Domain and hosting
As with most mainstream ecommerce providers, Shopify manages the hosting (i.e. storing and processing) of your website on their choice of servers, covered in the subscription cost. This includes a free SLL certificate ensuring your website is safe to browse.
Shopify boasts unlimited bandwidth and a quick load time regardless of location in the world, largely due to a worldwide server network enabling quick processing to local website visitors.
The only extra thing you pay for is a domain name, unless you stick to a free URL in this format: https://your-website-name.myshopify.com
If you already have a domain name purchased elsewhere, this can be connected to your online store. There is a benefit to buying a domain through Shopify, though, as it gives you an unlimited number of forwarding email addresses (e.g. email@example.com) that forward emails to an existing email address of yours. However, we’ve seen feedback that replying to customers will show your personal email address to the customer.