Advanced features at a higher price
Shopify website builder Basic plan only comes with the barest of features that you'll need to run an online store.
Advanced features like reports, fraud analysis, gift cards and real-time shipping rate only available on higher-tier plans.
Apps come at a price
Although you can get a lot of useful adds-on from the Shopify app market, many of them are not free.
For example, the Exit Offers app costs $9.99/mo and Intuit QuickBooks costs $29.99/mo. You might need to pay an extra $15/mo if you need the RetargetApp. While these apps offer great features, using all of them will definitely increase your overall costs.
However, if a particular paid app can help you save time or reduce the amount of hassle in your workflow, it might be worthwhile as an investment. Pick your apps carefully and choose the ones that are able to help you in your everyday business.
No email hosting
Shopify doesn't provide you with email hosting even though the web hosting is included in all Shopify plans.
This means you can’t host a domain-based email address like [email protected]
What you can do is to set up email forwarding. This makes it so that whenever someone reaches out to [email protected], the email will automatically be forwarded to your regular email account like Gmail or Yahoo. The same goes for replying to emails.
To use the email forwarding function, you need to set up a 3rd party email hosting connection before you can reply from your own email account.
Shopify Pricing and Plans
Shopify plans at a glance – cost and fee:
- Basic Shopify – $29 /mo (transaction fee – 2% and credit card fee – 2.9% + $0.30)
- Shopify – $79 /mo (transaction fee – 1% and credit card fee – 2.6% + $0.30)
- Advance Shopify – $299 /mo (transaction fee – 0.5% and credit card fee – 2.4% + $0.30)
- Shopify Lite – $ 9/mo (sell on social media or website)
All Shopify plans include:
- Unlimited number of products
- Unlimited file storage
- Ability to sell digital products
- Manual order creation
- Website and blog section
- Shipping label discounts
- Retail packaging if needed (with additional charges)
- Sell through social media channels (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc)
Shopify pricing starts from $29/mo. You can save 10% and 20% on the fee if you choose to subscribe to their 1-year or 2-years plans respectively.
If selling on social media platforms is your main focus, you can kick start with Shopify Lite plan. It starts at $9 /mo and you lets you start selling on social media platforms like Facebook and Pinterest.