Are you thinking about Shopfiy for your florist website, here is the low down on the reasons why you shoudl choose Flower Store In a Box and save yourself heartache and money!
Florist websites require special features that are unique to florists such as:
Shopify doesn’t offer these out of the box and certainly not in their lower cost options but Flower Store in a Box does offer all of these features and a lot more!
By and far the biggest issue with Shopify is that it’s not meant to used for timed deliveries like sending flowers to someone allowing orders to be made even when you can't fulfill them!
Sure you can “hack” the shopify so it allows the customer to enter the delivery date. But there is no error checking to ensure that the order hasn’t been made after the same day cut off, or for a day that don’t deliver etc.
Almost every single Shopify florist website I have seen has allowed me to order outside the same day cut off times and some have even allowed me to orders for dates past!
It’s a cardinal sin to accept an order that doesn’t meet your Terms and Conditions.
Flower Store In a Box allows significant customization for your website including:
And there is so much more!
Most florists want to limit the areas that they accept orders for, this way they can maximize their profitability and ensure the quality of the finished floral order. Shopify requires additional “apps” or plugins to achieve this at additional costs of up to $30 USD a month!
With Flower Store In a Box you can enter the suburbs for each delivery and a price, then you can set this is as the only delivery areas for your website. This feature is in the Premium & above versions!
If you want to edit the checkout in Shopify you need to be on their enterprise version and that starts at around $2000 USD ($2900 AUD) a month.
With Flower Store In Box you have a simple two step checkout just for selling flowers online. Its been designed so billing info is limited to name, email and phone.
And the checkout is extensively & easily customize in your dashboard such as:
We can also hide and un-hide standard elements for you in the checkout too! If say you wanted the business name to always be present it can be!
One of the most requested options when people send flowers today is to see a picture of the product before it’s delivered.
You can do this with Flower Store In a Box easily along with SMS or email notifications.
Shopify is a Do It Yourself Platform for everything so you need to be pretty tech savvy, and in fact you will require someone to help you to even get the delivery date working.
Flower Store In a Box is a full serviced solution, with heaps of email & Telephone support.
You can still manage your website content yourself but we are always here to help.
As a minimum you would need be on the Advanced Shopify which is $249 USD ($369 AUD) a month to get the limited delivery areas and then there are still extra hidden costs with Shopify.
|Year One||Year Two||Year Three|
|Flower Store In a Box*||$6500||$1349||$1349|
|Difference||$-2053||$3098 (saving so far $1045)||$3098 (saving $4143)|
*premium version 12 x $500 a month then $99.95 a month once live.
Basically by 18 months the costs are the same but then you save over $3000 a year every year, and have a website that includes all the features a florist requires!
Bottom line, Flower Store in a Box is an ecommerce platform that has been built specifically for florists to sell flowers online. It’s feature packed with everything that a small or large florist needs to professionally sell flowers online.
Because we’ve been working with florists for over 16 years we know exactly what you need!