Shopify & Simple Helix Web Hosting
OUR CANDID ASSESSMENT
We learned that Shopify was getting a bit of a hard time from Citron about their company value, lack of turning a profit since inception and other tasty bites, all of which you can read on the Reuters news release HERE.
We received notice that Shopify has a “Best in Class” new web host partner, namely SimpleHelix.com and that peaked our interest. So, in Browserweb’s normal approach, after checking out the offers website, we did our usual page speed test. Truth be said, we thought it wouldn't be great, when you see the https with insecure items error icon on the home page, that doesn’t bode well.
The results, well, 11.7s is the slowest of all the web hosts we tested in our Web Hosting Review Report. On top of that they are one of these companies that promote $19.95 per month for shared hosting and then you have to read the small print and click on the true monthly cost which is $24.95 – the $19.95 is the “equivalent price” if you pay annually. We really disfavor this type of marketing.
ps, The fact remains, Shopify provides excellent and affordable service to millions of small businesses and that should be applauded. That said, you’re renting, not owning your online business and that’s not a great investment. Sure, the costs are cheaper initially, but we suggest you consider WordPress and their “Shopify” equivalent of a store, called Woocommerce.