Website World is made in NZ, and only costs $25 per month. That is a 44% saving on Shopify's base plan. Essentially both options have equivalent functionality, but lets look at some of the specific differences, and why they are important for NZ businesses.
Website World is made in NZ, supported from NZ, and hosting prices are fixed to your chosen currency. This might be NZD, AUD, GBP, EUR, CAD or USD (and many more). Website World hosts websites all over the world, in multiple currencies. Whereas, Shopify is made in Canada, and support is generally provided from Canada/USA. Shopify prices are fixed in USD, and currency fluctuations can make this expensive for NZ customers.
With Website World, you get trade ordering built in, with 8 price groups, and unlimited unique customer prices per product. There is no additional cost to using Trade Ordering with Website World, whereas you would need to add an expensive plugin with Shopify.
Both Website World and Shopify are popular systems, with many courier integrations around the world. However, only Website World understands how rural NZ Postcodes work, and ensures that most rural addresses pay a rural surcharge if you have configured your freight that way. Website World offers multiple pathways to checkout, where customers can either select a delivery method first, or enter their address first. If the goods are digital, there is no requirement to enter a delivery address. Website World provides NZ Post address verification. Website World does not reject orders that have an invalid address, we simply notify the merchant so that the address can be manually verified and wording corrected. Shopify has been known to reject perfectly reasonable addresses, and that is not good for business.
Both Shopify and Website World are integrated with Afterpay, and many of the worlds most popular payment options like Stripe and Paypal. However, Website World offers many more NZ based payment options than Shopify. Website World does not charge any percentage transaction fees on your customer payments. Shopify charges a 2% surcharge on any payment option other than Stripe. You can use any payment option with Website World, and the fees for payment processing are charged directly to you by the payment gateway. If you choose Stripe as your payment option, then you are comparing apples with apples, and the pricing is going to be much the same. But if you really want to offer other payment options like Paypal and Afterpay, then saving 2% is awesome. Also, online banking payments are easily understood by NZ customers, and a swift way to complete checkout in NZ.
NZ$25 versus NZ$45 approx per month ($US29). For many small Shopify retailers, you will save more than 44% by moving your website to Website World. With the additional cost savings on transaction fees, it makes financial sense to change to Website World. And for NZ businesses, this supports the local NZ economy.
Website World offers NZ web addresses, and international domains also. Website World also provides email services (mailboxes) included in the standard hosting plans.Website World was awarded the 2019 prize as NZ's most secure domain portfolio by the .nz domain registry.
Point of Sale and inventory management is included for free with Website World. Shopify also provides POS but many features require additional payment. You can have unlimited staff logins with Website World. Shopify has limits on staff count. Both platforms offer basic inventory management, and both platforms integrate with 3rd party inventory systems. Both platforms offer extensive real time reports and analytics. Website World's POS works on all devices, including windows computers, so you do not need to buy special hardware. You can use your virtual payment gateway to process credit cards without additional hardware on Website World.
With Website World you can choose to use mailchimp or our integrated bulk emailer. Website Worlds integrated emailer has many more formatting options, and targeting features than Shopify's new bulk emailer service.
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