Free eCommerce Platform GoSpaces Goes Global, Launches in 20 Languages


GoSpaces, a free website builder and ecommerce platform, this week announced on its blog that it is expanding into 38 countries and 20 languages, making it accessible to more than one-third of the world’s population (2.7 billion people) in their native tongue.

The platform will be tailored to each country’s needs regarding use of language and will include local payment gateways, full translations on the backend and, soon to come, auto-currency settings that will help international customers see how much products cost in their local currency.

Supported languages include Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, German, Korean, French, Turkish, Italian, Thai, Polish, Dutch, Czech, Swedish, Bulgarian, Danish, Finnish and Norwegian, the blog post says.

GoSpaces touts the expansion as advantageous based on the fact that most ecommerce platforms are only available in English, even though English speakers make up just five percent of the world’s population.

Kasper Christensen, GoSpace’s co-founder, says the platform’s flexibility in language and payment options opens it up to audiences across the globe. He expressed his excitement in this quote:

“Already we’ve seen creative uses that we never imagined, like tour guides advertising their services, restaurants posting their menus and bands using it to sell concert tickets,” Christensen said. “Now that we’re in 38 countries I imagine we’ll see even more variety in the Spaces being created by our community.”

Something else that sets the GoSpaces’ platform apart from other ecommerce competitors is that it is entirely free to use — to launch a website or online store — making it useful for testing business ideas or bringing new products to market. Once a merchant earns more than $50 per month, the company charges a subscription fee of $9 a month plus 3 percent per transaction.

According to the GoSpaces website, it only takes a few clicks to set up a site, and users can sell physical, digital or subscription goods. Currently, more than 50,000 sites have been created using the platform, consisting of artists, authors, entrepreneurs and others.

The GoSpaces platform was developed by ecommerce company Shopify as part of “Shopify Garage,” the name the company gives to experimental projects.

Image: GoSpaces

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Paul Chaney


Paul Chaney Paul Chaney is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. He covers industry news, including interviews with executives and industry leaders about the products, services and trends affecting small businesses, drawing on his 20 years of marketing knowledge. Formerly, he was editor of Web Marketing Today and a contributing editor for Practical Ecommerce.

3 Reactions

  1. Those guys at Shopify are doing some cool things in ecommerce. Great idea and I would love to see a followup post down the road with an update on how things are gong.

    • Paul Chaney

      Robert, we plan to do a follow-up as early as next week, to delve more into the platform and GoSpaces relationship to Shopify. Stay tuned!

  2. wow this is great ! Loved the platform.

    Thanks
    Chetan

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