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How to create a Shopify Store: a Simple Guide

Creating an online store with Shopify is as easy as it gets.

This eCommerce platform has everything to get started and provides all the tips you need to begin selling online. You can literally set everything up in one day, which is possible because Shopify takes care of many things for you.

But just how easy is it to create a Shopify store?

Keep reading to find out for yourself.

How to Open a Shopify Store: 6 Steps

It is not difficult to open an online store, you do not need to be a specialist, or to involve designers and programmers. You will have two entire weeks to figure out what Shopify is and finally choose the best tariff plan for your business (because that’s how long the free trial lasts).

So, let’s get started.

Go to Shopify.com and begin by typing in your email.

Follow the steps below to proceed.

Step 1. Sign Up for Shopify

To register on Shopify:

  • Enter your email (this is done on the homepage)
  • Come up with a password to log into your account
  • Choose the name of the store.

Then the system will ask you to share some of your personal information – what kind of store you are going to create (online, offline), what you are going to sell, what the estimated sales volumes are (if you are already working).

Next, you will have to fill in your personal data – name, surname, city, country, postal code and press the NEXT button. At this point, you’ll need to start adding products.

Step 2. Add Products to Your Shopify Store

Now, your store has been created.

Time to get some products to show to potential customers. To do that, go to the “Home” section and select the “Products” category that you will sell. Go to the “Add a product to see it in your store” section and click on the “Add a product” button.

You will be transferred to the page for adding a product. You need to specify the names of the products, and add text with descriptions and images. After filling in the information about a product, click “Save product”. To import several products at once, click on the “Import” button and upload a file with the products.

Scroll down to set a price for your item, add shipping, and more. Click on the “Save” button once everything is set up. Repeat this process with other items.

Step 3. Customize the Look of Your Shopify Website

Color, block arrangement and other things can be customized in the standard templates. If the standard free themes don’t fit your idea of a perfect website, consider using premium ones.

Visit the Shopify Theme Store to see more options for store looks.

Step 4. Set Up a Domain With Shopify

To make your online store operate on the Internet, you need to add a domain – put in your existing domain or buy a domain name using Shopify’s offers. If you already have a working domain, register its DNS (domain name system).

Step 5. Activate Payment Processor

Go to the main menu and select “Settings,” and then “Payments.” Shopify supports all popular payment systems, including Paypal, Stripe, Authorize.net, and Skrill. Choose the ones

Your PayPal email address will be attached to your store account by default, but that does not prevent you from including a different email address. To install more payment systems (Stripe, Authorize.net, Skrill, etc.), you will need to provide additional information for each of them.

Step 6. Add The Best Shopify Apps

Shopify is a service that you can always personalize. There is a huge number of available applications that will expand the functions and opportunities.

Examples of such apps include:

  • Oberlo is perfect for dropshipping
  • TinyIMG is an application for compressing images during loading
  • Firepush is an effective marketing tool
  • YotPo is an app for getting customer reviews

The Cost to Set up a Shopify Store

Let’s divide the cost of setting up a store into two categories: Shopify-related and non-Shopify related.

The Shopify-related costs mean buying the Shopify plan. Here are the latest pricing for using Shopify services:

  • Basic Shopify is a budget package for two user accounts. Expenses – $ 29 monthly plus 2% commission on each sale.
  • Shopify is a more advanced option for five users, with advanced statistics and additional functionality. Expenses – $ 79 monthly plus 1% commission on each sale.
  • Advanced Shopify is a cool service that has the function of collecting statistics and the ability to connect shipping companies. Expenses – $ 299 monthly plus 0.5% commission on each sale.

And here are extra costs that aren’t strictly related to Shopify:

  • Domain name – at least $10 per year
  • Hosting – from $29 to $299 per year
  • Additional apps (marketing, SEO, etc.) – anywhere between $10 to $300 per month
  • Marketing campaigns – up to $70/mo but there’s many opportunities to do it for free
  • Advertising – depending on the budget you set up, could be as low as $5/day

But there are discounts, too: for example, you can reduce the price by up to 10% provided when paying for an annual Shopify plan.

Summary

Shopify is the best platform for building an online store in just a few steps. But the most important thing is that you can set everything up yourself and save a lot of costs that you’d otherwise spend on getting professional help.

At first it might be a bit daunting to deal with all of the Shopify settings, but you’ll become confident with using them pretty soon. We hope that the online store’s work results will justify all monetary and non-monetary investments in your business very soon.