The difference between Shopify plans - Spectre Creative

One of the most common questions we get asked when starting a Shopify project is ‘What is the difference between the available Shopify plans?’.

In this article, we are going to focus on three main Shopify options, excluding Shopify Plus and Shopify Lite.

The pricing plans

Shopify Basic costs £19 per month, with 2% + 25p per online transaction. 

The main Shopify plan costs £49 per month, with 1.7% + 25p per transaction.

Advanced Shopify costs £259 per month, with 1.5% + 25p per transaction. 

All Shopify plans are very similar with key differences in the following areas:

Shopify Advanced provides the following additional features with a notable increase in cost:

The three plans include most of the same great Shopify features that will help any size business sell online with a robust platform supporting their growth. It’s the small differences that add up to indicate which plan is best for your business.

Shopify Basic

Shopify Basic is a great entry into the world of eCommerce. If this is your first store or you are looking to test the market with a new product then this is the plan for you. With the low initial cost of £19 per month, it’s easy to get started and sell online. However, if your products are expensive or you know you are going to sell a lot of them then the 2% + 25p cost for transactions is going to sting. 


The self-titled ‘Shopify’ plan is a great plan if your business is a little more established and your products are selling well. You get to take advantage of a better transaction fee of 1.7% + 25p and you get more users for your store to help manage your success. 

If you have been around a little longer with a team to support your growing eCommerce store then this is the perfect plan. 

Shopify Advanced

Shopify Advanced is Shopify’s top ‘consumer’ plan before stepping into their enterprise service. It comes with a better transaction fee of 1.5% + 25p but also comes with added features like the ability to calculate thirds party shipping rates, automate tasks and price products differently in international markets. 

If your business is selling in multiple countries then this is the only real option for you. 

Shopify Advanced has the largest price jump of the three plans but it has the most features and gives you the best technology for selling cross-border.

Which plan is right for you?

Depending on the type of business you have and the stage you are at in your growth, this should make it clear which option is best for you. 

The best thing about Shopify is that your store plan can be increased easily as you grow. There is no need to go for the most expensive option until you are ready. Shopify offers a platform that helps you by providing the right features at the right time.

To find out more about Shopify and how you can use it to grow your eCommerce business get in touch and our Shopify experts will be happy to help.

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