3 reasons why to build
a new store on Shopify Plus?

Fast time to market choosing limited customizations

Go-live within a weeks! Chose ready-to-use theme (or create a custom one), import data, adjust data-management processes to match Shopify workflows and launch new store really fast!

Upgrades and security patches? Never again!

Most of Shopify upgrades are happening automatically, without any extra development effort required. In case of major upgrade option such as Shopify Online Store 2.0 released once in a few years, it will take extra time but it still much faster than any other major eCommerce platform.

Buy and build - marketplace with 7,000 Apps

Shopify Marketplace has ready to use App for any needs - from small UX enhancements to ERP integrations. If you can’t find what you need it is always possible to create your own private app supporting your company specific business requirements.

Why to build Shopify Plus with Scandiweb?

Launching Shopify stores since 2014

From back-end integrations to headless front-end, we take care of it all. We help to find the right architectural decision for your new Shopify store (be it a custom shopify theme, custom apps or API-first PWA webstore) or revamp your existing store with our know-how e.g. see our workflow on Shopify performance optimization.

We have been thrilled to work with Scandiweb and hope to continue long-term—they have been doing fantastic work!
Executive Commerce Director at The New York Times
Steve Mayne

Trusted by big and small

Our Shopify solutions are run by both New York Times and a wool farm in Yorkshire.

We help to overcome any Shopify limitations

Shopify is known for simplicity, even so it has technical limitations to support enterprise-grade projects. Our Shopify experts love such challenges! We follow “new enterprise” trend helping you to leave legacy software behind, migrating it to the cloud and developing ERP, CRM, PIM, OMS, 3rd integrations or middlelayers to support your business-specific operations.

Shopify ecosystem contributors

We built headless PWA theme for Shopify on React. Free and open-source, learn more about it at shopify.scandipwa.com

Delivering ecosystem for growth, not just a webstore

Our CX designers, SEO specialists, Marketing Automation and Traffic Acquisition experts work together to set strategy for product recommendations & sorting, searchandising, lead capture mechanisms, excel post-purchase journey and much more. Their only goal - drive conversions to your store after go-live.

Experience in migration from other platforms such as Magento or CommereTools

Customers are confident in our ability to execute migration due to our migration methodology process proven in more than 20 Shopify migrations. In addition to technology, the migration process is covered by the SEO team to keep the project’s search rankings, top-performing pages, and setup URL redirects correctly. See how Kouboo migration to Shopify drives 72% organic growth.

Want to migrate and interested in the timeline and costs?

If you already started your project, but it has issues, we can take it over!

There is no visible progress for weeks and Go-Live is delayed again

Site data is not updated, establishing a connection with ERP or any other 3rd party is failing and there is no progress for long

Your current partner does not have the competence and resources to deliver what you need

There is a lack of cross-competence orchestration, designers are not aware of wireframes, the data layer is not connected, the SEO team is not scheduled, and change requests and comments are lost and not actioned

The site is extremely slow, pages take 5-10 seconds to load

There is no clear end-to-end test strategy to make sure that all processes such as price, stock update and order management are working correctly

What is the process of launching a new Shopify store with us?

Discovery & estimate

After the initial meeting, we plan a discovery process to analyze the current state of your operations and envisioned a plan to build or migrate to Shopify Plus. We describe and define the objects to be built such as the platform, custom features, SEO, integrations, and data layer. The necessary time and effort to build them is reflected in the estimate that is part of the agreement.

MVP and opportunity check

We usually suggest launching MVP asap as we have an Accelerator Program, where you can get production-ready Shopify Plus in a few weeks. Once launched we can build on top of it all the other necessary features, integration, and connect personalization and AI tools.

Delivery roadmap

Once we start work, we share the project delivery roadmap across all the streams such as graphical design, frontend development, backend development, ERP integration, technical SEO, data layer & analytics.

Weekly progress reporting & demo

Every week or every two weeks you will be invited to the demo and receive a sprint report summarising results achieved and updating the point where we are on the overall project roadmap.

Large milestones demo

In addition to sprint demos and reports, we also plan larger milestones on the roadmap that aggregate efforts across streams into a demo build of your project.

Milestones are usually as follows

Clean Shopify Plus theme is setup with all 3rd party Apps integrated

UX team prepared new layout wireframes

Design team prepared global styleguide and UI designs for all confirmed wireframes

ERP, WMS, or similar systems are connected to your new store and default data starts to be alive with the import of real SKUs, prices, and stocks. Placed basic orders can be received in the ERP system if order export is part of the order flow.

The frontend team has completed your theme and it is available for review on a separate server instance with default data. After its approval, it is merged to the Staging instance, so that your basic data that is now alive and connected to ERP systems is displayed in the correct look and feel and layout.

Custom modules are coded and data from the previous platform is migrated.

SEO team has been working in parallel and makes sure that all content, metadata, and redirects are set up correctly

Data & Analytics team makes sure that all events on the front are correctly tagged and sent to the data collection platform

UAT and pre-live simulation

The site undergoes end-to-end UAT and pre-live simulation after all scope is delivered and tested internally. Prelive environment is confirmed on the live domain e.g. prelive.yoursite.com accessible for restricted IP addresses only.

Go-live

Data migration scripts are updated to prepare for Go-Live and delta data migration to take account of the new products, customers, and orders.

The current site sets up a maintenance page, the new site cache is warmed up, pre-live domain is changed to the live - new website is up and running!

Post-go-live monitoring

Project delivery, SEO, UX, and Analytics teams are monitoring the site during the first week after going live and work in close contact with the customer to make sure that all backend processes are functioning correctly and business metrics are stable.

Celebrate!

Further growth & acceleration planning
and execution

Connect the eCommerce Growth team for continuous improvement of eCommerce operations and business metrics.

FAQ

Do you build on Shopify or Shopify Plus?

We build on both platforms depending on the customer preference yet we would give a preference to Shopify Plus due to access to Liquid theme for extra customizations and Enhanced APIs.

Do you build only new Shopify stores or also overtaking existing projects for support?

We build completely new stores, do migrations from other ecommerce platforms and also Dedicated Growth Team can overtake your existing Shopify store to improve it’s tech, UX/UI & traffic acquisition workflows.

I want to migrate to Shopify from another platform, can you make it?

Yes, we migrated to Shopify from Magento, CommerceTools, and legacy proprietary systems. Essentially, it is data on your products, customers, and orders that needs to be transferred as well as an understanding of platform features and integrations to make sure your new platform on Shopify will support all usual data flows and process.

How long is it to build a Shopify project with you?

We, generally, follow the needs of the customers and had 2-week fast delivery, when a customer urgently had to launch a new market to a usually of 1-2 months of a full build with design, technology, hosting, data layer and SEO setups. We strongly discourage planning builds that take longer than 3 months and always offer a strategy to phase delivery into multiple phases.

What is a usual cost for a new Shopify build?

You will get an estimate within a few days after we understand your current eCommerce operations and migration goals. Usually, we are 30-50% below top estimates because we keep our hourly rates competitive hiring globally and do many complex things much faster automating them since 2015. We are also 30-50% more expensive than the cheapest option you would get because while our hourly rates can be comparable, we see and estimate a much broader scope that we need to take care of for a successful migration than a low ball estimate.

Will I have ownership of the project code?

Yes, absolutely. It is stated in the agreement, that there is a one-time project fee without lock-in or code rent. You will need to revise the agreements of 3rd parties though, but we can help with that.

These companies run Shopify built by us

Our other services used by Shopify merchants

What is special about Shopify?

3rd largest

online retailer in the U.S. after Amazon and eBay

1M+ business

In 175 countries are supported by Shopify, 10,000+ by Shopify Plus

More customizations with Shopify Plus

With Shopify Plus access Liquid theme for extra customizations and Enhanced APIs