You know the importance of having an online shop that is why you are here. So, without any other discussion, directly moving to the topic, let’s start with step by step guide to creating an online store with Shopify. I will cover all the basics required to have an online Shopify store. After going through this small tutorial, I assure you that you will be able to have your own online store up powered by Shopify.
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Step By Step Guide to Start Shopify Store
Setting your online store with Shopify couldn’t be a piece of cake, though Shopify is one of the best online shop builders. They even offer 14 days free trial to help you finalize whether you are comfortable with this platform or not.
So, here is the complete step by step guide to building your Shopify store.
To get started with your Shopify store, you will have to sign up for an account.
1). Sign Up
Visit the Shopify official website and click on get started option to sign up. Here you will get one form to fill as shown below.
After filling up this form, click on CREATE YOUR STORE button. Here, you will be asked to fill some more details including the name of your store. Like your Email Id, your store name should also be unique, else Shopify will ask you to choose other names.
They will ask you about your product and the way you are selling it currently. If you don’t have any product, then you can select an option of “I’m just playing around” in dropdown menu.
After this initialization, you will be asked for some details about you.
Fill these details and you will be entering in your store.
2). Ready to customize your Shopify store
Now you are all good to customize your Shopify store, after entering into the store. This is how your admin panel would look like this
Now you are all set to customize your Shopify store. Now you are ready to upload your products, set up payment gateway and shipping as well.
3). Now it’s turn for selection of theme
You don’t need to roam around on other online theme stores as Shopify has their own online store for themes. The layout of your store will be in good hands if you decide to choose themes from Shopify store as they provide full guarantee and support for their themes.
In theme store, you can categorize the themes as paid or free. You get many options of customization in paid themes but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get an amazing look for your store with free themes.
These themes are so easy to customize that you don’t even need to touch the single line of codes. Though if you want massive changes in your Shopify website’s layout, then you can hire an expert from their international team.
You can start the selection process of the perfect theme for your Shopify store by following these steps.
Go through the store
You need to login to Shopify store to visit the theme store. Here you will get plenty of choices in all the categories, including free themes as well. You can select any theme design you like for your store.
Check their functionalities and match it with your requirements
Once you got the layout you wanted, now it’s time to check whether that is perfect for your Shopify store or not. So, check out the functionalities of this store with your requirements. Whether that Shopify store theme is responsive or not, that should also be checked in order to consider the user experience.
Don’t forget to check the reviews of that particular theme also. You need to know what the current users of that particular theme are experiencing.
Check the preview of the selected theme
To see the theme in action, click on the VIEW DEMO option. You will see this option just below the ‘Preview theme in your store’ button. Here you can see, how your live store will look like after installation of the theme.
Get the layout (identity) of your store
Now when you are ready to have this selected theme for your store, get it, just by clicking on the green button. Shopify will ask you for confirmation, and you need to click on Publish as my shop’s theme.
It’s not the first and last time you can setup the theme, if your mind changes for the selected theme, you can change it anytime by going to your theme manager. Your theme manager will display the list of activated and non-activated themes within it.
Now it’s time to change the settings
A small change in settings will change the massive appearance of your store. So, you don’t need to fear that accidently your website will look alike to some other xyz store. You will get customization option with the button saying ‘Customize Theme’. If you will click this button, you will be taken to a page which will be having all the controls to the functionalities of your store.
Changing colours in your Shopify theme
Most common features you will get while customization is
- Logo uploading
- Wide choice of fonts
- Colour scheme
- Addition of functionalities to every product pages
- You also can add related items as well
Now the final step- for which we are creating the entire Shopify store. Yeah, you guessed it right.
5). Add Products to your Shopify store
You will get option of products in left sidebar, clicking on it you will get screen like this,
Here, you need to click on Add Product button and you will get a screen where you need to add all the details of your products as shown below.
Once everything is filled out, just click on save button and you are done with product addition. I would suggest you to add pictures of your products as well; it will build a trust of your client for your products.
6). Set the collection of your products
By collection, we mean the group of products. You can create collections for the clothes like men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear. Or you can create collections for items on sale as well.
The same product can appear in more than one collection. The collection should be displayed on home page or in the navigation menu.
7). Payment Gateways
You will charge for your products, right? Won’t you?
So, here payment gateway comes into the picture. Your clients can pay you for the products they purchase from your store via a payment gateway. With features of the payment gateway you select, the price and commission rates are also important.
You need to consider the following parameters while selection of payment gateway.
- Transaction Fees
When your customers pay for the product, some payment gateways will keep a small margin in percentage or some flat fees for providing their services.
- Card Types
You also need to look that which cards are being accepted by the payment gateway chosen by you. Some accepts VISA cards where some accepts American Express.
8). Now it’s time to go live
In order to go live, you need to fill few more details about your company and how you are planning to make the delivery. You also need to mention some details about taxes.
- Go to the Products page of admin
- Click on the name of a given product.
- Go to the section named “Inventory & variants”.
- Click on the edit link .
- Make sure the checkboxes next to Charge taxes and Requires shipping are checked if you want to charge for it.
- Some stores won’t require to charge taxes or shipping on products like digital products. On the other side, a T-shirt store will have to charge both.
- If you are going to provide shipping facility, don’t forget to mention the weight of your product in the appropriate field.
You can define rules for shipping. If your shipping range is too narrow, you can loose some potential customers. Shopify will calculate shipping charges based on the rules defined by you without loss of any customer.
You can go to Settings->Shipping
9). Consider buying a domain name
You will obviously require a unique domain name representing to your store, in order to get your Shopify store live. If you don’t have any primary knowledge of domain and host, you can get it from shopify and it will be automatically added to your store. The second option is, you can get your domain from other companies like GoDaddy, BlueHost or any other.
- Add the new domain in Shopify store
Once you have purchased a domain name for your store, Go to SettingsDomainsAdd an existing domain.
- Update the DNS records
Login to your domain registrar and make the following changes to the DNS records:
- Replace the @ or main A record with the following IP address: 188.8.131.52
- Replace the www CNAME with storename.myshopify.com
- Remove any storefront passwords
Yeah, you need to remove the password, because if you have set the password for your storefront, then no one will be able to access your store though it is live.
- Set as primary if relevant
If you are going to have your store on too many domains, then you need to set one as primary domain where all the traffic from other domains will be redirected.
You need to go in Settings Domains and choose the domain from the dropdown menu. You also need to ensure that you have checked the ‘Redirect all traffic to this domain’.
- Adding other domains
You can repeat the process of step 1 and 2 with other domains as well. You need to ensure that all domains from where your store can be accessible are having influence on SEO.
Plugins are the things which you can use to enhance the functionalities of your store. Shopify is having tremendous range of plugins. Trust me! Shopify plugins will enhance your experience of store building. Here I have listed some of the shopify plugins which you must have in your store.
- Email Marketing
- Shopify Anywhere Widget
- Affiliate and Rewards
- Digital Downloads
- Amazon Product Ads Shopping Feeds & Advertisement
Plans and Pricing of Shopify store
Shopify store plans are available in three choices as mentioned below:
- Basic Shopify – $29 per month
- Shopify – $79 per month
- Advance Shopify – $299 per month
Here I have attached a screenshot of comparison between various Shopify store plans below:
So, this was all about setting up a store with Shopify. You don’t need to be web experts to have a store live on the web. You can easily start your store powered by Shopify and focus on marketing strategies to increase your business. Shopify – An online shop builder for every store owner.
I hope this article will be helpful to make your online store building journey easy. If you want to add any valuable tip for store building with Shopify, then feel free to use the contact form section. If you are facing any problem then also share your problem via it. Feel free to share this article on your social media profiles as well to help your friends in building the online store.