Shopify Partners glossary

Here are some common terms you might hear as a member of the Shopify Partner Program.

App store registration fee

To take advantage of the new revenue share program, Partners must complete the registration and pay a one-time $19 USD registration fee. The fee is waived for Partner Accounts that were created before August 1, 2021.

Associated Developer Account

Any Partner Account that an App Developer or Associated Developer has registered through the Shopify Developer program page. An Associated Developer Account includes all accounts, such as the following:

  • staff accounts
  • test accounts
  • accounts with unpublished, custom, or draft apps
  • accounts with or without app activity

Learn more about Associated Developer Accounts.

Collaborator account

Collaborator Accounts allow you to request access to a client's Shopify store directly from your Partner Dashboard. These accounts provide a simpler and safer way for you to gain access to, and work on, your clients’ existing Shopify stores.

Development store

As a Shopify Partner, you can create an unlimited number of development stores that never expire. You can use these stores for testing purposes, or as the first step to signing up clients for Shopify. Create development stores on the Stores page of your Partner Dashboard. This type of referral is the only way to earn a recurring commission. To learn more about the amount that you're eligible to receive, refer to Development store referrals.

Development store referral

When you create a development store within your Partner Dashboard and transfer your client onto a paid plan, you'll earn a portion of their monthly subscription fee for as long as they remain a Shopify customer. To learn more about the amount that you're eligible to receive, refer to Development store referrals.

You can track your development store referrals in your Partner Dashboard.

Partner Dashboard

Your Partner Dashboard is the best place to keep in sync with the apps, themes, and stores that you're building with Shopify. You can use it to track:

  • stores you're developing or managing for clients
  • revenue, installs, and other data for the apps, payment gateways, or themes you've published
  • payment schedules for your referrals and bounties

Partner Support

You can contact Partner Support through Shopify Help Center. Partner Support can help you to navigate our Partner programs, resolve issues for your clients, and grow your Partner business.


As a Shopify Partner, you earn money based on your contribution to the Shopify ecosystem (your activities) and the Partner program that you join. Your earnings might vary based on your location and the location of the merchants you work with. To learn more, refer to Shopify Partner earnings.

Shopify Partner

Anyone who signs up for the free Shopify Partner Program, which gives freelancers and agencies access to unlimited trial stores, in-depth documentation, and multiple revenue streams. Gain insider information on our product roadmap and upcoming feature releases, and leverage Partner Support. You'll receive free training and resources to learn Shopify and grow your business.

Shopify Plus Partner

Shopify Plus Partners are carefully vetted, best-in-class agency and technology partners that specialize in Shopify Plus, our high-volume plan. This top tier of partners receives exclusive resources, training, invitations to industry events, as well as access, introductions, and exposure to more than 2,500 high-growth merchants. Learn more about the Shopify Plus Partners Program.