The business owners of today love to have an online store. But the real dilemma begins when they need to choose from amongst many available platforms for their e-store. There is a confusion; as to whether to go for Magento, WordPress, Shopify, or some other platform. Also, while choosing one of these platforms, e-store owners often forget to address two major aspects.
One, simplicity. And two, flexibility. Now comes the sad part – simple platforms are not flexible enough and the flexible ones are not simple enough. In fact, in both the cases you might have to hire professionals to build your e-store from the scratch. The name “Shopify” is often a favorite amongst the upcoming business owners. And why not? It lets them build an online store in a matter of few clicks with ample amount of options in dashboards and themes.
But as discussed above, although it is an easy to integrate and use, it is not flexible enough to cope with certain requirements. So, even if you go for professional Shopify Ecommerce Development, the professional developers might suggest you to install plugins and give other solutions. Through this blog, we will provide you with:
Here are 5 tips to handle the Drawbacks of Shopify Platform
1. CMS Compatibility Issues
When it comes to displaying products in different ways and writing their descriptions, Shopify is perfect for sure. But what if you want to manage an impeccable blog on your Shopify Store? Does it offer functionalities like WordPress? The answer, unfortunately, is No.
By using the Shopping platform, you can get bespoke theme customization along with different blocks and sections. You often might have seen press pages, look books and recipe catalogs. Now you know where they come from.
2. The International Retail Dilemma
Have you ever shopped from a Shopify store belonging to different countries? If yes, you might have observed something. Supposing, if you have a US based account and a customer is buying from the U.K.; they might be able to see the product prices displayed in pounds. But when they checkout, the total will revert into US dollars. Several e-store owners complain about this retail issue with Shopify.
To get over this dilemma, you can hire a Shopify developer, who would advise you to make multiple localized e-stores. You can link these e-stores to a business banking account belonging to that country. Thereafter, a problem like this one might not occur. Also, Shopify lets you have maximum 10 stores per account. But if you are handling many e-stores at once, you would need extensions that help you to sync inventory data, product data and more across your stores.
When you follow the above given method, you can choose different ways of selling and have different price tables for different customers.
3. The Language Blues
Using Shopify, you can have an e-store in the language of your choice and manage all the content in the same language; true. But, it supports multiple languages – false. So, what if you have an e-store that needs to communicate with customers in different language? Well, things might get difficult for you. And during such times you can prefer to use a plugin that makes multi-language setup easier for you.
There is also one more solution available to address the language issue. You can set up different Shopify instances for your target place. Thereafter, you will have the option to choose the suitable language and currency for that area. As Shopify Plus enables you to have up to 10 accounts; you can synchronize your content and inventory by using a solution available on the app store.
As easy as it may sound, it might involve some cumbersome ways and ask for developer level skills. So, it is advisable to go for customized Shopify development.
4. Detailed Product Search Problem
This too, is one of the major drawbacks of Shopify. Although it has a good search option, it gives a difficult time when one wants to conduct a detailed search. For example, let us say your customer is looking for photo frames. And therein, you offer photo frames for different occasions. So, when the visitor writes “wedding photo frames” in the search option, they might not be able to do it with efficiency.
Also, there is one more limitation. If your user mistypes the name of the product, it will not show them with the right suggestions. What follows is, customer complaints and cart abandonments. To avoid a scenario like this one, you can find Shopify apps that offer suggestive search to your customers and help you with simplified selling.
5. Difficult to Manage POS
As someone belonging to the ecommerce domain, you might be aware that Shopify POS system accepts different forms of payments; right from debit and credit cards to Apple Pay. It is also possible for Shopify owners to manage store credit and refunds. Well, although, it works well for small retailers, it does tend to get complicated when one wants to manage the Logistics of huge stores with different inventory locations.
Shopify’s POS system is such that it can draw only from one stock location. So, if you have established a new physical store, Shopify POS will be a bliss for you. But, if you need to manage multi-location inventory and have different stocks at multiple warehouses, things might get a bit awry for you.
Still, if you want to keep working around the same POS, you can create an account for every POS system and a customized sync application that helps you to manage your offline and online sales activities. You might or might not be happy with this arrangement.
We hope the above-mentioned drawbacks of Shopify and their solutions will work for your business. Have you come across any other problems while managing your Shopify store? If yes, write to us and we will try our best to offer you with Shopify development services that suit your requirements.