Are Shopify themes a one time purchase?

Yes, Shopify themes are a one-time purchase. However, there are a few notable constraints. You must not use the same theme for multiple stores, and should not share the theme with other store owners.

If you are in the fortunate position to purchase a paid Shopify theme, you’ll need to understand that developers around the world spend countless hours building and perfecting themes to help store owners build eCommerce empires. Thus, do take the time to acknowledge this, and adhere to any licensing and stipulations.

To Note:

  • Do not share themes
  • Do not use the same theme across multiple stores you own
  • If you close your store and start a new business, you’ll need to repurchase the theme
  • Do not modify and resell the theme

Whether you're purchasing a theme from the Shopify theme store, ThemeForest, or envato, take the time to read the T&C’s. Also, determine whether you’d need additional support in the future. Adding a few extra dollars to obtain support can be a lifesaver.

The Takeaway

Whilst Shopify themes are a one-time purchase, adhere to the licensing, and spend the time to understand the optional extras.

There is nothing worst than hitting a break wall when the time comes to resolve an issue. Posting a question on Shopify support forums can at times be a lengthy process. Having support on a paid theme - especially theme support on ThemeForest will help you resolve an issue sooner.

To summarize we've briefly covered:

  • Are Shopify themes a one-time purchase?

What next:

Additional Shopify Resources

With Shopify being one of the largest eCommerce platforms on the market means you’ll never be short of resources to learn how to build a profitable eCommerce business.

Kanteneo aims to be the best Shopify blog on the market, but you may require additional resources to help you on that journey. Below we’ve listed a top-selling Shopify book by Veronica Jeans to help you learn how to launch a profitable business.


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Terry Wingfield

A techy at heart, with over 10+ years of software engineering skills, and 5+ years experience in ecommerce, retention, and personalization.