How to set up a Shopify store step-by-step guide?
Hey, folks in this blog we are going to know about the Shopify store setup Guide. Here we can see step-by-step how it works?
And see pointwise what is this?
- Shopify acts as an all-in-one website builder and online shop manager.
- The reason it works well is that it provides you with everything you need to run your business.
- Must pay at least $30-100 per month.
- Then there are theme costs, plugins, and web design support.
- Shopify packages all of this into its monthly pricing, allowing you to get a better value without forcing you to think about all the technical stuff.
The whole point of Shopify is to get you up and running with an online store within minutes. You can name your business, add products, and collect payments without having to talk with a web designer or spend too much time on it entirely.
That’s the beauty of Shopify. The features are all there for you, and they provide a nice step-by-step guide to make sure you don’t miss any important elements.
Step 1: Sign up for a Shopify Account
The first part is not lengthy, but it is necessary to fill in all the correct information and tell Shopify about your new business.
That aside, Shopify has the ability to customize its interface and simplify your experience as you go forward.
Get started by going to the Shopify homepage and clicking on the Start Free Trial button. It asks you to type in your email address.
All Shopify plans have a 14-day free trial where you can experiment with the interface without having to type in a credit card number.
The next page asks you to type in your email address, password, and store name. Use whatever email address you want to be associated with the store, then create a strong password to login but also protect it from hackers. The store name may change later, but it gets added to your temporary domain name, so you probably want to get as close to the final store name as possible.
The following steps are optional for configuring your store and giving Shopify a good idea of what type of business you plan to run. For example, it asks what you plan on selling and if you need to transfer from another platform. In general, this is used so that Shopify can reach out to help you migrate from another platform and provide the best possible interface.
Fill in what you want and click on the Next button.
The address page is required for you to pay. It also comes down to legalities, as the payment processor (and customer) needs to know where your business is located.
Fill in everything from your name to the address. Make sure you type in your phone number as well. You can also state if it is a registered business.
Click on the Enter My Store button to complete the initial sign-up process.
Step 2: Start building your site in the Shopify Dashboard
- You are now brought to the Shopify Dashboard. It has a sleek and modern interface with most of the features you need in the menu on the left. Some menu items include Orders, Products, Customers, and Analytics. Feel free to click on any of these items to customize your store and activate campaigns.
- You get the most features from Shopify in the free trial. However, you will not be able to process payments or allow people to visit your site without a password unless you select a payment plan. We recommend testing the design features and getting the most of your site structure before paying for the product. However, when you’re ready to launch, click the Select a Plan button.
Luckily, Shopify explains the setup process in the dashboard with a step-by-step, interactive guide.
Although you can jump around and choose your own path to launch, the basic steps for building a Shopify store include the following:
- add product
- Customize Theme
- add domain
- set up payment
There are many other features to configure as well.
Many of them are optional, such as adding different sales channels or running marketing campaigns, but there’s a good chance you’ll want to explore those in order to keep your e-commerce website running efficiently and getting more sales.
Click the Add Product button to create your first product and list it in your store.
Each product page has various fields for typing information such as title, description, and pricing for the product. Each product needs to add in different details, but it’s a good idea to start at the top of the page and work your way up. For example, you can add a title to the product and describe in the description what the product is. Our demo has simple information, but we recommend covering all the details that might convince someone to buy the product.
Scroll down to reveal several other fields for each product. Make sure the Online Store Sales Channel is checked, as it shows listings on this particular sales channel. You can add other sales channels like Amazon and Facebook and your POS later.
Add some visual elements to your product page by clicking the Add File button under Media.
This field allows you to type in pricing for the product, product type, vendor, and more.
You can create a collection for each product for better organization. Collections also come in handy for listing product galleries.
For example, we might create a homepage collection to feature a handful of products and put them all on the homepage.
In short, collections play a role in both the organization and design of your e-commerce website, as you can access batches of products and display them wherever you want.
As you can see, we’ve uploaded some photos for our product, which includes a product type, and the shoes have been placed in a homepage collection.
We further typed in some tags for the organization as well, along with a price that compares to a sale price.
Moving on, complete the rest of the fields for this item. There’s a good chance you need to create an inventory SKU and barcode. You’ll want to specify whether it’s a physical or digital product and mark things like shipping weight and product type.
The very end of the product page gives you a preview of the search engine result for the product. It allows you to edit the specific page to improve SEO and make the product page more visible online.
Lastly, it’s important to actually get the product published in your store.
Find the Product Status tab in the upper right corner.
Use the dropdown menu to select Active Status. This lets Shopify know that it is no longer in draft mode and you can put it up for sale on your website.
Also, click on the Save button to complete the product publishing process.\
Step 3: Customize Shopify Theme
You can continue to import more products into your store or manually. However, you also have the opportunity to customize the look and feel of the website to match your brand, add a logo, and rotate homepage elements.
Go back to the Home section of the Dashboard and click on Customize Theme.
The Themes page has a default theme pre-installed in Shopify.
You are welcome to test the Debut theme and see if it works well for your business.
However, we suggest checking out the various free and premium themes available in the Shopify theme library;
You can find a theme to make your brand even better.
You can find the Theme Store link at the bottom of the page.
It is under the Theme Library section.
Click either Go to Free Themes or Visit Theme Store.
The Theme Store also has premium themes, some of which cost around $50-$150. The free Shopify themes work well for smaller stores, but you start to see more advanced features and better designs in the premium collection.
Browse themes to see which ones work for your store.
Keep in mind that most themes have two or three optional styles, so it’s worth checking out the theme description if one of the themes best matches your company and industry.
For example, looking at the Simple theme shows that it includes three styles: Light, Toy, and Beauty.
The toy and beauty styles look quite different from the light styles.
Make a choice on the style that fits, then click the Add To Theme Library button.
Placing a theme in the Theme Library adds it to the Dashboard, but not to your website. Wait for the theme to install, then click the Actions button next to the new theme to click the publish option.
It takes a few moments for Shopify to change the previous theme. After that, you will see a preview of the new theme in the dashboard.
As expected, the Simple theme replaced the debut theme.
Feel free to preview by clicking the View Your Store button.
However, you won’t see as much in the case of a customized design, as the theme is still blank. So, we recommend you go to the Customize button to make it look the way you want.
Step 4: Use Shopify Customizer
Back to the top, The Shopify Customizer provides a visual preview of the website and a drag-and-drop module on the left to change the order of the classes.
It’s not a true drag-and-drop website builder, but it does an amazing job of
providing the right settings for each section,
while also giving a real-time view of changes on the right.
Each theme comes with default sections,
in this case, options like Header, Sidebar, and Slideshow section.
You can click on any section to open the full settings panel for each.
For example, the Header section has different settings than the Sidebar or Slideshow section.
There is also an option to add an entirely new section and start from scratch.
As an example, you can select the Header section to upload a logo for your brand and adjust settings such as custom logo width, announcement bar, and more.
The Slides section also provides an area for uploading an image.
Shopify offers a connection for free images to use, or you have the option of uploading the photos from your computer.
It didn’t take me more than a minute to insert a relevant image into the slider, change the opacity of the overlay, type in some overlaying text, and include a button in my shop.
Plus, it’s an excellent example of why you might want to add certain products to your homepage collection.
There is a featured collection in Shopify that pulls the products you have in
the homepage collection.
All you have to do is to customize the settings in the Selected Collections section to ensure the right collection shows on the page.
As you can see, I’ve already activated that homepage collection to see the original product I’ve added.
You can customize every aspect of your Shopify website.
Drag the section up and down to rearrange them and use the section settings to add your own content and make the store look professional in every way.
Click on the Save button to submit all the changes to the website.
Step 5: Add a Shopify Domain
Your domain name serves as an online address for people to visit your store.
You can have a domain or even one that you already own.
Shopify lets you transfer domains you own or buy new ones all from the Shopify dashboard.
This is especially useful because you usually have to visit a third-party domain registration site to purchase a domain – but not with Shopify.
Go back to Home, then click the Add Domain tab.
Choose one of the following:
- connect existing domain
- transfer domain
- buy new domain
As mentioned, buying a domain is done in the dashboard, where you type in an address and see if it’s available, and how much it costs.
Shopify also helps with transferring domains from another provider.
You will see that there is a domain already configured for you in the Primary domain area.
This is good for testing purposes, but when you choose a more professional domain without the Shopify.com sub-domain
Step 6: Configure Shopify Payment Settings
Although there are many other aspects of Shopify still to consider, the payment setting makes the final requirement.
Connecting a payment provider allows you to collect payments from customers and receive orders.
Go back to Home, and click on Set up payments > View payment settings.
The Shopify payment option of the last class is the most popular, as there are no transaction fees and you are eligible for many other credit card processing discounts.
It’s also the easiest payment gateway to integrate with your store, seeing as how it’s already built into the system.
So, click on the Complete Account Setup button to proceed.
It walks you through the steps to link your bank account, specify who you are, and approve your application to process payments through Shopify.
You can also link to hundreds of third-party payment gateways
if you think another option offers a better value, or perhaps your location isn’t supported by Shopify Payments.
We also recommend you consider alternative payment options like PayPal and Amazon Pay.
You can activate more payment options to let your customers decide how they want to pay you.
For example, some people already have their PayPal account saved on their phone, so it makes more sense than searching for their credit card every time.
Step 7: View Your Online Store and Dive Into Other Features of Shopify
Remember, you must choose a pricing plan and actually consider the store live for this.
In the meantime, check out the many other menu items to see what else you can set up for your Shopify store.
From the dashboard, it is possible to run email and social marketing campaigns, as well as configure automatic sales receipts for your customers.
You can link apps, create discounts, and manage your orders, all from a single dashboard.
To view the e-commerce store at any point, click the icon next to the online store sales channel.
It brings the current version of your website to the URL you specified.
This could end up being your temporary Shopify URL or the domain you created.
Click around on the website to make sure everything is great and that the links work right.
Look at your products to understand what the customer is looking for when shopping from the store.
You can click the Add To Cart or Buy It Now button to proceed to the Shopping Cart area. Shopify Store
As you can see from the screenshot, Shopify Shopping Cart compiles all the products from the cart and specifies the information like price, quantity, and total in the cart.
Clicking the checkout button brings users to an area to type in Shopify Store payment information.
That’s all there is to it! Just remember that a Shopify eCommerce shop isn’t activated until you sign up for a paid plan, turn on the domain name, and publish the site to that domain. further blogs related to Shopify please click here.
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