A scalable Shopify eCommerce solution grows with your business

Juha Stenroos19.11.2021Reading time 5 min

Are you considering Shopify as your online business platform? The modern cloud-based SaaS eCommerce platform offers versatile tools for building a scalable eCommerce solution. If needed, Shopify also adapts to complex enterprise needs.

With the cloud-based Shopify eCommerce platform, you can quickly be in business. You get an easy-to-maintain and cost-effective online store that you can rely on even during unexpected rush hours. Shopify also scales to complex enterprise needs.

As a Shopify merchant, you have an enormous amount of digital business opportunities, and new features are constantly being developed.

What kind of an online store is Shopify best for?

Shopify is an excellent platform for building many kinds of online stores. There are exceptions, of course, but in general, Shopify is a particularly suitable solution if your online business follows the logic of a typical online store. The visual identity and user interface can also be created exactly the way you want it, without any major restrictions.

Shopify grows with your needs and the challenges you face. But as the number of customizations and integrations increases, so does the amount of technical development work. If the solution you need differs significantly from the logic of a typical online store or requires a lot of customization, don’t hesitate to ask us for advice! Let's discuss your needs in more detail.

If you are currently exploring options for eCommerce solutions that support your business, check out some of the eCommerce solutions we have implemented for our clients.

With Shopify you will open your online store in no time

With Shopify, you are in business in no time. Speed matters, because tomorrow your customers may already be buying from your competitors. 

Compared to many other eCommerce platforms, Shopify has a short time-to-market. This means the time from starting an eCommerce project to the first purchase made from your online store. Why? Compared to its competitors, Shopify has many features already set up for building an online store.

What does scalability mean in practice?

A scalable online store works reliably during visitor surges or when the store is busier than usual. Cloud-based Shopify often handles the increased traffic better than its competitors running on dedicated servers. Peak hours are no problem for your online business with Shopify.

Scalability also means that the platform grows according to your business needs. Shopify is easy to expand if you want to become a B2B merchant or want to improve customer experience with automations.

A Shopify online store built right is a cost-effective and easy-to-maintain eCommerce solution. It is natively available in Finnish and supports twenty different language versions. Shopify’s checkout process is regarded as best in class and your customers can pay with all popular payment methods. In other words, buying is easy.

If you are looking for more scalability and functions, you should check out the Shopify Plus solution. We'll tell you more about that soon.

A Shopify online store is always unique 

There are a few different options for building a Shopify online store. The work always begins with building integrations and defining store settings. The simplest way to implement a user interface is to create your own Shopify theme. In this case, hosting and maintenance will remain on Shopify's servers.

If all your wishes cannot be carried out with Shopify's offering, you can create a separate application for your store. This could be done, for example, if you want to embed store functionalities to your mobile app or feature them as a part of another eCommerce site. With a separate application, you can also create an atypical URL structure for your store, thus helping out with search engine visibility.

A hybrid model may often be the best solution since, at the end of the day, each online store is unique.

Integrations free up time for productive work

Shopify adapts to a wide range of wants and needs. Via Shopify's interfaces, many external systems can be integrated into the online store. With integrations, you free up resources for doing the actual business.

For example, if you want to integrate a product information management system into your store or create new applications, Admin API interface does the trick. Storefront API allows you to sell your products on other websites or mobile apps. Shopify App Store also has ready-made integrations to various systems.

If in doubt, we will help you make the most of Shopify’s integration potential and fine-tune your eCommerce processes.

Enterprise-level Shopify Plus

Shopify also has its own solution for enterprise-level eCommerce. Over the years, Shopify Plus has grown into an enterprise eCommerce platform geared for large-scale needs of consumer online shopping and B2B eCommerce.

Shopify Plus combines functionalities with customization capabilities built for enterprise needs. With Shopify Plus, transaction costs are also lower, meaning if you sell well online, Shopify Plus will become a more affordable choice over time.

With Shopify Plus, you can also for example customize ordering and payment processes, build user interface views for different customer profiles, and offer personal pricing. With Plus, there are even more extensive integration possibilities and automation solutions, not to mention extensive migration tools when changing eCommerce platforms. You can also create a Shopify Plus online store as a headless solution in which the backend and the frontend are decoupled. Shopify Plus is also a great option when you want to offer your customers a seamless shopping experience across all channels and touchpoints.

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