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Difference Between Shopify and Ecwid

If you’re searching for a new ecommerce platform for your online store, then you’ve probably come across the big name Shopify – the leading global ecommerce company – but before you make your decision you might want to check out another leading player Ecwid. Both have a ton of features, very similar features but there are some key differences between the two.

What is Shopify?

Shopify is a global ecommerce company that helps you start your new online company from scratch starting from which is company is right for you to how to organize and develop your business and how to manage profit. It provides you the rights tools and information to build a new business. You can sell anything here; all you need is to create your own online store for it. Shopify is basically a specialized ecommerce platform that gives you all the right tools to build your own online store.

What is Ecwid?

Ecwid is a popular alternative to Shopify that may not have enough exposure but it’s an affordable, powerful way to add ecommerce functionality to a pre-existing website. Its target audience is small and medium sized businesses and even startups. It’s easily accessible to anyone looking to get started selling online because unlike other big ecommerce platforms, there’s no big learning curve to understand how the platform works.

Difference between Shopify and Ecwid


 – Ecwid is a shopping kart system that seamlessly integrates with your already existing website. It’s a simple, easy to implement solution that you can simply plug into any type of website using one of a range of global payment processors. It can also integrate with Facebook and Tumblr. Shopify is a full featured ecommerce platform that allows you to create standalone stores from scratch.


 – If you want to sell digital products like ebooks or whatever information products, you have that feature built-in with Ecwid but not with Shopify. With Shopify, you need third party apps to sell digital products. When it comes to themes, Shopify offers over 100 free and personally designed premium themes. Ecwid has fewer themes compared to Shopify. Shopify also has built-in functionality for publishing content. Ecwid has no- built-in app for publishing.


 – Ecwid has four simple pricing plans. The free plan is a great plan to test the platform which offers the ability to sell up to ten products on a one-page website and also allows you to sell on multiple social media sites. Additional plans include Venture at $15 a month, Business at $35 per month, and Unlimited at $99 a month. The most popular plans of Shopify are Basic Shopify at $29 per month, Regular Shopify at $79 per month, and Advanced Shopify at $299 per month. Shopify also takes a per transaction fee on top of the monthly cost of every plan.

Ease of Use

 – Both Shopify and Ecwid are very easy to use without overly complicated processes making them easy for those who want a simple, easy-to-use interface. With Ecwid, it’s only a few clicks, especially if your website builder is on its integration list. Ecwid also makes it easy to add online features to an existing website. Shopify, on the other hand, has low start up costs and an easy-to-use interface, ideal for those who want to build a brand new, full featured online store. 

Difference between Shopify and Ecwid


Both Ecwid and Shopify are good ecommerce tools that enable small business to medium enterprises, and even startups to set up their own online stores for their businesses. Shopify is a full-fledged website builder that enables you to create a standalone online storefront from scratch. Ecwid is a plug-in that’s intended to turn a simple pre-existing site into a functional ecommerce business. Shopify has a marketplace of independently owned stores whereas Ecwid targets small and medium sized businesses.

Is Ecwid similar to Shopify?

Both are popular ecommerce platforms if you’re looking to build your own online store, but if you want to build a standalone store for your business from scratch, then Shopify is your best bet. Ecwid is more like a plug-in that you can simply plug into any type of website using one of a range of global payment processors.

Can you add Ecwid to Shopify?

Ecwid can easily connect with Shopify with no coding experience required. With so many integrations platform available, you can easily migrate to Shopify from Ecwid.

Is Ecwid any good?

Ecwid lets you build your own online store with no set up charges and transaction fees. The best part about Ecwid is that it allows you to integrate its shopping cart onto an existing website. So, Ecwid is a great platform that makes it easy to get your website up and running within minutes.

Is Ecwid safe to buy from?

Ecwid is a very user-friendly platform that keeps you and your customers’ information completely safe. It’s very reliable if you already have a website. You can simply integrate it as a plug-in and you can build a pretty sleek storefront for your business in no time and at a reasonable price.

Is Wix better than Ecwid?

Wix is a website building and publishing platform that helps you create professional websites exactly the way you want. Ecwid is a simple, easy to implement solution that you can simply plug into any type of website and start selling.

Does Ecwid take a percentage of sales?

Unlike other ecommerce platforms, Ecwid does not charge any commission for sales of products. Ecwid has a free forever plan that pretty much does the job but you can only list up to a maximum of 10 products on the platform on the free plan.

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