Shopify vs Stripe

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Shopify vs Stripe: What are the differences?

Developers describe Shopify as "Quickly and easily create a beautiful online store with Shopify". Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it. Shopify lets merchants manage all aspects of their shops: uploading products, changing the design, accepting credit card orders, and viewing their incoming orders and completed transactions. On the other hand, Stripe is detailed as "Payments for developers". Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.

Shopify belongs to "Ecommerce" category of the tech stack, while Stripe can be primarily classified under "Payment Services".

Some of the features offered by Shopify are:

  • Choose from 100+ professional themes
  • Customize the look of your online store
  • Start accepting orders in minutes

On the other hand, Stripe provides the following key features:

  • Full-stack payments- You don’t need a merchant account or gateway. Stripe handles everything, including storing cards, subscriptions, and direct payouts to your bank account. Stripe.js lets you build your own payment forms while still avoiding PCI requirements.
  • An API that gets out of your way- It’s so easy, we’ve embedded a bunch of examples right here. Copy some of these requests into your terminal and check out what happens. With wrappers in Ruby, PHP, Python and more, you can get started in minutes.
  • Pricing like it should be- 2.9% + 30 cents per successful charge. No setup fees, no monthly fees, no card storage fees, no hidden costs: you only get charged when you earn money.

"Affordable yet comprehensive" is the top reason why over 14 developers like Shopify, while over 293 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Stripe.

reddit, Instacart, and Lyft are some of the popular companies that use Stripe, whereas Shopify is used by Tesla Motors, Wikipedia, and Accenture. Stripe has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1623 company stacks & 522 developers stacks; compared to Shopify, which is listed in 154 company stacks and 36 developer stacks.

Decisions about Shopify and Stripe
Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 4 upvotes · 130.2K views

We use GoCardless to simplify the way clients and partners pay for our services. What intrigued us is the quick and easy ACH feature that gives our clients the option to log in with their bank account and shoot the funds directly to our account. The fee, compared to Stripe is less. Stripe and PayPal charge 2.9% + 30c and Stripe also forces the client to enter in all of their payment details manually and then if the payment doesn't work, the client has to try all over again. GoCardless charges 1% + 25c which is much more reasonable dealing with the large projects that we are currently working on.

We integrate GoCardless with Xero to easily send out quick invoices, receive the funds and track all revenue in one place.

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David Swift

We devised SwiftERM to generate additional income from existing consumers on ecommerce websites. Available for those using Shopify, Magento, Woocommerce or Opencart, it runs in alongside (not instead of) existing email marketing software like Mailchimp, Drupal or Emarsys. It is 100% automatic so needs zero additional staff. It uses predictive analytics to identify imminent consumer purchases. The average additional turnover achieved is 10.5%. It is the only software in the world authorised to send Trustpilot to send product ratings in outbound emails. Developers and ecommerce retailers are invited to try to it for free, to establish viability this predictive analytics system is. SwiftERM is a certified Microsoft Partner MPN ID 6197468.

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BrandLume Inc
President at BrandLume · | 3 upvotes · 49.6K views

we've had alot of shopify clients and do alot of those website builds, but we decided a little while back to transfer any client possible to woocommerce, for our e-com web development, as there is alot more functionality available with zoo-commerce. you can have a look at our examples and even our own website in the link provided.

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With COVID-19 looming over us, businesses are, more than ever, looking for ways to set up online payments.

And having recently gone through implementing both Stripe and GoCardless to get monthly subscriptions set up and automated on my company website, I felt there was no better time to write this blog post!

If you're currently looking at working with a Payment Gateway provider API, or you're currently working with one but are not a fan, are looking to automate things a bit more, or are just generally thinking about changing, then you should have a read of my latest blog post where I compare Stripe and GoCardless.

I compare APIs in depth, specifically the subscription checkout flow that both offer (they're very similar, with some BIG differences).

There are plenty of code examples on how to set it up in a Node.js environment and right at the end, I rate each API based on the following factors:

  • API ease of use
  • API documentation
  • Payment pages
  • Costs / fees
  • Security
  • Developer appeal
  • Customer experience
  • Free Trial

So feel free to check it out, and I hope you like it. Please leave any feedback as it is very helpful. Thanks!

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Stripe was made with developers in mind first so the extensibility of it is great! This makes it very easy for us to integrate and automate as much as we need with its APIs and SDK. It allows a lot of customization of exactly what we need to build our applications. They also manage all of our customers from a tax and accounting perspective which makes it easy from a business standpoint.

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Pros of Shopify
Pros of Stripe
  • 21
    Affordable yet comprehensive
  • 13
    Great API & integration options
  • 10
    Business-friendly
  • 9
    Intuitive interface
  • 8
    Quick
  • 3
    Awesome customer support
  • 2
    POS & Mobile
  • 2
    Liquid
  • 1
    Dummy Proof
  • 0
    Nopcommerce
  • 301
    Easy setup
  • 292
    Developer friendly
  • 248
    Well-designed api
  • 191
    Great documentation
  • 169
    Clear pricing
  • 75
    Secure
  • 74
    Reliable
  • 63
    Full integration with webhooks
  • 43
    Amazing api
  • 38
    Great customer support
  • 11
    Easy
  • 6
    Credit cards never hit your server - no pci worries
  • 4
    No merchant account/gateway required
  • 3
    Recurring billing
  • 3
    Easy to integrate
  • 2
    Fast UI
  • 2
    BitCoin
  • 2
    Great app
  • 2
    Support for SCA (Strong Customer Authentication)
  • 1
    Payments without own backend (using Stripe Products)
  • 1
    Checkout.js
  • 1
    Great UI
  • 1
    So easy to use
  • 1
    Beautiful

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Cons of Shopify
Cons of Stripe
  • 1
    User is stuck with building a site from a template
  • 3
    Connect
  • 2
    CANNOT withdraw USD to a Canadian Bank Account
  • 2
    Does NOT have a currency conversion option like Paypal
  • 2
    They keep 25% of the income for 60 days

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What is Shopify?

Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it. Shopify lets merchants manage all aspects of their shops: uploading products, changing the design, accepting credit card orders, and viewing their incoming orders and completed transactions.

What is Stripe?

Stripe makes it easy for developers to accept credit cards on the web.

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