Launched a decade ago, Shopify was born out of an effort by its founders to sell snowboards online. After building their shop, they realized other stores were a need of a hassle-free platform to build a retail business. Today, there are over 400,000 active Shopify stores and a marketplace of free and premium plugins to customize each shop with powerful features and services.

Here is a list of the most popular, free apps on Shopify to extend your store. There are plugins for email marketing, Facebook chat and advertising, drop shipping, rewards, search optimization, coupons, and more. All of these plugins are free, though some also offer premium plans.

Free Shopify Apps

Sales Pop. Sales Pop is a tool to help boost your sales. The app displays purchase activities on your store via real-time notification pop-up so that shoppers know what other people are buying on your store, to motivate them to buy your products.

Sales Pop.

Privy. Privy’s free suite of email-capture tools, including exit-intent website pop-ups and banners, help you grow your email list from your Shopify store, social media channels, mobile, and in-store traffic.

Free Shipping Bar. Use this bar to offer free shipping to your customers. Show progressive messages when customers put more items in their shopping carts. Track performance of each bar, so you know which free shipping offer generates the best return on investment. Use geo-targeting to display different bars to various countries

Quick Facebook Chat. With Quick Facebook Chat, your customers can use their own Facebook account to chat directly with you on your store, without having to create a support ticket. After that, both you and your customer can follow up the conversation anytime and anywhere with Facebook messenger accounts.

Happy Customers. The Happy Customers app is a customizable bar to place at the top or bottom of your website. The bar shows the number of orders your Shopify store has processed, to establish trust with prospective customers.

Happy Customers.

Quick Announcement Bar. Use this bar to keep your customers in the loop about your business updates, promotions, and special events. With auto-scheduling, create as many bars as you want for the next several months; the app automatically schedules them and selects the right one to display. Also features advanced targeting options and performance tracking.

Oberlo. Oberlo is a drop-shipping resource. Import drop-ship products from AliExpress. After you find the product…