The official step-by-step guide to start Your online store with Shopify

Shopify is the easiest and fastest way to set up an online store. For most shopkeepers, creating a website from scratch is very difficult and time-consuming. Opening a shop on Shopify has several advantages, such as: firstly you don’t need to know a single line of web cod and Shopify walks you through the entire process, you can choose your own domain name and you can choose from 100 existing themes for designing your store and finally and you can concentrate on your business because Shopify processes, manages and tracks all your orders and payments.

Let’s look at the different steps to start your online shop on Shopify.

1. Sing Up with Shopify. Using the signup form to create an account, enter the required details and start your 14-day free trial.

2. Give your store a name and start the configuration. You’ll be directed straight to your store admin screen where you can upload products and set up payments and shipping.

3. Choose the perfect theme for your store. Shopify has more than 100 design templates, or ‘themes’ to customize your online store, some are free and some are paid for. Once you’ve found a theme you like, click on the theme’s sample image and to see the theme in action click “View Demo”. If you are convinced click the green button “Add theme” and Shopify will start the installation, but don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure it’s the right theme for you because you can always change your mind later.

4. Add your products to the store. Navigating the bar on the left select ‘Products’ and click the green button “Add a product” in the middle of the page. Attention, don’t skip the product description if you want to convince customers to buy your goods. Include as many details as possible to help inform the customers about your items and also for better rankings in search engines.

5. Upload the image of your products, set your price and inventory. Great photos are key to convincing customers to buy from you, so choose them carefully. After entering the price of your product and be sure to tick the “Charge taxes” box. Also enter a stock keeping unit, in this way Shopify tracks how many products have been sold, and how many are left.

6. Enter product weight for shipping purposes. In the “Shipping rates” section, see if you have set a weight-based shipping rate and adjust it according to your product’s specifications.Shopify will only calculate a shipping rate for your customers based on the rules that you define in the Shipping page of the admin.

7. Add a custom domain name. Shopify makes this step so easy, so let’s click “Set up a custom domain”.

8. Add your payment mechanism. Navigate to the “Settings” -> “Payments” and start by choosing your preferred method. The price and commission rate is important, but it’s also important to see what features they offer. After choosing, you’ll just need to connect your bank account with Shopify. 

9. You’re done. Hit the “Publish” button and… Congratulations! You should now have a fully working online store. 

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