Shopify stores can cost as low as $1/month to over $2,000/month. Shopify offers a 3-day free trial without a credit card; after that, you must pay just $1/month on a selected plan for the next three months, with access to all the features.
After 3-month the cost of your Shopify store entirely depends on your chosen plan and the functionalities you want in your Shopify store.
Primarily, four primary factors add to a Shopify cost, which are as follows –
- A Domain name
- Shopify subscription plan
- Shopify theme for your store
- Shopify Apps subscription fees
Let’s look at each factor in detail.
A domain name ($8 – $12/year)
A domain name is your website address. This is where users can find your Shopify store.
Although Shopify offers a free domain with a “shopify.com.” It is highly advised to replace it with a custom domain name based on your Shopify store name. While signing up, you can buy the domain from Shopify itself or a trusted domain registrar website, like –
It usually costs around $8 to $12 annually to buy a .com domain name. Depending on availability, you can also buy .org, .shop, or other TLDs. But the price may vary for different domain extensions.
Shopify Subscription Plan ($23 – $299/month)
Shopify has mainly 3 plans to build an eCommerce website. The plans are as follows –
- Basic Plan – $23/month
- Shopify Plan – $79/month
- Advanced Plan – $299/month
All plans come with a standard storefront and access to all the essential features. The plans vary based on the number of staff accounts allowed, inventory locations, and transaction fees. The higher the plan, the more staff accounts and inventory locations are allowed with lower transaction fees.
If you are new to eCommerce, you can start with the Basic plan, which costs just $23/month. Moreover, you can enjoy the first three months at just $3/month.
- Further Reading – Shopify pricing plans & fees explained
A Shopify Theme ($0 – $350)
The beauty of Shopify theme is that you can choose from a range of Shopify themes available in the theme store or other marketplaces like Themeforest.
You can use free Shopify themes or choose one paid theme starting from $19.
Here are our top recommendations that you can explore –
- Best Shopify themes
- Best high-converting Shopify themes
- Best Shopify clothing themes
- Best Shopify themes for Jewelry stores
- Best Shopify themes for dropshipping
Shopify Apps ($5 – $50/month/app)
All Shopify offers you everything you need to set up an online store, you will have several apps and extensions to design and manage it smoothly.
Fortunately, there are tons of free Shopify themes you can find in the app store that should be good for starters. However, if you are already running a business and bringing it online, you will need paid apps for advanced features and active customer support.
The premium apps are usually on a subscription pricing model that ranges from $5 to $50 monthly (on average).
Here are a few recommended articles to find the best apps for your store –
- Must-have Shopify apps for online stores
- Best Shopify apps for clothing stores
- Best Shopify apps for dropshipping store
Apart from these fixed charges, Shopify also takes a percentage of each sale on your site, called a transaction fee. You can read about it in detail here.
However, you can avoid paying transaction fees using Shopify Payments, an in-build payment system. Unfortunately, it is not available in every country. You can see the list of supported countries here.
Overall, the cost of a Shopify store depends on your chosen pricing plan and other additional factors discussed above. If you are a beginner with a tight budget, you can start a Shopify store at an average cost of $30-50/month.