As recently as 10 years ago, setting up an online store could be a daunting task. Finding a platform that allowed you to marry a clean, attractive storefront with product, order management, and shopping cart tools that fit your unique needs could be a frustrating and fruitless endeavor, as Tobias Lütke found out in 2004.

Lütke, along with of his partners, was trying to set up an online storefront for their new snowboarding business. However, due to their unique niche, nothing seemed to fit. Since Lütke was a programmer, he decided to fix that problem – and thus, Shopify was born.

Since then, thousands of online retailers from infant startups to multi-million dollar businesses have used Shopify.com to create their storefronts. Not only is the platform feature-rich, but it’s also highly customizable, which is especially great news for high-risk businesses, such as those that sell vape and electronic cigarette items, pipes and glassware, nutritional supplements, or firearms.

These businesses often have special payment processing needs that not all shopping carts support right out of the box. However, we’ve been excited to help many of these companies marry their high-risk payment gateways to the flexible Shopify cart, giving them the support they need from credit card processors that specialize in high-risk businesses while allowing them to retain convenient features such as recurring billing, flexible shipping rates, and abandoned checkout recovery.

While there are many excellent shopping cart options from which to choose, Shopify remains the platform of choice for many, especially for those high-risk businesses that require a little additional flexibility. If you are one of these and need some help finding a platform that’s right for you, we can heartily recommend it. If you have any questions about how our high risk friendly payment gateway options such as Authorize.Net  integrate with Shopify – or any other e-commerce platform – we invite you to contact us. We’re always happy to answer any of your questions.