How big is shopify

In the US, Shopify’s market share is currently the largest of all the ecommerce platforms, with nearly a third (32%) of ecommerce websites using Shopify to power their businesses.

We’ve previously looked at how popular Shopify is in the ecommerce world, but we wanted to get a more general view of the Canadian company’s market share.

What we found were interesting numbers that help see where Shopify is at, how big it really is, and where it’s headed in the future.

1. Shopify has now more than 3M active websites

At the time of writing, it has 3,613,329 live websites around the world, according to BuiltWith.com. That means the percentage of websites using Shopify is 2.7% among the Top 1m websites.

Each of these sites is using one of the three main plans (Basic, Shopify, and Advanced), as the enterprise-level plan Shopify Plus is counted separately in BuiltWith. Altogether this represents a fair amount of the Internet as a whole, especially within the Top 100k website segment:

  • For the top-visited 1M websites: 2.7% of them are Shopify websites
  • Top 100k websites: 3.02%
  • Top 10k websites: 4.24%

Shopify’s own website confirms BuiltWith’s data. Their website also states that the total number of worldwide sales realized through Shopify is $200B:

Shopify screenshot showing 1,700,00 users

2. It’s the fastest growing online store builder

Website builders focusing on CMS, such as WordPress and Joomla have historically been much more popular than Shopify. However, while WordPress usage has continued to climb, Joomla’s usage has waned as Shopify’s has increased. And in 2021 Shopify usage surpassed Joomla for the first time.

This is what the historical data looks like, as gathered by W3Techs as of January 1 each year:

20142015201620172018201920202021
No CMS64.8%61.7%56.6%53.3%51.3%45.3%43.1%38.3%
WordPress21%23.3%25.6%27.3%29.2%32.7%35.4%39.5%
Joomla3.3%3,3%3,3%3.4%3.2%3.0%2.6%2.2%
Shopify0.1%0.3%0.4%0.6%0.9%1.4%1.9%3.2%

What’s more, when it comes to online store solutions, few companies have gained more market share than Shopify in the last 6 years, and none of them have grown as fast:

 

20142015201620172018201920202021
Shopify0.1%0.3%0.4%0.6%0.9%1.4%1.9%3.2%
Magento0.9%1.1%1.2%1.2%1.2%1%0.8%0.7%
PrestaShop0.4%0.5%0.6%0.6%0.6%0.8%0.7%0.5%
OpenCart0.3%0.4%0.4%0.4%0.4%0.5%0.6%
BigCommerce0.1%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.3%

3. It’s the most searched ecommerce solution

Google Trends can be a good indicator of how popular a company is, and, we can clearly see how searches related to Shopify are much more common than for other builders.

Shopify market share in Google Trends

And looking at Shopify’s popularity worldwide, you can see that the map is green in all English-speaking markets:

Ecommerce systems worldwideClick to view interactive map (data taken from Google Trends and Builtwith)

Our research through Ahrefs seems to confirm these findings, where we can look at the worldwide search volume on Google:

  • Shopify: 3,300,000
  • WooCommerce: 322,000
  • Prestashop: 169,000
  • Magento: 165,000
  • BigCommerce 79,000

It’s worth noting that Shopify is publicly traded, so a lot of these searches will be about the business side of things (shares, performance, news) rather than the product itself.

Other Shopify competitors are smaller projects, ecommerce-wise, like Volusion, Wix or Squarespace. BigCommerce is probably the most natural alternative, but it’s far from Shopify’s success in terms of users. Pretty much all website builders are trying to nab some of Shopify’s market share by offering their own ecommerce solutions. But it remains to be seen how successful they will be.

4. Shopify stock grew nearly 300% within 4 months in 2020

Speaking of shares, they started trading at $28 when the company went public in 2015. This was already 60% higher than the original $17 offering price.

In November 2021, shares were trading at a massive $1,500 after hitting the low of $346 during the Coronavirus crisis. Obviously COVID-19 propelled Shopify’s business as nothing has ever before.

As bricks and mortar sales collapsed during the pandemic and consumers moved online, Shopify was perfectly placed to capitalize and they were rewarded with a 96% increase in revenue in Q3 of 2020.

Worldwide, over $5 billion worth of sales were generated through Shopify stores during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday period alone in 2020, a year on year increase of 76%.

Although we can expect some reduction in the rate of growth of online shopping as pandemic-enforced restrictions are eased, it’s unlikely that the trend will be reversed and we expect that Shopify will continue to benefit from the growth of this sector.

5. It’s Now Worth More Than eBay

Shopify is now worth $185.84B, which in 2019 saw them surge past eBay ($47.3B). In 2020, the Canadian company also beat eBay in terms of sales volume, making them the second-biggest ecommerce platform in the world behind Amazon.

6. Its websites rule the English-speaking world

Historically, Shopify has been highly focused on English-speaking countries, and only supported the USD currency. This explains why it’s one of the most popular online store solutions in English-speaking countries, according to BuiltWith.com:

  • 2,497,261 websites in the US
  • 148,758 websites in the UK
  • 96,952 websites in Australia
  • 88,923 websites in Canada

According to BuiltWith, Shopify has a market share of 32% in the United States for websites using ecommerce technologies.

It’s worth noting that in 2018, Shopify added six languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Japanese. They now support a total of 21 languages. They also began offering Shopify Payments in more countries and announced support for 11 international currencies.

Their largest markets after the above are now Germany, France, and Brazil.

7. …But could be losing ground to WooCommerce

Across all the ecommerce websites on the internet Shopify is still more popular than WooCommerce. Compare both tools here.

WooCommerceShopify
Whole Internet24%27%
Top 1M websites28%21%
Top 100K websites17%20%
Top 10k websites9%20%

But looking at the top 1M websites, it seems that WooCommerce surpasses Shopify’s market share, having built 28% of online stores, vs 21%.

Could it mean an increasing number of high-quality websites are built with WooCommerce?

Hard to tell, yet. But we should also point out that the aforementioned Shopify Plus also has its own market share there. It’s a small 0.27% within the top 1M sites, so it still doesn’t help tip the scales in Shopify’s favor for these stats. More information about the WooCommerce market share.

The eCommerce platform of the future?

Shopify’s growth shows no signs of slowing down. The company is becoming more profitable, popular, and more complete (in terms of features) with each passing year.

But where does it go from here? Can it conquer Asian markets like China or Japan where small business ecommerce aren’t quite as popular? And can it make its mark in Europe, where open-source systems are preferred?

One thing is for sure, seeing how fast the business is moving, it will be fascinating to keep track of these statistics in the years to come.

Let us know what you think about Shopify’s market share in the comments below!

About Robert Brandl, BA (Hons) Munich University MUAS

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Hi, my name is Robert Brandl, and I am the founder of Tooltester. I used to work in a digital marketing agency where I managed website and email marketing projects. To optimize my client's campaigns, I always had to find the optimal web tools. Tooltester (founded in 2010) opens this knowledge to you, hopefully saving you endless hours of research. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. You can also find me on LinkedIn.

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