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Shopify vs. Shopify Plus: The Ultimate Breakdown

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Key Features of Shopify vs. Shopify Plus

Shopify Plans

The Shopify Lite plan is $9/month and provides your store with an essential 'Buy Now' button. Shopify Lite is for merchants who want to use the inventory and customer management systems of Shopify, but are more comfortable with another website creator software. You will need to pay 2.9%+30c credit card fees for this plan.

On the other hand, the Shopify Basic plan gives access to all the inventory management, client management, and order management systems, as we all as the Shopify website builder. You will have a website that customers can visit and be able to access free Shopify themes in this plan. This $29/month plan also offers inventory tracking from multiple locations. The credit card fees are also 2.9%+30c for this plan.

As you move up to the $50/month Shopify plan, your transaction and credit card fees will start going down to 2.6%+30c.  If you are increasing in sales, you can offset credit card fees with lower rates. In addition, the Shopify plan has advanced reporting, which is helpful if you have a bigger team and need detailed reports. You can also sell in multiple languages with the Shopify plan which you could only do in the Shopify Basic plan with specific apps and add-on.

The Shopify Advanced plan is $299/month with 2.4% + 30c credit card fees. Besides saving money on credit card fees and having advance reporting features, the Shopify Advanced plan offers real-time shipper display fees. The Shipper rates are automatically calculated correctly at checkout. This is because Shopify talks directly to the shipper and gives you the correct rates.

Shopify Plus

Lastly, Shopify Plus is the enterprise version of Shopify. There are six different features that Shopify Plus offers on top of the Shopify Advanced Plan:

1. Merchant Success Manager

When you sign up for Shopify Plus, you will get a dedicated merchant success manager with 24/7 support. You will get personalized help in finding approved Shopify Plus partners.

2. More API integrations

With Shopify Plus, you will have access to custom integrations with your own CRM, order management, and other softwares or systems. For example, having a gift card option and multi-pass logins.

How You Can Get the Same Capabilities Using Shypyard

Shypyard is an integration platform that is free to try for all Shopify Merchants and not limited to just Shopify Plus customers. In addition, you can get all the integrations you need at a fraction of the cost of the Shopify Plus plan.

3. Shopify Flow

The beauty of Shopify plus is that you can automate backend processes and systems. If you have many clients with multiple different products within their catalog, Shopify Plus will automatically let you know when you when an item stock is low. Therefore, you could shut the ads down since these items are no longer available, which saves you money and sanity.

How You Can Get the Same Capabilities Using Shypyard

Shopify Flow not doing enough for you? Shypyard is a superior solution for your automation needs and you can easily migrate your current flows to Shypyard with our in-app converter. Shopify Flow only supports a fraction of all the possible webhooks, leaving frustrating gaps. In contrast, Shypyard supports all Shopify Webhooks so you can trigger code to run after any event that happens in your Shopify store. If a major reason you are considering upgrading to Shopify Plus is for Flow, then you can get the same capabilities, plus more, through Shypyard, for much cheaper!

4. Shopify Scripts

Scripts are rules you can write in the backend that allows you to perform unique actions that you would like to do with your store. With Shopify Plus’s script editor, you will get limitless customization for shipping methods, customer fields, and payment options.

How You Can Get the Same Capabilities Using Shypyard

Shypyard supports any Javascript code and leverages “Node.js” as the runtime environment which breaks free from the constraints of drag-and-drop automation editors. You can get the Shopify Plus's script editor through Shypyard for a much cheaper price.

5. Multiple Stores

The “Clone Store” or “Multi-Store” features allow you to create up to ten versions of your online store, customized to the specific target audience. The Unified dashboard helps you manage multiple stores by offering analytics, staff accounts, and automation tools.

6. Unlimited Staff Accounts

You can only have 15 staff on the account at a given time if you are using the Shopify plan. But with Shopify Plus, you are allowed to have unlimited staff accounts and more staff permissions. Therefore, you don’t have to struggle with passing around passwords and usernames with a huge team.

When Should You Switch to Shopify Plus?

Without Shopify Payments, you will pay an additional 0.15% to whatever your current credit card processing fees are. Generally, anyone with sales approaching $2 million per year is a good candidate. $2 million is near the breakeven point where Shopify Plus will help alleviate high bandwidth and save you money due to the better credit card processing rates you get.

Differences in Pricing Structures

At the end of the day, all of the perks for Shopify Plus are not going to be free. Shopify Plus costs 0.25% of your monthly revenue, and it’s a minimum of $2,000 and a maximum of $4,000. Once you make $800,000 or more per month, the fee turns into a revenue-based model, and you will pay 0.25% of your monthly revenue.  According to the pricing plan, you will need a $16 million monthly payment to hit the maximum price.

Which Plan Is Best For Me?

Now that you have an overview of the various Shopify Plans and features available to you, you can brainstorm which plan is most suitable, as every merchant has heir own unique needs and cost restrictions to take into account. However, if you're having trouble figuring out what the best Shopify plan for you is, don't worry - Shypyard has got you covered! Our platform offers a much more flexible and budget-friendly experience with four unique pricing plans based on the number of orders your store has per month. We also offer a free 14-day trial with access to all the features in our plans so you can test it out and see if our product is right for you!

All in all, we hope this article has empowered you with more confidence and insight to choose the best plan to grow your business.

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