Why Choose Shopify Plus?
Shopify made its name as the ideal Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for businesses needing a relatively simple, branded online storefront that’s easy to manage. It allows you to build ecommerce websites that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and cost-effective, so you can focus on delighting your customers and growing your business.
What are the differences between Shopify and Shopify Plus?
Shopify is an entry-level platform, with three feature tiers, low license fees, and requires minimal effort to set up. You can launch a basic, turnkey site in an afternoon, and likely do not need much help.
Shopify Plus provides an expanded set of features for fast-growing companies that are focused on ecommerce. It offers the same comprehensive, all-in-one ecommerce platform, but is more easily extended and molded to fit the needs of your company. Shopify Plus is a must for high-volume ecommerce businesses, those managing multiple brands, or stores with complexities such as custom checkout or ERP integrations.
What are some other benefits of Shopify Plus?
Shopify Plus can grow with your business and is often a better option for growing and larger businesses. Shopify Plus offers more customizations, particularly when it comes to a custom customer checkout experience. With Shopify Plus, your ecommerce store can expand to include things like in-depth analytics, customer management tools, 24-hour support, international and cross-device capabilities, and more.
These are the top five benefits of Shopify Plus. There are many, but in our opinion, here are the ones to consider:
- Lower transaction and credit card rates, which largely can offset the cost of the platform at the right transaction volume. Learn more in our Shopify Cost Guide.
- Payment page customization, and sophisticated app integrations.
- Optimized for website performance (site speed), and ADA accessibility compliance.
- Unlimited bandwidth, scalable SaaS hosting for large or growing websites.
- Full customization in themes, layouts, menus, and more.
- Improved wholesale channel management.
Ecommerce Platform Comparison
Compare the differences between Shopify and Shopify Plus along with Adobe Commerce (Magento), WooCommerce, and BigCommerce in our comprehensive Ecommerce Platform Comparison.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Shopify Plus cost?
The Shopify Plus basic platform costs range from $250-$2,000/mo. In addition, there are applications needed to extend the platform, credit card and transaction processing (part of every online store’s costs), setup and theme development costs, and ongoing improvement costs. Here’s a breakdown of costs you can expect from a Shopify website including a handy Shopify Plan Pricing Comparison Template for you to use.
What’s the difference between Shopify Plus and Adobe Commerce (Magento)?
These ecommerce platforms share many similarities from a feature and functionality perspective. Most ecommerce sites out there could be built on either platform and have it meet their primary ecommerce needs. However, there are some key differences when comparing Shopify to Adobe Commerce that are worth considering — the primary one is code and infrastructure access. In Adobe Commerce, your development team will have full access to the core platform code and servers, making it much easier to customize with fewer external app/API dependencies.
How can I plan my move to Shopify Plus?
Bear Group has years of experience helping clients migrate or re-platform their websites. Together, we can help you plan a path for your migration while keeping the important parts of your website intact by following a few key steps. Here’s more information on what to expect when you re-platform your website.
What is a Shopify base theme?
Shopify is a strong solution to consider because its themes already use established design principles and patterns. And while you can do fully-custom theme builds in Shopify, a less expensive approach is to start from a Shopify base theme that is pretty close to what you’d like for your customers and brand — then extend it.