It’s often tough to argue that one ecommerce building platform is faster than another, unless you complete an unbiased speed test with a large sample size. However, sometimes you can objectively say that a system is faster just by playing around with it.
That seems to be the case with Zoey, seeing as how during my tests I was able to launch a few ecommerce websites within minutes, and they actually looked great out of the box and I was technically able to start collecting payments from customers.
Granted, my sites were made for testing, but the same experience can be transferred over to regular developers. And that’s exactly what Zoey is trying to achieve. The company isn’t necessarily attempting to bring in regular ecommerce entrepreneurs, but rather the web designers who are making hundreds, or thousands, of ecommerce sites for clients.
We recommend you request a demo of Zoey to get a better feel for what the platform can do for you. It’s completely free, and it can give you a more hands on test to show you whether or not it’s something that might work for your business.
What’s Zoey Really All About?
As we mentioned above, the Zoey platform is for agencies and web designers, so you’re better off looking somewhere else if you only want to make one ecommerce site.
It’s an ecommerce platform that has two advantages: It includes the power and flexibility of a modern day open source solution, similar to how WordPress is so flexible. Secondly, Zoey also works like a SaaS platform, making it easier to use and more robust in its feature-set.
When looking at the features, I noticed that Zoey provides a wonderful drag and drop builder, along with robust ecommerce capabilities. I like this quite a bit, since it’s much harder to design with solutions like Shopify. In fact, Shopify doesn’t even have a drag and drop builder, so most developers are left with lots of settings they need to adjust for a new site.
Zoey also provides a blazing fast infrastructure, meaning that developers are able to service just about any type of client. For instance, let’s say you’re an experienced developer with multiple ecommerce clients. A new client wants a sophisticated B2B website, while another one is more interested in a basic startup online store, with everything they need for selling a handful of products.
Zoey has the cutting-edge platform to serve both of these clients.
Is There Anything Truly Unique About Zoey?
When you look at other ecommerce platforms like Shopify, Volusion and Bigcommerce, you’ll notice that these are more akin to consumer products, being marketed to every possible person who might want to make their own website. Yes, developers have been known to utilize Shopify and Volusion when making ecommerce sites for clients, but neither are built to make the process easier for developers.
Zoey, on the other hand, was made for designers and agencies, cutting out the amount of code needed, and expanding the number of possibilities when it comes to satisfying clients. In short, web designers should theoretically cut down the amount of time they spend developing with Zoey, and in turn, make more money.
Oh yea, this also makes support and client satisfaction a littler nicer.
The deep ecommerce functionality serves far more businesses than SaaS platforms like Shopify and Bigcommerce. Developers often have to utilize multiple ecommerce platforms for different clients. However, Zoey generally cuts down on the number of platforms needed, since Zoey is technically the only one required for all company sizes. Therefore, you could build an extremely complicated site right after pumping out a small shop with five products, all with the same platform.
I would compare this to a web designer who mainly generates blogs and business sites with WordPress. It’s far easier to stick with one CMS.
The Need for Speed
Zoey claims that building a website with its platform is 4X faster than if you were to go with a competitor like Shopify or Volusion. Does this hold up? I would say so, considering my tests brought me directly to the elements I needed, and the drag and drop editor is far more intuitive than some of the others I have used on the market.
Along with the design tools, Zoey provides rich functionality and a beautiful SaaS infrastructure, both of which allow agencies and freelancers to boost their production levels.
With this time, your company can save money and cut down on the amount of people working on one project. One site may require you to allocate two or three designers for full-time work. However, Zoey tends to eliminate the need for these development teams. Even the most complex ecommerce sites can be generated by one designer, freeing up time and resources for your other designers to handle other jobs. Overall, scaling up becomes more realistic, since your large freelance teams aren’t all tangled up in one project.
Affordability for Design Clients
One impressive part about Zoey involves wholesale and B2B tools. Zoey is the only SaaS system with a built-in wholesale and B2B suite. Therefore, web development clients aren’t forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a more custom/complex ecommerce site.
Not to mention, the B2B tools make it possible for freelancers and agencies to take on projects like these. In the past a freelancer might pass up a large, custom site, but now there’s no reason to skip out on this revenue stream. The interface is simple enough, you’re not burdened with tons of coding, and you even get some nice templates.
Who Should Use Zoey?
This answer is simple: Developers and agencies that want to stick to one platform and cut down on development time when making ecommerce sites. I wouldn’t say it’s the first recommendation for individuals constructing online shops, but the developers should be all over Zoey.
We encourage all agencies and developers to request a demo of Zoey. Let us know in the comments section if you have any questions about this gem.