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 - Sep 24, 2008
References: shopify & practicalecommerce
'Fast' and 'easy' are two of the most common words on the Internet. Opening email accounts, uploading photos, finding friends, buying and selling... everything is promised to be fast and easy. At least that’'s the idea.

With Shopify, that promise finally comes true. This tool, created by Canadian company JadedPixel Inc., focuses on simplifying the creation of virtual shops for individuals and small businesses offering innovative services and featuring a powerful, yet simple, design.

In five extremely simple steps, you'’ll be able to open your online shop at a very low cost (the rates vary from US$0 to US$299 per month). Shopify organises hosting, band broadness, security, code lines and even makes various design teams available to you, in order to personalise your store. It allows the administration of a very complete product catalogue with categories, labels, inventory options and even statistics.

All this comes from Ottawa, where a group of just 5 people have designed and developed this outstanding shopping experience for thousands of users around the world. Developed on Ruby on Rails, it uses MySQL databases. Services like PayPal and Google Checkout are also integrated. Its Open-Source nature gives it that seductive sound with which the new generation of online services are awaking all the software dinosaurs.