For businesses looking to make the leap from small-scale service to a larger enterprise, Shopify Plus is the ideal option. Designed to offer all the essentials of the basic Shopify plan with extra features on top, Shopify Plus builds on an already-successful formula to offer the ecommerce platform to new, bigger businesses.
If you're considering an upgrade to Shopify Plus or it sounds like the ideal system for your new brand, you likely want to know exactly how much the service will cost. Here, we've covered everything you need to know about this Shopify pricing plan.
In this guide:
- Set-up and build cost
- Development and maintenance cost
- Transaction fee and credit card rate
- Additional costs
- Frequently asked questions
Set-up and build cost
Shopify Plus offers a more predictable pricing plan than alternative software. The standard cost for the Shopify Plus plan starts at $2,000USD per month or a variable fee, with prices rising depending on business scale and structure. The flexible cost accounts for a store’s present earnings, projected growth and site traffic. Once your monthly sales exceed $900,000USD, your fee will be of 0.25% of your monthly revenue.
Whichever amount is highest will be how much you’ll pay, but the minimum will always be $2,000USD. As for the upper limit, Shopify Plus currently caps out at $40,000USD per month – and you’ll need to earn $16 million USD in a single month to reach that. This is also known as the platform or licence fee and is a standard amount that all Shopify Plus stores must pay.
This plan guarantees much quicker delivery than traditional enterprise software, so you could have your store up and running in as little as 90 days. Shopify Plus also boasts rapid integration and the ability to extend your eCommerce store to new countries and currencies.
The cost of migrating your site will depend on your existing platform. This will be the case even if you opt for a standard Shopify theme with no fees attached. A Shopify Plus expert from a trusted agency will be able to advise any potential costs and resources required, such as a launch engineer who can guide you through the set-up process and help build a scalable platform which suits your business’s long-term growth plans.
Development and maintenance cost
Beyond the Shopify fees for the platform itself, there are development and maintenance costs to consider. While smaller businesses may opt for pre-built Shopify storefronts, larger-scale enterprises may have more success with a completely bespoke platform built for their business and customer base. Depending on your requirements, the cost could range from several thousand to several hundred thousand. You’ll want to use a web design service that fully understands Shopify Plus, allowing for a smooth launch or transition.
As a fully hosted platform, Shopify Plus doesn’t carry the same additional fees you’d need to pay for security, servers and so on. That means a lot of what you need to pay for on other platforms is entirely covered with your licence, and any additional maintenance you’ll need to cover will be part of the bespoke part of your platform. You may be able to arrange a maintenance and upgrade contract with your web developers or ask for upgrades as and when needed, for a minimal cost.
Transaction fee and credit card rate
The Shopify transaction fee is 0% when using their Shopify Payments platform. That's right: zero. However, if you use a third-party payment provider instead, Shopify will charge you 0.15% per transaction to account for any additional security measures they need to process.
The rate and credit card processing fee with Shopify Payments varies from country to country. You should talk to your Shopify expert for the latest credit card fees in your location.
Beyond what it costs to build and run your Shopify platform, there are a few other factors to consider when it comes to running fees. Shopify Plus doesn’t cover the price of shipping, so this is something you’ll need to keep in mind when forecasting and managing your overall operating costs. Whether you run shipping separately, integrate it into your bespoke Shopify site or something in between, carefully consider all elements of your shipping costs including returns and exchanges if these are services you plan to offer.
Finally, Point of Sale (POS) also involves additional costs. Shopify Plus offers a fully integrated POS process, allowing a synchronised multichannel service of online and in-store payment systems. Shopify POS can be added to your plan at any point, and costs around $89USD for each location. If you want your in-store and online service to match up, this is worth considering.
With Shopify Plus, you can expand your business into as many countries and currencies as you wish. Included in your monthly payment plan are your main store and nine expansion stores. Each extra store on top of this costs $250USD.
Frequently asked questions
Who is Shopify Plus recommended for?
As the most high-end service currently available from Shopify, the Shopify Plus platform is best suited to large-scale eCommerce enterprises or online stores experiencing rapid growth in sales and traffic.
What are the main factors to consider when choosing Shopify Plus?
If you’re thinking of using Shopify Plus for your business, you should consider whether the platform offers all you need and that you can afford the monthly fee. With a range of integration and customisation options, tailoring Shopify to suit your needs can take time and strategy. While your Shopify partner will make the upgrade as easy as possible, many moving parts are still needed to successfully transition and push your Shopify eCommerce platform live.
What integrations are available for Shopify Plus?
Shopify offers a wide range of integrations for their platform, from Salesforce to Subscription Management, and Shipping to Email Marketing. With both certified app and service partners, Shopify Plus has integrations with some of the world’s best-known marketing, sales, logistics and data management services.