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If you’re multi-passionate and want to offer services and products in your business, know that you’re not alone. It’s become popular for service-based creatives to also have shops on their website. With this in mind, Showit designers have been creating custom sites and templates with shop page designs included. I designed a Showit site with a shop for Angela Monica. But…there’s a catch: Showit doesn’t come with e-commerce functionality! So how do these shops work? Showit shop page designs provide a beautiful, easy to edit layout for your shop. A separate e-commerce platform must be integrated with Showit to make the shop actually function (so people can purchase things from you!). I’m about to walk you through 4 popular options that make it possible for you to have a Showit website and an online shop.
When it comes to integrating Showit and Shopify, there are two routes you can take.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these options, and why you might choose one over the other.
Shopify lite is best if you have a small catalog of products – especially if they are physical products that need to be shipped or have product variations. It costs $9/mo, and allows you to add buy buttons and a cart with checkout to your Showit site. You can also embed product listings from Shopify, or these can be designed in Showit.
(Real-life example: I used Shopify lite for Angela’s shop on her Showit website)
If you offer services, need a blog, and want to have a larger shop – it might be best to have two separate websites! Your Showit site can be designed to showcase your services, with a “Shop” option in the navigation bar that links to a separate shop built on Shopify.
Both the Showit site and Shopify store can be designed similarly so that visitors have a seamless experience and it doesn’t feel like they are going between two sites!
A Basic Shopify Plan is $29/mo.
(Real-life example: this site for Well-Watered Women, designed by Showit Website Designer Elizabeth McCravy, leads visitors from a Showit site to a Shopify store when they click the “shop” tab.)
Thrivecart is a cart software that allows you to create a separate cart page for each product you sell. It also allows you to have an affiliate program. It’s often used for selling digital goods like templates, ebooks, courses, and memberships. Currently, Thrivecart offers lifetime access for a one-time payment of $495.
When using Thrivecart, the shop is designed in Showit, and buttons link to the cart page for a specific product.
(Real-life example: Tonic Site Shop designed all of their shop pages in Showit, but link out their buy buttons to Thrivecart so that visitors can purchase their Showit templates).
Similar to using Shopify lite, PayPal offers buy buttons that can be added to your Showit site. I recommend using this option only if you only have a small number of products, with no or few variations. They also offer a donate button for nonprofits.
When using PayPal buy buttons, the shop is designed in Showit, and the buy buttons link to PayPal checkout.
(Real-life example: When I designed the Showit website for Miss Erica’s Reading Club, we used PayPal so that she can accept donations).
While Showit isn’t meant for having a huge shop, it’s completely possible to have a beautiful shop as part of your site. Just use an e-commerce provider like Shopify lite, Thrivecart, or PayPal to make purchases possible, and you’re all set! If you want to have a huge shop in addition to a site for your services and blog, consider having Showit and Shopify sites, and linking to your Shopify store in the navigation bar of your Showit site. For product-based businesses, I recommend using Shopify, not Showit. (See my article on Showit & Shopify for more on this). If you’re looking for a website designer to help you build the Showit website of your dreams and move your business forward, check out my all-inclusive design experience.
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