How Fast is Shopify?

  • Technology
  • August 5, 2014
  • by Alex O'Byrne
  • 1 minute read

Page response time has a big impact on ecommerce conversion rates, so it's important to choose a platform that's not going be slow for your customers.

Research by Amazon has shown that a 100ms delay on your page load can cause a 7% reduction in conversions. If you sell £1000 per day and aren't optimisde yet, that's potentially an extra £25,550 per year waiting for you if you can increase your site speed by 0.1 second!

Whatever the platform, we have a lot of tips on the post above on how to speed up your site. For those of you using Shopify, you won't have access to make a lot of those changes. Don't fear - you are already running on a modern masterpiece of infrastructure, the details of which are below.

Shopify technical infrastructure

Shopify is built on a huge, reliable and state of the art infrastructure, the specification of which in early 2014 was:

  • 1700 CPU cores
  • 6 TB of RAM
  • 200 TB of Storage

This is used to power around 100,000 online stores. Shopify also makes extensive use of caching and a large content delivery network.

The result

The result is a superfast 80 millisecond page response time whilst handling around 500,000 (yes, half a million) hits per minute.


Authors

Alex O'Byrne

Alex is Co-founder at We Make Websites, the go-to Shopify agency for global commerce. We Make Websites design, develop and optimise e-commerce websites for the fastest growing brands on the planet, with teams in London and New York. Alex is an international speaker on ecommerce, brand and business growth.


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