Contrary to popular belief, Showit does actually have options to add eCommerce to your site – and it’s not as hard as it looks. Ecommerce on Showit centers on embedding checkout buttons, such as “shop now” or adding a shopping cart to your site.
While it’s true that this will likely take you longer than a traditional platform (like Shopify and Squarespace, which are better for mainly eCommerce shops or shops with more than 20 physical products) but comes with the added benefit of customizable, unique checkout pages, product pages, and long-form sales pages when desired.
Ultimately, it’s up to you and what you feel is best for your online business – although I’m always happy to help you discover which one meets your needs – here are a few ways to add eCommerce to your Showit website:
Thrivecart is one of my top two eCommerce recommendations – mostly due to the lifetime purchase option and ease of integration. Thrivecart works by embedding checkout buttons, product pages, and shopping carts to your website. You can choose to have all of your products in one place or place them strategically through your website.
As of right now, Thrivecart offers only a lifetime membership, typically with a discounted “promo” price of $495 with an upgrade of $195 (offering affiliates & other features) for a total of $690 – nearly $2,300 off their “regular” price.
Shopify Lite is another great option for adding eCommerce to your Showit website, particularly if you’re also planning to sell in person. Shopify Lite offers:
- Overview dashboard
- Finances reports
- Customer profiles
- Order management
- Product management
- Mobile POS and hardware accessories
- Email carts
- QR code product details
- In-store inventory
- Gift cards
- Split bill
- Custom discounts and discount codes
Shopify Lite functions similarly to Thrivecart, you embed the checkout/shop button on your product page that is created in Showit. Unlike Thrivecart, Shopify Lite does not offer a lifetime price and instead charges monthly – $9 per month to be exact.
What Pages Does Your Showit Website Need for Your eCommerce Shop?
When planning for your eCommerce shop on your Showit website, you’ll need to ensure that your pages are designed BEFORE plugging in and embedding your products. You should plan on three main pages:
- Shop Page: Where all your products will be shown along with a possible intro or customer testimonials.
- Collections Page: Each collection should have it’s own page, for example if you sell candles that are separated by “drops” – each drop should then have it’s own collection page.
- Product Page: This is the single product page where website visitors can actually shop and checkout your product.
Additionally, you may also want to look into getting these pages made before launching your shop:
- FAQs: A simple FAQ page that answers questions about your policies, refunds, returns, etc.
- Thank You Page: If you’re selling products individually rather than in an add to cart style, a thank you page is great for showing gratitude as well as redirecting them to related pages/products.
- Affiliate Page: Depending on the nature of your product and end-goals, allowing shoppers to become affiliates after shopping can help expand your network of sales.
Can I DIY My Own eCommerce Shop on Showit?
Yes, you can – but it will take a bit longer than someone who is more experienced in both design and the programs you want to use (think Thrivecart and Shopify Lite). Luckily, thanks to Showit’s user-friendly platform, once your shop is set up – however you decide to do it – maintenance and adding additional products is rather easy!Not sure what’s best for your online business? Fill out our contact form and see if Âme Creatives can assist in your Showit eCommerce shop build.