We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
15,669 Reviews

Goodsie review

From $15 (£9.50) a month

Manufacturer: Goodsie

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Goodsie offers a streamlined and good-looking way for small retailers to offer their goods online.

Opening an online store can sometimes seem like a daunting effort. If you've never managed an e-commerce venture before, the wealth of options offered by many vendors may seem overwhelming at first. Goodsie ($15 per month - all prices are quoted in US dollars) attempts to keep things simple and make it easy for small and first-time retailers to start offering their wares online.

Goodsie's storefront area looks and feels quite similar to vendor HiiDef's other online tool, Flavors.me, used for creating personal websites. Much like Flavors.me, Goodsie places a strong emphasis on visuals, along with polished typography. The interface used for configuring Goodsie is similar to the one used for Flavors.me, comprising of a small floating pane with a slew of colour, layout, and content options. But all of these options merely control the look and feel of the store; there is a separate interface used for adding products, setting prices, specifying delivery options, and all of the other functionality you might expect from an online store application.

While it makes sense for Goodsie to offer two different interfaces for the storefront and the back office, I wasn't sure at first how to get to the back-office area, and Goodsie short getting-started guide did not mention it. I then just tried clicking the small cogwheel icon at the top-right corner of the window, and found myself in the admin interface.

See all: Web-design software reviews

Once within the admin interface, things are simple and sensibly laid out. A vertical navigation menu displays seven simple configuration categories, such as Products, Orders, and Coupons. There is also an included Statistics panel, showing information such as visitors, unique visitors, average time on site, and more. For more powerful analytics, you can also plug Goodsie into Google Analytics or Clicky.

While Goodsie lacks rival Shopify's vibrant plug-in and theme ecosystem, it does offer the essentials. For example, you can easily configure Goodsie, PayPal or Google Checkout as payment gateways, but none of the many other more esoteric gateways Shopify offers. If you are selling files (such as software applications, e-books, or music albums), you can use an included plug-in called Fetch. Fetch is an "automated digital delivery system," making the sale of digital goods a seamless operation by hosting your files and contacting buyers with direct download links as soon as they pay. It is a third-party service, and as such, charges separately, but the rates are reasonable ($10 per month will buy you 1GB of storage space).

Goodsie is clearly aimed at small-time merchants; this is reflected by the modest price tag of $15 per month, as well as by the fact there seems to be no way to add products in bulk. The only way to add products to the system is manually, one SKU at a time, using the administration interface.

See all: PC Advisor software downloads

Goodsie Expert Verdict »

Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Goodsie has managed to create a simple, polished system that feels friendly and welcoming, even for first-time sellers. The sensible pricing means setting up a store isn't only quick, but also easy on your wallet.

  • Flavors.me review


    Flavors.me is web-based software that lets you easily create a personal homepage with social content.

  • Shopify review


    Shopify is software that takes you step-by-step through setting up your own online store, including credit card processing, inventory management, and more.

  • Enthuse.me review - a great way to create a clean, online CV for free

    Enthuse.me - a great way to create a clean, online CV for free

    Create a professional online portfolio in minutes with Enthuse.me. Here's our Enthuse.me review.

  • LongBox Digital review

    LongBox Digital

    LongBox Digital is a kind of iTunes for comic books: a free application which allows you to download and purchase comics.

  • Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD review

    Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD

    Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD is an excellent buy, particularly the kit version. Here's our Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD review.

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 Note UK release date and specification rumours: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 killer could be the LG 3......

IDG UK Sites

In defence of BlackBerrys

IDG UK Sites

Why we should reserve judgement on Apple ditching Helvetica in OS X/iOS for the Apple Watch's San...

IDG UK Sites

Retina 3.3GHz iMac 27in preview: Apple cuts £400 off Retina iMac with new model