Payhip vs Shopify: Which Is Better For You In 2024?

Want to expand your online store beyond selling physical products? Payhip is the Shopify alternative you've been waiting for. Enjoy Payhip's all-in-one solution to sell digital and physical products, with pricing plans that support small businesses.

All-in-one platform

Everything you need to start, scale and manage your business.

Digital downloads

Sell any type of digital download such as ebooks, software, design assets, templates, video, music and more. If you can save it, you can sell it.

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Online courses

Create online courses with rich features such as videos, digital files, quizzes and assignments. Publish drip courses and provide completion certificates.

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Sell your expertise through 1:1 coaching sessions. Easily set up online meetings with clients using integrations with Zoom, Calendly and more.

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Allow your customers to pay you on a recurring basis to access your digital downloads or membership group. Manage your members easily.

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Physical products

Sell and manage inventory for any physical products. Manage your store, fulfill orders, run promotions and more.

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Payhip Shopify

Payhip vs Shopify Feature Comparison

Payhip Shopify
Lowest Pricing Plan Forever-free with 5% fees $29/month
Unlimited Revenue Yes
Unlimited Products Yes
Products You Can Sell
Digital Downloads -
Online Courses -
Coaching Services -
Memberships & Subscriptions -
Physical Products Yes
Free Fully-hosted Storefront Yes
Fully Customizeable Store Builder Yes
Website Themes Yes
Blog CMS Yes
Custom Domain Yes
Easy Embed To Any Ecommerce Sites Yes
Instant Payouts Yes
Multiple Currencies Yes
Automatic UK & EU VAT Handling -
Marketing Tools
Affiliate Marketing -
Email Marketing Yes
Coupon Code Yes
Cross-sell and Upsell -
Referral System -

Simple pricing

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Free Forever

$ 0 /mo
+5% transaction fee
  • All features
  • Unlimited products
  • Unlimited revenue


$ 99 /mo
No transaction fee
  • All features
  • Unlimited products
  • Unlimited revenue

Why creators choose Payhip over Shopify

Here are some reasons creators choose Payhip to power their online business.

All-in-one Platform

Payhip has everything you need to sell any types of product, whether it's digital downloads, online courses, coaching services, subscriptions, or physical products. Whether you're starting a business from scratch with no experience or growing a multi-million dollar brand, Payhip has the tools you need.

Most Affordable Platform in The Market

Our goal is to make our pricing plans as simple and transparent as possible. There are no features gated behind a paywall; you get access to all of our amazing features regardless of whether you're on the free plan or one of the monthly options. Our pricing plans are created solely for the benefit of managing your transaction fees as your store grows in revenue.

A Support Team that's Here For You

Our support team is here to help you with any questions or issues you may have. Whether it's troubleshooting the platform or just general questions, our team is here to ensure your success.

Fully Customizeable Store Editor & Store Themes

Payhip's intuitive store builder makes it easy to add, customize, and rearrange sections to create the perfect online shopping experience for your customers without any coding or design experience. With our store themes, you can easily set up your online store within minutes!

Marketing Tools to Drive More Traffic

Payhip provides all the tools you need to set up successful marketing campaigns that will drive traffic to your online store. With our easy-to-use marketing tools, you can create coupon codes, build a mailing list, and even launch your own affiliate program. All the growth tools you need in one place. All the growth tools you need in one place.

Sell Internationally

Have a peace of mind selling internationally knowing that Payhip supports various local currencies. Payhip also takes care of UK & EU VAT on your behalf so you can focus on growing your business.

Trusted by over 130,000 creators

We help creators grow their business and turn their passion into profit.

Payhip is fantastic. The interface is simple, the integration easy and the customer service has been top notch. I'm really glad I chose Payhip and will continue to do so in the future.

Stephen Follows
Film industry data researcher

I absolutely love Payhip, it's such a user-friendly platform that literally anyone can use. Having launched my first ever eBook with Payhip, everything has gone by a breeze, I couldn't be happier with how easy it is.

Cherie Tu
Vegan lifestyle advocate

We needed a company that handled VAT of the eBooks we sell. After a little research, we found Payhip to be the best fit. We're now using Payhip. We love the way they handle VAT and are easy to work with!

Alberto & Iosune
Vegan recipes bloggers

Frequently asked questions

Useful things to know from our helpful customer support team

Is Payhip better than Shopify?

Payhip may be the best Shopify alternative for small businesses who are on a budget. It provides a completely free option for creating and promoting an online store.

Can you make a living off of Shopify?

You can make money selling products online with Shopify. However, consider Shopify alternatives such as Payhip which allows you to sell a variety of product types such as digital products.

Why do all the pricing plans have the same features?

At Payhip, our goal is to make pricing as simple and transparent as possible. So, no feature-gating here! You'll get access to all of our amazing features to help you grow your business, even on our free plan.

Is Shopify worth it for a small business?

Shopify is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms on the market today. However, if you're just starting out, you might benefit from other free platforms like Payhip that is designed to help people build their online stores with hundreds of built-in features to sell multiple product types.

Is Shopify worth paying for?

Shopify is one of the most common options for setting up an online store. But it might not be worth paying for if you're a small business that do not have a lot of traffic. Instead, consider a free platform like Payhip that lets you create a scalable online store with tons of free marketing features.

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