Shopify is the name of an e-commerce platform for online stores where you create your own website and manage your products. It provides you access to its easy to use admin panel for adding your products and process orders. Shopify’s built-in tools help you to create and execute campaigns on Google and Facebook.
By only using a single dashboard, you can manage orders as well as payments of your store. Shopify Inc. is an e-commerce company of Canada headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It was founded in 2004. Daniel Weinand, Scott Lake, and Tobias Lutke are the founders of Shopify. Shopify launched an API platform (application programming interface) and the App Store in 2009.
Application Programming Interface (API) allows developers to develop applications for Shopify and sell them on the Shopify App Store. In 2010, Shopify launched its free mobile app on the Apple App Store that enables Shopify’s online store owners to view and manage their store from iOS mobile devices.
According to the Ottawa Business Journal, Shopify was the Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company in 2010. Because of the features such as ease of use, design, sales features, Pricing, and Customer Support; Shopify became the first choice of the people.
Shopify offers a free trial version for 14 days to its customers where no payment information is required. It divides its plans into three Monthly price categories i.e. Basic Shopify plan, Shopify plan, and Advanced Shopify plan.
Shopify’s Basic plan covers all the basics that you required to start a new business, Shopify plan (second plan) includes everything that you need for a growing business and last it’s Advanced Shopify consists of advanced features that you are required for scaling your business.
Basic Shopify Shopify Advanced Shopify
Monthly price $29 per month $79 per month $299 per month
As above, you can start your online store with the Basic Shopify’s Plan only costing $29 per month. But this plan does not provide you fully functional online store. Rather, it allows you to use Shopify Button and use of Facebook page to sell your store’s products.
And its advance plan includes advanced API support, advanced security features, dedicated SSL / IP address, and guaranteed server uptime. It also offers a 10% discount on annual plans, as well as a 20% discount on biennial Shopify, plans when you paid up front. There are no setup fees on Shopify.
You can sign up and use its services for 14 days without paying. And when you decide to launch your online store, you are required to pick a plan and make enter your details for payment.
If you ever think to discontinue Shopify plans, simply cancel your account. unless you sign up for a biennial plan or an annual plan, you have to pay month to month for Shopify plans.
Queries Related To Shopify Plans
Can I switch to another plan later on?
Yes! anytime you can upgrade or downgrade.
Are there any transaction fees?
If the customers use Shopify Payments then there is no need to pay the transaction fees. But in case of an external payment gateway, there will be additional fees. Additional fee for Basic Shopify is 2%, 1% for Shopify and 0.5% is for Advanced Shopify plans.
Does Shopify offer any discounted plans?
Yes, it offers a 10% discount on annual and 20% on biennial Shopify plans.
How long are Shopify contracts?
All plans offered by Shopify are month to month unless you sign up for its annual plan or biennial plan.
Can I cancel my account?
yes! if you ever feel that Shopify is not the best e-commerce platform for your online store or business, in that case simply cancel your account.
Do I need a web host?
Shopify plans include secure as well as unlimited e-commerce hosting except Shopify Lite.
What are Shopify’s bandwidth fees?
All the Shopify plans include unlimited bandwidth for free.
Can I use my own domain name?
Yes, you can either use your own domain or purchase a domain name within Shopify. It also provides a free domain name i.e. myshopify.com to all stores on sign up.
Is Shopify PCI Certified?
Yes, Shopify is certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant. It means all your information, as well as your data, is ultra-secure.
What is the rate if I type in a credit card?
Instead of using Shopify’s credit card reader, the same rate will be applied as your online rate.
FORS AND AGAINSTS OF SHOPIFY
Shopify has awesome features that’s why it is the number one choice of customers. It is also considered number one for its sales features. It also has a brilliant inventory system. Shopify supports multi-channel selling across platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.
Apart from its benefits, it also has some against. Shopify relies on third-party apps for multi-currency support and applied transaction fees unless using Shopify Pay.