1 year old!

1 year old!

We released Shopify to the public on June 2. 2006. Wow. Has it already been a year?

Shopify’s success has been nothing short of amazing. Millions of dollars worth of products have been sold courtesy of our software and we managed to attract some of the best designers in the industry to create Shopify stores and themes. Tens of thousands of stores have opened shop and hundreds more join them every week.

The quality of the design work we see daily is the most gratifying aspect of Shopify’s success. Jaded Pixel has always been a very visual company and it’s great to see that good design attracts good design.

But not only did we revolutionize the tired ecommerce industry on the visual design front; the code of Shopify is also much talked about in web development circles. In fact, you could hear people discussing Shopify in the presentations and in the corridors during the recent RailsConf in Portland. We love open source and we contributed a lot of projects back to the community. Without open source Shopify could never have been made. Amongst the contributions were endless enhancements to the Ruby on Rails project, the release of our template language Liquid and our payment processor library ActiveMerchant.

To celebrate our birthday we commissioned Jared Burns of Scrapbook your memories and Vorsat fame to create a new theme for us: Vogue. It’s now available in the Look & Feel section ready to be applied.

Vogue Ecommerce

Vogue is our most flexible theme so far. There are some tutorials for customizations on the demo page such as Adding a logo and Switching Color Palettes.

What’s to come? Jaded Pixel is 100% committed to Shopify and this will remain our focus. Our goal this year will be to make Shopify work better for bigger merchants and help with the promotion of our customers’ products. Things you will see in Shopify in the future:

  • API support to make it dead easy for third party applications to extend Shopify
  • Digital goods
  • Bulk import / export
  • Integration with shipping services such as USPS
  • The Shopify Marketplace

Here are just a few of the things we integrated in the first year of Shopify:

  • Bring your own domain feature
  • Internationalization support of the checkout process. 34 complete translations done by the community!
  • Robust search system
  • OpenID support for login and signup
  • Discount codes
  • Marketing tab to help drive traffic to your store
  • Dashboard tab with realtime visitor statistics
  • Admin-wide quick search feature
  • Fulfillment services support
  • Taxation options for European countries (VAT)
  • Support for sitemap.xml
  • Microformats
  • COD, Money order, Direct debit
  • 5 new themes
  • 19 new payment gateways
  • Google Checkout integration
  • Paypal Payments Pro integration



  • Dan Diemer
    Dan Diemer
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratz! You have no idea how releaved i was to see the bulk import on that list. Keep up the good work.

  • Barb Kalar
    Barb Kalar
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your first anniversary!!! Your site and support are amazing and I think I speak for all of us who use your fantastic software when I say……THANK YOU! May there be many more great years in your future!

  • Jared Burns
    Jared Burns
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congrats on the achievement! I really enjoyed working on this theme for guys.

  • An-Min Kuo
    An-Min Kuo
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratulations on your fantastic achievements. What a great track record and a future path to follow upon. You guys are truly inspirational.

  • Damien Buckley
    Damien Buckley
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Happy Birthday guys – great to have been involved in what is clearly one the biggest web 2.0 success stories – looking forward to another 12 months working with Shopify – as a developer I always feel like I’m ‘working with’ the Shopify team and knowing you’ve got a good team behind you is exceptionally important when developing for clients. As a second to Jay’s comment – Keep it real and keep it tight! And to Jared specifically – thats a stunning theme mate, well done. Can’t wait to grab it and take a look under the hood.

  • Jay R
    Jay R
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratulations!!! I just hope you resist the temptation to sell it to one of the big shots :)

  • Michelle Carlson
    Michelle Carlson
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratulations and Happy 1st Birthday!! I have to agree with Barb that your site and support is amazing! Thanks for the new theme for I am using it and it is awesome!!!

  • James Keenan
    James Keenan
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Integrate. Shipping. Services. Please.

    Shipping 50lb across the state != Shipping 50lb across the country. Huge difference in prices.

    A 3lb bicycle frame ships as Oversized 2. Your shipping system, while simple and effective for some cases, just doesn’t work with heavy or oversized items with regards to distance travelled.


  • Richard Quick
    Richard Quick
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Well done guys – it’s a great product and a superb achievement

  • John T
    John T
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Hey guys,
    Congratulations on hitting one. You guys are amazing and a true inspiration. Keep up the amazing work!!

  • Daniel Wright
    Daniel Wright
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratulation guys. I have been very happy working with Shopify both over the past year and can’t wait to see what the future brings.

  • Galen
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Hey Guys,

    Congratulations. Keep up the great work—you’re doing an awesome job!

  • tyler rooney
    tyler rooney
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congrats on the milestone guys. Keep up the kickass work.

  • Tyson Caly
    Tyson Caly
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Cheers guys… congrats on the first year! I want to thank you for all your hard work. It’s been great for all of us.

  • Monica S.
    Monica S.
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congrats on a year. I just recently found out about you guys and love the ease of use of your product. You guys allowed me to get my site up alot faster than doing it from scratch and the themes are great!!!

  • Steph
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congrats guys and keep up the great work! Shopify is by far the funnest product to work with. Ss.

  • Dave Q
    Dave Q
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratulations! Keep getting awesome!

  • Viking KARWUR
    Viking KARWUR
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Cogratulations on a year service. Greetings from Jakarta Indonesia. Wish you all the best.

  • tim
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM

    Congratulations! I hope that Google buys you out and keep this as a part of its collection:)

  • Luce
    June 02 2007, 04:30PM


    I haev a suggestion: I need to have a bilingual shop!! When are you guys gonna do the bilingual thing? I adore my shop but I am getting tired of posting everything twice over… thanks!! ;-)

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