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Shopsite Review

Shopsite Review

ShopSite is an award winning shopping cart which has been in the market for a long time. It has won its reputations as a trusted eCommerce Builder by many merchants of small to medium sized businesses.
ShopSite is a cloud-based platform that lets you add eCommerce functionality to any website and instead of hosting your website, ShopSite outsource hosting to its affiliates. It's extremely basic and provides just enough features and tools to help you sell online. ShopSite enjoys positive reviews as one of the easiest to setup, manage and enjoyable to use.


Pricing

ShopSite offers a free demo to test drive the platform before making any commitments; this allows the user to explore the cart functionality and features. The platform offers four pricing plans each has its benefits and limitations:

1.Express Plan, which is free and includes features such as a 10 product limit (zero pages), mobile friendly checkout, add order buttons, WordPress plugin, secure/PCI certified;
2.Starter Plan $5.99/month - includes features like a 15 product limit (5 pages), SEO friendly pages, mobile friendly, over 50 themes and 25 payment methods to choose from;
3.Manager Plan $29.99/month - which includes the same features as Starter Plan, plus, unlimited product, unlimited pages, store search, real-time shipping rates, database and downloads;
4.Pro Plan $59.99/month - which includes features as manager, plus coupons, quantity pricing, cross-selling, product reviews, Facebook store.


Ease of Use

ShopSite has a natural user interface, in fact, the shopping cart has won awards as user-friendly and enjoyable to use. It is fast to setup, with their store wizard application you can be selling your products as soon as in 15 minutes. The backend is intuitive and easy to navigate even a novice user will not have trouble using ShopSite panel.
Many of ShopSite themes are responsive and depending on your HTML skills you can customize the templates as far as you can, which allow you to create a unique store for online business.


Features

ShopSite offers all the necessary eCommerce feature solutions to start selling online, with many advanced features such as real-time shipping rates, discount coupons, a cross-selling and unlimited product available only on their Manager and Pro Plan.
Some noticeable features that are available in the Manager and Pro Plan include advanced order options, search engine friendly HTML pages, data import wizard, product & pages XML upload/download, easy order printing, Google analytics, mobile support, cart abandonment emails, HTML customer receipts, etc. You can view a full list on their website. There are several steps involved to start receiving payment. You will need to open a merchant account and payment gateway from the default providers and configure them in the backend by pressing 'commerce' then 'payment setup.' The platform is compatible with many payment gateways that include PayPal, Authorize.net, Google Wallet and Amazon Payments.


Customer Support

ShopSite customer support is outsourced to any third party hosting partners. If you are self-hosting your website, then you can purchase direct support from ShopSite.
In additions to this ShopSite provide a knowledge base of resources, ShopSite forum, technical bulletin, documentations, video tutorials, support portal and general contact portal used for paid questions.


Conclusion

ShopSite is an excellent choice for those that are just getting started in the eCommerce business which offers simplicity and easy navigations. It does lack some professional features to take your business to the next level, but for the price, it's a good eCommerce starter program for small to medium business.

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