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Shopify is a subscription to a software service that offers you to create a website and use their shopping cart solution to sell, ship and manage your products. Using their service, you can get an access to easy to use admin panel where you can add products, process orders and enter store data.

For a monthly subscription of $29/mo you are able to build a full functional online store that you can use to sell digital or physical goods. Shopify also offers limited free trial.

If you want to create an online store using Shopify, you’ve come to the right place.

In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Shopify so you can launch your online store as soon as possible.

Ready? Let’s get started…

Table of contents:

  1. Signing up with Shopify
  2. Set up your online store
  3. Choose a design for your site
  4. Edit Shopify settings
  5. Add your products
  6. Launch your blog
  7. Add a domain name

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

Full disclosure: I earn a commission if you end up purchasing Shopify through my referral links in this guide. This helps me to keep WebsiteSetup up and running and up-to-date. Thanks for your support.

Signing up with Shopify and starting your store couldn’t be any easier and they even offer a 14-day free trial to get you going.

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

1. Sign Up with Shopify

Visit Shopify.com. Use the signup form to create an account.

Enter the required details and click the ‘Start free trial’ button.

shopify guide step 1

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, including your name, address, country and a contact number.

You will also be asked if you have products and, if so, what you aim to sell. If you’re just trying out Shopify to see if it works for you, you can select ‘I’m just playing around’ in the ‘Do you have products?’ dropdown, and ‘I’m not sure’ in the ‘What will you sell?’ section.

Once complete, click ‘I’m done’.

2. Start Setting Up Your Online Shop

After you’ve signed up you’ll be directed straight to your store admin screen. Now you are ready to start customizing your store, uploading products and setting up payments and shipping.

shopify admin panel Your home admin screen tells you all you need to know to get you up and running.

3. Choose a “Theme” or a “Layout”

Shopify has its own official theme store. These themes are all guaranteed to have full support from the designers so you know that your store is in good hands.

All themes come with a comprehensive list of modifications you can make without having to touch a line of code. The premium themes come with more modifications, but you can also achieve a great looking site with a free one. These changes are outlined in the next section.

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 customize your site.

To find a theme that suits your needs we recommend the following:

1. Browse the Theme Store

Log into Shopify and visit the Shopify Theme Store at themes.shopify.com. You’ll find over 70 theme variations to choose from, including a good selection of free ones.

You also could find Shopify themes on other Marketplaces, like TemplateMonster one.
Just choose, category, features to pick your theme.

You can filter by paid or free, industry and by features. You can also sort themes by price, popularity, and most recent.

 The Shopify Theme Store.

2. Check the functionality and reviews

Once you’ve found a theme you like, click on the theme’s sample image. You’ll be given more information about the theme, such as whether the theme is responsive/mobile ready among other features.

Scroll down to read some reviews about what other e-tailers using the theme think of it.

3. Preview the theme

To see the theme in action, click View Demo. You’ll see this below the green ‘Preview Theme in your Store’ button.

If the theme comes in a range of styles, you can also view demos of the different styles by clicking on them.

4. Get the theme

Once you’ve found a theme you like, click the green button.

Shopify will ask you to confirm that you want to install the theme.

Click Publish as my Shop’s Theme.

Don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure it’s the right theme for you. You can always change your mind later.

After the theme has installed, Shopify will let you know and will give you the option to Go to your Theme Manager.

Your theme manager shows published themes (the one you installed or activated most recently) and unpublished themes below (previously installed themes).

finish your ecommerce store

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.

shopify store templates

These stores are all built using the same theme.

On your admin screen, select ‘Themes’ from the left navigation menu. On this page you will see your live theme in a box at the top, in the top right 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 in case you make some changes you don’t like, you can delete the duplicate and start again.

The second button says ‘Customize Theme’. If you click it 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.

shopify custom theme settings

Your themes custom settings.

changing colours in your theme

Changing colors in your theme.

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
  • color 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

Navigating the bar on the left select ‘Products’. You will then see a blue ‘Add a product’ button in the top right 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. Include as many details as possible to help inform the customers about your items.

This is 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.

Your product screen

The Product screen. Make sure you fill out as much information as possible.

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 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 corners.

Set up collections (groups 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 sizes or colors
  • 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.

Your product screen

The Collection set up screen works in exactly the same way as the Product screen

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.

payment gateways

  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 more popular for online payments.

  1. Offsite Checkout

Some gateways will take the payment on their own servers via their own form. This means that 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.

You can circumvent Shopify’s limitations – they don’t let you customize the checkout other than with CSS.

Payment gateway transaction fees are added on top of Shopify’s own transaction fees. 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. Depending on 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.

6. Get Your Online Shop “LIVE”

Before your site can go live you need to add a few more details about your company and how you plan to make deliveries and pay tax.

General

Make sure all your business information is filled out on this page. Make sure to use the Google Analytics feature. This can prove to be an invaluable source for tracking your store visitors.

general shopify settings

Taxes

taxes for shopify online store

  1. Go to the Products page of your admin
  1. Click on the name of a given product.
  1. Scroll down to the section called “Inventory & variants”.
  1. Click on the edit link next to your Product Variant to open a dialog window.
  1. Make sure the checkboxes next to Charge taxes and Requires shipping are checked if you need to include these with your products.
  1. Some stores won’t need to charge taxes or shipping on products like digital goods. On the other hand, a T-shirt store will likely need to charge both.
  1. If you are planning to ship your product to customers, make sure to enter the product’s weight in the appropriate field.

Shipping

If your shipping rates are too narrow, or you don’t give enough options, you may lose out on some sales. Shopify will only calculate a shipping rate for your customers based on the rules that you define in the Shipping page of the admin. To make sure you won’t lose any sales:

shipping info

  1. From your store admin, go to the Settings > Shipping page.
  1. In the “Shipping rates” section, see if you have set a weight-based shipping rate and adjust it according to your product’s specifications.

Test your order system

To test your system you can simulate a transaction using Shopify’s Bogus Gateway.

Using the Bogus Gateway:

  1. From your store Admin, click Settings, then Payments to go to your Payments settings
  1. If you have a credit card gateway enabled, deactivate it before continuing. (Click Edit, then Deactivate, then confirm your deactivation.)
  1. In the Accept credit cards section, click Select a Credit Card Gateway to open the drop-down menu.
  1. Scroll down the list to Other, then click (for testing) Bogus Gateway.
  1. Click Activate (or Reactivate, if you’ve used the Bogus Gateway before).
  1. Go to your storefront and place an order as a customer would. At checkout, enter the following credit card details instead of genuine numbers:

Testing a real payment gateway with a genuine transaction:

  1. Make sure you’ve set up the payment gateway you want to test.
  1. Make a purchase from your store as a customer would, and complete checkout using genuine credit card details.
  1. Cancel the order immediately, to refund yourself and avoid paying transaction fees.
  1. Log in to your payment gateway to make sure the funds went through.

Is this free?

Yes – just be sure to cancel and refund the order soon after you place it.

If your billing cycle hits after you’ve placed the test order but before you cancel it, the transaction fees will appear on your bill. You can still cancel after paying your bill to Shopify, but you’ll receive the refund as a transaction credit on your account. You can use transaction credits to pay future transaction fees.

7. Add a Domain Name

To get your site live you’ll need a domain name. You have two choices.

Firstly you can buy a domain from Shopify and it will be added to your store automatically. This saves you time, especially if you have no knowledge about hosting a website. These domains typically cost $9-$14 USD per year. Your second option is to purchase a domain from a third party such as GoDaddy. These domains start from $10.00 USD a year. The downside is that you’ll have to redirect the DNS records yourself which can seem daunting at first.

If you’re unable to come up with a good domain name, read my tips on how to choose a good domain name.

Here are the steps to put your new Shopify store live on a third party domain name.

  1. Add the new domain in Shopify

In the Shopify admin, on the left navigation go to Settings and then Domains and add your domain name using the ‘Add an existing domain’ button.

  1. Update DNS records

Login to your domain registrar and make the following changes to the DNS records:

  • Replace the @ or main A record with the following IP address: 23.227.38.32
  • Add or replace the www CNAME with storename.myshopify.com (i.e. your store Shopify link without the HTTP, which you can see on the domains settings page)
  1. Remove any storefront passwords

Otherwise, no one will be able to access your site even when it’s live.

  1. Set as primary if relevant

Whilst in Settings > Domains, you can choose your main domain by using the drop-down at the top of the screen:

primary store domain

Ensure that you also check the ‘Redirect all traffic to this domain’. This means that traffic to all other domains will be directed to your primary domain. This is crucial for good SEO.

  1. Adding other domains 

You can repeat steps 1 and 2 with other domain names you own. All domain names will redirect to the ‘Primary’ domain, which you can change at any time with the ‘Set as primary’ option next to each domain name.

Note that the number of domain names you own has no influence on SEO.

adding custom domains on shopify

Congratulations, Your New Shopify Store is Ready!

If you have managed that way – congratulations. You should now have a fully working online store. If you want to explore alternatives, see below:

Alternatives for Shopify?

You can also use WooCommerce to start your online store. It’s a little cheaper but requires a steeper learning curve. Either way, it can be a great alternative.

For more detailed review between the two, read this – Shopify vs. WordPress (WooCommerce) Furthermore, here you can find other ecommerce sites that allow you to create an online store.


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    Hi Nick,
    I have an online business website made with WP.
    Can I still open an a/c with shopify with their monthly plan and also continue with my own website? or do I need to transfer my domain to shopify?
    Is shopify like amazon FBA?
    I want to keep my own domain i.e. yourdomain.com instead of yourdomain.shopify.com , will it be still possible with shopify?

    Many thanks
    -Bari

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      Hey Bari, you can keep your own domain and open an account with Shopify. However, you can only use your domain for either your WordPress website or your shop, not both at the same time.

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    Must I incorporate a business ? This is intended as a side hustle for now.

    When the customers make payment, how is the payment channeled to me? I have a personal PayPal account..

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      Hey Jake, there seems to be a misunderstanding. Shopify is not like Amazon, they do not offer fulfillment, only the ecommerce architecture to offer products and receive payments online. Shipping and handling is up to you.

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    Hi Nick, I want to say that your content is very helpful! I have a question for you, as an affiliate must you disclose of the commission that you’ll make if a customer purchase? Thx

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    Hi. I would like to set up a Shopify online store. I currently do not ship. I have a painted furniture business. Is there an option to have local pick up only and disable shipping in checkout? Thank you

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    Can I open an Online Store using Shopify, and put products from AliExpress, so when someone orders in my store, I order in AliExpress with their Address? I’ve also heard that there are certain apps that make this process Automatic.

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    Hi! I started making some handmade products and want to start selling. If I use Shopify, do I need a license or anything like that? How does that work….legally?

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      Hey Rachie, thanks for the excellent question! Shopify only gives you the tools to start an online store. In order to run a business, you need to check your country’s laws and regulation. You might have to get a license, tax number, or something else in order to run an online shop commercially. It’s not related to Shopify. Hope this helps!

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      Hey Theresa, we have nothing set up on this site that can accept payments in any way or form. There seems to be some confusions. Hope you can figure it out!

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      Hey Lil, that really depends on the product. If you are talking about an affiliate product, then the shipping and handling is usually on the vendor.

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    Moyinoluwa Owoeye

    Hello.

    Thanks for the above. Can I ask concerning the domain name. So I set up an account before with Shopify domain name at the end ( [email protected]…). From my understanding it was free, though you stated it has cost. I just want to verify as I only used Shopify for the free period. Thanks

    Secondly, if I was to purchase from a third party, you stated the following “..The downside is that you’ll have to redirect the DNS records yourself which can seem daunting at first.”.
    What do you mean by this please?
    Also what are the implications of owning this domain, on my site or business ?

    Thanks again.

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      Hey Moyinoluwa, if you didn’t purchase a custom domain name (such as yourdomain.com instead of yourdomain.shopify.com), there should be no extra costs. If you buy a domain name from another provider and want to use it with Shopify, you have to update the settings of the domain so that it will lead to your Shopify page (or any other website you own). For that, you need to update the so-called DNS records. You can find more information about that toward the end of this post: https://websitesetup.org/register-domain-name/. The article also shows you different ways of acquiring a domain name.

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    Hi
    This article was great.
    I have 1 question Can we fetch historical data for orders & purchases? If yes, how many days shopify can store order and purchase?

    Thanks

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      Hey Swarnima, yes, Shopify does save your order history but I can’t tell you how far back it goes. I haven’t found any information online that says there is a limit though.

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    This information was so very helpful. You definitely deserve a commission
    for all the thought and work you have put into this. Thank You !

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    I am trying to upload my products for my online store, but I keep getting errors. I have tried everything I can think of but still cannot get my product to input. I install it using a CSV file. I am getting so frustrated.

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      Hey TJ, that’s something you need to figure out according to your location and the location of your clients. Shopify only provides the infrastructure for building a shop, it does not take care of any of operation.

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    Hi. Thank for the info with regards Shopify. I am thinking of starting an online business using shopify and i have some questions:
    Where can the buyer access my Shopify Store?
    How will they know that i have products to sell in Shopify Store?
    How will I know if the products that I import from Aliexpress are out of stock?
    Just in case a product was paid by my customer and when i am about to Pay the seller, the product is not available already, what should i do?
    Thank you and more power to you.

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      Hey Ria, thanks for the comment!
      The buyers will be able to access your store through the domain that Shopify gives you or that you assign to your store (after purchasing it). It’s up to you to let customers know about the existence of your store and to drive traffic to it. You can learn more about that here:https://websitesetup.org/increase-website-traffic/.
      As for Aliexpress, that is up to you to keep track of and I highly advise against selling any products that you don’t know the availability of.

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    I am thinking of starting an online business using Shopify but I have a few questions that weren’t quite answered in the context. Please view below and assist:

    Does shopify store, pack and ship the products?
    Does shopify market the products for you?
    How do you gain website traffic using shopify?
    How does Shopify use other selling platforms like amazon to market your online store?
    What is the membership fee entail every month?
    What is the difference from creating your own domain & website with a yearly service fee of just $25 a year like wix ?
    What is shopify doing for me as a business owner besides assisting me to create and pay a monthly fee for my website?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Michel,

      Shopify is just a platform that gives you the tools to create a website for your online store, you’d have to organize your own storage and shipping as well as do your own marketing. As for the difference between it and Wix: Shopify is entirely focused on the online store aspect and as such has more features and better support for it, whereas Wix is a general website builder that can do online stores among other things. Also, if you want to do e-commerce with Wix, it would be at least $16.50 per month, not $25 a year.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    So I’m thinking of using Shopify as an online store for the warehouse business that I work at. The thing is, we would definitely need the website to be completely integrated with our system that we already use so that when we sell parts on our Shopify, it will take those products out of our inventory that we use for our system and vice versa. Is this possible if we decide to use Shopify?

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    Hi – I set up my account for the 14 day free trial but then it went to this page is not available? Did I do something wrong?

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    Can anyone regardless of what part of the world they are from start an online store using Shopify, or are some regions of the world restricted?

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    I am a promotional products distributor. We have 20 plus customers we have ecommerce stores with. Most of these stores are only for ordering items our customers company has already purchased and we warehouse. There is no “Purchasing” off these stores just ordering and shipping. We currently use Brightstores for these websites. We get 15 stores for about $300 a month. We need to be able to use “Gift certificates” on these stores. We would also like to be able to have multiple logos on the stores that customers can pick from. Do you have suggestions as to other alternatives to Brightstores?

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      Hey Kevin, the best alternative I can come up with is to use WordPress Multisite with WooCommerce. Multisite allows you to build a network of websites all from one WordPress installation. You can take care of them from one central place and customize them to your clients’ needs. More on multisite here and you can learn more about WooCommerce in this article.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    I want to start a dropshipping business, but this is all foreign to me it seems the more research I do the more confused I get. With shopify’s free themes can you change the picture in the background?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Melissa,
      Certainly! All the images you see in themes are just placeholders and are meant to be replaced by your own pictures.

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    Hi,
    I am selling on Etsy and I understand why people buy there, they are protected in many ways by that big platform. They know they will get the item they bought, they know they will easily replace the wrong item they got. As a seller I have obligation to satisfy each customer.
    So my first question is related to my previous writing. Do people use to buy from “untrusted” and “not verified” sellers? Who stands behind the buyers, who protects them, how would they be sure they will not be cheated?
    The second question is about visitor and potential buyers. Well I am not good in social media at all, so I have no Facebook pages, no friends I don’t know in person, no Instagram, no followers. So my second question is related to that. Am I supposed to bring visitors myself? If so, that kind of stores are not for me. Can my store be visible on Google if my SEO is fine, so I don’t need to attract visitors (it would take years of hard work to create some pages or accounts to collect followers)?
    I hope I was clear enough and thank you in advance.

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Nancy,

      It’s true big platforms feel more secure, but independent ones are far from lawless. Consumer protection laws still apply to online stores and it’s also possible to report stores directly to Shopify if they’re misbehaving in any way.

      With regards to social media, it’s still advisable to set up profiles for your business because it’s another way to reach potential new customers and to promote your site, even if your personal profile doesn’t have a lot of followers. There’s no downside.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    We have a small hand made jewelry business and we want to start selling on Instagram. What would you suggest us, Shopify or something else?

    Thank you so much!
    Luc and Bell
    (Marta and Pavlina)

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    Hi,
    I am seriously thinking about opening an online store. Can you advise of all the fees to do so with shopify and dropshipping as well. Also when a customer makes a payment, will it go directly into my account?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Lisa,

      The good thing with Dropshipping is that the costs are much lower, essentially you only need to pay for your Shopify plan (plus any optional add-ons you want to get) and the fee to the wholesale supplier you’ll be using. And yes, the payments will go to your account directly.

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    Hi,

    I have started a 14 day trial and feel I am going ok, the issue I have is photos of my products, I am not a photographer and not very literate in photo shop etc..

    Can you please give me some basics on how to take good photos?
    All the ones I have taken have been on white backgrounds but they are either too big (bits chopped off) or way to small.

    Any assistance would be appreciated.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    My 14 days free trial is ending soon.
    But i ‘ve not set up my shop on Shopify and not really try out on Shopify.
    Can i re-register another 14 days free trial under another store name?
    Thanks.

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    Hi!

    My website is almost ready to launch on Shopify, but when I go to my real website and then want to order and pay for a product I get a notification with the following sentence: ‘The connection is not private’. With this problem, people are never going to trust my website. I have no idea how I can solve this. Could you help me, please?

    Thank you,
    Roy

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Roy,

      This sounds like a problem with your store’s SSL certificate, I’d advise contacting Shopify support – they can definitely help you with issues like this.

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    Which theme on Shopify would be best for products that need a lot of education such as medical information? Also outside of graphics how much would the site cost all together up and running? Is it easy to contact it with your quick books account?

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    Hi
    I am creating a website using Shopify I just have one doubt
    There will be database for each customer’s record i.e. if some customer signed up his/her data will be stored in Shopify database or do I need to create one. And how should I link my database with website builder of Shopify.

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Shivanagi, the database aspect of your site will be created and handled automatically by Shopify – you don’t have to do anything manually there.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

    I have question: What about optimization of Shopfiy store? I read somewhere ready to use ecommerce platform is difficult in optimizing as we dont have control over files, we dont get FTP so not possible to update robots file.

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      You’re right. Optimizing Shopify is much more limited that for example WooCommerce + WordPress.

      Shopify provides access to the stores’ files by the admin and the database via the API, but Shopify systems are not accessible via ftp for security and data integrity.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    I would like to do a website in which I can sell clothes and do custom printing clothes as well. Customers can choose to buy my clothes or they can choose photo, letter, etc to print on blank clothes. My plan is to get shopify store to start and get developer to customise it. Do you think Shopify is good choice or else ?

    Thanks for your advise in advance!

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    Prior to reading your Beginners’s Guide To Shopify Store, I got a domain from GoDaddy.
    Now, I want to start my Shopify Store all about clothings and apparels.
    Can I use my other Domain to start another online store and still do my Shopify Store at the same time?
    Is there a need for me to apply for an EIN Number before doing online marketing?
    Your advice is highly appreciated.

    Respectfully yours,
    Julalee

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Julalee,

      You can use your existing domain name which you bought from GoDaddy on Shopify as well. You’ll just need to point your domain nameservers towards GoDaddy domain (use their support to figure that out).

      EIN number is not needed for online marketing (unless you’re starting to generate bigger income).

      Hope this helps,
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

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    Hello, I must commend your brief and precise guide.

    My challenge is, how can I use shopify to build an amazon affiliate website/blog (for product review with product link, comment section and live chat.

    Again, I need a responsive site that is desktop and mobile friendly.

    The comment/review section should be moderated.

    Any tips on how to achieve these with shopify?
    Please advise accordingly with possible hints.

    Awaiting your soonest reply.

    Kind regards,

    Ubong Etuk.

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    Hi there,

    I wanted some advice, I am looking to set up an online store selling my handmade jewellery and wondered what you can suggest would be best for me , I would most likely have approx 100 pieces for customers to view . Can you tell me if shopify would include all SEO/SSL/THE DOMAIN/AND HOSTING?

    THANK YOU
    ANNIE K

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Annie,

      I haven’t done that in-depth research, but I think they have a live chat so go and ask 🙂

      Hope this helps,
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

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    Hey WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    This is a very informative article. I’ve been using Woocommerce for sometime and love it, but one of my client’s asked me if they should go with shopify. While researching, I chanced upon your article and from the looks of it, shopify seems a much faster/simpler alternative. The tradeoff, I guess is customizability. I’ve also been meaning to explore the ‘sell on facebook’ feature of shopify – seems quite useful.
    Thanks for the information!

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial

    I’m ready to convert my clunky, broken old website to a shopify site. But I’m drowning amongst all the template options and variations. I’ve created a checklist of things I need but even so, it’s daunting.

    My main needs are:

    – a reasonably large inventory
    – good sub menu displays (I sell tribal jewellery (earrings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces), textiles (wearable and non wearable), homewares, antiques and essentials (incense, soaps, you get the idea)
    – currency conversion
    – ability to import my own logo (this is not always made clear when looking at template features)
    – a strong blog – side menu, search feature (a lot of traffic is driven to my site via my blogs)

    My pictures are very good (i use a full frame camera) but not professional level, my blogs are strong. I’m looking at Retina, Pacific, Icon, Minimal, Responsive, Symmetry and District at the moment. Once I get past those I start getting overwhelmed and want to cry.

    If you could give me any advice I would be very very grateful

    Linda

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      Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
      Thank you for the information. I am looking for someone to build a website and shopify online shop for me. Thanks

      • WebsiteSetup Editorial
        WebsiteSetup Editorial

        I’d suggest Googling for “Shopify Experts” – there are plenty of web developers who can do that for you. However, I’d start off first trying it yourself 🙂

        WebsiteSetup Editorial

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    WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    I am looking to start selling some of my products/apparel online. The store that I use to print and embroider my apparel does not do drop shipping. This company has helped me design, digitalize, and create screens for shirt printout and hat embroidery.. If I go through shopify and select a drop shipping company to print and send my products. how do they receive the information for my design?. will I have to pay for another screen and embroidery layout just to use them?

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    I have a Facebook page that started out as a place to show pictures of quilts and quilted items that I make. Now there is a place on this page to sell items that you make. I have inquiries to sell my items. It looks like I need a website to do this selling. I already have a Paypal site set up for Items I sell on EBay. Should I direct people to my EBay page or should I set up a website?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Chris,

      It depends how Ebay is working for you. If you’re getting enough leads/sales than stick with it, but if you’re not satisfied, consider setting up your own store.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial.
    First of all I want to thank you for the all the information you’ve provided here.
    I want to sell my designs and logos online. So which way is the cheapest one to achieve that. Do you recommend wordpress to build site like that?
    Sorry, I have another question, do you recommend to use wordpress to build site for people as business ( small sites) or I should use hand coding to build them?
    I highly appreciate your response.

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    So if you are looking to sell around 10-15 products/ would WordPress be better? Does it still offer a checkout features and payment processing option like shopify? Also how can these be linked to something like outreach for bookkeeping/invoicing etc?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      I think so. Shopify is more made for robust e-stores. If you have no more than 15 products, you’d be better off going with WordPress and using an e-commerce plugin. Let me know if that helps.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    Just found your site and it is GREAT! I have a quick question. I’m trying to help my wife set-up an website/online store for a long time brick and mortar business she owns. We want both the website and shopping function, would like to use invoicing through square as the primary means of payment, and she will have a couple hundred (or more) product options with pictures. Each item will have a secondary option for customization. Should we use WordPress or Shopify?

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial
    I heard that you are able to dropship on Shopify. I wanted to opening a dropship store online. Could I also use eBay and Amazon to dropship from?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Patrice,

      You could definitely do dropshipping via Shopify. I know many folks who use Alibaba, Ebay & Amazon to dropship. Once you’ve set up – let me know how it goes 🙂
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

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    Hello sir,

    First of all, thank you so much for all the help you’re providing for the newbies our here.

    I own an outdoor media company. We print banner ads and billboards for customers. our customers mostly place bulk orders and we print ads in varying sizes (no standard sizes). I’m unable to create a store with the option where the size of the print required is specified by the customer himself. Consequently my bill is always per squarefoot Another problem is that I require the customer to upload the file which needs to printed on the banner. I’m not able to provide these two options. I have tried using many different websites that help creating an online store.But I’ve had no success. Do I need to be able to use the back-end if I have to upload these specific options on my website? Is there any other sites which I could try that would allow me to freely customize my products page?

    Thank you for the help
    Regards

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    Hello good sir!

    I had a question, I am trying to build a website for product delivery. Sort of like choosing a pizza, paying for it and then setting up for delivery. Do you suggest WordPress + Shopify?

    Thanks!

    Alex O.

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    H WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    First of all I would like to thank you for the information. Your step by step direction are easy to follow. I have a small embroidery business, at this point was just a way to generate a little extra money but has so much more potential. If I set up my on-line store can I limit my customers to Paypal?

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    Hello,

    Between WordPress + Woocommerce and, Shopify, which would you recommend for selling downloadable tutorials as well as eBooks.

    Thanks

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    So if I am going to sell jewelry and want a website do I use WordPress AND shopify or just one of them? I was going to do my domain name on bluehost then use WordPress but can I sell on there or do I need shopify instead?

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial…
    Do you have any tips for getting more traffic to Shopify shop? I just created it, now trying to figure out how to get more visitors.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial. Does WordPress or Shopify have any fees while using their platform? Thinking of creating an ecommerce like website for fun.

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    Hi, I’m looking to build a site to sell a monthly recurring consulting program… What would my best option be? Does WordPress offer a recurring ecommerce or would shopify be better? Thanks, Dan

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    I want to build a professional looking website featuring my coaching and public speaking practice. I will have a “Services” section with one1one online coaching sessions, public speaking events, and a few ebooks that I will sell (in the future I am planning to add more products like online trainings etc). What website builder do you suggest? Should I go for wordpress or shopify?

    As well, would you mind telling me what do you think about other website builders? I really want it to look very professional, I don’t care about the price too much.

    Thank you!

    Gabriela

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Gabriela,

      Great questions. If you only have few services/coaching then WordPress is probably a way to go. If you’re dealing with more than 50 products – Shopify might be a better solution.

      I’m not a big fan on website builders, but I’m currently testing them out and soon will be adding a final review on websitesetup.org

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    I’m just now starting a website. I came here because I thought that after I got the domain I was good to go. Silly Me. I have a blog…. however, I want to have a store on my wordpress site…. or website…. can I do this with shopify? or do I need to look for a wordpress plugin?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      If you want a really large shop with tons of items, go with Shopify.
      If you want to sell 10 – 30 items, go with WordPress.

      Shopify is better for larger ecommerce sites while WordPress is better for smaller ones.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    I want to establish my online Jewellery selling website but as a starter I want it for free. Kindly let me know the best possible options for this purpose.

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    I have a question, sorry if it sounds dumb.. I am new at this … I am starting an online boutique store I was trying to see what would be a better option for me to use shopify or wordpress?

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      I think if you’re just starting out and planning to open boutique store then Shopify could be a better option 🙂

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    thanks so much for your sites- very informative.
    I am trying to build a site for custom monograms- the customers first pick their product w/size, color… and then pick the monogram design and then pick the letters of their name…

    sort of complex, I am noticing as I try to build a site myself. Which site would you recommend? Do you think I could do it myself or I should hire someone? How much would it cost?

    Thank you!

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Annie,

      Everything you explained is fairly easy to do with WordPress/Shopify, but the monogram design can be a tricky one. I think it’s wise if you hire someone for it from codeable.io (WordPress) or peopleperhour.com

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial

    We are planning to open an online store for a range of clothing/designer stuffs. We want to launch an e-commerce website which shall enable the visitors to shop while they browse. Which should be a preferred option, Shopify or WordPress?

    Regards
    Abhishek Sinha

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Shopify would be a better option, but WordPress is more tweakable. I guess if you’re just starting out then go with Shopify – you can always move onto another platform (like WordPress) if needed.

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial: have you used WooCommerce? What do you make of it? I’ve used it recently and was quiet impressed with it, so I’m wondering why you’re not even mentioning it. Many thanks.

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Sophie,

      I haven’t used WooCommerce, but it’s a great alternative (WordPress + WooCommerce) for Shopify. I might write a blog post about it in the near future. Thanks for letting me know :).

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    Found the answer in the same post! Sorry, lot of info in one day… I should download a plugin for WordPress and create and online store 🙂 Thank you anyway, let´s see now if I´m able to do all this by myself!
    Regards

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    Which is better for my vision, WordPress or Shopify? I will be starting a website that has blog posts, hair advice, hair consultations, video tutorials, all the while selling hair products and t shirts. Looking forward to your response.

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Kathy,

      WordPress seems a bit better option as it suits well for content, blog posts, videos, images etc. Shopify isn’t that good for this kind of stuff – it’s mostly for selling things.

      Hope that helps

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,
    Which website would you recommend for affiliate marketing?Shopify or WordPress?I am planning to make a niche affiliate website with good from Amazon mostly.

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    Bilqees Fatema Syed

    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial,

    I had a query.
    We are a team of nutritionists. And we want to open a website for online nutrition consultation/nutrition counselling/diet planning. Its going to be a paid service. We plan to give diet plans, do skype calling for nutrition counselling and even write articles for viewers to browse through. What would you suggest for this?
    Please help.

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Bilqees,

      You seem to have a solid plan for a website. I’d start off with WordPress, though. It seems you don’t have much products to sell besides a diet plan and Skype consultation. If you are planning to write articles/blog posts too then WordPress seems to be best fit.

      Let me know if that helps,
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

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    Hi WebsiteSetup Editorial, I checked the list of gateways and If I want to setup an online store in Colombia (south America) which one can I use? . This country is not on the list? Please advise.

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    Hi,

    I just had a question… after the website is set up when people buy products how does the business owner get paid? Is that an easy thing to understand and setup or does it require a link with ones bank account? Also, Are there ways to link quickbooks to this type of websites?

    Thank you so much,
    Christa

    • WebsiteSetup Editorial
      WebsiteSetup Editorial

      Hi Christa,

      You can set up “PayPal” payments link or Quickbooks too. Shopify also has its own built-in payment processors that you should make thing really easy. If you get confused a bit, feel free to get in touch with Shopify support chat – they have always been really helpful.

      Let me know if that helps,
      WebsiteSetup Editorial