How to Pause a Shopify Store

Pausing your Shopify online store can be a temporary solution to your indefinite time of absence (from selling). This can be the scenario if you want to have a vacation, or are planning a re-design and don’t want to deal with anything business-related such as customer service. It could also be that you simply want to temporarily discontinue your online store for any reason.

Fortunately, Shopify offers several options for its users when they simply want to pause their stores. This allows online shop owners to maintain their businesses (even though inactive) instead of canceling them (a more permanent and drastic action).

Below, we’ll show you your options.

How to Pause Shopify Store

Method 1 – Password Protecting Your Store

As a temporary solution equivalent to pausing your Shopify online store, you can have your site password protected. With this method, your customers won’t be able to access your online store if they don’t have a password.

When visitors reach your Shopify store, they will see a message telling them that the site is temporarily closed. They will also be required to enter a password should they want to get in. But of course, unauthorized visitors won’t have your password, right?

It’s up to you to customize your Shopify store’s Password Page message. By default, it will show an Opening Soon message. There will also be an email field where your customers can enter their emails so that you can inform them as soon as your store opens again.

Follow these steps to enable your Shopify Password Page:

  1. Open your Shopify account.
  2. Go to your Admin section.
  3. Click Online Store.
  4. Click Preferences.
  5. Look for the Password Page section and click on it.
  6. Check the Enable Password Page option.
  7. Click Save.

Note: To disable password protection, simply repeat the steps above but uncheck the Enable Password Page option (see step #6).

Method 2 – Pausing Your Store

While the above method (password protecting your online store) signifies your intention to temporarily suspend the activities on your site, formally pausing your store can prove to be another option.

When you go for the option of pausing your store, your customers will still be able to access your site and your products. However, they will not be able to purchase your merchandise as the checkout function on your store will be disabled. With this method, your monthly subscription fee will be automatically reduced to $14 per month.

So, if you want to pause your Shopify, just follow the steps below.

  1. Go to your Shopify account.
  2. Open your Admin section.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Account.
  5. Look for Store Status Page and click on that.
  6. Click Pause Store.
  7. Again, click Pause Store if you agree with the terms and conditions.

Unpausing and Selling on Shopify Again

If you paused your Shopify online store using the method above (method #2), know that you can easily un-pause your online store to start selling again. Just follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Shopify account.
  2. Choose a plan.
  3. With your new plan, your account will be automatically activated.

Pausing Your Shopify Store – Should You Do It?

There you have it. If you really need to pause or temporarily suspend the activities on your Shopify online store, just choose from the 2 options we showed you in this post.

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