How Much Does It Cost to Build a Shopify Website?

John Ahya August 22, 2022
7 mins read Last Updated September 27, 2022

Shopify is the leading eCommerce platform across the world for businesses. Regardless of the type of business, the platform allows people to start an online store and reach a wider audience. It also allows selling products offline using the Shopify POS.

It has gained massive popularity as it offers many benefits like seamless integration, no server cost, range of themes, app store, etc.

According to Backlinko, more than 1.75 million merchants sell their products on Shopify. Around 3.76 million websites across the globe use Shopify.

If you are running an offline business & plan to take it online, Shopify can help you reach great heights. If you still have any doubts regarding Shopify and are confused about whether to choose Shopify or not, here are several benefits of using Shopify as your eCommerce store.

After deciding to use Shopify, one of the questions that might appear in your mind is, “how much does a Shopify website cost?”.

We have more than 10+ years of experience in delivering Shopify development services to our clients across the globe. As a Certified Shopify partner, we know the price of developing a Shopify website. We will explain in detail the Shopify website development cost.

Before we talk about the cost, let’s go through the essential components required to build a Shopify store.

Components of a Shopify Store

Here is the list of factors that affect the Shopify website design cost.

  • Shopify Base Plan
  • Domain
  • SSL
  • Hosting
  • Transactional Fees
  • UI/UX design
  • Development & Documentation
  • QA Testing
  • Copywriting & Imagery
  • Product Shipping
  • Web Store maintenance

After looking at the components of a Shopify store, we will move on with the Shopify website cost.

Whenever you think of developing a Shopify website, there are mainly two types of costs involved. The first is the upfront cost, and the second is the recurring cost.

Let’s look at these costs in detail.

Upfront Cost of Shopify Website

The upfront cost is what you need to pay to a Shopify developer. Now, you may have a question, why hire a Shopify expert to develop a website?

The reason is, apart from buying a Shopify plan, you need to look after it and maintain it regularly. On the other hand, Shopify experts help you choose an effective Shopify plan, feature & functionalities, and set up a modern Shopify website. Moreover, they offer maintenance support for a limited time.

If you want to set up a basic Shopify website, it will cost you $2,000 to $5,000. Here are some of the features of the basic Shopify website.

  • A website design to showcase approximately 25 products
  • Contact form
  • Website hosting for a year
  • A well-written content for 10 pages of the website

The basic-level Shopify website is best for startups and small-scale businesses. Besides this, the website is best if you don’t want to make a massive investment upfront. With this plan, you can efficiently look after a limited number of products and gradually upgrade your store.

If you want to offer a wide range of features and functionalities to the users, you need to develop an advanced Shopify website for your business. The cost of an advanced Shopify website would start from $5000 and can go up to $10,000 or more. Here is the list of things included in the advanced Shopify website.

  • 30-40 pages of professional content
  • 2000+ Products listing
  • Advanced product filters
  • Abandoned cart feature
  • Related product feature
  • Custom cart, email notifications, and invoices [mini cart functionality]
  • Email marketing integration with a suitable software

After looking at the cost of developing a Shopify website, it’s crucial to know the recurring cost to keep your website running for a long time. So, here we go:

Recurring Cost for Shopify Website

Recurring cost is what you pay to the Shopify platform for different services. You should look after several recurring costs after developing your Shopify store.

The costs are divided into two parts: Shopify platform costs and the per purchase fees that are liable whenever someone buys something from your Shopify website.

The Shopify platform has three plans as follows:

Let’s look at all of these plans in brief:

1. Basic Shopify Plan

It is the most suitable plan for anyone who wants to start their journey on Shopify. This plan provides necessary things to launch an online store and sell products efficiently. As said earlier, it costs $29 per month.

Besides this, you have to pay 2.9% + 30 cents for each transaction on the credit card. You need to pay 2.7% for all the transactions that occur through an in-person credit card. When you have a different payment provider than Shopify, you pay 2% for each sale.

Some of the crucial things included in this plan are as follows:

  • Unlimited product uploads: Upload as many products as you want.
  • Shipping discount: Obtain the lowest shipping rates up to 64% from leading shipping providers like UPPS, UPS, and DHL.
  • Shopify POS Lite: Using this, you have the freedom to receive payments in-person at fairs, etc.
  • Locations: With this feature, you can allocate inventory to four locations. It can be retail stores, warehouses, pop-ups, etc.
  • Sales Channels: It enables you to sell on various online marketplaces as well as social media.
  • Staff Accounts: Two staff accounts have permission to access Shopify admin and Shopify POS.

Some of the essential features of these plans are as follows:

  • 24*7 Support
  • Manual order creation
  • Discount codes
  • SSL Certificate
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Gift cards
  • Reports and more.

2. Shopify

This plan is highly suitable for any business that wants to expand its services and generate good revenue. As mentioned before, it will cost $79 per month.

Apart from this, you need to pay 2.6% + 30 cents for any online credit card purchases, and 2.5% for any kind of in-person purchases via credit card.

The plan comes with all the features of Shopify Basic with several editional features as follows.

Location: The store owners can operate this store by choosing suitable inventory.

Staff account: With this plan, you have can upto 5 Shopify experts.

Shipping charges: This plan has a low cost of up to 72% from the leading shipping companies.

Professional report: Get a professional report to monitor & understand buying trends. Later, market your product well to gain more users.

3. Advanced Shopify Plan

This plan is best suited for a business that wants to sell a wide range of products and provide a comprehensive experience to the users. The price of this plan is $299 per month.

Besides this, you need to pay 2.4% + 30 cents for every transaction happening through a credit card online. Plus, you need to pay 2.4% for every in-person credit-card transaction. The plan also charges 0.5% for every transaction made outside the Shopify payments.

The plan possesses all the features of Basic and Shopify, along with several add-ons.

Locations: With this plan, you can allocate 8 warehouses, pop-ups, or retail stores.

Staff accounts: The plan allows to access Shopify admin and Shopify POS to up to 15 members.

Advanced report builder: You can track specific actions users make on your website. For instance, if your goal is to find referral sources, you can make a particular report.

Third-party calculated shipping rates: Using this feature, you can provide third-party shipping rates to the users when they check out from your Shopify website.

Domain

It is the most crucial thing for your Shopify store. When you purchase a relevant domain for your Shopify store, people can easily relate to your brand. Moreover, it helps you to rank higher in the search results.

You have the option to buy a domain from Shopify any of the domain registrars. Generally, its cost starts from $11

Theme

Shopify offers a wide range of free & paid themes suitable for different kinds of businesses, such as electronics, food & drink, pet supply, etc.

If you are developing a new website using Shopify for the first time, you can go with a free theme. However, it has limitations when we talk about the features and functionalities.

Hence, if you want to purchase a paid one, its cost will start from $180. If you plan to represent your store worldwide, you should customize your store. If you still have doubts about whether to customize your Shopify theme or not, check out this guide on Shopify theme customization.

If you have decided to customize your theme, you should hire Shopify developers. They will customize your store as per your business requirements and goals. The cost to customize a Shopify store ranges between $100 to $10,000

Wrapping Up

We hope that you have understood the Shopify Website development Cost. Moreover, we conclude that Shopify is one of the most convenient options to create an eCommerce website for new-age entrepreneurs and well-established businesses.

If you don’t have an idea about where to begin with Shopify, we have got you covered. WebDesk solution is a leading Shopify development company. We have offered a wide range of Shopify services to businesses worldwide. Moreover, we also have a highly talented team of Shopify professionals.

We can understand the requirements of your business and provide you with a relevant solution regarding Shopify website design and development.

John Ahya
John Ahya

John is the President and Co-Founder of WebDesk Solution, LLC. Living the digital agency life for over 10 years, he explores an extensive eCommerce world. He has immense experience in all major e-commerce platforms. Being a nature lover, he likes to breathe the fresh air on the hill stations during vacations.

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