Now that you’ve made up your mind about setting up your online store, selecting a provider is a monumental make or break decision. Shopify is one of the options synonymous with ecommerce stores. If this is your first time setting up an online store, then you might have some difficulty understanding how the website and set up works.
Shopify is defined by the fact that it places ease of use above everything else. You need only visit the shopify website, and from there on, the step by step process of setting up your online store is simple and easy to follow. Here is a picture guide to help you with that.
When you first land on the Shopify website, you’ll be greeted with the homepage. This page has all the links you will need. You can read up on some features if you need more clarity and understanding but in order to get your set up started you need only click on ‘Get Started’ at the top of the page.
Once you click on ‘Get Started’, you need to key in your details – Email address, Password, and the name of the store you’re setting up. It’s a good idea to make sure your online store is identified the same way as your brick and mortar store to avoid any confusion.
The store is pretty much created then and there. Moving forward, the system asks you for some more details. This helps Shopify classify and better understand you as a merchant and the store you’re setting up. This is an optional step you can complete later if you wish.
You will then be taken to your admin page. This is also the default page you will be taken to every time you login. You can change your profile settings here. But the first thing you should do is click on ‘Select a Plan’ at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the same questions page that Shopify starts you out on when you sign up.
When you click on the ‘Are You Already Selling?’ down-arrow, you’ll be given four options.
The option you select will lead to more questions, such as; “where do you hope to sell your products?”and “When do you want to activate your online store?” etc. if you’re unsure when you set this up, as many users are, simply select the option “I’m just playing around”, and then select the specific service you want help with. This could be anything from designing a logo for your brand, to even brainstorming for names. Shopify can even help you find a product to sell.
The second question shopify asks merchants is their current revenue. Being as honest as possible helps Shopify pick the right strategy for you in order to help you maximize your profit.
The final question this page asks is whether or not you’re setting up the page for a client or for yourself.
Once you’re done answering the questions about your business, you will need to fill out your official business address, as seen in the image above. This address will be used for billing information.
Once you’re done with this initial setup you’ll be taken back to the admin page. The first major step has been completed.
Navigating the Admin Page
Once this is done, you can browse through the admin page through the many options available to you. As you can see in the image above, you can do everything from setting your own domain name, to customizing your online store. At this point, you have 14 days before you have to select a plan and move ahead with your subscription to shopify.
When you click on ‘Select a Plan’ at the bottom of the page, you’ll be redirected to a page with extensive plan details.
You’ll be shown the three plans you can opt for, with the benefits and charges for each. However, if you choose to remove your store you can also do that by scrolling down on the same page and clicking on the ‘Remove online store’ button.
You can still use the primary shopify plan at 9 USD per month and use other mediums to sell your products if you choose to do so. Contact Shopify for more details on the same.
This is it! Your small guide to setting up your online store with Shopify. Once this is all done, you have full control over your website and the analytics that help you understand your sales performance, and much more.