August 30, 2007
So How Does This Work? This post is outdated
I'm looking at possibly creating a Shopify store. I've been kinda eying it since it was first launched, but the ecommerce store I work for was always too integrated in it's current software to let me toy with other storefronts. Now I have a new project that I will be working for on the side, and I definitely want to give Shopify a shot in order to get it up and running quickly. I do have a couple questions that I couldn't really tell from poking around the site: - I can (obviously) set up the store to run from my own domain with the exception of the checkout process, but how does that work exactly? I've seen the featured stores, but I don't see any information about how to set it up or what's involved. Is it hosted on my server? If so, does it use a web service to connect to the shopify database? - I'm sure there are restrictions/quirks/bugs (*EVERY* piece of software has them), what are some features or functionality that you (the community) feel is missing? How do you end up getting around that? - Are there modules available to add functionality? I see "3rd party software/other scripts" in the sticky; is that the official list? Is through an API or is using Liquid Markup? I'm just curious because I'm more of a developer, so I expect I'd tackle a couple add ons if possible. - Overall, how do you (the community) compare this package to other shopping carts (eg. osCommerce, ZenCart, Miva Merchant and Yahoo! Stores)? Thanks guys!