Today, I’m talking to Anthony Casalena, the founder and CEO of Squarespace, the ubiquitous web hosting and design company. If you’re a podcast listener, you’ve heard a Squarespace ad.
Although Shopify isn’t quite an AI website builder in the same way the other providers on this list are, it’s beginning to roll out a range of useful AI tools that are definitely worth checking out. Although it’s quite pricey, if you’re planning to build an online store, there’s really no better choice available than Shopify.
Shopify Magic is a suite of AI tools that ecommerce website builder Shopify launched in April of this year. While Shopify doesn’t have a Wix ADI alternative, Shopify Magic is a very useful tool for budding ecommerce sellers.
The most useful thing it does is auto-generate product descriptions, so the more products you have listed on your store, the more time you’ll save. However, it can also help with blog posts, generating compelling email subject lines and personalized FAQs for your online store. Prior to the release of Shopify Magic, these kinds of tasks – which are necessary if you want to drive traffic to your online store – would require hours of time, energy, and human effort.
If you’re thinking of building an online store and want to try out Shopify Magic, now’s the time to do it – you can sign up for just $1 per month for the first 3 months at the moment, which is really good value for money for an ecommerce platform as capable as this one.
On top of this, Shopify recently announced a new tool called Shopify Sidekick, the platform’s very own “personal ecommerce assistant”, which can respond to prompts like ChatGPT and Claude.
Along with helping you redesign your online store, Shopify Sidekick will soon be able to reply to live chat queries posed by customers, generate even more content for your score, create discount codes, and carry out tedious housekeeping tasks.