There is a lot of confusion surrounding Shopify Plus pricing. Various factors can impact how much the exact monthly cost is.
Customers are encouraged to contact Shopify Plus for a quote instead of viewing any prices on the website.
However, when determining the exact cost of Shopify Plus for your business, there are several key factors to consider.
Throughout this article, we’ll explore what exactly you can expect for each of these aspects of Shopify Plus pricing.
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1) Website build cost
The estimated cost is $30k to $250k
Just as with Basic, Standard, and Advanced Shopify, Shopify Plus allows you to use pre-built themes.
Using a free theme could theoretically reduce the cost of building a Shopify Plus website to zero. The necessary files would still be available to you for complete checkout customization.
However, larger retailers likely to use Shopify Plus will usually find a bespoke site to be much more effective. All Shopify Plus features can be fully utilized and can be aligned with the desired branding.
Several factors affect the cost of custom site development, including:
- Used by the agency.
- There are a lot of products and variants on the site.
- You may need to establish specific storefronts for specific markets (e.g., wholesale).
- Integrations with third parties and their complexity.
The average retailer moving to Shopify Plus would spend anywhere between $30,000 and $250,000.
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2) Shopify Plus license fee
Approximately $2k to $40k per month
There is also the Shopify Plus license fee (or price) for the actual building of the site.
For access to Shopify Plus and to host your website on Shopify’s servers, you’ll have to pay a base fee. Your Shopify Plus account will be charged based on your monthly sales volume.
The current license fee is as follows:
- As a standard, the monthly fee is $2,000.
- Once sales reach $800,000, increase incrementally.
- The cap is $40k per month for $16 million in sales per month.
3) Payment processing fees
The average cost for each transaction is 1.6% + $0.35/£0.20
(Average transaction value of $50 for 5,000 transactions = $1,750.80)
Additionally, Shopify Plus’s pricing needs to account for online payment processing fees.
Regardless of the platform you use, these are charges that are common to any e-commerce business. These aren’t exclusively Shopify Plus costs.
If you use the Shopify Payment service, additional charges will be charged in addition to the Shopify Plus licensing fee. Third-party processors are subject to a surcharge.
So the options are:
- If you use Shopify Payments, you will be charged 1.6% + $0.35 per transaction
- There will also be fees associated with third-party payment gateways (which will also cost 0.15%)
Furthermore, Shopify Plus users can get lower rates on their license fees if they use Shopify Payments. The fee is only applicable to merchants who have moved far beyond the standard $2,000 per month threshold.
4) Additional app fees
An estimated monthly cost of $200-$1,000+
The Shopify Plus system is very powerful. But more advanced apps and tools will be needed by larger and/or fast-growing businesses to better manage specific tasks.
Several dollars per month could be enough to automate email or connect accounting software, for instance. A higher investment may also be required for multichannel management software and shipping software.
It is not necessary for every business to have such a system. However, you should ensure that the quality of the back office operation matches that of Shopify Plus’s front end.
Your business will incur additional monthly fees with the more tools and apps it incorporates. The typical Shopify Plus operation will cost between $200 and $500 per month, as a ballpark figure.
5) Maintenance fees
Ad hoc and minimal costs are expected
The platform is fully hosted by Shopify Plus. In essence, you don’t have to pay for maintenance expenses associated with other options (server fees, security patches, etc.).
If you want to make changes to bespoke areas of your website, be aware that there will always be maintenance fees. Nevertheless, these costs should be relatively low and can be handled ad hoc or as needed.
Total Shopify Plus pricing
The Shopify Plus pricing is based on a number of components. That’s likely a large reason why simple pricing information isn’t available on their website.
To get a good idea of a roundabout figure, use the estimates in this article.
Suppose a company receives 5,000 monthly orders and the average order value is $50.
- Cost to build: $40,00
- License fee: $2,000 per month (because sales are under $800k per month)
- Fees for Shopify Payments: $1,750.80 per month
- There is an additional $500 monthly fee for the app
- (On average) $100 per month for maintenance
- The total Shopify Plus price is $44,350.80 the first month, and then $4,350.80 each month following.