Create your own ecommerce website and start selling successfully with ShopWired today

Create your ecommerce website on ShopWired today.
Start today with 14 days free

Create your own ecommerce website and start selling successfully with ShopWired today

Create your ecommerce website on ShopWired today.
Start today with 14 days free

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Themes - EKM vs ShopWired

How your website looks and how easy it is for website visitors to use it, and be convinced to make a purchase from you, is perhaps the most important aspect of your online business.

ShopWired's themes are all built with a 'mobile first' approach, taking into account the rapidly increasing dominance of mobile devices in the ecommerce sector. All of ShopWired's themes are built to work seemlessly on mobile, tablet and laptop/desktop devices.

ShopWired's unique theme customisation system allows you to customise the look and feel of your website to match your branding and desired user experience. Whilst EKM has to offer a 'Design Lite' package, costing £500 + VAT for basic theme customisations, using ShopWired's theme customisation system you can perform all the customisations you need, and more, for no extra price.

EKM & ShopWired Pricing & Features

What features can you expect on each package


EKM's pricing page says that on the entry level package you'll be allocated to a 'Fast' server, but can be on a 'High Performing' server on their £209.99 package or above. On ShopWired, all our clients are hosted on Amazon's Lightning Fast, Enterprise Level servers.

Card processing fees

EKM's pricing page advertises its 'cheapest payment gateway rate' at 1.99% +20p per transaction on its Basic Package and 1.49% + 20p on the more expensive packages. ShopWired integrates with over 40 UK payment gateways with processing charges as little as 1% + 20p per transaction.

Additional transaction fees

Unlike some ecommerce platforms, neither EKM nor ShopWired charge a transaction fee on your sales. You will still pay a processing fee to your payment gateway for each card payment you receive but no additional charge is levied.

Turnover limits

Both ShopWired and EKM have turnover limits on their packages. A turnover limit means that if your store has orders over the limit in the previous 365 days you will need to upgrade to the next package up.

Feature restrictions

On EKM's Basic Package you can't get access to their API, Trade Discounts, Gift Cards or even simple conversion tools like a delivery countdown timer. On ShopWired all of these features, and more, are available on all our packages.

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EKM and ShopWired package comparisons

Correct as of 1st April 2024


  • £34.95 + VAT pcm
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  • EKM Price: £37.49 + VAT
  • Turnover Limit: £50k


  • £79.95 + VAT pcm
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  • EKM Price: £76.99 + VAT
  • Turnover Limit: £150k


  • £149.95 + VAT pcm
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  • EKM Price: £229.99
  • Turnover Limit: £1million


  • from £249.95 + VAT pcm
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  • EKM Price: from £659.99+
  • Turnover Limit: £1million+


Both platforms score highly on independent review websites like Trustpilot.

ShopWired is reviewed as 4.8/5.0 stars on Trustpilot - with customers regularly rating the support and customer service provided by ShopWired as 'best in class'.

EKM is also reviewed as 4.8/5.0 stars on Trustpilot - again customers regularly praise the EKM support team for help fixing problems that their customers experience.

Need products to sell?
Unlike EKM, ShopWired has built-in features for dropshipping and print on demand

Dropshipping with AliExpress

Use DropWired to import products from AliExpress into your online store and drop ship products to your customers with just a few clicks.

Print on demand

Native integrations with Printful and Printify make ShopWired the ideal choice over EKM for starting or growing a print on demand business.

Etsy & Amazon

ShopWired's integrations with Etsy and Amazon (coming later in 2024) bring a whole new marketplace for your online store and all your products, listings and orders can be managed from your ShopWired account.

Other drop shipping supplies

ShopWired has other integrations with well known UK drop shipping companies like X-trader.


Already using EKM for your online store?

It's never been so easy to migrate your ecommerce website to ShopWired

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Migrate from EKM to ShopWired in 7 days or less

Use ShopWired's automatic data import tools to automatically import your category, product and customer data into your new ShopWired store.

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Automatic data migration


Take an export of your EKM product data. Upload the same file, without any changes, into your ShopWired account for processing.

ShopWired's migration tool will automatically create the products on your account, with all the data from EKM, including copying across your product images.


EKM also provides an export of category data. Perform the same process as with your products and download the EKM category export and upload it into your ShopWired account for processing.

It's recommended to import your categories before your products.


Download your customer data from EKM and import the file into ShopWired and we'll recreate your customer accounts.

Customers will need new passwords in order to login to their account which they can request using the 'forgotten your password' feature. We can help to put a quick 'request a new password' link on the login page of your website.

EKM vs ShopWired

A like for like comparison of ShopWired’s Essentials and EKM’s Basic package.

Monthly cost
£34.95 + VATShopwired£37.49 + VATEKM
Product limit
Server speed
Enterprise levelShopwiredFastEKM
Review rating on TrustPilot for customer support
Wholesale/trade/business to business features
YesShopwiredNo (Only on £209.99 package)EKM
Employee accounts
Turnover limit
Cheapest payment gateway rates
1% +20p per transactionShopwired1.99% +20p per transactionEKM
99.99% uptime guarantee
Monthly cost£34.95 + VAT£37.49 + VAT
Product limitUnlimitedUnlimited
Server speedEnterprise levelFast
Wholesale/trade/business to business featuresYesNo (only on £209.99 package)
Employee accounts21
Turnover limit£50,000£50,000
Cheapest payment gateway rates1% +20p per transaction1.99% +20p per transaction
99.99% uptime guaranteeYesNo

Do you sell to other businesses?

ShopWired has a powerful range of built in features for trade customers and pricing for your online shop to use. Unlike EKM, we don't restrict access to these features to our highest packages, they're available to all ShopWired users (including during your free trial).

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Set custom pricing for your trade customers

Offer trade customers a discount on product prices using trade discounts which are hidden to normal customers.

You can set individual pricing for each product for each of your trade customers, create trade pricing groups or setup trade percentage discounts.

(Only available on EKM's £209.99 per month package)


Set bulk buy discounts

Create pricing rules for your products and offer incentives to your trade customers to buy in bulk with our bulk pricing app.

Tiered pricing rules can also be set to only accessible to trade customers and can be set at category, product or product variation levels.

(Cannot be applied across more than one product on EKM)

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Sell trade-only products

Create a whole new set of products and categories that can only be viewed and purchased by your registered trade customers.

Your retail and wholesale websites can be configured to have a completely separate inventory if required.

(Not available on EKM)

Frequently asked questions

  • What makes ShopWired better than EKM?

    Customers who've trialled both ShopWired and EKM tell us they have chosen to use ShopWired because of the ease of use of our platform. ShopWired has been built to be as user friendly as possible but with a wide range of advanced features you can activate if you want to in order to have even more control over your store. It's why ShopWired is the best rated ecommerce platform on independent review websites like Trustpilot.

  • Does EKM have a turnover limit?

    Both ShopWired and EKM have turnover limits on their packages. You can generate a certain amount of sales through your online store before you're asked to move to the next package.

    EKM's £37.49 + VAT per month package has a £50k a year turnover limit, compared with ShopWired's £34.95 + VAT package which has a £75k a year limit.

    The limits on EKM's other packages are also smaller than ShopWired's.

  • How does EKM compare on price with ShopWired?

    EKM's basic package is £37.49 + VAT per month, compared with ShopWired's charge of £34.95 + VAT per month. EKM's other packages are more expensive than ShopWired's too. ShopWired is a less expensive solution than EKM, with more functionality and better support.

  • Can I use an EKM theme on ShopWired?

    EKM themes can't be used on other platforms like ShopWired so instead you'll need to pick a new theme from ShopWired's collection and customise its look and feel. If you want something a little more bespoke please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.

  • Does ShopWired have more options for accepting online payments than EKM?

    EKM has integrations with 19 payment gateways, including Stripe, PayPal and WorldPay. ShopWired has integrations with Stripe, PayPal and WorldPay too but also has integrations with large UK payment gateways like SagePay (Opayo), Barclaycard and finance gateways like ClearPay and Zip Pay. In total ShopWired has integrations with over 40+ UK payment gateways.

  • Does ShopWired have better integrations with third parties than EKM?

    Yes. ShopWired has more third party integrations than EKM.

    For product sourcing and dropshipping, ShopWired has integrations with AliExpress, Printify, Printful and XTrader.

    ShopWired has integrations with Quickbooks, Xero, Sage, Kashflow & Clearbooks for accounting.

    For shipping, we have integrations with solutions like ShipStation and Royal Mail Click & Drop.

    And for multi-channel marketing we've integrations with eBay, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Channel Grabber, Unleashed, Veeqo & Google Shopping.

  • What POS solution does ShopWired offer?

    ShopWired doesn't provide its own POS system, instead we'd recommend that you use Vend which is one of the largest POS systems in the world. Your ShopWired account can connect seamlessly with Vend to sync products, stock and orders.

  • Will I lose my search engine rankings when my ShopWired website goes live?

    No, there is no reason for you to lose any search engine rankings. If you have a good position in search results then we have some guidance for you to follow when migrating to make sure the process is as smooth as it can be and that your rankings are not disrupted. For more details see here.

  • Will customers who have accounts on my website be able to keep those accounts?

    You can use ShopWired's migration system to copy your customer accounts across from your current website. All the customer information will be preserved but they'll need to use a new password to access their account information. We can place a notification on the account login page giving customers an easy way to create a new password.

  • Will my site load at the same speed it did before?

    Absolutely. In fact most users migrating from EKM report a quicker download time for their website because of our server locations and overall platform architecture.

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