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Here are some excerpts from my recent conversation with Shopify support:

Q: noticed that sockfancy.com is using shopify? is there a way to set things up like they do: user checks off the options they want and then they go directly to a single-page checkout for their subscription?

A: A subscription is a recurring order. For recurring orders they are using Recurring Orders & Subscription Box App by Bold, and Recurring Orders Enterprise, which is only available to Shopify Plus merchants.

Q: how about the single page checkout?

A: The single page checkout is also a feature of Shopify Plus plan, which starts at $2000 per month. They are also using cashier by Bold.

Q: It looks like those Bold plugins add commission costs of about 3% or more per sale?

A: I don't know the details of that, but again they are available only for Shopify Plus.

Yes it's true that you can set up a generic site cheaply, but for a site that actually works well and has single page checkout, etc. you get into some very big bucks, and also some very large sales commissions.

Another point about hosted platforms: if they run slowly, there's not that much you can do to fix it. Here's a GTMetrix report for the aforementioned site: https://gtmetrix.com/reports/sockfancy.com/gSNvns6s

Fully Loaded Time - 7.8s

Not sure anyone would think this is an acceptable amount of time to wait for a page to load.

Shopify as a platform isn't that slow. Much of what caused the performance issue on their site is due to scripts and apps that they install that slow down the storefront and don't adhere to best practices when it comes to page speed and loading assets/JS.

Taking a quick glance, it looks like Privy and Zendesk/Zopim are the main culprits. That can be easily fixed - just don't use those apps or find alternatives that don't slow down your site.

It's not like you could also do anything about slow page loads if selling via amazon or wallmart.

Yes, but Amazon brings traffic and a customer base to the picture. Shopify doesn't.

Shopify is competing with any other shopping cart software, and for companies concerned with performance there may be a case for hosting your own.

>Shopify is competing with any other shopping cart software

How many of them have better performance? Might just be a "all of you have to do is be faster than the slowest."

It seems like it's a stone soup model.

Good insight.

Actually, I would look into their Storefront API. You can build any application or customization that does anything you want and calls back to Shopify for product data. You can even create a checkout and link directly to it.

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