Shopify: The Basics

When the founders of Shopify got started, they weren’t looking to make a business out of their ecommerce platform, they simply couldn’t find an online store they liked, so they made their own. Now they’re helping businesses around the world create an online presence with a simple and user-friendly store. Setting up your Shopify store is fast and easy; follow four simple steps and start selling today.

1) Create a Shopify account.

First things first, right? To get started with Shopify, your first step is to head over to the website and create an account. Start with a store name, email address, and location information for establishing tax rates and your shop’s currency. Once the account is created, you officially have an online store for your business!

2) Choose your Shopify theme or stylish website design.

We all know how important the look and feel of an online store is, so choosing your Shopify theme or other website design is the next crucial step. There are plenty of free themes available, as well as advanced themes of varying prices. Don’t see something you like on Shopify’s site? You can easily create the design yourself, or commission a company to help you out with complex web design. The sky’s the limit!

3) Customize your store.

Now that you have a theme and site design, it is time to finalize the colors, logo, and any other changes you’d like to make. Organize your site and establish what you want featured in your store. Make any other simple adjustments until it looks just right, and then…

4) Add products.

Yep, the final step. All you have to do is upload your products and you are in business! Organize them how you’d like, set prices and shipping information, and you are good to go.

Additional Notes:

Cost

Business owners have to consider every single cost before making a commitment, and it’s no different with online stores. You have the ability to try Shopify for free for 14 days before paying a penny. Once you’ve decided you love it, you can choose from several different pricing options, as low as $29 per month. If you’re really looking for the most basic option for 25 or fewer products, you can even use the Shopify Starter for just $14 a month.

Expertise

Many people are afraid to start an online business because they just don’t know anything about making a website. With Shopify, you really don’t need to know anything about coding in HTML or CSS, SEO, or SSL. And if you’re lost amid those acronyms, don’t worry; Shopify takes care of all of it for you. All you need to know is how to build and manage your own business.

Looking for more tips and tricks for your site? Check out the Shopify blog or sign into the ecommerce forums to interact with other users.

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