Shopify Free Trial (2023) — 90 Days Version / Dropshipping Starter Kit

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Shopify free trial (infographic)

Below you’ll find key information about the Shopify free trial — some tips on how to start the right trial (there are two to choose from) and how to get an extended one that effectively lasts for 90 days. You’ll also find links to a selection of key blog posts and videos about Shopify that cover key aspects of this popular ecommerce platform.

The two different types of Shopify trials that are available

There are actually two different Shopify free trials available and it’s important to pick the one that best meets your requirements.

Standard Shopify free trial

The standard trial gives you three days’ access to Shopify, during which you can try out all the platform’s key features and start building your store.

Now, this isn’t widely publicized, but there is also an option available to access Shopify for three months for $1 per month, in practice letting you try out the platform for around 90 days for virtually no fee. Shopify promotes this offer on certain partner websites, including Style Factory — if you’d like to avail of it, you can use this special link to do so.

The standard Shopify free trial
The standard Shopify free trial

The Shopify dropshipping trial (starter kit)

If you plan to use Shopify for dropshipping, the best trial for this purpose is its ‘dropshipping starter kit’, which you can access here.

The starter kit lets you avail of the regular Shopify three-day trial and the $1 per month offer, but also gives you access to a wide range of additional dropshipping resources that are designed to help you kickstart a dropshipping business in the most effective way possible.

Shopify’s dropshipping starter kit gives you access to a wide range of free dropshipping resources

Shopify free trial — a video guide

Shopify free trial FAQ

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 3 days. However, if you sign up for a plan at the end of this period, you get the option to use Shopify for 3 months for just $1 per month.

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 receive marketing information from Shopify.

Note: to avail of the $1 per month offer (in effect an extended trial, you will need to enter credit card details).

Can I extend a Shopify free trial?

So long as you have a good reason for requesting an extension to your trial, Shopify will often grant it. You will need to contact Shopify’s support team with your store URL (, stating the reason why you want to extend your trial.

Can I sell products during my Shopify free trial?

While you can build your store, apply a store theme and add products to collections as soon as your free trial begins, you can’t start selling anything until you’ve purchased a Shopify plan.

Can I dropship during a Shopify free trial?

While you can prepare your business for dropshipping and install the relevant apps to do so during a free trial, you will need to be on a paid-for Shopify plan to actually dropship.

Does the Shopify trial let me use point of sale features?

You can use the trial to set up certain aspects of Shopify’s point-of-sale system, but you can’t use it to actually start accepting in-person payments via Shopify POS system. Once you have a paid plan however, you get Shopify POS Lite bundled with your plan at no extra cost — this lets you sell in person in one location at a time.

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 extended trial offer has technically ended, but with the introduction of its ‘3 months for $1 per month’ offer, Shopify has effectively given merchants a way to use the platform for 90 days for practically no fee. You can avail of this offer here.

What happens if I subscribe to a Shopify paid 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 days — charges won’t commence until your trial expires.

How do I cancel my Shopify trial?

If you don’t subscribe to a paid-for Shopify plan during your trial, then your Shopify account will simply be frozen at the end of the free trial. You won’t be charged anything.

Can I cancel Shopify after three months?

Yes. You can cancel your plan at any point — with any outstanding balance (transaction fees, shipping label charges, app subscriptions etc.) being charged at the point of cancellation. You can also avail of the option to pause payments for your Shopify store.

Can I install apps from the Shopify app store whilst on a free trial?

Yes, it’s perfectly possible to install apps from the Shopify app store during the free trial period.

How do I accept payment using Shopify?

You can accept credit card payments with Shopify via its built-in payment gateway, Shopify Payments, or alternatively use a third-party payment gateway (over 100 are available). If you go down the latter route however, transaction fees will apply.

Are Shopify themes free?

At time of writing, there are 12 free Shopify themes and 141 paid-for ones available.

How much does Shopify cost?

Shopify fees vary from $5 to $399 per month, depending on the plan you choose (Shopify Starter, Basic Shopify, Shopify or Advanced Shopify). An enterprise plan, ‘Shopify Plus,’ is also available — prices for this are negotiable, but it typically costs around $2000 per month. You can learn more about these fees and the differences between plans in our guide to Shopify pricing or our article on determining the true costs of a Shopify website.

Are there any discounts available for Shopify?

The main discount that’s available for Shopify right now is its $1 per month offer — this lasts for three months and you can access it here.

Additionally, if you pay for your Shopify trial on an annual basis, you can reduce your subscription fees by between 25%. To avail of this reduction in fees, sign up for a Shopify trial using this link, then when your trial ends, choose to pay annually when upgrading.

How do I contact Shopify?

To contact Shopify, you need to log in to your Shopify account and then visit the support page on the company’s website. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to pick the topic that you need support with. You’ll see a page with resources about that topic — and if you scroll down to the bottom of it, you’ll see a ‘Get support’ section containing options for requesting a callback, starting a live chat, or emailing the company.

Do other ecommerce platforms offer free trials?

Most of Shopify’s competitors offer free trials. You can learn more about alternative online store platforms in the ecommerce reviews section of the Style Factory website, or you can check out our resource on the Squarespace free trial here.

Does Shopify have a 14-day trial?

Shopify’s trial length was originally 14 days, but it has been reduced to just 3. However, once the 3-day trial is over, you can use the platform for 3 months at very little cost ($1 per month) — this effectively gives you an extended trial period.

Why is the Shopify trial only 3 days in length?

Shopify’s trial length and structure is definitely unusual by comparison to those of its partners. It’s likely that the company has settled on the 3 day limit plus $1 per month offer based on looking at conversion rates and establishing that this proposition generates the most Shopify subscriptions. In fairness to the company, however, the $1 per month for three months offer does provide merchants with a lot of value too and effectively lets them use the platform for a very long time for virtually no cost.

What are the main alternatives to Shopify?

Popular alternatives to Shopify include Wix, Squarespace, Square, Webflow and WooCommerce. (You can view a more comprehensive list of Shopify competitors here).

Other Style Factory resources about Shopify

Style Factory is an official Shopify partner.

We produce a lot of strictly impartial content to help ecommerce businesses decide if Shopify is the right platform for them. We also provide resources to support existing Shopify users.

Below you’ll find links to our some of our key Shopify articles.

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 ecommerce solutions available.
  • Shopify vs eBay — the differences between using Shopify and a platform that has been traditionally associated with online auctions and product listings.
  • Shopify vs Etsy — the differences between using Shopify and ‘arts’-focused ecommerce platform Etsy (including Etsy’s Pattern product).
  • Shopify vs Shopify Plus — how the ‘regular’ version of Shopify compares to the enterprise-grade one.
  • Shopify vs Squarespace — how Shopify stacks up against another leading online store builder, Squarespace.
  • Shopify vs Square — the differences between using Shopify and another ecommerce platform with a large set of POS features for in-person selling.
  • Shopify POS vs Square — a deep dive into the key differences between the point-of-sale systems offered by Shopify and Square.
  • Shopify vs Wix — how Shopify compares to one of the world’s most popular website builders, Wix.
  • Shopify vs WooCommerce — how Shopify compares to the leading ecommerce plugin for WordPress.
  • Shopify vs WordPress YouTube comparison — a video guide to the differences between Shopify and WordPress.
  • Shopify Pricing Plan Comparison (YouTube) — a video guide to choosing the best Shopify plan.

Shopify how-to guides and product information

General ecommerce resources

Video resources about Shopify

Below you’ll find some of our video reviews and comparisons involving Shopify. For all our latest Shopify videos and tips on running an online business, please subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Shopify video review — 8 key pros, 7 key cons

Full Shopify review | Watch on YouTube

‘What is Shopify?’ — video guide

Shopify free trial

How to dropship with Shopify — video guide

Free Shopify dropshipping starter kit | Subscribe on YouTube

Shopify vs Squarespace video comparison

Shopify trial | Squarespace trial | Shopify vs Squarespace comparison

Shopify vs WordPress video comparison

Shopify trial | WordPress download | Shopify vs WordPress comparison

Shopify vs eBay video comparison

Shopify free trial | eBay Seller Center

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