One of the advantages of the internet industry is that most software and tools offer free trials for you to test their features and decide whether or not it’s what you want. Shopify does the same, and it’s only logical to look for the longest trial period you can find.
That brings us to today’s topic: the 60-day trial, 2 full months to fully test the platform without restrictions.
Well, I’ll save you time and stress before even starting the article: there’s not a 60-day free trial for Shopify. It’s never been available to the general public, either, so there’s not an evidence-backed origin to this myth.
I guess it’s possible that some people could receive this offer back then when the platform was just starting out and needed exposition desperately. However, I’ve researched all the way to contacting Shopify’s team, and I learned it’s not possible to get this 2-month trial.
If you’ve seen a website offering this trial or received an email about it, please don’t fall for it. I’ve seen enough scams around the internet, and this one checks all the warning signs of someone just trying to get access to your personal information or trying to get malware into your account.
Luckily, there’s actually a free trial available for Shopify, but it’s for 14 days. Sure, it’s not as long as what you might’ve been expecting, but trust me when I say that’s more than enough to fully test how far Shopify can go and decide if you want to use the platform for your business.
There are no limitations to this free trial, so you can try out all of the features you’d get from the different paid plans. You can simply cancel your account after the 14 days if you don’t want to use Shopify.
How to sign up and use your free trial
Signing up for Shopify’s free trial is seamless, and you’ll be looking at your Shopify dashboard in just a few minutes.
The first step is to go to Shopify’s official website. Once there, you just need to click on the free trial offer. There, you simply need to provide a few details – nothing personal, just your email address and a password for your account as well as the name for your store.
After you enter the information, click on create store. The next step is to fill out a questionnaire that Shopify will use to adapt different settings from your store to make the experience smoother.
After that’s done, you should be looking at your admin interface and the 14-day timer began.
You can check out the platform, its tabs, and the tools you have at your disposal. You can start to create your store from scratch and toy around with all of the features the platform offers to its users.
You can also exit the trial at any time and come back to it whenever you feel like it. The email and password you used to create your trial account will be necessary to do this, so don’t forget about them.
Every time you come back to the platform, you’ll be greeted by the interface to build and manage your store. This is the space from which you’ll make any changes you deem necessary for your store – or just test what’s Shopify capable of.
Your first login after signing up will require you to go to your store’s general settings and provide some info; you can access this section from your left-side panel. Make sure to add your payment details if you want to start making money from your store.
Yes, you can make money off the free trial, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
The defining trait in Shopify is how simple it is. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to use the platform to its full potential. You can access all the necessary tools from your left-hand panel quickly.
Even if some tasks might seem a bit more difficult, you’ll receive instructions and prompts on your screen guiding you to the next step you want to take.
After your general settings have been established, a primary store will greet you. That’s the default, automatic store generated by Shopify – the foundation, if you want to see it that way.
Shopify just used the data provided by you on your general settings to create this basic store automatically. It keeps you from having to repeat the process you just went through, like adding the name of your store or your tagline, which are already placed on your store’s header.
Now, it’s up to you to start building your store and customize it however you want. The first step is to install one of the free themes from Shopify’s library. These themes will give your store a different style depending on which one you choose, so pick the one that better fits your taste. Another advantage is that themes ensure all pages on your store follow the same palette and feel – even the ones you haven’t created.
You can leave the theme as is after installing it, but all Shopify themes are customizable. If you want to tweak anything, go to the page building section and start editing away.
You want to start from your home page to set the tone for the rest of your edits. After that’s done, you can start creating and editing your pages. Critical sections include your policies and contact page. You also want to add your product pages, obviously, and an FAQ section would also be a nice addition to your customers.
When customizing, you have the option to display a single product or all at once; you can show them individually or group them into collections. As for the products themselves, you can choose which images you want to show, where the buttons will show up, the colors, description and everything in-between.
All of these changes are also possible through a seamless drag-and-drop editor. This means you have no need to know about programming or coding to create and manage customize your store.
As you drag the elements around the store and change everything, Shopify edits your store’s HTML files for you, according to the changes you make with the editor. However, you’re also free to play around with the code if you’re experienced with HTML. If you mess up anything, the support team will be ready to help you if you reach out to them.
After your store is ready, you can start adding your products individually or in bulk. To do this, access the Products option on your left-side panel. You can edit their description, prices, images, variations and more.
Your store should be ready to launch, and this is when the free trial takes an interesting turn.
You can launch your store and start taking orders during the free trial. However, you need to pick a paid plan and sign up for when your trial period ends. You won’t have to pay for it right away; it’ll start after you’ve depleted your free trial.
This means that you can start selling and processing orders even if you’re still on the free version. You basically get the chance to make money for free for the remainder of your 2 weeks, and you’ll never be charged for this period. If you finish your store in 2 or 3 days (which is actually much longer than usual), that means you have about a week and a half to make money without paying for your subscriptions.
However, you don’t really have to choose a plan. If you just want to keep trying the platform, you can simply close the box and play around until the trial expires. However, if you decide you want to keep your store, then there’s no reason not to take advantage of this window.
What do you get from Shopify?
As you already learned above, you have access to all of the features Shopify has to offer throughout its different paid plans, and you don’t receive any limits during your trial. With that in mind, let’s see what you’re actually getting.
Shopify is the main eCommerce solution right now, driving millions in traffic and powering countless stores today, and it’s all thanks to how it provides a complete solution for all your eCommerce entrepreneurial needs. Shopify makes sure that you don’t have to look elsewhere for any feature you might want to use in your store; this not only saves you time, but also money, since you don’t have to pay for additional, essential features.
You can create professional stores with Shopify and fulfill your orders, accepting payments via Shopify itself. You can also manage your inventory and send confirmation emails to your clients with their receipts. You have access to powerful statistics and insight on how your customers behave and your store performs. You can even offer discounts and special offers to your customers from the backend.
Even if you want to add a few more functions or automate some tasks, you have a huge marketplace within the Shopify platform where you can access different apps that you can install into your store.
There are countless free apps here, so don’t worry about paying more. However, you also have premium apps that come with even more advanced features. Keep in mind that none of these are vital for your business, but they can go a long way into making your store a lot more efficient and giving you more free time, so they’re worth a look if you have leisure money or you’ve started making profits.
Besides these apps, Shopify’s fame and influence has allowed it to partner with different third-party platforms, which makes it possible to integrate your Shopify store with platforms like PayPal, Mailchimp, and more. You can find the list of supported platforms if you want to learn what’s possible.
Now that you have a solid idea of what you’ll get from your Shopify free trial (and paid plans), let’s go into the specifics.
There’s no way to doubt that the main attraction in Shopify is the ease with which you can create entire stores without sacrificing functionality or looks. The tools available with Shopify make it so that even a complete newbie can create a professional-looking website.
It’s also extremely quick. You might have never seen the platform before and still create a fully functional store in a single day. I’ve known people who can make an amazing store from scratch in less than an hour.
With that same ease, you can customize every aspect of your store to fit whatever you need. I’m not just talking about the visuals; you can tailor your entire user experience without too much effort, improving your customers’ satisfaction thanks to how easy it would be to navigate all the pages, improving your conversions and increasing your recurring customers.
As for how your store looks and feels, we already mentioned the library filled with both free and premium themes you can install. The themes come with predefined layouts to offer a great-looking default design that you can tweak here and there and make it your own.
Editing is as easy as the rest of Shopify’s functionality, and you can edit every aspect of these themes to make all pages your own. However, these themes come with their own styles, so it’s likely you won’t have to tweak a lot.
Of course, the premium themes take things to the next level. In this category, you have themes optimized for SEO, increasing conversion rates, and even offering inbuilt apps. Premium themes are one-off payments as well, so you can find themes with scarcity timers and abandoned cart recovery built into their code and save a monthly subscription getting these features separately.
All themes adapt to Shopify’s editor, so you can edit all of the themes with the drag-and-drop interface and avoid having to mess with the code. You can save a site preview as well, to check your edits and whether everything works properly before updating your live site.
Create products easily
Adding product pages and collections is as simple as everything else, and the features in Shopify ensure you can create product pages in minutes. Everything starts by clicking on the Products option on your left-side panel from your admin.
You’ll be taken to your products interface, and that’s where you can manage your entire product catalog. You can add new items or edit the ones you already have; you can edit each product individually or in bulk. Creating collections is also really easy, which is great to make navigation a lot easier to your customers.
To add new products, click on “add new”, and it’ll take you to a new page. From there, you can upload the name of your product and provide its description and images for your customers to learn more about it. All of these changes can be edited later on whenever you need.
Dropshippers also have a special advantage when using Shopify: they have access to Oberlo, a free app that takes care of that process for you. You can import your products from websites like AliExpress with a few clicks, and in seconds, you’ll have your product pages ready – complete with descriptions, images, and variations. You only need to edit the price to add your profit margins and edit the descriptions for any typos or just to make things clearer.
Oberlo also keeps track of any changes in real-time, so your stock count will always match your supplier’s.
If you haven’t heard about it before, then importing all of the information might sound sketchy, but Oberlo is actually officially partnered with Shopify, so everything is legal. You’re making sales for your suppliers, after all!
You can reduce hours’ worth of work to just a few minutes, and that’s one of the strongest reasons why dropshippers flocked to Shopify as soon as this became possible. Of course, Oberlo’s product research functionality is also quite responsible for that since you can receive curated lists with best-selling products throughout different categories and niches.
The product finder is an amazing way to find product ideas for your store, and when combined with the instant import feature, you can fill your store with highly demanded products in under an hour.
Shopify records data from how your customers behave inside of your store, and this is a great way to study how your business is performing and what people actually want.
You have access to a full interface showing you who are your customers and what they’re looking for in your store: which products are selling the most, which pages get more traffic, and where your customers are coming from.
All of the data is summarized into clear and easy-to-read dashboards that you can customize by comparing periods or hiding/showing specific information. These dashboards are available to all plans, and the same goes for the free trial.
You have access to lots of information, and it’s also updated in real-time, so you can check in anytime and monitor how your store performs at any moment. While not obvious from the get-go, this information is critical when choosing where to take your business.
Finally, you have access to add a full-featured blog to your store. It offers all of the features and functionality from other platforms like WordPress, so you can use it as a powerful tool to increase your traffic by offering valuable content to your customers.
While you might not be interested in writing articles, you can write about relevant topics and problems that your products can solve. Ranking this content in search engines like Google will get you free traffic that’s already interested in what you offered (they looked for it, didn’t they).
It’s a cost-efficient method to increase your conversion chances, so definitely check it out.
There’s no 60-day trial for Shopify, but there’s a real 14-day free version that you can test without any restrictions to determine whether or not you want to use Shopify.
Steer clear from any website or email offering you a longer trial, for 14 days is the only one existing. Filling your personal information looking for a 30, 60, or even unlimited trial is probably a surefire way to fall for a scammer or fill your PC with malware.