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1: Sign Up for Shopify
Get yourself a free trial. Navigate to the Shopify and click on the Get Started button. Fill in your desired email address, password and store name.
Next, you will be prompted to setup your name and enter a password:
Next, tell Shopify about yourself by specifying how much you plan to sell and if you’re already selling.
The following page asks you to fill in personal information such as your name, address and phone number, all of which is used to configure currencies and tax rates as well as some info about selling.
Click on the Enter My Store button when complete.
2: Setup your first product on your Shopify Store
Skip this and advance to 3 if you are setting up a Print On Demand Store.
When going to your Shopify admin, it outlines a nice step-by-step process on how to completely setup your shop. The first button asks you to add a product, so you should click on that first.
You can fill in details like a title, description, price and vendor. Feel free to complete however much of the product page you’d like. Just make sure you save the product at the end.
This is great to do even if its a test product, this way you’ll learn how to do it. If you are going to plan on dropshipping then check out this guide. You can also create a Collection which are categories. For example you could have a t-shirt, jeans and shoes product which you may want to put under a category such as “Mens Clothing”.
3: Customise the look of your Shopify Store
Go back to the main dashboard and select the customise the Look of Your Site button. This area asks you to customize anything from logos to colors. This takes a bit of tinkering, but the main part you want to focus on is the link that asks you to Visit the Theme store.
Here you can browse through the hundreds of themes, free and premium, in Shopify to make your site look amazing and unique.
4: Add a Domain (Optional)
This is an optional step, you can add a domain if you like. By default, you will get an address that will be the name of your store with .myshopify.com after it.
5: Check Through Settings
Skip this if you are setting up a Print On Demand Store and return to the guide.
This final step is important. Go through every menu option on the left hand side and check everything. The things you have done yet will include Adding a payment processor (Choose Shopify Payments of your own preferred method e.g PayPal etc), Setting up shipping costs (if applicable), adding sales Tax (if Applicable), generating policies (Refund, terms, privacy – there is an autogenerate button for these) and make sure everything under general has the correct details.
After this, you are ready to launch your site!
This is a very basic and quick start guide. Shopify is extremely powerful and can be configured in-depth and expanded by Apps.
If you feel you need support, you can check out our Shopify Support Service.