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Below you’ll find information about the Shopify free trial — a set of frequently asked questions on it, resources to help you learn more about Shopify and a video review of the platform.
The different types of trials that are available
There are actually a few different Shopify free trials available, and it’s important to pick the one that meets your needs.
- You can access the standard Shopify free trial on the Shopify website. This simply gives you 14 days access to Shopify in which you can start building your store.
- There is also a trial available which essentially gives you 44 days for free (you get your 14-day trial, and then pay $1 for your first month) — you can learn more about this here.
- If you want to use Shopify for dropshipping, you might be interested in Shopify’s free dropshipping starter kit, which you can access here. This gives you a 14-day trial plus access to additional dropshipping resources and support.
Shopify free trial FAQs
How do I sign up for a Shopify free trial?
You can sign up for a Shopify free trial on the Shopify website.
How long does a Shopify free trial last?
A Shopify free trial lasts 14 days.
Do I need to submit my credit card details to start my trial?
No, you don’t need to submit your credit card details to start your trial. You will need to submit your email address, however, and consent to receiving marketing information from Shopify.
Can I extend a Shopify free trial?
So long as you have a good reason for requesting an extension to your trial, Shopify will usually grant it. You will need to contact Shopify’s support team with your store URL (yourstorename.myshopify.com), stating the reason why you want to extend your trial.
I’ve heard about a 90-day free trial of Shopify. Does this actually exist?
To help merchants during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shopify temporarily made a 90-day free trial of the platform available. This offer has now ended, but you can still start a free trial and request an extension to it.
What happens if I subscribe to a Shopify paid-for plan while I’m still on a free trial?
If you take out a paid Shopify subscription whilst you’re on a free trial, you won’t lose any of your trial — charges won’t commence until your trial is over.
How do I cancel my Shopify trial?
If you don’t subscribe to a paid-for Shopify plan during your trial, then your account will simply be frozen at the end of the free trial. You won’t be charged anything.
How much does Shopify cost?
Shopify fees vary from $9 to $299 per month, depending on the plan you choose. You can learn more about these fees and the differences between plans in our guide to Shopify pricing.
Do other e-commerce platforms offer free trials?
Most of Shopify’s competitors offer similar trials. You can learn more about alternative online store platforms in the ecommerce reviews section of the Style Factory website.
Useful resources about Shopify
Style Factory is an offical Shopify partner. We produce a lot of content to help potential Shopify users decide if it’s the right platform for them — and resources to support existing ones. Below you’ll find links to our most useful content.
Shopify reviews and comparisons
- Shopify review — an in-depth, impartial look at the platform that outlines all its pros and cons.
- Shopify vs Amazon — the differences between using Shopify (a hosted solution) and Amazon (a huge online marketplace) to sell goods online.
- Shopify vs BigCommerce — we put two of the most similarly featured online store builders head-to-head.
- Shopify vs Big Cartel — how Shopify compares to one of the cheapest e-commerce solutions available.
- Shopify vs Etsy — the differences between using Shopify and ‘arts’-focused e-commerce platform Etsy (including Etsy’s Pattern product).
- Shopify vs Squarespace — how Shopify stacks up against another leading online store builder, Squarespace.
- Shopify vs Wix — how Shopify compares to one of the world’s most popular website builders, Wix.