Are you a high-volume seller looking for a quick, cheap e-commerce platform? Shopify Plus may be your answer.
Shopify is an e-commerce platform that’s well known for helping new sellers start online stores quickly and cheaply. But it’s not only limited to small businesses — it also offers an enterprise solution called Shopify Plus designed for high-volume sellers and established brands.How does Shopify Plus stack up? Let’s take a look.
- Meet incredibly high demand without outages
- Reliable security you never have to think about
- Fast, reliable commerce in the cloud
- A thriving ecosystem of apps, integrations, and custom tools to fit your needs
- We have you covered, no matter what
- A multichannel sales strategy, managed in one place
- The easiest way to run a growing business at scale
- Add-on fees
Do I need Shopify Plus?
In addition to Shopify Plus, Shopify offers four lower-level plans. One is a micro plan called Shopify Lite. The other three are standard plans called Basic Shopify, Shopify and Advanced Shopify.
A few big differences between the plans are:
|Differences between the plans||Description|
|Credit card rates.||The higher-level plan you pick, the less you pay in credit card transaction fees.|
|Transaction fees.||If you use a payment gateway other than Shopify Payments, you’ll pay a transaction fee per sale. This fee decreases with higher-level plans.|
|Staff accounts.||You can give additional staff members access to your website and store.|
|Shipping label discount.||You’ll get steeper discounts for shipping with higher-level plans.|
With Shopify Plus, you may save in credit card and transaction fees depending on your sales volume. (Your exact rates will vary depending on the size of your business.) The additional savings on shipping may also be worthwhile.
Logistically, you may need many staff accounts, an advanced report builder or real-time carrier shipping. Consider all of these factors when deciding whether to sign up for Shopify Plus.
Shopify Plus starts at $2,000 a month. The actual price can vary, however, depending on the size of your business and additional features you might need — such as infrastructure to handle specific traffic levels.
For comparison, here are the monthly prices for Shopify’s micro and standard plans:
|Shopify Lite||Basic Shopify||Shopify||Advanced Shopify|
Shopify supports more than 70 payment gateways, including:
- Amazon Payments
- QuickBooks Payments
If you use Shopify Payments, you won’t be charged transaction fees on top of your credit card fees. However, you may be charged transaction fees if you use a third-party gateway (the exact amount varies depending on the size of your business).
Shopify offers scalable hosting and unlimited bandwidth, which means it can keep your website running regardless of how much traffic you receive. According to Shopify, you’ll also have 99.99% site uptime.
As a Shopify customer, you can always use Shopify’s online Help Center, which includes support categories like:
- Intro to Shopify
- Your account
- Migrating to Shopify
- Selling online
- Using themes
You can also contact Shopify 24/7 via online chat, email or phone. Since you’re an enterprise customer, your support requests will receive priority service.
A nice bonus to being a Shopify Plus client is that you get a Merchant Success Manager dedicated to your account. This person helps you set up technical elements of your website, such as custom app features, SSL certificates and design modifications. Your Merchant Success Manager can also help you migrate your current e-commerce store to Shopify.
Apps and customization
Beyond the standard tools to create your website and store, you can add more than 1,000 apps to your online store. App categories include:
- Social media
- Customer service
- Sales channels
Shopify can also help you customize your store with APIs (application program interfaces) and SDKs (software development kits). These allow you to customize tools like store reports and the customer checkout process. Your Merchant Success Manager can help with this.
How to get started with Shopify Plus
To start working with Shopify Plus, go to Shopify.com/plus. Have the following information ready:
- Business email and phone
- Full name
- Website URL
From here, you can chat with a Shopify Plus representative to get any questions answered.
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Frequently asked questions
Do I need my own web hosting to use Shopify Plus?
No, Shopify will provide hosting for your website and store.
Will I need to sign a contract?
No, Shopify plans are month to month.
How does Shopify integrate with Pinterest and Facebook?
You can integrate Shopify with the Shop section on your Facebook Business page. You can also integrate your store’s products with Pinterest’s Buyable Pins feature.