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    How to Set up Your Own Online Shop with the Help of Shopify

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    Today we will teach to how to get a shopify store done

    To launch your Shopify store, you must sign up for an account.

    1. Sign Up with Shopify

    To start, visit Shopify.com. Use the signup form to start creating an account.

    Enter the required details and then click the ‘Create your store now’ button.

    Your store name needs to be unique or Shopify will ask you to choose something else.

    After this initial screen you’ll be asked for a few more details, these include your name, address, country and a contact number. then it will also ask for products and details.

    you will also get a welcome after doing it succesfully

     

     

     

    2. Start Setting Up Your Online Shop

    After you’ve signed up you’ll be directed to your store admin screen. Here you will see all options to make change on store. Now you are ready to start customising your store’s look, uploading products and setting up payments and shipping.

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    3. Choose a “Theme” or “Layout”

    At begin you need to choose a theme from shopify theme store. These themes are all guaranteed to have full support from the designers so you know your store is in good hands.

    All themes come with a support with there developers

    If you want to make wholesale changes to a theme, there are very few limitations on what can be achieved by accessing the HTML and CSS. Don’t worry if you haven’t got any coding experience. Shopify has an international team of design agencies they call ‘Shopify Experts’ that you can hire to fully customise your site.

    4. Edit Shopify Settings

    The majority of Shopify themes allow you to make simple changes that can massively change the appearance of your store, so you can rest assured knowing you won’t end up with a website that looks like a clone of thousands of other stores.

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    These stores are all built using the same theme.

    On your admin screen, select ‘Themes’ from the left hand navigation menu. On this page you will see your live theme in a box at the top, in the top right hand corner of that box will be two buttons. The first one is of three dots, which gives you some basic settings changes. One of these allows you to make a duplicate of the theme. We highly recommend you do this incase you make some changes you don’t like, then you can delete the duplicate and start again. The second button says ‘Customize Theme’. If you click that you will be taken to a page that controls all the basic functionality of your store. This is a great time for you to have a thorough play with the settings and test out all the features so you can find out what your site is capable of.

    The most common features will include:

    • uploading logos
    • uploading slides to a homepage carousel
    • adding related item functionality to product pages
    • choosing how many items appear on each line of the collection pages
    • colour schemes
    • font choices.

    Some themes will also allow you to reposition elements on pages such as showing product images on the left, right or center of the page. You can also choose whether you want to display social like/tweet/pin/+1 buttons.

    5. Add Your Products to The Store

    Again, navigating from the bar on the left select ‘Products’. You will then see a blue ‘Add a product’ button in the top right hand corner of the page. Use the following screen to add as much detail as needed about your products. Especially look at those that will help with SEO such as name, description and URL. Also include as much detail about variants as possible to help inform customers about your items.

    This is also the screen where you upload product pictures. Once the images are uploaded you can rearrange them so don’t worry about uploading them in any particular order.

    Product images can make a sale so make sure you show your products off to their best and highlight any special or unique features with close up photos. To keep your store looking tidy we suggest you keep all images the same dimensions. Unless of course you plan to make your collection pages look like a Pinterest board.

    Once everything is filled out always remember to click the ‘Save product’ button in the top and bottom right hand corners.

    Set up collections (group of products)

    A collection is any group of products that have some feature in common that customers might look for when visiting your store. For example, your customers might be shopping for:

    • clothes specifically for men, women, or children
    • items of a certain type, such as lamps, cushions, or rugs
    • items on sale
    • items in a certain size or color
    • seasonal products such as holiday cards and decorations.

    Products can appear in any number of collections. Usually, you would display your collections on your homepage and in the navigation bar. This helps customers find what they’re looking for without having to click through your whole catalog.

    Manual and automatic collections

    When you add a new collection, you can select how products should be added to it. These are the two options:

    • Manually -
You add and remove products in a manual collection individually.
    • Automatically -
You can set up selection conditions to automatically include products that meet certain criteria.

    Payment gateways

    A payment gateway allows you to take payment from your customers via your website. The price and commission rate is important, but it’s also important to see what features they offer. Not all payment gateways are created equal.

    You need to look at the following when choosing the right payment gateway for you.

    1. Transaction Fees

    When you take a payment, some gateways will keep a small percentage or flat fee (or sometimes both) for letting you use their service. Compare these based on what your anticipated sales are.

    1. Card Types

    You need to know what types of card are accepted by your chosen Payment Gateway. All accept VISA and Mastercard, while most accept American Express. Paypal is also becoming popular for online payments.

    1. Offsite Checkout

    Some gateways will take the payment on their own servers via their own form. This means the customer is taken away from your checkout and they pay on the form provided by your payment gateway. They are then redirected to your confirmation page once the customer successfully pays. This allows you to have a bit more control of the checkout process. Now you can circumvent Shopify’s limitations in that they don’t let you customise the checkout other than with CSS.

    Payment gateway transaction fees are added on top of Shopify’s own transaction fees. However as of November stores based in the US and UK can use Shopify Payments. Depending upon your Shopify plan, you can save on these extra costs. Relative to your plan you will receive these highly appealing rates.

    • Basic 2.4% + 20p
    • Professional 2.1% + 20p
    • Unlimited 1.8% + 20p

    Depending on how many transactions you make every month it could be worth upgrading to take advantage of these savings.

    If you live in the US or UK your store will automatically use Shopify Payments. To complete this, click the ‘Complete Shopify Payments account setup’ button found in Settings > Payments. If you wish to use a third party gateway you can use the ‘enable payment gateways’ link on the same page.

     

     

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