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5 Key Reasons to Migrate to Shopify Plus

5 Key Reasons to Migrate to Shopify Plus

What we love to do.

No-Code Storefront

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App Ecosystem

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Best Converting Checkout

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No-Code & Low-Code

Empower your team to create and customise your online store effortlessly with prebuild sections that drag and drop. Leverage Flows to automate important outcomes that drive sales and reduce team input.

Over 8,000 Apps

Enhance your store's functionality and user experience with access to a vast and versatile app ecosystem, offering tailor-made solutions for every eCommerce need on Shopify Plus. There are thousands of apps on offer and if what you need doesn't exist, we can build it!


Delight your customers with lightning-fast loading times and smooth browsing experiences, as Shopify Plus is engineered for high performance and speed, reducing bounce rates and boosting engagement.

Best Converting Checkout

Maximise your sales and reduce cart abandonment with Shopify Plus's optimized checkout process, proven to be one of the best converting in the eCommerce industry. According to this study, an increase of 36%+ in conversions.


Effortlessly scale your business and streamline operations, thanks to Shopify Plus's robust integration ecosystem that allows seamless connection with a multitude of platforms and tools. Having a fully managed platform means peak trading periods are handled without issues.

Opportunities That Shopify Provides

If you're looking to reduce your overall cost of ownership, accelerate your growth, take advantage of Shopify's fast moving roadmap and move faster with your marketing and growth campaigns, keep reading.

Shopify Advanced  or Shopify Plus?

We don't include every little difference, but here are ones that might impact your choice of plan
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$299 USD/month
From $2.3k USD/month
Staff Accounts
Shopify Payment Rates
(domestic only)
1.40% + 30¢ AUD online
1.75% + 0¢ AUD in person
1.20% + 30¢ AUD online
1.75% + 0¢ AUD in person
Shopify POS Pro
$129 Per Location
Included (20 locations)
Warehouse Locations
Markets (global selling)
3 included, 50 max
Enhanced 24/7 chat support
Merchant Success Program
Standard analytics
Custom reports and analytics
B2B / Wholesale
App Only
App Store Only
Public + Custom Apps
Expansion stores
Up to 100
Standard analytics
Custom reports and analytics
Checkout Extensibility
API Limits
Admin REST - 2req/s
Admin GraphQL -50pt/s
Storefront -60s
Admin REST - 20req/s
Admin GraphQL -500pt/s
Storefront -120s
App Activity Logging

Still not sure?

Don't stress! We're here to help. Make sure you discuss this with us as we can help determine what plan you should or must be on to achieve your desired outcomes. We can advise on which plan and when, as well as incorporate hybrid transition, where you retain WooCommerce for operational reasons but introduce Shopify for sales and marketing to begin with.

Why Perceptiv Digital?

Why would you trust your business with anyone less!

We know WooCommerce inside and out

This matters more than you might think.

Ensure the success of your WooCommerce migration by choosing a partner who truly understands your needs. As seasoned theme and plugin builders, we don't just work with WordPress; we know it inside and out.

That means you can have the peace of mind that we'll know not only how to translate your existing sales or operational requirements but how to make them better.

Don't settle and risk your business with anyone who doesn't know WooCommerce just as well as Shopify. It will cost you.

We know Shopify inside and out

Knowing WooCommerce is an important step 1, but knowing Shopify is just as important.

At Perceptiv, our in-house Project Managers and Developers live and breathe Shopify and Shopify Plus so you can trust us to advise you and translate your most important sales and operational requirements to Shopify. We leverage existing apps, automate using Flows and build your unfair advantage using Functions.

You're only limited by your ability to articulate what outcomes you want. But don't worry, we're there to produce, advise and level up your final outcome.

We have a proven track record

We've done this before!

Migrating from WooCommerce to Shopify Advanced or Plus impacts the whole of business. Getting this wrong is expensive.

We have a proven process, our team understand the implications, and we're ready to go! Are you?

Our proven process removes migration headaches and ensures success

We've done this before, many times.
You're in good hands.
1. Scoping & Discovery

Every successful project begins with stakeholder engagement, scoping & discovery, platform selection, and whole of business impact alignment.

Perceptiv will facilitate this phase and produce a full scope document that includes costing and timelines.

2. Mockup Designs

Whether you have designers in-house or on retainer, or you work with Perceptiv on the design mockup process, this stage is all about turning the requirements into visuals so that both you and our team know what we're building.

This process can take 2-4 weeks and is the precursor to our team being able to start frontend development.

3. Development & Data Migration

Even before we have approved mockups, our team would have started the "behind the scenes" aspects of the project, things like data migration, shipping setup, integrations and testing and more.

As soon as we have the first mockup approved, our frontend team gets to work. We build using the Dawn theme and leveraging 2.0 features so that you get a built for purpose, fast, outcome.

4. Go Live & Aftercare

Once everything is built, and tested, we'll arrange the go live date and time with you. This is an exciting and dauting step. We'll have every step and sequence mapped out in ClickUp so there are no surprises.

By this point we've done the work, we've covered all bases, tested everything multiple times, we're ready. Our team handles go live in collaboration with your team and even your marketing teams.

After the initial support period, we recommend you consider Performant, your unfair advantage once on Shopify Advanced or Shopify Plus. This is a Perceptiv Digital initiative.


Platform Selection Consultation

Arrange your FREE no obligation platform selection consult to discuss the key reasons motivating your move to Shopify from Neto.

We understand the typical pain points and know both platforms inside and out, so this discussion can be crucial in helping you determine the best direction for your business.

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Website Design (UI + UX)

We'll develop your brand new website on a staging environment so you can keep an eye on the progress + get your team into the backend so we can get everything set up collaboratively

  • Design Scoping
  • Professional Graphical Mockups
  • Full Shopify Design
  • Mobile Optimisation
  • App & Integration Setup

Data Migration

We'll work with you to transform and/or move all your core Neto information to Shopify, including:

  • Products & Attributes
  • Product Descriptions
  • Categories / Collections
  • Customers
  • Informational Pages
  • Blogs
  • Reviews (if applicable)

Apps & Integrations

Shopify is a little more reliant on apps to deliver certain outcomes, so our team will fully plan and implement the necessary apps to meet your needs.

  • Email Marketing
  • Google, Facebook & Other Product Feeds
  • Reviews
  • Cross Sells and Upsells
  • Personalisation
  • Fast Search
  • Shipping Setup (simple or complex)

Marketing Stack & Enablement

This is one of the key steps when it come to Migrating to Shopify from Neto. Our experienced team will plan and implement all the necessary tracking, feeds and testing to ensure you're ready to go with no down time

  • Google Analytics v4
  • Google Ads Tracking + GMC Feeds
  • Facebook Conversion API + Product Feeds
  • SEO Redirects
  • Reviews
  • Email Marketing (Klaviyo Partner)

QA + Testing

A comprehensive QA and Testing process ensures every stakeholder has confidence we're ready for the switch to Shopify.

  • Full Desktop and Mobile Design QA + Testing
  • Apps and Integration Testing
  • Order & Email Testing
  • Shopify Speed Testing
  • Google Analytics, Facebook etc. Testing
  • Shipping & Payment Methods Testing

Go Live + Post Launch Support

Perceptiv will handle the go live process on the agreed date and at an agreed time. All hands will be on deck.

  • Domain and DNS Changes
  • SEO Redirects
  • QA + Testing (Repeat in Production)
  • UI/UX Audits
  • Collaboration with Marketing & Operations
  • Bug & Defect Support for 2 Weeks

Project Timelines

Prepare for a 3-6+ month migration project
The length of time a migration from WooCommerce to Shopify takes will largely depend on site size, stakeholder availability, division of labour between our teams, data quality and implications, integration complexity (tools and ERPs etc). Based on our experience you are looking at a 3-6 month project, in some case, longer. Talk to us about timelines especially if you have a desired go live date, we can tell you if its possible.

Factors that impact the timeline

While the above is a general timeline for migration projects, there are numerous factors that can influence the overall lenght of the project.

Design Approvals
The design phase includes creating mockups and prototypes which need client approval. This process can be time-consuming, especially if there are multiple revisions.
Technical Complexity
Integrating advanced features like e-commerce capabilities, user logins, custom databases, or third-party APIs can add significant time to a project.
Testing and Quality Assurance
Rigorous testing for functionality, usability, and compatibility (across different browsers and devices) is critical and can be time-intensive.
Stakeholder Availability
The design phase includes creating mockups and prototypes which need client approval. This process can be time-consuming, especially if there are multiple revisions.
Third-party Integrations and Dependencies
Relying on external vendors for plugins, tools, or platforms can cause delays, especially if you encounter issues with integration or if the third parties have their own timelines.
Mobile Responsiveness and Optimization
Creating a website that functions well on various mobile devices adds another layer of complexity and testing.
Revision and Iteration Cycles
The number of iterations a project goes through before final approval affects the timeline. More cycles of revisions and feedback mean more time.
Unexpected Challenges and Technical Issues
Encountering unforeseen challenges such as technical glitches, software bugs, or issues with existing code can lead to delays.

Total Cost of Ownership

We’re not just talking about evaluating the initial investment to build and launch but also about the recurring costs to maintain and scale your online store.

Rough average annual costs for a Shopify Plus Store

Based on our experience of working with Shopify Plus, a typical mid-level Plus build,  defined as having upwards of 5,000 SKUs (made up of variants and parent products), single currency / single warehouse, 1-2 relatively straight-forward integrations (e.g. a mainstream order management platform or ERP), a handful of third party apps and a custom theme (frontend).

These projected figures are based on the first year of trading on Shopify Plus and are purely based on our experience. You should always consult with us and the Shopify team to get a more accurate cost of ownership for your situation.

Outcome / Item
Expected Costs
Migration & Build Cost
$45,000 - $160,000
Shopify Plan Cost
from $24,000 per year (USD)
Development Costs (business as usual)
3rd Party Tools/Systems
Shopify App Costs

Your 1st year Shopify Plus costs: $149,400 - $264,400 AUD

Second & subsequent years: $104,400 AUD


The costs will very much vary based on your particular situation. Our team will work with you as well as the Shopify team to bring about clarity of what costs you can expect. Shopify will be best placed to give you cost indication based on your current revenue, whereas the Perceptiv team will handle the costing implications for your apps, build cost and everything related to the project, including anything ongoing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because we're the best! And humble about it.

How much does it cost to migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify?

The cost depends on factors like product catalog size, website design complexity, and data migration requirements. Costs include scoping, UI/UX design, data migration, shipping and payments, and additional expenses for customisations or integrations. Overall costs can range from $25k to $100's of thousands depending on site size and complexity.

Will my website experience downtime during the migration from WooCommerce to Shopify?

A well-planned migration should minimise downtime. Work with experienced professionals who can implement a seamless migration strategy, including using staging environments and coordinating the launch of your new site.

How will migrating from WordPress to Shopify affect my SEO rankings?

Migrating from WordPress to Shopify can temporarily impact SEO rankings if not properly managed. To minimize negative effects, set up proper URL redirects, maintain consistent URL structures, and follow best practices for on-page SEO during the migration process. Our in-house team has a proven process for ensuring your rank stays intact*.

What integrations and apps will I need for my Shopify store after migrating from WooCommerce?

Identify the essential features and functionality required for your eCommerce store, such as payment gateways, shipping providers, inventory management systems, and marketing tools. We'll ensure that your requirements are met through pre-existing apps and/or custom integrations.

How can I ensure a smooth transition for my customers during the migration from WordPress to Shopify?

Communicate with your customers before, during, and after the migration to keep them informed of any changes or potential disruptions. Provide clear instructions for accessing their accounts, placing orders, and contacting support on the new platform.

How long does it take to migrate from WooCommerce to Shopify?

The timeline varies based on the product catalog size, customer records, website design, and resource availability. A typical migration can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

What happens to my existing WooCommerce customer and order data during the migration to Shopify?

The migration process typically involves exporting existing customer and order data from WordPress and importing it into Shopify. It's crucial to ensure accurate data transfer and mapping to maintain customer accounts, order histories, and other essential information.

Will my current WordPress design and customizations be compatible with Shopify?

Your current design and customizations may require adjustments or complete redevelopment when migrating from WordPress to Shopify. Consult with our development team to determine the best approach for maintaining your website's look, feel, and functionality.

How do I choose the right Shopify plan for my eCommerce business after migrating from WooCommerce?

Evaluate Shopify plans based on your unique needs, budget, and growth objectives. Consider factors such as the number of staff accounts, transaction fees, available features, and any additional tools or services that may be included in each plan. Perceptiv can advise on the best Shopify pricing plan for you or if Shopify Plus might be the best fit.

What support and maintenance will be required after migrating from WordPress to Shopify?

Generally once the project is complete there are no neccessary support plans. Shopify is a 'managed' platform so the only area of support needed will sit in the continued web development space or marketing space. For the more growth minded brand, consider our Partnership service which gives you a dedicated technical team so you can move fast and grow faster.

Recap Summary

Brands grow faster

  1. Shopify's dedicated focus on advancing digital commerce.
  2. Cost-effective solutions through third-party tech partnerships.
  3. Quick and hassle-free installation of third-party tech features.
  4. Automatic and complimentary updates from third-party tech partners.
  5. A vibrant and driven community of developers constantly innovating.
  6. Ongoing enhancement of products and features by Shopify.
  7. Enhanced tools for effective merchandising and marketing strategies.

Reduced Costs

  1. Higher costs associated with WooCommerce solutions.
  2. Significant expenses in cloud integration.
  3. Increased expenditure with third-party tech partnerships.
  4. Costly updates required for third-party technology.
  5. Elevated pricing structure of the platform itself.
  6. WordPress current headless approach shifts financial burden to brands.
  7. Limited availability of developers, leading to higher costs.

Iterate & Innovate

  1. Increased budget and time allocation for enhancing site experience.
  2. Ongoing introduction of features centered around commerce.
  3. An app ecosystem that promotes competitive innovation.
  4. Broad range of readily available pre-built apps.
  5. Access to a broader and more skilled developer community.
  6. Shopify's robust support for a headless platform.
  7. Bonus: Visit Performant for your unfair Shopify advantage, a Perceptiv initiative.

Ready To Migrate To Shopify?

Feel free to contact us.