When did I decide to go all in on Shopify?
It all started with a political event. I'll tell you the story: it was February 2021, in the middle of the pandemic. In Peru, we all anxiously awaited the arrival of the first vaccines when suddenly something happened that was to be expected in our beloved Peru. A group of public officials, including the President and the Minister of Health, used their position of power to get vaccinated before the rest, behind the country's back. This scandal, known as "Vacunagate", revealed a long list of health sector officials, among others. At that moment, I decided to buy the vacunagate.com domain and I promised to publish the list with all the public data, as I had done on other occasions in which I have contributed without particular interest, creating websites for political affairs that were worth the effort.
The expectation was enormous; the whole country wanted to know who had been vaccinated. It didn't take many hours for my promise to go viral. Most of the local media promoted the web page that he had promised to launch that same day, with headlines such as "The list of those vaccinated will be published here." However, there was a technical challenge: the huge traffic the website would have. With little time to think about what server infrastructure to use, I decided to host it on Shopify, using an e-commerce platform to create a somewhat unorthodox national interest website.
For those of you who don't know, Shopify is the largest eCommerce platform in the world. Although I could have used a cloud like Google, Digital Ocean or AWS, this initiative would come out of my pocket and I did not want to take the risk of paying what the server consumption would cost due to the high concurrencies that it was starting to generate, which reached hundreds of thousands. So, I deployed it on Shopify's basic plan ($29), using their public API, uploaded the database as products, and turned Shopify's storefront and search engine into a searchable website for everyone. one of the officials and all available public information. Another reason I chose Shopify was its security: it has six PCI Compliance security certificates, which is important when you're exposed to hundreds of people, including government officials, hiring hackers to try to take the page down.
Shopify supports everything if you know how to use it properly. In these six years, we have built highly transactional online stores in a very short time, worked with youtubers to sell their merch, carried out live shopping, sale of courses and seminars, subscriptions and integrations with rudimentary systems and modern systems. Today, we continue to use the Shopify API for just about everything that comes our way, without worrying about long outages, overbilling, and with end-to-end security. This is how I have fared with Shopify in this experiment, which worked like a great one.
Here I share a video that a follower of the page uploaded.