How to Set up Online Store with Shopify
Signing up with Shopify and starting your store couldn’t be any easier and they even provide a 14-day free trial to get you going.
To launch your Shopify store, you must register for an account.
1. Sign Up with Shopify
2. Start Setting Up Your Online Shop
After you’ve signed up you’ll directed straight to your store admin screen. Now begin customizing your store, uploading product and fixing payments and shipping.
3. Choose a “Theme” or a “Layout”
1. Browse the Theme Store
2. Check the functionality and reviews
3. Preview the theme
To see the theme in action, click read Demo. You’ll see this below the green ‘Preview Theme in your Store’ button.
If the theme comes during a vary of styles, you can also read demos of the different styles by clicking on them.
4. Get the theme
4. Edit Shopify Settings
uploading slides to a homepage carousel
adding connected item practicality to product pages
choosing what percentage things seem on every line of the gathering pages
5. Add Your Products to The Store
Set up collections (groups of products)
clothes for men, women, or children
items of a certain sort, like lamps, cushions, or rugs
items on sale
items ensure sizes or colors
seasonal products such as holiday cards and decorations.
Manual and automatic collections
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Offsite Checkout
- 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
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.
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.
- Go to the Products page of your admin
- Click on the name of a given product.
- Scroll down to the section called “Inventory & variants”.
- Click on the edit link next to your Product Variant to open a dialog window.
- Make sure the checkboxes next to Charge taxes and Requires shipping are checked if you need to include these with your products.
- 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.
- If you are planning to ship your product to customers, make sure to enter the product’s weight in the appropriate field.
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:
- From your store admin, go to the Settings > Shipping page.
- 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:
- From your store Admin, click Settings, then Payments to go to your Payments settings
- If you have a credit card gateway enabled, deactivate it before continuing. (Click Edit, then Deactivate, then confirm your deactivation.)
- In the Accept credit cards section, click Select a Credit Card Gateway to open the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down the list to Other, then click (for testing) Bogus Gateway.
- Click Activate (or Reactivate, if you’ve used the Bogus Gateway before).
- 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:
- Make sure you’ve set up the payment gateway you want to test.
- Make a purchase from your store as a customer would, and complete checkout using genuine credit card details.
- Cancel the order immediately, to refund yourself and avoid paying transaction fees.
- 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 and receive the refund as 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.
You can buy a domain from Shopify and it will added to your store.
This saves you time, especially if you have no knowledge about hosting a website.
These domains 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.
- 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.
- 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: 188.8.131.52
- 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)
- Remove any storefront passwords
Otherwise, no one will be able to access your site even when it’s live.
- 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:
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.
- 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.