Curious about how to start a Shopify store? Then, prepare yourself. The process of setting up your own Shopify store can be frustrating, time-consuming, and altogether exhausting.
Unless, of course, you have a guide. Below you’ll find the quick and easy method for creating your own Shopify store. When you’re ready to start making money, read on.
Start a Shopify Store by Creating an Account
When the first e-commerce sites appeared back in the mid-1980s, they ran through CompuServe. Online shopping wasn’t anything like it is today. Starting a business online meant posting on message boards and chat rooms and sending out emails.
Nowadays, folks can instead browse a single website to see everything a given online store offers. And to create such a site, you don’t even need to know how to code. All you need is about half an hour and a little technological savvy.
Creating a Shopify store is no different. To begin, head over to Shopify.com and click the “Start Your Free Trial” button. Then input your email address, create a password, and type your store name into the appropriate boxes.
Choose a Template
Unless you already know how to code in HTML and CSS, and you can build a website from scratch, you’ll want to use one of the templates offered by Shopify. It’ll become the face of your storefront, so pick a theme that matches the style of the brand you’d like to create.
You have your options of both free and paid themes. With the free themes, you can open a store and adjust your colors, fonts, logo, and slides. With the premium themes, you can add your HTML and CSS code to modify any aspect of the template.
If you don’t know how to code, or you’d like help picking out styles to suit your brand, do a little research. Sites like Shop and Code offer free articles on how to trick out your new store with all the right elements for a successful online business.
Add Your Products
You can’t start a company without offerings some sort of product or service. In your case, they’re products. And adding the right products in the right way is paramount to your success.
- Here’s what you include:
- Product title
- Product description
Remember to include detailed descriptions and the best photos you can create. Put yourself in the mind of your buyers and consider how they’d feel looking at a grainy photo with no description. Now do the opposite.
Set Up Your Processor
A payment processor is a third-party system, like Stripe, that can accept your customer’s payments. The third-party provides the service for a small fee for each transaction, usually in the realm of three percent. You’ll find a wide variety of processors, so pick one that best fits your commerce goals.
Pick Your Domain Name
The final step is to pick your domain name. Your free domain name will automatically include “myshopify.com.” The way to skirt around this annoying addition is to purchase a domain name from Shopify, and your e-store will be ready to go.
Now that you know how to start a Shopify store, it’s time to get started. Begin by researching which products you want to include in your store. Then, follow the steps listed above to create your storefront.
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