Starting a website to sell your products online is now easier than ever with Shopify. Get your share of the E-commerce economy and get started with your own Shopify Store in just 10 steps.
1. Sign up for Shopify
First, you need to create a Shopify account to be able to open up a store through Shopify. Click here to get a 14-day free-trial(no credit card needed):https://www.shopify.com/?ref=six-web-service
2. Purchase Domain
A domain is the web address to your website. It is required so people can visit your website and search engines can index your pages. Shopify sells Domain which can be purchased through the Shopify admin by navigating to Settings -> Domains
3. Choose a Theme
By default, your website will come installed with the Dawn theme. There are free themes available that you can look through and determine one that matches your brand. The theme library can be reached by navigating to Themes under Online Store.
4. Create Main Menu & Pages
A main menu is necessary so visitors can navigate through all your available pages and products. The recommended pages to add are Home, Shop, About, Blog, Contact. You can update the main menu by going to Navigation under Online Store.
To create new pages, go to Pages under Online store then click add Page.
5. Create Collections
Collections are how you organize your products in Shopify. Collections segment your products into different categories. For example, like a clothing store, you would have collections such as T-shirts, Pants, Jackets. You can create collections by navigating to “Collections” under Products through Shopify.
6. Add Products
Shopify makes it easy to create Products. Create your first product by going to “All Products”. Content that is required to add a product is Title, Description, Media, Price, Quantity, and Shipping. You can also place the product in any collection/s you have created.
7.Set Up Payment & Taxes
To accept orders you need a way to receive payments. Payments can be accessed by going to Settings->Payments. Connect your bank account to Shopify by using their payment solution. This will allow you to accept credit card transactions and have the payment received through your bank account. There is a 2.9%+$0.30 transaction fee. You can also set up Paypal if that is your preferred method for payment transactions. Also, make sure to configure your necessary tax requirements by navigating to Settings->Taxes.
8. Set Up Shipping
If you are selling physical products, you will need to offer shipping solutions to your customers. You need to determine whether you will offer only domestic shipping or international shipping as well. We recommend speaking with a few postal service providers in your area to determine the most cost-effective shipping available. You can access shipping settings by navigating to Settings-> Shipping and Delivery.
These policies are necessary so your customers and visitors can gain your trust and to protect your company. You can speak with a lawyer to generate these policies according to your company guidelines. Shopify offers free policy generators that can be used as a starting point for generating policies.
Refund Policy: https://www.shopify.com/tools/policy-generator/refund
Terms and Conditions: https://www.shopify.com/tools/policy-generator/terms-and-conditions
Once you have generated company policies, you can add them to their own page and add them to your website footer menu.
Finally, you have completed all the necessary steps needed in order to launch your site to the public. We recommend you do a test purchase of a product on your website to ensure that the process has no errors and is how you’d like the customer to experience your web store.
MapilitMedia Inc. wishes you success in your e-commerce store and if you need any assistance feel free to contact our Shopify Toronto Experts to get help with your E-Commerce project.