In the current eCommerce age, your store needs a little something special that sets it apart from the rest. You have to ask yourself why Bob and Joe use MY store instead of the next one?
But don’t worry, this doesn’t call for huge changes to your store – it’s quite the opposite. It’s amazing how far something as minuscule as a customized invoice can go, and result in your store looking more professional and making a lasting impression on your customer.
Today we will be looking at Order Printer Pro, a Shopify app that allows you to achieve these aforementioned customized invoices effortlessly, and so much more.
Order Printer Pro is an app available on the Shopify App store, which allows you to easily create, design, and print invoices, packing slips, draft orders, and returns forms for your Shopify orders.
You can then print out these documents yourself, or even configure the app to send these documents (for example, invoices) as a PDF to your customers automatically.
Order Printer Pro provides you with fully customizable PDF templates, giving you the power to showcase your brand and leave your customers with an invoice that’s not an eyesore! The app is also compatible with templates made for Shopify’s default Order Printer, giving you the flexibility to choose out of thousands of templates available online.
Now that you’ve got an idea of what it’s all about, let’s dive into the features!
Custom Template Designer
Order Printer Pro’s templates are built from HTML, CSS and Liquid – meaning they are 100% customizable to morph to your brand’s identity. It might sound daunting, but these three coding languages are very intuitive. After a few YouTube tutorials, you’ll be styling your templates like a pro!
Of course, no coding is needed if you want to use the templates as is (they are already gorgeous!)
Out of the box, the app includes templates for the following:
Receipts / Invoices
Quote for Draft orders
Refund & Credit notes
With a simple one-time configuration, you can automate the proccess of emailing invoice documents to customers. This saves you and your customers precious time, as well as paper! This feature alone is what makes this app extremely useful, especially for stores dealing with a lot of invoices.
Easy text editing and translating
Every included template features translations for over 20 languages, allowing you to communicate clearly with international customers. Editing the text part of documents is simple and will enable you to convey your brand’s message.
Impressively, the app also has synergy with multiple useful Shopify features, such as with Shopify’s multi-currency, which changes the invoice document according to the customer’s currency of choice.
Order Printer Pro is also optimized for Shopify Mobile and Shopify POS, meaning you can access and edit the app anywhere.
Order Printer Pro allows users to choose between two pricing options, Free or Unlimited.
The free plan is ideal for stores that get less than 50 orders per month, and is as the name implies, 100% free! However, after implementing this app, you might find yourself growing beyond 50 monthly orders!
Just because you aren’t paying doesn’t mean you’re missing out – free users still have access to the following features:
Print and export in bulk
Print and export draft orders
Automated PDF delivery
Stores with more than 50 monthly orders have to subscribe to the Unlimited plan for $10 per month to keep using the app; this includes the same features as listed above.
It’s time to put our money where our mouth is. Let’s see what this app is capable of.
Earlier this year, Shopify released an update integrating packaging slips on the platform. To access Shopify’s default packaging slip feature, navigate over to the Orders tab, select and order, then click on the More Actions dropdown.
This does get the job done, but the results are rather… unappealing. (See below)
However, if you scroll down a bit in the More Actions dropdown, you’ll find the option to create the packaging slip using Order Printer Pro (if you have it installed of course.) Then you’re free to customize and create your own packaging slip.
FORSBERG+two is the creator of the Order Printer Pro app, but it’s not the only Shopify app they’ve published. We’ll take a brief look at two of their other one-time-purchase apps, which are used in conjunction with Order Printer Pro to take your store to the next level.
OrderlyEmails helps to improve the notifications that Shopify is sending to your customers via email. Using this app makes your email notifications stunning, providing you with professionally designed templates to blow customers away.
Implementing this app into your eCommerce store allows you to benefit from enhanced sales and customer commitment by incorporating product upselling, discount codes, and social media profiles in all emails that you send.
Just like Order Printer Pro, this app creates a sense of continuity throughout your store, with your branding and color scheme present in all company-related emails and documents.
Another wildly popular app from FORSBERG+two, over 15,000 Shopify merchants worldwide utilize their Order Printer Templates.
This app separates the document creation part of Order Printer Pro into a separate app, with new features such as the “Magic Designer” which creates a template that matches your store’s design in seconds.
Purchasing this app includes 22 Shopify-supported email templates, one-click translations, and outstanding customer support.
If you’re still not satisfied with the design, the guys at FORSBERG+two can be commisioned to do a custom design, pixel perfect for your business.
Putting effort into the details of your store is more important than most people think. Customers really appreciate additions like these order forms, as it shows them that you put effort into their customer experience, and that you are a step above the average Shopify store. With this level of professionalism, returning customers is a guarantee.
The complete Shopify Review: e-Commerce has become increasingly popular over the last few years and even more so at the start of 2020. Almost all businesses now need an online presence to helps them reach customers, handle sales and promote their brand. Building a website for e-Commerce isn’t as complicated as it used to be. Even a novice is now able to create their own store in a day without much experience.
Shopify is by far one of the most straightforward and capable e-Commerce platforms currently available. It is easy to get started and manage without prior knowledge of web design & development or coding. That is not to say that your store will be an immediate success right off the bat. As in everything you will need to do the research, teach yourself the basics and keep learning along the way. But setting up the store itself is now effortless.
Before Shopify, there were many unintuitive options for building an online store. Shopify arrived on the scene with easy-to-use tools and a capable suite of features that allowed anybody to start selling products and services online within a few hours.
Shopify 101: An introduction
Shopify is a cloud-based e-commerce platform that lets you use a preset template to set up a shopfront where you can sell physical or digital goods. What makes Shopify so attractive is that you can create your store on your own, without having to hire a website design company or developer. You have control over enough features to make your shop fully functional. From the dashboard, you are able to upload and update products, manage inventory, set up payment gateways and set shipping rates. A professional developer or agency might be needed for more advanced builds.
Those with more advanced coding skills are also able to further tweak the HTML, CSS codes & Shopify’s own open-source template code, Liquid.
This makes Shopify a one-stop e-commerce solution.
It is referred to as a “Software as a Service” tool because you don’t need to own the software to use it. All you need is a browser and an internet connection to access your store from anywhere in the world. This is an attractive solution for on the go entrepreneurs, stay at home moms or dads and almost any size business. Shopify scales from 1 product to unlimited.
Shopify Plans and Pricing
You might imagine that an all-inclusive e-commerce solution would come at a hefty price. That is surprisingly not the case. Shopify provides a range of subscription plans that allow you to pick a plan best suited for your business and pocket.
Shopify offers a free trial to all new merchants of 14 days (Increased to 90 days during the COVID crisis). The free trial allows users to upload products, complete the store design, enter shipping and payment details and do test orders. Up until April 2020, a merchant was still able to process up to 50 orders in Development stores but that has been discontinued since.
Each of the pricing tiers offers increasing levels of features and tools that help you optimize your storefront.
Here is an overview of the Shopify plans that you can choose from:
Lite – $9 per month
The Lite Package is not technically a plan as it does not support a fully functional store. What it does is turbocharge your existing Facebook or Instagram page to allow you to sell through those channels. You can use Shopify to manage the inventory of a physical location and offer goods and services for sale.
You get access to the Buy button from Shopify that integrates into an existing website, newsletter or social media channel. The Buy button includes order tracking, fulfillment or CMS integrations such as Squarespace, WordPress or Joomla.
This plan is somewhat underrated, yet it provides excellent value for money and is an efficient introduction to e-commerce.
Basic Shopify – $29 per month
The Basic plan offers a complete online store solution with most of the Shopify features. Including unlimited product uploads, fraud analysis, 24/7 customer support, social media channels, and order fulfillment.
Under the basic plan you also get the following:
Ability to create pages such as About, Contact
2 Staff Accounts
24/7 support via Live Chat, Email or Phone
Sales Channels such as Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest
Free SSL Certificate
Abandoned cart recovery
Gift Cards are included in this package for a limited time during 2020 to support merchants effected by COVID-19.
The plan does not include a domain name for your store. You have the option to buy one via Shopify for $14 a year or redirect your existing one to the storefront. Shopify did not include an Email service until April 2020 when it launched a full Email service included in all packages.
Top Tip: Be careful when you choose your store name as that also becomes your admin URL and cannot be changed later. Your customers won’t’ see this URL but your admin staff will and it is sometimes included in some apps that reference it.
Top Tip: Be careful when you choose your store name as that also becomes your admin URL and cannot be changed later. Your customers won’t’ see this URL but your admin staff will and it is sometimes included in some apps that reference it.
The basic plan is perfect if you are getting started and need to sell your products online but don’t have the budget for more advanced plans.
Shopify – $79 per month
The Shopify plan offers cheaper credit card rates, professional report generation and Gift Cards for an extra $50 per month. The Report section is especially useful in analyzing almost every aspect of your store, from order processing to inventory management. The ability to create gift cards is a powerful marketing tool that can help boost revenue during the holidays or other sales events. This plan is best suited for larger merchants that receive the full benefit of a lower per-transaction fee of 1%. Or those who are looking for more advanced analytics and reporting. Otherwise, there is not much difference between the first two packages.
Advanced Shopify – $299 per month
This plan is the most advanced and expensive plan you can get on Shopify. It combines all the benefits that on offer in other bands and adds a much lower transaction fee of 0.5% per transaction. 3rd Party Calculated Shipping is also included in this package. You are able to add this to the other to packages for an extra $20 per month. Also included are even more advanced reporting capabilities. Top Tip: You are able to add 3rd Party Calculated Shipping to the other packages at $20 per month.
If you are looking to play in the big leagues of e-commerce and are earning monthly revenues above $10,000, then this is the plan for you.
Shopify Plus – from $2,000 per month +
Shopify Plus is the enterprise solution for large or growing e-commerce companies. It is ideal for those looking for more powerful e-commerce management tools, 24/7 website uptime, traffic surge protection and seamless order, inventory, and shipping management.
This plan is best suited for companies that make over $1 million in annual revenue and start at $2,000 monthly. You need to apply directly to Shopify for a custom quotation according to your business needs.
Up to nine stores for international expansion including separate locations
Access to the Shopify Plus Partner Program
Shopify Plus Facebook Community
Ability to add up to 100 themes on one account
Added Permission settings for staff accounts
Wholesale Channel that allows the creation of separate Wholesale store
Bulk Account Inviter
Avalara AvaTax Services
API Resources for Shopify Plus Customers
Top Tip: Save big on yearly plans
When it comes to Shopify pricing, it pays to plan. Building your own e-commerce store requires commitment and dedication. Shopify rewards this by offering significant discounts when you subscribe for a one-year(10%) or two-year plan(20%). You can reduce your Shopify subscription fees by as much as $1,400 per year using one of these options.
The 90 Day free trial gives you ample time to test out Shopify for yourself before making a long term commitment.
What Makes Shopify So Special? Top Features of Shopify
Shopify has arguably the most comprehensive suite of features that any merchant can dream of having to run an online store. Not all of these features are available in the standard Shopify plan. You can however easily upgrade or downgrade at any time if you would like to test some of the advanced features.
The Shopify theme store offers more than 100 free and paid themes to choose from. Your shop theme is like a dress or suit that you put on to make your store look attractive to prospective customers. You do not need experience in graphic or web design to set up your look and feel and you can get started immediately with one of the free themes.
There is also excellent support online for any of the free ones and the forums are full of advice for anyone that needs help.
Top Tip: Resize your images using a tool like Tinypng before uploading as large images will slow down your site and hurt your SEO. Also, give your images SEO friendly file names so it can rank in Image Search
For the paid themes you would need to contact the theme creator for any advanced queries. One of the best of these, with excellent support, is Out of Sandbox.
Read through the comments section to see what the reviews are for each of the themes before you commit. This will give you a good idea what their support and responsiveness are like. Sometimes the theme or app is only as good as the support that follows afterward. Another great feature is the ability to install and preview any of the paid themes in the store.
You are not limited to only the themes in the Theme Store. There other excellent themes available at sites like Themeforest. You can buy and download the themes from one of these external markets and then easily install it using the theme upload feature in the backend.
Abandoned Cart Recovery
Between 65% & 70% of online customers do not complete their checkout online.
Many merchants are faced with the reality of customers placing products in the shopping cart only to abandon it without checking out. Shopify includes a handy section in the backend where it shows you all the abandoned transactions. It also sends out an automatic reminder to customers by email that reminds them that they have an incomplete transaction.
You can control when these reminders are sent; 1 hour, 6 hours, 10 hours(default and recommended) and 24 hours. You are also able to customize the Cart Recovery email which is a nice feature.
Abandoned checkout recovery emails are not sent for Shopify POS or other 3rd party sales channels.
The data available in your dashboard for 3 months so it is important to check regularly for patterns or reasons that might be causing the failed transactions. Take special notice of the payment event that is included with each abandoned transaction. You can use this info to see if something is wrong with your payment gateway or on the customer’s side.
You must spend time figuring out why customers are leaving your store without completing their purchase. This can have a positive effect on your revenue over time. Another cool feature is the ability to manually email customers a link to the abandoned cart. The link can even be copied into an email if you would like to send it through your mail program like Outlook or Mac Mail.
We all know how overloaded analytics can become over time. It is difficult to remember to look at the data regularly but this can have a significant impact on your business. You can set up automatic reports on Abandoned Checkouts to be sent to your inbox regularly. These reports can include information such as sales, average order value, number of products sold, first-time buyer stats and conversion rates.
Intuitive User Dashboard
Shopify makes use of an intuitive user interface that is simple to master and navigate. From the dashboard you are able to view and manage orders, upload products, view your customer details or access your store analytics data. You are also able to manage your social media integrated sales channels (e.g., Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Instagram).
Payment and Transaction Processing
Shopify has more than 100 payment providers which mean you are almost certain to find one that works best in your region. It caters to all the big names in the payment industry so you should be able to find what matches your needs.
Shopify also gives you the option to use its in-house system, Shopify Payments, and thereby cut out the middleman. It is available in over 14 countries, including the USA, UK, and Japan. Using Shopify Payments gives you discounts on your transaction fees.
Benefits of using Shopify Payments:
Integration is effortless
No extra transaction fees to 3rd parties
Ability to still use other payment providers like Paypal.
Potentially increased sales with multiple payment options
You can also use manual payment options for Shopify, including cash on delivery, direct deposits, and even money orders. This as the added advantage of zero commissions payable to Shopify and is an excellent option to add to your checkout process.
If there’s anything that ruins most e-commerce businesses, it will be shipping and logistics. Shopify’s system is excellent in this regard and is easy to set up. You can apply different shipping rules and customize it by weight or price. You also get accurate shipping rates live from carriers such as DHL, USPS, and UPS. While just a few countries have these live shipping rates, Shopify expects to expand this to even more in the future. Shopify provides an all-encompassing solution for drop shipping through Shipwire, Rakuten, and Amazon Fulfillment. You can also add drop-shipping through the Shopify App Store like Oberlo.
You are also able to install Shipping apps if your courier company has one in the app store. This will allow for more advanced shipping rules and integration directly with the shipping company. Allowing you to automate much of the shipping which is often a headache for merchants.
Shopify is also working on its own fulfillment service which is a very exciting development. It is currently only available in the US to select merchants, but we hope they add more regions in the future.
Shopify App Store
Get access to thousands of extensions and quality apps, both free and premium, that offer a plethora of features and options. You can simply install an app to provide any feature that you need to improve your e-commerce experience. The paid apps are usually more powerful than the free ones, but it is essential to read the reviews to find the best ones. You can get apps for multi-currency conversion, accounting, reports/analytics, data capture, SEO, email marketing, order tracking and many more.
Apps can add significant functionality to your online store. From Advanced Search apps, Upsell apps to Wholesale apps that allow you to sell B2C/B2B in the same store. There really is no limit to what can be done with the right apps.
Top tip: Make a backup of your shop theme before installing apps. I’ve learned the hard way that some apps may damage your theme code and having a backup means you can easily roll back the theme. Also be sure to double-check your site speed afterward, especially the product pages as some apps add significant load time which can hurt your SEO.
Pros and Cons of Shopify
As with any online platform, there are pros and cons to Shopify. Here is an overview of some of the benefits and limitations of the service.
Easy of Use – Shopify has virtually everything you need to build a professional store, all available within a few clicks. There’s also an extensive help and support section with adequate documentation to help you find what you need.
Design and Personalization – You can rest assured of both the quality and quantity of design options with Shopify. Whether you are trying to create a brand-new shopping experience or go with a preloaded theme, you can find or create the dream storefront you want.
Access to advanced code – Most features of Shopify are accessible to developers so you can create custom solutions for your storefront if you have the skills. It supports both HTML, CSS, and other languages as well as its own Liquid code. The checkout code is only accessible to Shopify Plus customers.
Economies of Scale- From mom and pop stores, growing entrepreneurs to global conglomerates, Shopify has all the tools needed to scale. With unlimited product uploads, you will never reach a limit in catalog size.
Support – Shopify’s Support team is available 24 hours of the day, seven days a week by phone, email or live chat. This is a stark difference from other similar platforms where support is more limited. The support staff is helpful and almost always willing to go the extra mile. There is a limit to what they are able to provide though. For 3rd party theme related issues it is often best to contact theme support directly. The same applies to Apps.
But they will often put you in contact with the tech support from those companies if they are not able to help.
You can access Support from your store backend or through the links below: There is also extensive documentation available in the Shopify Help Center.
Shopify is payable in US Dollars and that can make it a bit expensive in countries with a weak exchange rate to the US Dollar. You can get around this a bit by choosing an annual or bi-annual plan for the extra savings or when the exchange rate is more favorable.
In addition to the charges from the payment processor (like PayPal or Stripe), you still pay Shopify a transaction fee, which cuts into business revenue. The per transactions fees are also sometimes an issue for merchants but you are able to get around this by either using Shopify Payments or using manual transactions at checkout
Multi-language support – Support for other languages is not available to all Shopify users. Many apps and templates make it easy to get language support, but there is no standard option that is capable enough for use.
SEO issues – Shopify uses a URL structure that in some way inhibits SEO with Duplicate product pages. Shopify does ensure that there is a canonical tag to the associated pages but this can still pop up as an issue with color variants. You are able to fix this by editing the product.grid-item.liquid file.
Some other useful Shopify SEO Tips
Remove duplicate URLs from internal linking architecture
Remove duplicate paginated URLs
Create blog content for keywords with informational intent
Add “Product,” “Article,” & “BreadcrumbList” structured data
Top Tip: Shopify does include a handy URL redirect feature in the Navigation section which allows you to update any URL changes in your store. This is a great tool to use if you migrate from another platform such as Woocommerce or if you ever change the URL of a page/collection/menu. 404 errors have a negative effect on your SEO.
Limited Report Functionality – You only get access to professional reporting when you subscribe to the more expensive packages.
Limited Abandoned Cart function – You only get one email to send to customers that abandon their cart. Having more capable features require installing premium apps. You are however able to send manual emails to customers.
GDPR issues – You need a third-party cookie banner app for your Shopify store if you want to be compliant with the recent GDPR. You could get into trouble if you assume that it is available by default.
Shopify is one of the most recommended solutions for merchants who need an online store. Whether it is an online business, or an omnichannel business with a physical location, or dropshipping, it is arguably the best option.
There are now over 1 million merchants using Shopify’s e-commerce platform. The strong growth in the userbase instills a lot of confidence in the stability and longevity of this service. I for one highly recommend it to businesses of any size.
Is your online store suffering from you not always having access to a PC?
In a world of predominantly desktop-based eCommerce platforms, Shopify Mobile App is a beam of hope, pioneering the future that is mobile eCommerce. Shopify has always been on the front-lines of innovation, in order to help business owners to improve and refine their online stores. The Shopify Mobile App aims to bring easy and convenient store management to the comfort of your palm, without sacrificing features and functionalities (even including third party integration such as Amazon or eBay.)
What is the Shopify Mobile App?
Available on both Android and iOS, users can easily install the app from the respective app store and log into their Shopify account. Opening the app, you are greeted with a simple dashboard, informing you about your stores’ performance and alerting you about anything that needs attention. The app is focused on being easy to use on a smaller screen, thus no scrolling is required to view crucial information.
Mobile app users can easily add, edit, fulfil and refund orders, manage tags, communicate with staff and view sales, all from within the app. Utilizing your mobile device’s camera, the Shopify app allows you to also add products through scanning barcodes, instantly adding them to your store, giving you a super hands-on approach to handling your stock. After scanning in these products, you can easily edit these items’ characteristics or variants, ensuring that they’re the perfect fit for your store.
Swiping to the next app function, the mobile app allows you to conveniently sort these newly added products into neatly organised collections. Just like in the browser-based version, these collections can either be automatic (working off of variables to see which pre-existing products fit) or manual, where you pick which products go in your collections one by one.
Shopify’s mobile app also allows you to access the same sales channels as the browser version. These sales channels include Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, eBay and many, many more. This sales channel feature is even more useful on the mobile version, because the apps you’re using to sell your products are then readily available at your fingertips, too!
The mobile app also doesn’t compromise on Shopify’s useful analytics, allowing you to view sales, compare performance to previous weeks, days or months; all on a live dashboard on your mobile device.
Just like the browser counterpart, the app also has access to Shopify’s vast theme library, allowing you to make edits to the theme from your phone too. This feature is perfect for when you’re out and about, but your website needs a quick little update.
The app also takes following up with customers to a whole new level, letting you to add and edit customer details. This allows you to conveniently contact said customers directly from the mobile device you’re managing your store from.
With three pricing options available, Shopify Mobile App is a flexible option for your eCommerce needs. Take a look at the three options and determine which is the best fit for your company.
The only requirement is an active internet connection to manage your store from anywhere around the globe.
And remember, all of these features are available from your mobile device!
When deciding with which eCommerce platform you want to go, it’s crucial to not only look at professional reviews, but almost more importantly, customer reviews. Customer reviews tend to be brutally honest, which in your case is for the best!
Taking a look at user reviews on the Play Store (Where Shopify averages around 4/5 stars) one can get an idea of how users feel about the Shopify Mobile app.
One user left the following review, which I felt resonated with my experience too.
“I chose shopify for my business wasnt sure if I was going to like it, been with another carrier for years for another one of my businesses but honestly the mobile functionality was the tie breaker for me! I can do so much from my phone allowing me to keep up with trends, see what is working and what”
Taking the top eCommerce platform and translating it into a mobile experience can be challenging, but it seems as if Shopify has nailed this attempt. The dynamic between the “normal” web-based version of Shopify, and the mobile app, is amazing, with little to no changes (Except the size being scaled down of course.)
With amazing out of the box functionality and unprecedented customer support, Shopify remains the best eCommerce platform on both desktop, and mobile too.