If you’re looking for a transparent eCommerce solution, Volusion may not be the platform for you. With Volusion's pricing, hidden, unexpected fees are around every corner, including monthly PCI fees, cancellation fees, migration charges, an $89 basic Volusion SSL to get your store up and running, monthly email fees, and hefty bandwidth overage fees.
Shift4Shop gives our merchants the freedom and peace of mind to setup and manage their store how they’d like, without fear of hidden fees or penalties. That’s right – as a Shift4Shop merchant, you’ll never be hit by transaction fees, PCI fees, cancellation fees, email fees, or any other surprising costs.
As a Volusion client, expect to spend a sizeable sum supplementing your store with paid apps, plug-ins, and services. Volusion restricts many of their basic features like Deal of the Day, Customer Loyalty Program, API access, phone orders, and CRM to the most expensive Volusion plans. Shift4Shop includes all of these features, plus more, for free with every account.
Volusion may boast about their 300+ theme selection, but only 23 of the Volusion themes are responsive. Of these 23 themes, only 6 are free, with the remaining going for a whopping $895 each. Shift4Shop offers 100+ professionally designed responsive themes, more than half of which are available for free regardless of your selected plan.
“Switching from Volusion to Shift4Shop was like going from the dark ages into the light. Volusion was chock-full of hidden fees, has no hosted blog capability, rude customer service, incredibly bland themes, and an expensive price tag that just can’t be justified.”
– Ex-Volusion customer
Does your store accept online payments? If so, expect to spend a minimum of $90 on Volusion’s basic SSL Certificate to get your store up and running. Shift4Shop offers our merchants a free 256-bit encryption shared SSL with every account, so that you can start accepting online payments from day one, with an option to upgrade to a dedicated SSL at any time.
Shift4Shop offers our own integrated payment processing solution for a completely seamless payment experience, and we offer more alternative payment methods than other platforms.
Volusion requires you to use a third-party payment gateway, as they don't offer a fully integrated solution.
Create a blog within your store that uses the same design elements and domain name of your website and store.
Create a blog on a third-party site like WordPress or Blogger, neither of which will share your store’s design.
Automatically improve your SEO efforts and expand your reach using Shift4Shop’s built-in blog feature, which will eliminate any need of re-creating your blog’s design elements or having to direct your blog to your store’s URL.