cons

  • It’s a shame that split testing is only available on the most expensive plan
  • Not many integrations yet (although there may be more on the way according to the developers)

PageFly

PageFly is a great app that will allow you to make a variety of pages, including:

  • Regular page
  • Home page
  • Collection page
  • Product page
  • Password page
  • Blog post

Page Builder

The templates are attractive, and there are quite a few to choose from. You can also choose to switch between widescreen, desktop, tablet, and mobile view to see what they will look like on each type of device.

The page builder itself is pretty straightforward to use. You can create the structure of your page using the ‘layout’ section, which will allow you to drag and drop structural elements onto the page. You can then fill those blocks with content, which can include:

  • Text, including headings, paragraphs, and bullet point lists
  • Buttons, icons, and QR codes
  • Images
  • Media, including YouTube videos and SoundCloud clips
  • Social media, including Instagram, Facebook Like, Facebook Page, and Twitter
  • Extra ecommerce features, like MailChimp sign up forms, tables, tabs, accordions, slideshows, Google Maps, and a countdown timer
  • Custom HTML

You can also insert items from your Shopify store – including product details, images, and descriptions. You can easily add an ‘add to cart’ button, too.

If you’d prefer to start from scratch, you can:

You may want to use pre-made sections: only available on the Pro plan, these are design elements that you can drag onto your page (for example, an image with a text overlay and a button). You may find it easier to build your page using these pre-made sections.

At any time, you can view how your page will look on different types of devices using the button at the top of the page.

If you create a section of a page that you really like, you can choose to save it, and then quickly add it to other pages. This is great if you’re trying to keep your pages consistent.

SEO

PageFly will help you to improve your SEO in the following ways:

  • Page URL
  • Meta Description
  • Page Title

You can easily edit these as you go along, and PageFly will remind you to set these when you create a new page.

Analytics

PageFly do not have their own analytics – you have to integrate with another platform, like Google Analytics, to see how your pages are performing.

Support

In terms of support, PageFly has an in-depth knowledge base:

This includes videos, tutorials, and articles to help you make the most of the platform. You can also submit a query using a ticket system, and someone will get back to you. There’s also a Facebook group for PageFly users, which you may find useful.

Pricing

PageFly is available at a reasonable price – there’s even a free plan, which is great if you only want to create a couple of pages. Here’s a quick rundown of the pricing:

Free

The free plan will cost you nothing, but is missing some of the key features in the paid plans. Here’s what you get:

  • 15+ templates
  • Basic page elements
  • 1 saved section
  • 3 page limit
  • New regular page
  • Page outline

Pro

Pro is $9.95 per month (or $8.25 per month if you choose to pay for a year in one go). It offers:

  • Everything in the ‘Free’ plan
  • 40+ templates
  • Advanced page elements
  • 5 saved sections
  • No page limit
  • Product page add-on
  • New Home page
  • Autosave

Premium Plan

Premium plan is $29.95 per month (or $24.96 per month if you choose to pay for a year in one go). It offers:

  • Everything in the ‘Pro’ plan
  • 20 saved sections
  • Collection page add-on
  • New Coming Soon page
  • New blog post
  • Import/export page
  • Slideshow element
  • Version history

You can find out more about PageFly here.

The Pros and Cons of PageFly

Here’s what you need to know about the platform:

Pros

  • Reasonable price plans, with a free plan for those who just want to build a couple of pages
  • Pretty easy to use
  • Good support

Cons

  • No extra features
  • The platform doesn’t look as attractive as others that we’ve tried

GemPages

GemPages Page Builder and Funnel is an app that allows you to create the following:

  • Home pages
  • Product pages
  • Collection pages
  • Blog posts

Shopify Page Builder

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There are quite a few templates to choose from – they look clean and easy to navigate.

One of the first things that GemPages will draw your attention to is the Library. 

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This will bring up a collection of pre-designed blocks to choose from – from FAQs to product lists to content. These blocks look sleek and well-designed, and they’re easy to simply insert into your page wherever you want them.

When it comes to content, you have a lot to choose from.

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The area on the left (where the arrow is pointing) is where you need to go to add content. You can add:

  • Text, including headings and text blocks
  • Images
  • Buttons
  • Icons
  • Separators
  • Custom sections (using Liquid)
  • Icon lists
  • Modules (including Google Maps and Instagram)
  • Popups (custom popups or video popups)
  • Videos (including Vimeo and YouTube)
  • Form fields (this allows you to create a custom form)

You can also add ‘Banners’ and ‘Stacks’. This allows you to quickly arrange a group of products on your page.

It’s really straightforward to create beautiful pages for your products just by dragging and dropping these elements where you want them.

You can also add special elements for Collection and Article pages.

At any time, you can switch between device types to see what your website will look like on different types of devices (and you can edit them in those modes, too).

The whole platform feels very clean, simple, and user-friendly – it’s really easy to get your head around how it all works.

You can also choose to save your templates in the Library – this is great if you wish to create several similar-looking pages to keep things consistent.

The good thing about GemPages is what they call ‘mini apps’ that are built into the platform. These include video pop-ups, countdown timers, and other great features which could make a huge difference to the way your customers interact with your business.

SEO

When it comes to improving your SEO, GemPages has this to offer:

  • Add alt-tags to images
  • Set page title and meta description
  • Uses ‘lazy loading’ – this makes your pages load much faster

Analytics

GemPages do not offer their own analytics – you’ll have to work with a third-party analytics platform instead.

Support

GemPages has a great live-chat support feature, so if you need help, you’ll be able to get it quickly. They’ve also got an FAQ page, but it doesn’t have a huge amount on it yet, and we weren’t able to find all the information we were looking for.

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It also has a ‘tips for sellers’ page with video tutorials on how to use the platform. These are really useful.

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Pricing

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There are three price plans for GemPages:

Starter – $15 per month

  • Intuitive page builder
  • 30+ templates
  • Landing pages
  • Home pages
  • SEO optimized
  • Fastest CDN loading
  • Mobile editing
  • Email support

Professional – $29 per month

  • Everything in the Starter plan
  • Product pages
  • Collection pages
  • Blog posts
  • Premium templates
  • Speed Plus +
  • Boost sale add-ons
  • Priority live chat

Advanced – $59 per month

  • Everything in Pro
  • 03 Store Installations
  • Sales funnel builder (up and downsell)
  • Copy between GemPages accounts
  • Enterprise support

GemPages offers a free trial – click here to find out more.

The Pros and Cons of GemPages

Here are the pros and cons of the platform:

Pros

  • Platform is easy to use and looks good
  • Templates look clean and professional 

Cons

  • Knowledge Base isn’t that useful
  • Some of the features advertised were difficult to find on the platform itself

Page Studio

Page Studio is another great app. It allows you to build:

  • Landing pages
  • Home pages
  • About pages
  • Contact pages
  • FAQs
  • Story pages

Page Builder

There are a lot of great templates to choose from with Page Studio:

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They look very professional and easy to use. 

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Once you click on a template, it immediately opens up the page builder. Unlike the other platforms we’ve reviewed, Page Studio doesn’t open in a separate window. This is slightly annoying as it means you have a bit less space to work with.

You can view how your page will look on mobile, desktop, or full size at any time.

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Sections are pre-built design elements that you can insert into your page. By clicking on one, it pops into the page for you. These look great and are very easy to customize.

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In the area shown by the arrow, you can add content. This includes:

  • Text, including headlines and images next to text
  • Images, including collections of images
  • Separators
  • Buttons
  • Forms
  • Videos
  • Maps
  • Cards (these are short paragraphs of text with an image at the top – great for creating bios)
  • Social media buttons
  • Call to action sections
  • Testimonials
  • Pricing
  • Contact sections
  • Buy Now buttons
  • Countdown clocks
  • Custom HTML 

The whole platform isn’t as user-friendly as the others on this list – the elements in the pre-built templates aren’t able to be dragged around, although you can drag and drop new elements onto the page – and it’s a lot more basic. However, for the price, it’s still a decent page builder and should allow you to build some great landing pages.

You can also duplicate pages, which is really handy.

SEO

In terms of improving your SEO, Page Studio can offer the following:

  • Set SEO title
  • Set meta description
  • Set URL
  • Add alt-text to images

Analytics

Unfortunately, Page Studio do not offer their own analytics – you’ll have to use a separate platform for that.

Support

Page Builder has an FAQ section on its website:

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There’s also a Getting Started guide, which is really helpful if you want to make the most of the platform. There is support available Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm PT, and you can email them a question at any time.

Pricing

In terms of pricing, ShopPad is pretty straightforward:

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There’s only one pricing plan, and this obviously includes everything the platform has to offer. It’s a pretty decent price point considering the types of pages you can make, and if you’re looking for something simple, it could be a great choice. They also offer a free trial – click here to find out more.

The Pros and Cons of Page Studio

Here are the best and worst parts of the platform:

Pros

  • Simple pricing plan
  • Great templates

Cons

  • FAQ section could be more detailed
  • Whole thing runs within the Shopify platform itself, giving you less room to manoeuvre
  • Page builder isn’t as easy to use as some of the others we’ve tried

Hypervisual

Hypervisual is another page builder for Shopify. It will allow you to build any page that you can think of – it says that it can help ‘create the world’s most beautiful eCommerce pages’.

Page Builder

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As you can see, like Page Studio, Hypervisual runs within the Shopify platform itself.

To get started, you are presented with a blank page. (It gives you some inspiration in the form of templates if you find this overwhelming).

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You can choose to add the following:

  • Headers
  • Images
  • Text
  • Videos
  • Custom HTML
  • Products
  • Collections
  • Spacers
  • Two Columns
  • 2,3, or 4 Columns With Image and Text
  • 3 or 4 Columns of Products
  • Email Opt-Ins
  • Image Sliders
  • Vertical Images and Text

You can also add ‘Hero Banners’ – this is a large banner comprising of an image with text overlay.

Rather than clicking and dragging, you simply add sections using the ‘+’ button, installing them where you want them. 

It’s not the easiest page builder around – it feels quite fiddly and not as intuitive as some of the others we’ve tried – but you can create some good-looking pages using Hypervisual.

The platform is pretty easy to navigate though, with each of your pages easy to find and edit:

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It also has a few great features, including an in-built email sign-up form, and add to cart buttons – so you can create pages for your products that your customers will enjoy using.

Message Match

One great feature that Hypervisual has to offer is Message Match. This clever tool allows you to create slightly different versions of the same page, with different URLs, to show different customers. This is a great way to test out different types of pages and see what clicks with your customers. 

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You can see from the area shown by the arrow that this is easy to set up – you simply click ‘New Version’ and it opens up the same page again, which you can edit slightly. You can also view the links for each version so you can share it to the right people. This is a really interesting idea.

SEO

With Hypervisual, all of your page content is indexed by Google and is made to be SEO-friendly – and is designed to have a super-fast loading time.

You can also click ‘Edit Website SEO’ to change the web address for your page, if you want to.

Analytics

Hypervisual does not have its own analytics suite. It does, however, offer automatic integration with Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel, which is useful.

Support

Hypervisual has a live chat feature, which is great if you want help instantly.

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It also has an FAQ section, although at the time of writing it didn’t have much on it – there were a few things we wanted to know that didn’t come up when we searched for it, which is a shame.

Pricing

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Hypervisual has three pricing plans:

  • Merchant – $9.95 per month

Up to 12 active pages and unlimited blog posts

  • Pro – $24 per month

13 to 36 active pages plus unlimited blog posts

  • Ultimate – $49 per month

Unlimited pages and unlimited blog posts

  • Hypervisual offers a 14-day free trial: click here to find out more.

The Pros and Cons of Hypervisual

Here are the best and worst parts of the platform:

Pros

  • Pretty straightforward to use
  • Message Match is an interesting feature
  • Pricing plans are very simple

Cons

  • A bit fiddly and not as intuitive as the others
  • FAQ section isn’t that helpful

Frequently Asked Question

How often does Shopify payout?

Shopify transfers your payment to your bank account. A normal payout period ranges from 2-4 business days depending on where you live. You should be notified by Shopify if your business is under a longer payout period.

How much does Shopify cost?

Shopify’s basic plan starts out at $29.99 a month. Its main plan costs $79/month and its advanced plan costs $299 a month. This, however, does not include credit card and transaction fees.

Conclusion: Which is the Best Page Builder for Shopify?

As you can see, there are many best Shopify page builders. Any of these platforms could help you to create great-looking pages for your eCommerce site, and all of them are pretty easy to use.

However, there are variations in terms of user-friendliness and price. If you want to create a few basic pages for your website, PageFly’s free plan could be a great option (although keep in mind some of the page elements are missing from the free plan – make sure you check first). Page Studio is a simple platform and could be great if that’s what you’re looking for – it has a pretty low price point, too.

In terms of features and design, however, we’ll have to go with Shogun as our favorite. The templates are beautiful, the platform itself is great to look at and easy to navigate, and the extra ecommerce features, like the analytics suite and split testing, make it a really great choice.

We hope this has helped you to choose which app is right for your Shopify store!

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