Shopify Tutorial – Beginner’s Step by Step Guide
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Shopify Tutorial – Beginner’s Step by Step Guide

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Christina Dillon

Updated: March 17, 2021

Are you looking into creating a new revenue stream that won’t cost you too much to get started and is easy to set up? Then you should create your own Shopify website.

With a Shopify website you can sell your own stuff online, be it physical goods or digital products.

What’s more, with a Shopify website you can sell products even if you don’t have inventory, using dropshipping.

We’re not kidding when we say that this is easy to set up, and in this Shopify guide we will show you how to create your own online store quickly, step by step.

In this Shopify tutorial for beginners we will also walk you through some Shopify features that will help you create an attractive online store that will bring you 5 figures a month without much effort.

Shopify Tutorial

Ready? To get started, visit “Shopify.com”. There, click on “Pricing” to see the pricing plans.

Shopify is a monthly subscription platform, but as you can see on the pricing table, it is the cheapest ecommerce platform, offering the most features for the best price.

Cheapest Ecommerce Platform

Though you can start with a plan right away, you can sign up for free simply by clicking on “start free trial” and use it for free for 14 days.

Start Free Trial

Now you are going to enter your email address, a new password, and your store name. Click on “Create your store” once you enter all this information.

Create Your Store

Awesome job, you just created your store! In the following page you simply have to enter your personal information, including your first name, last name, and address so you can get paid from the sales you make. Click on “enter my store” after you enter this information.

Enter My Store

You will be redirected to your Shopify dashboard, where you can start getting your Shopify website ready.

Shopify Website

You can start by personalizing the look and feel of your Shopify website by replacing the default Shopify template with a different template. For this, click on the “customize theme” tab, and then on the “customize theme” button.

Customize Theme

In the following page you are going to scroll to the bottom of the page. There you can pick from “free themes” and “Shopify store themes”. You can find some of the best Shopify website templates here.

Shopify Store Themes

A good starting point is to pick a free theme before you move into paid Shopify website templates. First, click on “explore free themes”.

Explore Free Themes

Next, select a free Shopify theme from this window by clicking on it.

Free Shopify Themes

Then, click on the “add to theme library” button.

Theme Library

You will find your new Shopify template in the “theme library” section, where you have to click on the “actions” menu button, and then on the “publish” option”.

New Shopify Template

Next you are going to click on the “publish” button on this window.

Publish

Your new template will appear as the current theme, and you can click on the “customize” button to personalize it.

Customize

When you open your template editor, you will be able to customize everything from the sidebar menu, the header, and the appearance of the homepage.

Template Editor

You can customize things like colors, typography, cart, navigation, social media links, site favicon, checkout, and theme style by clicking on “theme settings”.

Theme Settings
Shopify Theme Setting

Back on your Shopify dashboard, you can configure your Shopify domain by clicking on the “Add domain” tab and then on the “add domain” button.

Add Domain

Your primary domain is a Shopify subdomain, and you can replace it with your own Shopify domain here by clicking on “connect existing domain”.

Connecting Existing Domain

In the following page you are going to enter your domain address into the “domain” field, and then you will click on “Next”.

Next Shopify

After adding your domain, you will be instructed to log in to your domain provider account to change your settings so your domain redirects to your Shopify website. After you change your settings in your account, make sure to click on “verify connection” and follow the steps to verify that your connection was successful.

Verify Connection

If you don’t have a domain, you can purchase your own Shopify domain by clicking on the “buy new domain” button in the domain page.

Buy New Domain

Next, you are going to enter a domain name that you’d like for your Shopify website into the “domain” field to check availability. If available, you will be able to buy it right away.

Domain

How to add products to a Shopify Website

Adding products to your Shopify website is easy. You can start by clicking on the “products” tab in the sidebar menu, and then on the “add product” button.

Add Product

Adding your product information is easy. First, you are going to enter the product “title” and product “description”.

Description

Next, you’re going to click on “add file” to locate and upload your product image.

Add File
Add File Shopify
Product Image

Now you can enter the product price. There are two price fields you can fill. In the “price” field you can add the sale price you want to set to turn your desired profit, and in the “compare at price” you can add a higher amount so your regular price is perceived as a discounted price. This trick will help you drive sales faster because of fear of missing on the offer!

Compare At Price

Also, you can calculate your margin and profit by entering the base cost of your product into the “cost per item” field.

Cost Per Item

Next you are going to add your inventory. Here you simply have to add your SKU, your Barcode number, and your stock quantity into the “Available” field.

Available

In the shipping section you are going to specify whether you are shipping a physical product by ticking the “this is a physical product” checkbox, or by disabling this option if you’re selling a digital product.

In case you are selling a physical product, enter the weight of the item you are selling to calculate the shipping cost at checkout.

Physical Product

If you’re selling a product with multiple variants such as different sizes, colors, or editions, tick the “this product has multiple options” checkbox.

Multiple Options

You will be able to select the variant type by clicking on the “option” field and selecting from this menu.

Variant Type Items

Then you can enter the different variants into the field next.

Different Variants

You will be able to edit the price and quantity of each variant you add below.

Price Quantity Of Variant

A very good feature of a Shopify website is the ability to optimize Shopify SEO directly when creating a Shopify product.

You can see a search engine listing preview at the bottom of this page, and you can click on “edit website SEO” to optimize your Shopify listing SEO.

Shopify Seo
Website Seo

This way you can improve your listing’s SEO and add high-traffic keywords that help you to position your Shopify website on search engine results.

Search Engine

Before you publish your product, make sure to change the product status at the top of the page by clicking on this menu button and selecting “active”.

Publish Product

And in the “Organization” column below you can add the “product type”, the name of the product’s vendor, and the product “Tags”.

Publish Type

Once you are ready to publish your product, click on the “save” button.

Save Product

Your product will be published right away!

Product Publish

How to set up Shopify Shipping Profiles

It is important that you set the right methods and costs of shipping your products. Start by clicking on the “settings” tab at the bottom of the sidebar menu.

Settings

In the following page you are going to click on “Shipping and delivery”.

Shipping And Delivery

In the shipping and delivery page click on “Manage rates”.

Manage Rates

Locate the “shipping from” column in the following page. There, you can change your shipping address by clicking on this “manage” link, in case you’re shipping products from an external fulfillment location and not your registration address.

Shipping Form

In the “Shipping to” column you can edit rates according to shipping method and weight. To edit a rate, simply click on the three dotted menu button, and then on “edit rate”.

Shipping Method

You can set rates based on weight or price.

Weight Or Price

After setting a condition, you can click on the “rate name” field to select a shipping method, and then you can enter the shipping cost in the “price” field.

Rate Name Price

You can click on “done” to save your changes.

Save

Once you are done configuring your shipping profiles, click on the “save” button on this page.

Shipping Profile

How to add Shopify Apps to your Shopify Website

You can make your Shopify website better by adding Shopify apps to your store, which you can find by clicking on the “apps” tab in the sidebar menu.

Shopify Apps

There you will find app recommendations for your Shopify website, but you will find the best Shopify apps for your store by clicking on “Visit the Shopify app store”.

Shopify App Store

In the Shopify app store you can find and install Shopify apps for dropshipping, for Shopify SEO, for Print on Demand, for inventory, for wholesale, for reviews, for email marketing, for subscriptions, and more.

Print On Demand

You can browse Shopify apps by using the “categories” and “collections” menus on top, or you can enter a keyword into the search bar to find the Shopify apps that you need for your store.

Categories
Collections

To install a Shopify app on your Shopify website, simply click on the app icon first.

App Icon

Then, click on the “add app” button.

Add App

How to remove powered by Shopify

It is possible to remove the “Powered by Shopify” message that appears in your Shopify website if you want to.

Simply go to your Shopify dashboard, click on “Online store”, and then on “Themes”.

Powered By Shopify
Online Store

Next, click on the “actions” menu button in the “current theme” section, and then on the “edit languages” option.

Current Theme

In the following page you are going to type “powered” into the “filter translations” field.

Powered
Filter Translations

Finally, you simply have to type a single space using the space bar, into the “powered by Shopify” field, and then to click on “save” to finish.

Save Done

How to change Shopify Store Name

If you want to change your Shopify store name, go to your Shopify dashboard and click on the “settings” tab.

Shoppify Store Name

In the following page, click on “general”.

General

Now simply delete the current name, and type in your new Shopify store name into the “store name” field. Click on “save” to save your new name.

Store Name
Save Store

How to pause Shopify Store

If you need to pause your Shopify store, go to your Shopify dashboard, and click on “settings”.

Shopify Dashboard

In the following page, click on “Plan and permissions”.

Plan And Permissions

Please note that in order to be eligible to pause your Shopify store, you will need to be on a paid plan and to be at least 60 days past the free trial period. This means that you won’t be able to pause your store when it is new.

Once you meet the criteria, you will find the option to pause your store in the “Store status” section, which is at the bottom of the plan and permissions page.

Store Status

There are two pause plans available to Shopify store owners that meet the criteria:

  • The “Pause and Build” plan allows you to pause your store and work on it. To enable this plan, all you have to do is click on the “pause and build” option in the Store Status section, to review the changes to your billing cycle, and to click on “confirm changes”.
  • The “Pause” plan allows you to pause your store completely and step away from it for up to 3 months. To enable this plan, all you have to do is click on the “Pause” option in the Store Status section, to agree with the terms and conditions, to leave a message for store visitors to see while your store is paused, and to click on “submit”.

How to cancel Shopify

If you want to cancel Shopify and close your Shopify store, go to your Shopify dashboard and click on the “settings” tab.

Shopify Store

In the following page, click on “Plan and permissions”.

Plan

Now move to the “Store status” section and click on “Close store”.

Close Store

Now enter your password when prompted to and click on “confirm”.

Confirm

Next, click on the “select a reason” drop-down menu button and select the reason why you are canceling your Shopify store.

Drop Down Menu
Select A Reason

Finally, click on the “Close store” button to finish canceling your Shopify store.

Store Close

If you want to generate a 5 to 6 figure monthly income on the best ecommerce platform, then follow these steps and create your Shopify website today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shopify?

Shopify is an ecommerce platform that offers you all the tools you need to create your own online store and make money by selling your own products online

How does Shopify work?

Shopify is a cloud-based platform that you can access from your browser. It provides you with an admin panel where you can configure your store, add products, process orders, and more.
 

How much does Shopify cost?

Shopify is the cheapest ecommerce platform you can find. The Basic plan costs $29 a month, the Shopify plan costs $79 a month, and the Advanced Shopify plan costs $299 a month.

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Christina Dillon

Christina Dillon is a professional content creator with a passion for ecommerce and digital marketing. And that's exactly what led her to her role with EcommerceChamp. In her free time, you'll probably find Christina working on her Shopify store.

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