Creating development stores

As a Shopify Partner, you can create an unlimited number of development stores. A development store is a free Shopify account that comes with a couple of limitations. You can use a development store as a portfolio site for your business, to test any themes or apps that you create, or to set up a Shopify account for a client. Setting up a development store and handing it off to a client gives you a monthly recurring revenue share.

Features and limitations of development stores

Development stores include most of the features that are available on the Advanced Shopify plan.

You can do the following while building and testing a development store:

  • Make an unlimited number of test purchases through the bogus gateway
  • Process an unlimited number of test orders
  • Make up to 10 purchases through a real payment gateway
  • Process up to 50 real orders
  • Create up to 100 unique products
  • Create up to 10 private apps
  • Store up to 1GB of data, including HTML and CSS
  • Assign a custom domain

However, there are some things that you can't do with a development store until you switch it to a paid plan, such as:

Create a development store

Before you can create a development store, you need to have a Shopify Partner account.

To create a development store:

  1. Log in to your partner account.

  2. Click Development stores.

  3. Click Create store.

The 'Development stores' section of the partner account admin

Finish as much development work as possible before you switch a development store to a paid plan.

When you're done working on a development store, you can hand it off to a client or archive it so that it no longer appears on the Development stores section of your partner account.