You already know Shopify is a subscription-based eCommerce software that giving access to create your own easy online store. You can manage your products, orders, shipments and everything you want through any device with Shopify. If you are new to our blog please subscribe and read our previews article to understand What is Shopify Dropshipping.
In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Shopify to launch your own online store that looks perfect in less than 30 minutes.
Let’s get started…
1. Sign Up with Shopify
Shopify offers a 14-day free trial to get you going. They didn’t ask any credit card requirement for free 14 trail. So, you can continue on for 14 days without any payment.
First, you have to choose a name for your store. Also, decide what you’re going to sell on your store. Shopify has free tools like Business Name Generator and Domain Name Generator to create a catchy brand name for your business. you can use these free tools to get some keyword related ideas to your store.
Just Visit Shopify.com. Use the “Start free trial” button to open the signup form. In here enter your required details and click the “Create your store” button.
After a few seconds you signed up, they will ask you a little about yourself. You will also be asked if you have products and revenue If you’re just trying out Shopify to see how it works for you. Provide your answers and move on to the next step.
In the next step, you have to provide your name, address, country and phone numbers etc. Provide your accurate information and click “enter my store”.
2. Setting Up Your Online Store
After you are done with the signup process you’ll direct to the Shopify Admin panel. Now you can start customizing your store, adding apps and setting up payments and shipping.
You can able to customize your store theme easily. But always use a clean perfect theme for getting customer attraction.
Click the “Customize” button and start to manage your store’s themes. But Shopify themes are all guaranteed to have full support from their designers.
If you want to make any changes to a theme, you can use HTML and CSS coding or Shopify has ‘Shopify Experts’ that you can hire to fully customize your site. Meanwhile, you can visit themes.shopify.com to choose a theme. That can cost additionally and some of the themes are free with limited features.
Go to Settings (Left side bottom) to edit your store settings. Here you can find some settings related to your store, products, shipments, legal pages and payment providers. Shopify guides you to every setting to understand easily.
3. Adding Apps to Your Store
If you’re going to make your store automated with dropshipping this step is important for you. Shopify has a apps store to make your online store perfect and automated with some functions. So if you are going to dropship you have to find a dropshipping app for automating your online store. So, Oberlo is the most suitable app for the dropshipping store. (Again I want to suggest, please read the previous article for understanding this dropshipping process.)
Visit apps.shopify.com and hit a search for “
After the installation, you can use the Oberlo dashboard. It enables you to import products to your store from the products owners. Also, you can install any other apps like MailChimp to create customers email list etc.
4. Adding Products to Your Store Using Oberlo
Go to app.oberlo.com/explore and search the product what you need to import on your online store. Here you can see already imported count, views, orders, price and shipment period of that product. Click “Add to Import list” to import a product.
After you imported the product, click on “Edit on import list” to edit the product you import. So that is the place you can set up your products on your online store. You can edit the title, images, description, profit and prices.
After setting up your product info, click “Import to store” to add that product to your store directly. Now you’re almost done with your store.
You can view your store by visiting www.yourstore.shopify.com. Here you’ll see the imported product is alive on your store!
Congratulations! you just imported a product to your store, you’ll never own! 😀
5. Setting Up Payment Providers
Go to settings > Payment providers to add one of the providers to proceed with customers payments. There you can see many payment providers with matching your country. Find you prefer and go through their instructions to set up your payment gateway. Also, you can use Paypal express checkout other than accepting Credit/Debit card.
6. Shipping Rates
Shipping rates at checkout: Go to Settings > Shipping to add shipping rates to define how much customers pay for shipping in their regions. You can choose and create shipping zones or you can add free shipping for the rest of the world. This rates will be showing at the checkout on when the customer ordering your products.
When you dropshipping, set shipping rates free to attract more customers.
7. Add a Domain Name and Launch the Store
You have two choices to add a domain for your online store.
First, you can buy a domain from Shopify starting at $14USD/yr. This will save time. Go to the “Online store” (Left side of admin panel) > Domain and click “Buy a new domain”.
Your second option is the purchase a domain from a third party such as GoDaddy. These domains start from $10.00 USD a year.
Go to the “Online store” (Left side of admin panel) > Domain and click “Connect existing domain” to connect your third party domain. Here you have to add DNS settings provided by your third-party domain registrar.
8. Congratulation, Your New Shopify Store is Now Alive!
Finally, you should now have a fully working online store. Remember to select your Shopify plan to continue. If you’re a beginner to eCommerce field, the basic plan is very suitable for you. So first choose valuable and attractive products to sell on your store. In the next article, I would like to write about how the shipment process will work with oberlo when order received. Do subscribe and stay with TalkBitz!