Shopify is a subscription to a software service that allows you to create a website. And use shopping cart solutions to sell, send, and manage your products. You can access the easy-to-use admin panel. Where you can add products, process orders, and enter store data using their services.
For a $29-a-month subscription. You can create a fully functional online store that you can use to sell digital or physical products. Shopify also offers a limited trial for free.
If you need to make an online store by using Shopify, then you’ve at the perfect point.
In this guide, I’ll guide you how to make online Shopify store as fast as possible
Ready? Let’s start…
Table of Contents
- Sign up with Shopify.
- Set-up an Online Store.
- Choose a theme or design for your store.
- Change your theme setting.
- Start up your store.
- Add your custom Domain.
Estimated 1-2 hours taken while creating an online store.
How to Set up Your Own Online Shop with Shopify
Signing up for Shopify and starting your store would never have been easier, and they even offer a free 14-day trial to get you out.
You must register for an account to start your Shopify store.
Sign Up with Shopify
Visit Shopify.com. Use the registration form to create an account.
Enter the information and click the “Start free trial” button.
Your store name or site name must be unique, otherwise Shopify will ask you to choose an uncommon name.
After this first screen, you will ask a few more details, including your name, address, country, and contact number.
You will also ask if you have products and what you intend to sell if you have one. If you’re trying to see if Shopify works only for you, you can choose “Do you have products?” On the pop-up menu, you can select “I’m just playing games” and “I’m not sure what it is”. Are you going to sell it? ‘section.
When complete, click “I’m finished”
Start Setting Up Your Online Shop
Once you sign up, you’ll directed directly to your store manager screen. You are now ready to customize your store, install products, adjust payments and shipping.
Choose a “Theme” or a “Layout”
Shopify has its own official theme store. These themes guaranteed to receive full support from designers, so you know that your store is in expert hands.
All themes come with a comprehensive list of changes. That you can make without having to touch a line of code. Premium themes come with more changes, but you can also get a site that looks great with a free one. These changes summed up in the following portion.
If you want to change a theme. There are very few limitations on what can achieve by accessing HTML and CSS. Don’t worry if you don’t have any coding experience. Shopify has an international design agency team that they call “Shopify Experts“, which you can rent to customize your site.
To find a theme that suits your needs, we recommend:
Browse the Theme Store
Sign in to Shopify and visit the Shopify Theme Store at themes.shopify.com. You’ll find over 70 theme variations, including an excellent selection of free ones.
You can filter paid or free, by industry and specifications. You can also sort themes by price, popularity, and the latest.
Check the Functionality and Reviews
When you find a theme you like, click the sample picture of the theme. Among other features, you will give more information about the theme, such as whether the theme is responsive/mobile ready.
Scroll down to read some reviews about what other e-sellers think of the theme.
Preview the Theme
Click View Demo to see the theme running. You’ll see this under the green “Preview Theme in Your Store” button.
If the theme comes in a series of styles, you can also view demos of different styles by clicking.
Get the Theme
When you find a theme you like, click the green button.
Shopify will request that you affirm that you need to install the theme.
Click Publish as the theme of my store.
Don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure it’s the right theme for you. Then you can always change your mind.
Once the theme installed, Shopify will let you know and give you the option to go to your Theme Manager.
Your theme administrator shows published themes (the most recently uploaded or enabled) and the unpublished themes below (pre-installed themes).
Edit Shopify Settings
Many of the Shopify themes allow you to make simple changes that can change the look of your store. So, you can relax knowing that you won’t have a website that looks like the clone of thousands of other stores.
The first comprises three points that give you some basic setting changes. One of them allows you to create a copy of the theme. If you make some changes you don’t like, we strongly recommend that you do so, delete the copy and start again.
The second button says Customize theme. If you click, you’ll redirected to a page that controls all the basic functions of your store. This is a great time to play a full game with settings and test all features, so you can find out what your site can do.
Add Your Products to The Store
Select “Products” by navigating the bar on the left. Then you’ll see a blue “Add product” button in the middle of the page. Use the following screen to add as much detail as necessary for your products. See what will help SEO, especially names, descriptions, and URLs. Add as many details as possible to help inform customers about your products.
The screen where you upload product pictures. You can rearrange the pictures after they are upload, so don’t worry about installing them in any order.
Product pictures can sell, so make sure you best showcase your products. And highlight custom or unique features with close photos. To make your store look organized. We recommend keeping all images of the same size. If you don’t plan to make your collection pages look like a Pinterest dashboard.
Once everything is full in, remember to click the “Save product” button, always locate in the upper right and lower corners.
Set Up Collections (Groups of Products)
The collection is any product group with some common features that customers can search for when visiting your store. For example, your customers might be a shop for:
- Especially for men, women or children
- Specific sorts of things, for example, lights, pads, or carpets
- Products on sale
- Products of certain sizes or colors
- Occasional products, for example, season cards and beautifications.
Products can appear in many collections. You usually display your collections on your homepage and navigation bar. This helps customers find what they’re looking for without having to click the entire catalog.
The payment gateway allows you to receive payments from your customers through your website. Price and commission ratio is important, but it is also important to see what features they offer. Not all payment gateways are create equally.
When choosing the correct payment gateway for you, look at the following.
When you make a payment, some gateways hold a small percentage or fixed fee. And sometime to allow you to use their services. Compare them to the sales you’ve estimated.
You need to know which types of cards accepted by the Payment Gateway you selected. While they all accept VISA and Mastercard, most agree to American Express. Paypal is also becoming more popular in online payments.
Some gateways receive payment through their own forms on their servers. This means that the customer has been remove from your payment. And paid with the form provided by your payment gateway. After the customer pays successfully, they are redirect to your confirmation page. This gives you a little more control over the payment process.
You can exceed Shopify’s limitations – they do not allow you to customize the payment process outside of CSS.
Payment gateway transaction fees are adding above Shopify’s own transaction fees. As of November, stores in the US and UK can use Shopify Payments. Depending on your Shopify plan, you can save on these extra costs. Depending on your plan, you will receive these attractive rates.
- Basic 2.4% + 20p
- Professional 2.1% + 20p
- Unlimited 1.8% + 20p
Depending on how many transactions you do each month, it may be worth upgrading to take advantage of these savings.
Get Your Online Shop “LIVE”
Make sure that all your business information is filled in in the lower-left settings field. Make sure you’re using Google Analytics. This can be an invaluable resource to track your store visitors.
- Goto the product page
- Click on the product name
- Scroll down to name “Variants“
- Make sure of that option “Charge taxes” and “require shipping” checked.
- Sometimes you need not charge shipping and taxes on digital products, but sometimes it requires both on physical products.
- If your products require shipping, then it is important to enter product’s weight in weight tab.
If your shipping fees are too high or you don’t offer enough options, you may lose some sales. Shopify calculates a shipping fee for your customers only according to the rules you define on the administrator’s Shipping page. To make sure that you will not lose any sales:
- From your dashboard go to setting > Shipping Page
- In the shipping rate section, set your product weight according to your Product’s specification.
Is This Free?
Yes – Cancel the order immediately after you place it and make sure you make the refund.
After your billing cycle placed in the test order, but it falls before you cancel, transaction fees will appear on your invoice.
You can also cancel your invoice after paying Shopify. But you will receive a refund as a transaction credit to your account. You can use transaction loans to pay future transaction fees.
Add a Domain Name
You’ll need a domain name to bring your site to life. You have two options.
First, you can purchase an area from Shopify, and will automatically add to your store. This saves you time, especially if you don’t have any information about hosting a website.
The cost of these domain names is usually $9-14 per year. Your second option is to buy a third-party domain like GoDaddy. These fields start at $10.00 a year. The downside is that you need to direct DNS records yourself, which may look creepy at first.
Here are the steps to make your new Shopify store available with a third-party domain name.
Add the new domain in Shopify
In the dashboard, go to setting and select domains section and register your custom domain.
Update DNS records
GOTO your domain, registrar dashboard and update your DNS record.
- Replace @ or A record with the following IP (220.127.116.11).
- Add/change the CNAME with the storename.myshopify.com.
- Add your store address without HTTP, which you can see in the domain setting page.
Remove any storefront passwords
Remove any front-end password otherwise your live site will not accessible.
Set as primary if relevant
It is important to set your primary domain in the Online Store > Domain section. You can choose your domain from drop-down list.
It is important for good SEO to check the option “Redirect all traffic to this domain“. This means all traffic from other domain will redirect to primary domain. You setup in the above picture.
Adding other domains
You can repeat steps 1 and 2 with other field names you have. All field names will redirected to the “Primary” field. Which you can change with the “Set to primary” option next to each field name.
Note that the number of domain names you have has no effect on SEO.
Congratulations, Your New Shopify Store is Ready!
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