Bounce House vs Shopify: How Do They Compare?

Carolyn Canetti
Mar 3, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Bounce House was built to help new small businesses create a website fast and for free. Is it the right web builder for you? See how Bounce House compares to a behemoth like Shopify.


Bounce House versus Shopify:

The main differences between Bounce House and Shopify are related to the business model of a business, the stage of the business, the cost, time to set up and complexity, and customization options. 
comparison chart.002Set up time and complexity: Shopify at a minimum takes weeks, if not months, to set up an online store and website. It is extremely complex, and often requires a developer or engineer to help with functionality and fulfillment. Bounce House takes less than a day to go live, truly. Choose your business type, enter your business name, and a template is created that you can swap images and text with and be set up within hours.

Customization: Shopify is completely customizable. If you want complete control over the design of your website, then consider Shopify. Bounce House uses pre-designed blocks that you can edit images and text to shape to your needs. We chose designs that are used on all websites today so a free site on Bounce House has elements that are widely practiced in web design, except that it won't require any additional work. Add in your personal touches through images, logo, choosing a specific font and color, and being creative with the style sets.

See Shopify header: 

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See Bounce House header:

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Shopify is expensive. If you are a medium or large business that needs an online store, this is the average to high monthly cost to consider. Starting with a 90 day free trial, Shopify ranges from $29/month to $299/month, with no free option. With this, you're not just getting a store, but also coupons, abandoned cart tactics, deal pop-ups, fulfillment, shipping and more. Bounce House has a free forever option, or a More Legit plan of $19/month. For businesses who use our first party payment system, transactions will accrue a 5% fee and $0.50 per transaction. The paid plan includes custom domain, access to payments, video hosting, and unlimited contact requests.


E-commerce: Shopify is the dedicated platform for e-commerce and online stores (think physical products). If you're a small store, you might not need to use Shopify or require that attention to detail (or Squarespace, Wix or Wordpress for that matter). Consider utilizing a marketplace like Etsy, and using a more affordable or free website builder like Bounce House to create a landing page that leads buyers to your marketplace. Bounce House supports linking out to third party payment like PayPal, as well as first party payment checkout and invoicing. 


Business type focus: While Shopify's focus is on the online store businesses, we are focusing on small businesses and sole proprietors. Individuals and services that require one-on-one classes, sessions, either regularly recurring or one off. We encourage websites with a large focus to the Contact Request, encouraging in-person communication. 


See Contact Form Block:


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See example of Requests that come in on Bounce House:

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Necessities: Both Shopify and Bounce House support the no-brainer features like custom domain names, video hosting, logo uploads, SEO functionality, social media connections amongst other details. 

Creating a website is important for any business, new, old, small or big. It's a piece of online real estate that you own and can feel proud of. Convinced? Try Bounce House for free! Learn more, or get started today with Bounce House.

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