Creating Your First Shopify Store To Start Selling Online

Shopify is the leading e-commerce platform for small and large businesses alike. With powerful features, an easy-to-use interface, and great customer support, Shopify makes selling your product both online and in person easy.

  • No fees to develop your store – only pay when you’re ready to start sellings
  • 24/7 support team to answer any of your questions
  • Lowest credit card processing fees of major e-commerce platforms
  • Free card swiper for in-store purchases
  • Integrate with Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • “Buy Button” lets you sell your product anywhere

If you’d prefer to have us build your store absolutely free, head to our site.

 

In this tutorial, we’ll set up a very basic Shopify store with a few products.

Step 1: Setup A Store

You will need to set up your store by Register with Shopify and follow the steps to get the basic store created.

Step 2: Basic Administrative Settings

Click this link to go to your Settings page.

Things you will want to update:

  • Online store name
  • Account email address (used for signing in and info from Shopify)
  • Customer email address (your customer-facing email address)
  • Legal business name and address
  • Timezone and currency (you can also show multiple currencies)
  • Your default unit for weight

Step 3: Add Your Products

Click this link to go to your Products page.

Click “Add A Product” and enter the information for the product. The main items to focus on are:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Images
  • Price
  • Inventory (if you need to track it)
  • Meta description for search engines

If you need help, see this Shopify guide.For more advanced features, see the following links:

  • Variants (different “types” of a product, such as colors or sizes)
  • Weight (for calculating shipping rates)
  • Tariffs

Step 4: Shipping

Click this link to go to your Shipping page.

In the Shipping origin section, click Edit address. Add your house, warehouse, or distribution center’s address.

In the Zones and rates section, click Add shipping zone and add the countries that you ship to.

If you want auto-calculated shipping, you will need to sign up for the “Advanced” plan ($299/month). To set up the calculations, see this Shopify guide. Otherwise, you will need to manually set your shipping rates. You can either charge by weight or by price, but we recommend using price to make it easier.

Step 5: Tax Setup

Click this link to go to your Tax Settings.

If you are including tax in your price, check the first box:

Step 5: Payment Setup

Click this link to go to your Payment settings.

We recommend using Shopify Payments, unless you already have a third-party processor like Authorize.NET. Your store is probably already set up with Shopify Payments, so you will just need to fill out the rest of the required information:

Fill out the required information to complete the setup.

 

Step 6: Setup a theme

Head over to the Shopify Theme Store or to a third-party theme store like ThemeForest. If you buy from Shopify, you can install it directly through the Store. If you use a third party, you will download a .zip file from the website and upload it to Shopify. To do that, click “Upload A Theme”:

and choose the .zip file you downloaded from the site. Then, head over to your Themes settings. You’ll see the theme listed under your account now – just click “Publish Theme” to apply it.

To customize the theme and add your branding, click “Customize Theme”:

You’ll be presented with a bunch of different options depending on your theme. Customize it to your hearts content!

Step 7: Launch Your Store!

You’re all ready to go! Now it’s time to remove your password so customers can access your site. Click this link to go to your Theme Preference settings. Scroll to the bottom and uncheck the “Password protect your storefront” checkbox:

Your store is live! You should be able to take orders and track inventory. Stay tuned for more Shopify articles!

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