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Hi, I’m Steve. I try every store builder so you don't have to. I even use my own credit card to pay for them— so you know which store builders to avoid.

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Common Questions

  • How does store builder pricing work?

    How does store builder pricing work?

    Store builder pricing can be broken down into three areas:

    1. Your monthly payment — This is a flat payment you pay each month.
    2. Payment gateway fees — If you want to accept credit cards you'll need to have a payment gateway that processes credit cards (a payment gateway is usually not included with a store builder). Payment gateway fees are typically about 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.
    3. Transaction fees — A fee the store builder adds on every transaction. Store builder transaction fees are outdated— no store builder on Site Builder Report charges transaction fees. (Though if you don't use Shopify Payments, Shopify adds a transaction fee— but it wouldn't make sense to use Shopify without Shopify Payments).
  • What is a payment gateway?

    What is a payment gateway?

    If you want to accept credit cards you'll need to have a payment gateway.

    Shopify and Bigcommerce include their own payment gateways— which saves you the work of having to setup a 3rd party payment gateway.

    All other store builders will require you to add a 3rd party payment gateway. Example payment gateways are Stripe (my recommendation), Paypal, Authorize.net and Braintree.

  • Should I use a store builder or a website builder if I plan to sell products?

    Should I use a store builder or a website builder if I plan to sell products?

    I would recommend using a store builder if the purpose of your website is primarily ecommerce. If your website has several purposes— for example you need a blog, photo galleries and also a store— then I would recommend using a website builder. Store builders don't typically have a drag and drop interface.

    If you use a website builder for ecommerce make sure that they support full ecommerce. Some website builders advertise that you can build a store— but really only offer "Pay Now With Paypal" buttons. That's not full ecommerce. Full ecommerce has on-site checkout, email receipt customization and more. You can check my reviews of website builders to find out if they support full ecommerce.

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