10 Reasons Why Shopify is the best option !!

In our 21st century, no one has time to physically go shopping, instead of that people are getting more and more attracted towards online shopping or E-commerce(in technical term).

And it’s not at all a bad idea if you are thinking of a startup or small business for selling your product online. All you need is a platform, which help’s you to establish your own brand. Shopify is one of that platform that you must have a look.

WHAT IS SHOPIFY??

Shopify is a cool E-commerce platform that allows you to set up an online store to sell your products. It is all-in-one web-based platform that let the entrepreneur run their own online store.

Those days are left far behind when people had to worry about setting up a website from a scratch, just to start an e-commerce business. Because Shopify had made that difficult task a cakewalk for us.

HTML, CSS, JS, etc are the programming languages which are used for appearance and designing your website. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet heard about these names, Shopify still allows you to have full control over the appearance and setup of your store (without having knowledge of those programming languages).

Now let’s know the features that Shopify provides and why anyone should opt for Shopify rather than any other platform.

10 Reasons Why Shopify is a better option!!

1. Hosted Solution

Hosted Solutions

Shopify is completely reliable as it hosts over 500,000 stores. Shopify was the first hosted e-commerce website solution to use a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

A CDN is a large network of servers placed across the world to ensure your customers can get your online store loaded quickly, no matter where they are. While choosing an E-commerce platform one of the aspects you must know is the difference between ‘Self Hosted’ and ‘Hosted’.

  • Self Hosted
    • In ‘Self-Hosted’ e-commerce solution you download and run the software yourself.  You need to set up everything from scratch, also managing the hardware infrastructure and operating system on which your e-commerce website is going to work on.
    • In case if you need help when your website run into an error, there is no centralized support system you can contact. In terms of security, uptime and managing traffic self-hosted is usually less preferred.
  • Hosted
    • In ‘Hosted’ you don’t have to worry about managing the server, security, uptime, traffics, etc. Every technical aspect is managed by the platform provider. The hosted application can be deployed easily as compared to conventional software.
    • These type of applications are managed by the service provider so, they are updated and patched with the most stable version and is backed by continual technical and customer support.

2. Supports Multiple Languages

Suppose you have an online store which is selling its product in Canada whose native language is English or French and you are planning to expand your business in Germany, then it would be preferable if your website appears to Germany folks in their native language (German).

Multi-Language

Based on the data of the Gallup survey of language preferences [PDF] and  Common Sense Advisory surveyed  2,430 web consumers in eight countries :

  • 9/10 Internet users said that, when given a choice of languages, they always visited a website in their own language.
  • 42% said they never purchase products and services in other languages.
  • 72.1% of consumers spend most or all of their time on websites in their own language.
  • 72.4% of consumers said they would be more likely to buy a product with information in their own language.
  • 56.2% of consumers said that the ability to obtain information in their own language is more important than price.

In Shopify, there are many plugins available like ‘Langify’ (manual translate)‘Panda Language Translate’, ‘Multi Lingo’ it allows the merchant to translate their storefront into multiple languages. Although it is preferred to use the manual translation app rather than the auto-translation app to translate your store.

Having the storefront in customers own native language creates a friendly impression, which in future can increase your business rate.

3. 100+ Professional Themes

“The first impression is the last impression”

When any user visits your website the first thing that comes up is the design or look and feel of the store. So it would create a favorable influence on the user if your store has a nice quality design and a good theme.

Shopify has a number of feature-rich, beautiful themes which are developed by professional web-designers. The design of your website always plays an essential role when it comes to e-commerce.

Shopify Theme

Thousands of dollars are being spent by the store owner to get their store designed by professionals. But if you are a Shopify user you get most of the themes designed by the professionals for free.

There is a range of free and paid theme in Shopify to find the right look and feel for your online store. Here are some of the examples of Shopify’s themes

  • Narrative (free)
  • Debut (free)
  • Jumpstart (free)
  • Brooklyn (free)
  • Boundless (free)
  • Parallax
  • Empire
  • Canopy
  • Retina

These themes are even categorized according to design or product your store is selling. Shopify makes sure that themes are modern, clean (no bug), easily customizable, responsive design, cross-border compatibility and many more.

4. 100+ Payment Gateways

A payment gateway is simply a software application, which conduit between your e-commerce website and the bank that authorizes (or declines) your customer’s credit card payment. It is the final step of the sales process, without it you won’t be able to securely charge your customer when they purchase any items from your online store.

Payment Gateway

Shopify supports all the well-known payment methods such as

  • Credit & Debit Cards
  • Net Banking
  • Bank Transfer
  • EMI’s
  • Cash on Delivery (COD)
  • Wallets
  • UPI
  • PayPal

Some of the well-known payment gateways supported by Shopify are:

[Link of all the payment] gateways Shopify supports

You get the ultimate freedom for choosing the right payment gateway options for your customer provided by Shopify. Shopify even has its own built-in payment system powered by Stripe.

Here are some of the reasons provided by Shopify for using their own Payment platform :

  • Shopify plan transaction fee is now free.
  • Lower costs with an online credit card rate of 2.4% + 20p (Basic), 2.1% + 20p (Professional), or 1.8% + 20p (Unlimited), and no hidden charges or extra fees
  • Managing of orders, payments and payouts can be done directly through Shopify.

5. Manage Your Store with Smart Phone

Are you worried about your online store while enjoying your holidays or trip with friends or family?

Not to worry anymore now onwards, because the Shopify mobile app lets you manage your orders, product, staffs, and customers from anywhere just with your smartphone.

Manage Products in-app

  • This mobile app will let you upload your products images
  • Set the features and pricing details of the product
  • Adding the products to collections

Process your orders with few steps

  • Completion of order, refund to customers, or archive orders
  • Manage tags and notes
  • Conversion details can be viewed

Respond to real-time information or queries

  • See the live sales or visitors traffic
  • Get notified instantly when you receive the order
  • Get in touch with your staff members

6. Unlimited Products and Bandwidth

There are no restrictions on the number of products you sell on your Shopify store. Which means if you start your store with just 100 products and if you want to add some more 200-300 product items in your store no one will stop you doing that.

Products

No one will charge you if your online store is visited by hundreds, thousands or crores of visitors. There is no limitation on how many online visitors go through your store, and also how many files or photos you upload to the store.

7. Integrated with Dropshippers

Drop shipping is a method in which you don’t have to keep the products in stock. Instead, you directly get in touch with the wholesale supplier that stocks its own inventory.

So whenever you receive an order from the online store, you forward that particular order and shipment details to the supplier and they ship the goods or product directly to the customer.

Oberlo is the app for Shopify users, to easily import and dropship the product.

There are very few platforms like Shopify that provide drop shipping integration. Here are some benefits of drop shipping.

  • Investment is very less as you don’t have to set up an inventory.
  • There is no limitation on items you want to sell, you can offer thousands of items to your customer.
  • There is no limitation on items you want to sell, you can offer thousands of items to your customer.

To know more about drop shipping you can read the blog  “A brief Idea About Drop Shipping”

8. 24/7 Support

Shopify will always be there to help you and your customer whenever needed. Here’s how

Support

Open Chat
Team Shopify is available 24/7 on live chat. Isn’t that convincing, if you or your customer get immediate answers to your questions and queries.

Email
Team Shopify is available 24/7 on live chat. Isn’t that convincing, if you or your customer get immediate answers to your questions and queries.

Phone Call
Don’t feel like typing up entire queries or problems?? Not an issue!! The “anytime” helping guys are always there, you can call them whenever you are facing a trouble, even if it’s 3 AM!

9. Gift Cards

It is a special type of product, whose value (amount) can be used as payment. You can also issue a gift-card to customers for free as a reward for using your store. Your customer can use the gift card to make a purchase from your store both online and in person.

Your customers can even send the gift-card to other users so that they could attract more users to their store. A gift card holds a balance (paid by the owner of gift-card), which could be spent over more than one order.

Gift Card

When making a purchase in your store, a customer can redeem the value of a gift card by entering its unique code at checkout, and if the payment amount exceeds from the amount in a gift card, then the customer will be prompted to choose a second payment method.

Click the link to learn more about Shopify Gift-Cards and how it can boost up your E-commerce business.

10. 14 Days Free Trial

You cannot learn swimming unless you jump into the water and try once yourself. That’s why Shopify gives you 14 days free trial to have a personal experience with them. So one should try Shopify platform at least once if they are planning to start an e-commerce business.

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It hardly takes a couple of days to start and set up an online store with Shopify.

So why wait and watch other reaching and achieving heights of success from e-commerce business, get a start now by registering yourself in Shopify.

Mobility Online Booking

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Mobility Online Booking

Mobility Online Booking

One Stop Online Mobility Booking System. One of the client requiring the online booking system design only! Our creative team done some research and created a new design for them.

Services Deliver

Atlive delivers one of the great mobile design. We were offered a design with various agencies but we most liked this design. Appreciate the team analysis and work.
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CEO - Mobility Wind

The Project

Mobility Booking is looking for the design, for their personal thereat application booking system. They are looking for the creative branding and our team has delivered it. 

The Brand Setup

Our creative team understands their requirements and prepare a several concepts and we have created it for them. 

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About Akshar Bits

Akshar Bits – akbits.ca is a leading mobile accessories provider in Canada, USA and UK. Akshar Bits has created his own brand for the Mobile Accessories like Earbuds, Headphones, Charger, Wireless Charger and many more.

Services Deliver

Atlive Agency insights and expertise have been invaluable in helping us achieve our objectives. Their dev team always gets it’s A-Game to the table and have helped us scale WooCommerce.
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CEO - Akshar Bits

The Project

Akshar Bits is a new brand in mobile accessories world and our creative team helped them to create a perfect brand of mobile accessories across the Canada.

The Brand Setup

Our creative team understands their requirements and prepare a several logo concepts but they liked the first one and we started the next phase of development. 

Website Design and Shopify Development

After the brand setup, we have created a design of website and we take care of every detailed things, like mobile first approach, maximum conversion of the users.

We have developed the website on world’s leading eCommerce Platform – Shopify

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5 Important Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress for Your Website

6 Important Reasons Why You Should Use WordPress for Your Website

One of the questions that we often get asked is: Why should I use WordPress? Isn’t my old site good enough? Why do I need to switch to WordPress from another platform? If you’re asking these questions, then you’re at the right place. In this article, we will share 6 important reasons why you should use WordPress. We will also cover all the different type of websites you can create with WordPress as well as showcase popular sites that are using WordPress.

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Note: Throughout this article, when we say WordPress, we are talking about WordPress.org also known as self-hosted WordPress. Please do not confuse this with WordPress.com which is a hosting service. For details, see our comparison of WordPress.org vs WordPress.com.

While WordPress started as a blogging tool, it has evolved throughout the years into a powerful website builder and a robust content management system (CMS).

The best part about WordPress is that it’s easy to use and flexible enough to make different types of websites. That’s the main reason why WordPress has grown so much in popularity. According to a recent survey, WordPress powers 32.3% of all websites on the internet.

Due to it’s robust features, many of the top brands use WordPress to power their websites including Time Magazine, Facebook, The New Yorker, Sony, Disney, Target, The New York Times, and more.

Let’s take a look at why you should use WordPress to make your website.

1. WordPress is Free as in Freedom

Free WordPress

WordPress is a free software. It means you are free to download, install, use and modify it to match your needs. You can use it to create any kind of website. To learn more, see our article about why is WordPress free?.

While the WordPress software itself is free, you need a domain name and web hosting to install it.

A domain name is the address of your website on the internet. This is what your users type in their browser’s address bar to access your website (for example, atlive.agency).

Web hosting is your website’s house where all your website files are stored.

2. WordPress is SEO Friendly

SEO Friendly

WordPress is written using standard compliance high-quality code and produces semantic markup. In non-geek terms, this makes Google and other search engines love WordPress.

This is why WordPress sites tend to rank higher than others in search engines.

By design, WordPress is very SEO friendly out of the box. You can also use WordPress SEO plugins to further optimize your website. For complete step by step instructions, contact us today!

3. WordPress is Easy To Manage

Easy Management

WordPress comes with a built-in updates management system. This allows you to update your plugins and themes from within your WordPress admin dashboard.

WordPress also notifies you when there is a new version of WordPress available, so you can update your site by simply clicking a button.

To protect your data from any accident or hacking, you can easily use a WordPress backup plugin to automatically create backups and store them safely on a remote location.

You can also manage your WordPress site on the go with WordPress mobile apps.

4. WordPress is Safe and Secure

Safe and Secure

WordPress is developed with security in mind, and it is considered to be a very safe and secure platform to run a website. However, just like the real world, the internet can be an uncertain place.

There are intruders out there who want to get their hands on as many sites as they could. To protect your WordPress site, there are a few simple things that you can do to make it even more secure.

We use Sucuri on our websites to protect against common threats such as brute force attacks and malware.

5. WordPress Can Handle Different Media Types

Media Player

WordPress is not just limited to writing text. It comes with a built-in media uploader to handle images, audio, and video files.

WordPress supports oEmbed enabled websites which means you can embed YouTube videos, Instagram photos, Tweets, and Soundcloud audio by just pasting the URL in the WordPress post editor.

If you want to create a Business Website, contact us today! Our well expert developers are willing to help to grow your business!

What is Mobile First Design? Why It’s Important & How To Make It?

Mobile First Website
On the Mobile World Congress in 2010, Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google put forward that designers should follow the “mobile first” rule in product design. What does “mobile first design” mean? Why is it important? How to make it? I’ll answer these 3 questions in the following part.

What is Mobile First Design?

To understand the concept of mobile-first design better, you should know the two phrases below first.

 

1. Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Responsive web design is a web design method that enables web to fit the screens of different devices automatically, displaying the content in a way that people feel comfortable. This greatly reduces users’ operations like panning, zooming and scrolling when browsing the web.

2. “Progressive Advancement” & “Graceful Degradation”

These two concepts were put forward before responsive web design. In order to make web or application interface display reasonably on different devices, designers provide customized versions of product for different ends.

Progressive Advancement means that when we design a product, first we build a version for the relatively lower browser (like that on a mobile phone). This version includes the most basic functions & features. After that, we tend to the advanced version for a tablet or PC, which is created by adding interactions, more complicated effects, etc. on the basic version for a better user experience.

“Graceful Degradation”, on the contrary, starts the product design from an advanced end like desktop and builds a version with well-rounded features at the beginning. Then designers make the product compatible with mobile ends by cutting some functions or contents.

Progressive Advancement has won the game for now as far as I can see. If UI/UX designers start a product design with its desktop version, they will inevitably want to make use of most of the advantages of the advanced end. For example, the hover effect which is supported by a cursor mouse; HD images & complex charts which can display normally only when there is a recent bandwidth. In this way, the designers will make efforts to complete an amazing desktop version and only to find it can hardly be adopted on a mobile end unless they give up a lot of beautiful ideas. If so, the mobile end version will be more like an afterthought, an incomplete product which’s been watered down.

But if we take the mobile end product design as a starting point, under the restrictions like bandwidth, screen size and so on, designers will naturally seize the key points of a product, head for a lean & neat product with prioritized features. When the platform is expanded to a tablet or PC, designers are able to take advantages of the unique features of these advanced ends to strengthen the product step by step. This might be the main reason that progressive advancement strategy is widely used.

You may ask, why do you spend so much time on explaining the two concepts? The answer is that “mobile first” is exactly a rule of “progressive advancement”.

“Mobile first”, as the name suggests, means that we start the product design from the mobile end which has more restrictions, then expand its features to create a tablet or desktop version.

Why “Mobile First” Principle Is So Important in Product Design?

Except for the victory of progressive advancement against graceful degradation as mentioned above, we have more tangible reasons to believe that mobile-first principle is important in product design. That is, the exploding of mobile use.

1. Mobile internet usage has surpassed desktop usage in 2016.

2. People have spent more and more time on the internet from mobile ends.
3. Early in 2012, smartphone sales have overtaken PC sales.
The exploding of mobile ends urges designers to pay attention to the mobile end and follow the “mobile first” rule in product design.

4 Steps to get Your Small Business Website Ready for Mobile First Index

With Google’s upcoming switch to mobile-first indexing due mid-year, it is time to boost your business with the creation of a mobile-friendly website. Consider the following four tips for optimizing your website on any device in time for the shift to mobile first.

UNDERSTAND THE SWITCH TO A MOBILE FIRST INDEX

Google uses your desktop content to determine your website’s ranking for both desktop and mobile, meaning your rankings now depend on how your content appears on a desktop rather than on mobile devices. But since more people now access the internet with their mobile devices than from a desktop, Google has officially decided to rank websites based on mobile content. If your website does not have a responsive layout, has a slow loading speed or poorly designed navigation and content, your ranking is likely to decrease if you don’t optimize your site for mobile before the shift.

TEST AND ACCELERATE LOADING SPEED

Recent studies indicate that  47% of consumers want a web page to load in two seconds or less, and 40% of viewers leave a website if the loading process takes three seconds or longer. These statistics, along with Google’s announcement that mobile page loading speed will be a crucial factor for determining rankings after the switch, should be enough to make every business owner double-check their website’s mobile loading time. Determine the loading speed of each of your website’s pages with the use of Google ToolsChrome User and Page Speed Insights.

If you need to accelerate your loading speed, the following methods are among those most recommended:

  • AMP: The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project — AMP is an open-source enterprise that employs pared-down HTML to load your website’s pages quicker than standard HTML. This, in conjunction with Google storing your content in its buffer storage, helps to enhance your website’s loading time.
  • Progressive Web Apps — PWAs are options for those who don’t want to move to the AMP project. PWAs react quickly to user communications and load rapidly, making them a viable alternative to the AMP.
  • PWAMP — PWAMP is a mixture of PWA developed on AMP, JS, CSS, and HTML, but sites using PWAMP might not certify as fast as AMP pages do. However, PWAMP pages are still speedy and offer the same advantages as PWAs.

PUT THE SPOTLIGHT ON USER EXPERIENCE

A typical error that businesses tend to make is adapting their desktop websites to mobile while still behaving as if mobile is simply an addition to the desktop site. To achieve high rankings after the switch, companies must prioritize mobile by making adjustments based primarily on mobile users’ experience. Ask yourself the following questions about your mobile website users:

  • Navigation — What does it look like and how easy is it to maneuver? Is it simple enough for users to navigate back to where they have just been?
  • Clarity — How easy it is to find important information? Are my title pages clear? Is my contact information easily accessible?
  • Consider pop-ups — Is it easy to close pop-ups? Should I reduce pop-ups altogether?
  • Font — How big is my font size? How big should it be?

With these considerations in mind, you are ready to move to the final step of preparing your site for mobile.

OPTIMIZE YOUR DESIGN AND CONTENT

After closely analyzing your website based on the above questions, optimize and design your content for mobile with a focus on creating the best mobile user experience possible. There are many things you might want to reorganize about your design and content, but here are some of the most basic changes to make:

  • Responsive web design — Google recommends the responsive web design, which is a design approach with the goal of optimizing the appearance and functionality of a site on an assortment of different devices and screen sizes.
  • Use drop-down menus — Google stated it would not penalize websites for shielding their content behind drop-down menus if the content loads at the same time as the page, so feel free to incorporate drop-down menus reasonably when constructing your mobile site.
  • Don’t use Flash — Most mobile users cannot see Flash content, so avoid it altogether and use Java or HTML instead to add those engaging components to your site.
  • Make sure content is easy to read — Make your content easy to read on small screens; provide a few links in longer portions of text, so users can easily get where they want to go and use headers to divide your content and make your pages look neater.
  • Make text size and touch screen abilities easy to click on — Ensure your website is “tap friendly” by making your tap points the proper size and leaving ample space between the clickable components.

 

Looking for interactive – mobile-first for your business, consult with our expert! Contact us today!

Kultura – Book Graphics Design

Kultura – Book Graphics Design

One of our client is looking for a designer who can design and create their book. 

We from Atlive Tech Lab, team understand their requirement and prepare a book for them. Have a look for it. 

Do you want to create your own catalogue business book, we from Atlie Tech Lab, offers a creative Graphics Design Service that suits for your business. 

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Shades of Blackk Spalon – Responsive Web Design

Our valuable client is looking for the website for their business to grow their popularity among the people.

Our creative design and development team worked on the same and prepared a various concept for them and they chose the design!

Our development team prepared the Responsive WordPress Web Design for their business and host on the fastest server.

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