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4.7 Domains and Plans

The last straw: understand how to integrate your domain address. You'll also learn about the different Shopify plans and how you can choose one for your client.

Additional Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mv2zgRS1cx59_vtVCU7B8wDXaefkkDp_SYqDtVkkizw/edit?usp=sharing

You might have noticed in an earlier episode that everytime you create a store on Shopify, by default, the primary domain looks like this -- examplestore.myshopify.com. 

In the beginning our store was lancifykicks.myshopify.com. 

Of course, most stores don’t want this, and that’s why you can add a custom domain to Shopify. You’ll need to connect your third-party domain, and here’s how you can do that. 

On your Admin dashboard, under Online Store, you’ll find “Domains”. Click that. You could buy a new domain directly from Shopify, but we’ve already bought ours so we’re going to select “Connect existing domain”. 

Our domain is lancifykicks.in so let’s type that in. Click Next. 

We now have to connect this GoDaddy domain. Select “Connect automatically”. Your Godaddy window will pop up, and, for the last time (we promise), click “Connect”. 

And it’s a Success! It can take upto 24 hours for the new domain to get propagated. Once it’s done, here’s how it’ll look.

Okay, it’s been a long long long chapter. We’ve covered absolutely everything: from themes, to products, to shipping, payment, and domains! 

So, let’s just take a short break. Here’s something you didn't know you needed.

That was wonderful. 

OKAY, now let’s look at finding the right plan for your client. This is an important part of your store set-up journey and something you should have a firm grasp on, much before you start pitching. Let’s get into this.

Shopify offers four plans to choose from based on your client’s requirement. 

  1. Basic Shopify — $29 per month
  2. Shopify — $79 per month
  3. Advanced Shopify — $299 per month
  4. Shopify Plus — $2000 per month

Choose your plan carefully, ‘cause you don't want to be spending money for features your client doesn’t really need. 

Let’s look at each of these.

Basic Shopify allows you to sell an unlimited number of products. This is the cheapest available solution when you have a vast product range.

Shopify doesn’t limit the number of products or file storage. This plan comes with 2 staff member logins and a transaction fee of 2% for every order. This plan is or any business that’s just getting started online, with very few daily orders to fulfill initially.

The Shopify plan is $79 per month but has a lower transaction fee of 1% and provides a few more additional features like professional reports. This provides greater insight into your online store, and also makes analysis more convenient and also has 5 staff member logins. Once your business starts seeing more traction and order volumes increase, you might want to consider upgrading to this plan with a lower transaction fee.

Advanced Shopify comes at $299. Expensive, but the transaction fee is the lowest at 0.5%.. This plan has an advanced report builder that allows you to customise your own professional reports.

And finally, Shopify Plus is an enterprise solution starting at 2000$ for large volume businesses looking for a scalable ecommerce platform. This plan typically makes sense for merchants with high daily order volumes in the thousands, selling in multiple regions requiring region-specific customer experiences.

So with all of these options, how do you know which plan is right for your business? 

The answer depends on the features you need as well as your client’s budget. Keep in mind, though, as their e-commerce needs change, your Shopify plan can change with you as well. 

We have some more info on this in the episode notes for you to look through.


Now, remember at the very beginning of setting up our store? We had to choose between migrating a store, or developing a store. You might have clients who already have an existing online store on a different platform but want to move to Shopify. If this is the case, you’ll have to migrate them from their existing platform.

There are a few different guides and tools available to help with this. 

You can migrate to Shopify from other popular platforms like- Woocommerce, Etsy, BigCommerce, Big Cartel, Squarespace, and so on.

As a Shopify Partner, the best way to start migrating a client’s store is by creating a development store on your Partner Dashboard. Then you can choose the migration guide and follow those instructions to import their data. Click the link that pops up here, or refer to the Episode Notes for more information. 

Once you’re done, you can transfer ownership of the development store to your client.

Okay you know what, it’s been a really long chapter. If you’ve made it this far, we’re proud of you. Like, SO proud of you. Take some deep breaths here, and enjoy some more of this 

Once again, you’re welcome.

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Series episodes

I. Understanding E-Commerce
I. Understanding E-Commerce
1.1 Introduction to E-Commerce
1.1 Introduction to E-Commerce
1.2 Forms of E-Commerce
1.2 Forms of E-Commerce
II. Shopify Partner Program
II. Shopify Partner Program
2.1 Getting Started
2.1 Getting Started
III. Understanding your Client’s Needs
III. Understanding your Client’s Needs
3.1 Setting Foundations
3.1 Setting Foundations
3.2 The Process - From Pitching to Delivering
3.2 The Process - From Pitching to Delivering
IV. Getting to Building
IV. Getting to Building
4.1 Storefront Setup
4.1 Storefront Setup
4.2 Products and Collections
4.2 Products and Collections
4.3 Picking the Right Theme
4.3 Picking the Right Theme
4.4 Creating Essential Pages
4.4 Creating Essential Pages
4.5 Setting Up Payment Gateways
4.5 Setting Up Payment Gateways
4.6 Shipping and Fulfillment
4.6 Shipping and Fulfillment
4.7 Domains and Plans
4.7 Domains and Plans
V. Jazzing up your Store
V. Jazzing up your Store
5.1 App Integrations
5.1 App Integrations
5.2 Marketing and Analytics
5.2 Marketing and Analytics
5.3 What Makes a Great Store?
5.3 What Makes a Great Store?
VI. Maximise Shopify’s Partner Program
VI. Maximise Shopify’s Partner Program
6.1 Pitching Shopify to Your Clients
6.1 Pitching Shopify to Your Clients
6.2 Quick Pep Talk!
6.2 Quick Pep Talk!