Shopblocks is an ecommerce platform. That means it is a system to create, manage and host an online shop. Shopblocks provides you with everything you need to sell online. Add your products, design your shop then launch it live onto the internet. From there, Shopblocks enables you to take payments, process orders and manage special offers. If you would like to sell your products online, Shopblocks is the only platform you need. However Shopblocks isn't just limited to online shops, use our tool BlockLab to create the perfect brochure site or landing page for your business.
We believe Templates and Themes are one of the most dangerous liabilities your business can acquire. The damage Templates and Themes are doing to thousands of small businesses worldwide is incalculable, yet many other ecommerce platforms advocate their use. Why? It’s all a matter of cost. A bespoke website design typically requires an investment of tens of thousands of pounds up front and hundreds more every time you need to make a change. We believe all businesses should have a website designed specifically around their needs and to make that happen, we created BlockLab.
BlockLab is a tool invented by Shopblocks to give our users an unprecedented level of control over their online shop’s design. Other platforms only allow basic customisation such as adding your logo and changing a few colours. BlockLab gives you total control over the layout, design and information content of your pages so your website can be customised to your exact business requirements without requiring expensive designers and developers.
Absolutely not. We invented BlockLab to ensure that all Shopblocks users can change their shop’s design in any way they like without requiring the help of expensive designers and developers. Most ecommerce platforms provide some level of design customisation, but BlockLab is completely different. As opposed to making simple colour changes or adding your company logo at the top of the page, BlockLab provides a level of control that no other ecommerce platform comes close to matching. With BlockLab you can change the design, layout and branding of your website, with total control over fonts, colours, images and other styles to create a site tailored to your business and your products.
Our Pro plan gives you everything you need to launch a successful online shop and our Plus plan opens the door to more advanced integrations with third party systems for growing businesses. Our Orbit plan takes this even further with seamless integration into eBay, Amazon, Etsy and other marketplaces so that you can sell products elsewhere and manage orders in Shopblocks. With no transaction fees, unlimited products and data, and Shopblocks help and support, all Shopblocks plans provide everything an online business needs to succeed.
Each time one of your customers pays you through your website, card processing fees apply with your payment provider. Our main payment provider is Stripe, although we support many more including SagePay, Worldpay, and PayPal. All card processing companies charge fees each time a transaction is processed and this is an inescapable part of selling online, so ensure these fees are factored into your own pricing so that your business remains profitable. Stripe has a number of advantages over alternatives such as PayPal, SagePay, Worldpay and the many others. The main benefits are the user experience your customers enjoy when paying you (we think Stripe provides the best customer experience by far) and the simple, transparent pricing. We have partnered with Stripe because they provide everything you need to sell online in a simple, profitable way. On the Pro, Plus, and Orbit plans, Shopblocks does not charge any additional fees.
If you want to sell online, you need a way of processing credit and debit cards – this is what Stripe does for you. Stripe is a fantastic service for businesses selling online. It provides a simple, transparent way of taking payments online. Stripe has low pay-as-you-go pricing, with no up-front costs, no monthly fees, no refund costs, no hidden fees, and no contracts. One of the best features of Stripe is that it provides everything you need, so there is no need to set up a ‘merchant account’ with your bank which can be a lengthy and frustrating process, especially for new businesses. It is by no means mandatory to have a Stripe account to use Shopblocks - we support a number of payment methods including Worldpay, SagePay, and PayPal.
Paying for Shopblocks is simple. We have a monthly subscription fee that applies to Pro, Plus, and Orbit accounts, this gives you access to the platform and gives you the ability to launch your online shop. In addition, each time you make a sale through your website, card processing fees from your payment provider will apply. This is an inescapable part of selling online for businesses using any ecommerce platform. Shopblocks do not add any additional processing fees. Most other ecommerce platforms advocate the use of alternative ‘payment gateways’ which incur their own fees in addition to fees paid for a ‘merchant account’ with your bank, or a separate merchant account provider such as Elavon. Be careful using these alternatives as their pricing is far from transparent, and usually differs depending on the type of card your customer pays with. With Stripe the pricing is much easier to understand and you can view more information at https://stripe.com/gb/pricing.
Send us an email from your registered email address requesting the cancellation of your account and we will get in touch to confirm. Before your subscription is terminated, if you need a copy of your data we will arrange for this to be sent to you.
Unlike most ecommerce platforms, we don’t put a limit on how many products you can sell, or how much data in general you add to the system (such as product photos, videos, descriptions etc.). However, a fair usage policy does apply to protect our system. If you need to add more than 20,000 products or store more than 20GB of data (both of these limits are far higher than most businesses need) then speak to us and we will look at your situation individually.
We provide email support 24/7 and aim to respond to any query in under 24 hours. We provide live chat and telephone support during office hours (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays). If you have a question, email us and a member of our support team will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Shopblocks is a UK based ecommerce platform, optimised for businesses all over the world. You can sell your products anywhere with Shopblocks, and we support multiple currencies and have the ability for you to translate the core system into different laguages. The Shopblocks plugin library also has plugins enabling your customers to view prices in alternative currencies.
You do. Your data remains yours and we will never access, copy or share your data with anyone else. We will backup and protect your data (see Terms for further details). If you want to leave Shopblocks we will give you all of your data back.
We believe Shopblocks can help your business soar like an eagle in outer space, and our friendly eagle reminds us of this fact. We borrowed this line from theoatmeal.com and we recommend you check out their comics.