Each Shopify pricing plan offers a variety of features. There is no one specific plan that will work for every business, but you can use this guide to help you decide what plan will work for you.
If you have a retail store and need hardware (for example, a cash register, a barcode scanner, a receipt printer), then make sure you look at the retail package for Shopify POS.
Features on all plans
The Shopify plans listed on the Pricing and Plans page include:
- unlimited products
- unlimited bandwidth and online storage
- Shopify point of sale
- online sales channels
- fraud analysis
- manual order creation
- discount codes
- staff accounts
- overview dashboard
- finance reports
- customer support.
You are not restricted on the number of products you can sell in your Shopify store.
Unlimited bandwidth and online storage
You will not be charged based on how many online visitors go through your store or how many files or photos you upload.
Shopify point of sale
With Shopify point of sale (POS), you can sell in a physical store or pop-up setting. Shopify POS is an app for iOS and Android that lets you process orders and take payments in person. You can manage all aspects of your store from your Shopify admin, which you can access using any browser.
Online sales channels
You can use Shopify to sell online using a variety of sales channels. Sales channels include an online store, Facebook, and Pinterest. Each sales channel connects to Shopify, so you can easily keep track of your products, orders, and customers across all platforms.
When you use Shopify Payments, you automatically get a built-in fraud analysis feature. This feature flags orders that are potentially fraudulent and brings them to your attention. Resolving these issues quickly can help you avoid chargebacks and losses.
Manual order creation
You can create new orders and enter payment details right from your Shopify admin. For example, you can manually create an order that you took over the phone then email your customer a receipt with the full order details.
Offering discount codes can help build your customer base as well as give your existing customers an incentive to shop in your store:
- send welcome codes to new customers
- offer exclusive discounts to your social media following and your mailing lists
- partner with bloggers to help promote your store online.
Staff accounts allow your staff to complete basic admin tasks while restricting their access to sensitive information. Staff accounts also let you see updates and changes made by each staff member in your store's timeline.
When you sign up for a Shopify plan, you will automatically have an account for yourself with a username and a password. Depending on the plan you choose, you can create additional accounts for your staff members:
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If you are using Shopify POS with the retail package, then you can create POS PINs for your staff. There is no limit to the number of POS PINs that you can create.
All plan levels offer the Overview dashboard, which highlights key analytics, including sales, orders, and online store visitor data.
You can view key financial information about your business using your finance reports. You can use the finances summary to see an overview of your sales, payments, and pending sales data. You can also view full finance reports to see more detail.
If you have questions about your store or need help setting something up, then you can contact Shopify's Support team by phone, email, or chat.
Shopify offers 24/7 email and live chat support on all Shopify plans. If you are on the Basic Shopify plan or higher, then you also receive 24/7 phone support.
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|Support offered||24/7 email and live chat||24/7 phone, email, and live chat||24/7 phone, email, and live chat||24/7 phone, email, and live chat|
Shopify Lite plan
The Shopify Lite plan is for anyone who wants to sell products without maintaining an online store. If you want to sell your products on social media or if you want to embed a Buy Button on your personal website or blog, then you can do so with this plan.
If you want to sell your products in person — for example: at a farmers' market, a tradeshow, or a pop-up store — then you can do so on the Shopify Lite plan by using the Shopify point of sale app and a card reader.
The Shopify Lite plan comes with Shopify's standard features for the point of sale, Facebook, and Buy Button sales channels, the Overview dashboard, and the Finances report. Shopify Lite does not allow you to build an online store.
Basic Shopify plan
The Basic Shopify plan offers all the tools you need to run your business.
If your store is on the Basic Shopify plan or higher, then you can create and customize an online store to showcase your products. You can manage all your products, orders, and customer information from your Shopify admin.
With Shopify's built-in theme editor, you can make basic changes to your online store’s fonts, colors, and page layouts without having to work extensively with code. If you want to do more advanced edits to give your store a unique look and feel, then you can follow one of the theme editing tutorials on your own, or you can work with a Shopify Expert.
Your online store also comes with a built-in blogging engine, which you can use to publish articles, update your customers about events and promotions, and get comments and feedback from your customers.
An SSL certificate is a security protocol that creates a safe connection between a server and a browser to keep your and your customers’ information secure.
With Shopify, you can activate SSL certificates to encrypt your online store's content and publish it securely using
HTTPS instead of
HTTP. This displays the SSL padlock icon beside your online store's URL in the address bar.
As well as finance reports, if you're on the Basic Shopify plan then you can access your store's acquisition reports, several behavior reports, and a marketing report. These reports can give you insight into your online store traffic to help you expand your business.
The Shopify plan gives you greater insight into your sales trends with built-in professional reports. This kind of information can give you a better understanding of your customers' behavior when they look through your store to learn how they interact with your products.
Gift cards are a great way to expand your current customer base and attract new customers.
Unlike discount codes, customers can use gift cards on more than one visit to your store. With flexible price denominations, this feature lets you create beautiful, customized gift cards for your customers to purchase for their friends and family.
Professional reports provide you with valuable sales information in your Shopify admin.
You can use Shopify’s professional reports to look at sales of specific items to organize your online store based on customer buying trends. You can also track product sales based on the time of year to plan and prepare for marketing campaigns. You can even run reports to see how much sales tax is collected to make your tax filing process more efficient.
You can use customer reports to gather valuable data on how your customers are using your store, or purchasing your products:
- customers over time
- first-time vs returning customer sales
- customers by country
- returning customers
- one-time customers.
Abandoned cart recovery
Abandoned checkout recovery (ACR) sends automatic emails to customers who leave your store without completing the checkout process.
Customers abandon their orders for a variety of reasons: they might be confused or unsure about something at checkout, their credit card might be declined, or they might decide to look for a product somewhere else.
With ACR, you can customize the email sent to customers who leave your store. You can even include discount codes to target customers who left before checking out, which can encourage them to come back. If you have a store with a high volume of traffic, then it is worth investing in ACR to reduce the number of lost orders.
Advanced Shopify plan
The Advanced Shopify plan offers the lowest credit card rates and transaction fees. It is great for merchants who want to accommodate the growth of their business and use analytics to look for opportunities to move it forward.
Custom report builder
Along with Shopify’s professional reports, Advanced Shopify allows you to create custom reports.
You can customize default reports and create unique reports from scratch.
The advanced features let you track sales by referral sources such as Google AdWords. For example, if you are paying for Google AdWords or another referral service, then you can create a report that tracks the sales of your products based on the referral service. This can help you to analyze and refine your marketing strategy.
Advanced customer reporting
Along with the Customer reports included with the Shopify plan, with Advanced Shopify you can access reports on your at-risk and loyal customers.
Calculated carrier shipping
Calculated shipping lets you integrate with a third-party shipping service to provide your customers with up-to-date shipping rates at the time that they place an order in your store. Your customers can also choose from various shipping options: standard, express, and one-day.
You can build more trust with your customers by providing them with accurate shipping rates as soon as they place an order without having to worry about overcharging them or having to cover losses that result from giving estimated or rounded shipping rates.
If you are a merchant in the US, then you can combine this feature with Shopify Shipping to get discounted rates with USPS.