• Amit Sarda

Glide Apps Template: Launch your free eCommerce store in minutes

Updated: Apr 12

Introduction


Many no-code platforms in the market today allow you to launch a webstore or an eCommerce store instantly. However, nothing comes close to the simplicity and the speed that Glide Apps offers. All of this from a simple Google Sheets spreadsheet. I created a Glide Apps Template to allow you to launch your own eCommerce store in minutes.



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Live Demo


You can see a LIVE demo of the app here: eCommerce Store Template in Glide Apps.


Pro Tip: When you first open this link, follow the guidelines to add the link to your mobile home screen. When you save the app URL to your home screen, it allows the app to function like a native iOS/Android app.


You will have to log in to view the demo and you can use your Google sign in.


Trust me, I never use these email IDs captured for any promotional activity. It's just my way to have everyone act responsibly.



Ongoing Costs


The Glide Apps platform is free to use for up to 500 rows of data in Google Sheets.


However, upgrading to a paid plan offers a number of advantages like, among other things:

  • Using your own custom domain (as compared to a xxx.glideapp.io domain)

  • Increased data limits (25,000 rows and 10GB as compared to 500 rows and 100MB)

  • Lower processing fees (2% as compared to 10%)

  • No Glide branding



Price


You can purchase this template for $25, for a limited time or for the first 10 sales (whichever comes first), on Gumroad or Etsy combined.


Purchase Links


I also have a variant of this app where you can auction your work by inviting bids from your customers. Email me if you're interested in buying this version of the app.



Delivery


Once you purchase the template, I will share a link to the app that will allow you to create a copy of the app for a limited time. Like that, you will always be able to maintain the ownership of your data and the app. Once you've copied the app, the link will be permanently disabled.



Features


The best thing about developing an app with Glide Apps is that you don't have to worry if it's an iOS app or an Android app. You develop one app, and users from both mobile platforms can access it without any additional work from you.


That said, the template offers the following features out-of-the-box:


Homepage

  • A carousel of up to 4 featured pictures on the home page

  • Up to 4 categories of products based on your niche

  • Link to your website and your support email address


Browsing Catalog and Products

  • Browsing the entire catalog in one view, filtered by category

  • Browsing products based on individual categories

  • Displaying OUT OF STOCK and IN STOCK status of each product


Shopping Cart

  • Ability to add multiple products to the shopping cart

  • In-app checkout process supported by Stripe


Backend

  • Ability to add/update/remove products

  • Ability to update and maintain stock levels

  • Track orders in a separate tab of the workbook



Customization


You will be able to customize the template to suit your needs from the Glide App website builder. When you copy the app, a Glide Apps account is automatically created for you using your Gmail email ID. Once inside the builder, you will be able to customize the app according to your taste and brand guidelines.



Resources


I don't expect you to learn Glide Apps in the next 10 minutes, but there are a number of resources available to you to learn building apps with this amazing platform:




Conclusion


In summary, in a world of no-code platforms, Glide Apps offers you the fastest and the swiftest way to launch your eCommerce store in minutes. In most cases, it will be free of cost to maintain, but just in case you manage to get decent traction, you can upgrade and reap the benefits of the simplicity of this platform.


Hopefully, you will have more time to work on your brand and product development now.

 
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