Pricing and Features
After many revisions in their pricing scheme over the past few years, Shopify currently has the following plans: Basic Shopify at $13 a month, Shopify at $54 per month, and Advanced Shopify at $107 a month. Let’s take a closer look at each one of them.
The Basic Shopify plan contains all the essentials to build a basic online store. Aside from allocation for an unlimited number of products and storage, you can add 2 staff accounts, create manual orders, discount codes, website and blogs for more exposure, and receive a free SSL certificate to ensure the security of all transactions made in your online store.
Meanwhile, the Shopify plan is designed to give life to a growing business, with all of the previous plan’s features, with the addition of gift cards, professional reports, and recovery of abandoned carts, so that customers that did not complete a transaction can finish it without re-entering all the details from scratch.
Lastly, the Advanced Shopify plan ups the package by including an advanced report builder and a real-time shipping calculator, which computers for shipping rates based on the weight and dimensions of the product plus the customer’s delivery location. You will have to shoulder a 0.5% transaction fee for this plan on top of the monthly rate of $107, though, but this is worth the expense for building your booming business on a reliable platform.
If you happen to have a physical retail store, you can also integrate Shopify into the operations with their retail package. For an additional $49 a month, you can use your iOS or Android device as a POS with support for every hardware needed at the checkout- barcode scanners, cash registers, and receipt printers. Shops will be able to accept several forms of payment, including cash, credit cards, gift cards, and Apple or Android pay.
You can do a test drive of Shopify’s service by signing up for their 30-day free trial, with no strings attached. All you have to do is enter your email address, your chosen password and a store name for your account, and you’re all set. There is no fear of any charges after this period since they do not ask for your
Getting Started With Shopify
Setting up a trial store with Shopify is a painless process. After signing up for a free account, the website builder creates a trial store for you within a couple of seconds. You are then guided through the store customization process so you can fill up your website with the needed information.
Right when you start with the Shopify website builder, you will see its benefits. The ‘Add Products’ page is intuitive and uncluttered. You can put in details such as the product title, description, type, and vendor, plus upload images, set the price, SKU, barcode, and shipping rate for the item.
There are many great free templates to choose from but, should you decide you want to look at the paid ones, the Shopify pricing for themes ranges from about $100 to $180. Different templates come with different options so once you’ve narrowed it down to a shortlist, make sure to read through and check that the theme you want has the features you need.
One of the truly fantastic features of Shopify here is, you can install a theme and preview it without actually publishing it. You can look at several different themes on your actual store and only when you know you will be happy with one, you can publish the theme.
Shopify’s Report page shows a whole boatload of information about your store. In here, you can find closed sales in terms of orders, products, hour, variant, vendor, campaign, and others, website visits and their sources, customer origin and activity, in-site behavior and analysis, and finances. All of these factors can help you make better business decisions in the long run, ultimately giving you advantage and control for your shop.
Shopify has apps which you can add to your platform for additional features and tools. If you find an app that you like, you can buy or subscribe to it and its functionality is added to your website. What’s great about this and is different from other solutions is that you don’t need to buy big bundled packages of features. You just find what you need specifically and add it. Some apps are free and some aren’t. Many of the premium ones come with free trial periods. The down-side, of course, is that they are not free. Some apps are a one-time cost and some are even a pay-per-use model so make sure you read what you are getting. The bottom line though is that while you are paying for these apps, they are good. And if you are getting people to your site there is a good chance they will help you make sales.
Shopify’s help center is a great source of useful information not just for getting started, but in maintaining your online shop as well. From adding products to configuring apps, you are sure to find a reference that can finish the task at hand. If you want to get in touch with their support team, you can do so by giving them a call, initiating a chat session, or sending them an email. The current average response time is posted in their contact page, so you have an idea on how long you to wait until receiving assistance. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, and LinkedIn for the latest offers and announcements.
What's the Verdict on Shopify?
Shopify Review 2017 – Conclusion
Shopify is an excellent solution all-around: it is versatile, robust, and highly customizable. Users don’t need any prior experience in building websites and your final pages will look highly professional while carrying everything needed to create and finish transactions smoothly. The Shopify team have put a ton of time into developing their solution, and it shows. The step-by-step guides make setting up a store easy and fast. Although they are not the cheapest solution and there is a transaction fee for their most expensive plan, there is no doubt that they trump other alternatives in almost every other aspect.