Complete Shopify Tutorial for Beginners 2020 | Learn How to Create a Shopify Store in 17 Steps With Pictures

Complete Shopify Tutorial for Beginners 2020 | Learn How to Create a Shopify Store in 17 Steps With Pictures

(Last Updated On: April 25, 2020)

1. Introduction

You’re welcome here. For you to be here I know you’re interested in knowing how to create a Shopify store in 2020. If so, you’re in the right place. In this post, I’ll be giving in-depth shopify tutorial for beginners and intermediate (if you are a pro already, read along cause you’ll learn a lot from this). To make it easy, I’ve divided the tutorial into 17 steps. If you’re a beginner make sure you done skip any step and if you need help or facing challenges while creating your store you can check the table of content above; if it’s not there, kindly let me know in the comment box at the end of this tutorial (Guess what! I reply to all comments and questions).

2. What Is Shopify

Shopify is an ecommerce platform designed for creating an online store. (Simple right?). If you sell goods or products offline or own a physical shop, you can also reach more customers with an ecommerce store created with Shopify. Also with Shopify you can create an ecommerce store without owing or storing the product. This business model is known as SHOPIFY DROPSHIPPING or AFFILIATE MARKETING.

3. How To Signup To Shopify

how to sign up to shopify for free

To get started with creating a store with Shopify, click here >> akprosperblog.com/Shopify to signup and get 14 days trial.

  • Click start free trial
  • Enter your Email address, password and store name. Note: the store name will also be your store URL.
  • Click create your store
  • On the next page you fill in your details
  • Click enter my store

4. How To Add A Theme In Shopify

how to add a theme in shopify

In this tutorial, we’ll be using a free theme called Supply

  • Click “Online Store” It’s at the left side of your screen
  • Click “Themes” from the drop-down
  • On the themes page, click explore free themes (Shopify also have paid themes)
  • Search for “Supply” and select light style
  • Click “Add Supply”
  • Ones the theme has been successfully added, scroll down, click on action, publish then confirm
how to add a theme in shopify

5. How To Add Product To Shopify

how to add product to shopify store
  • On your dashboard, click products
  • Click add product
  • Enter your product title, description, images, price, inventory, shipping, variant, tags etc
  • When you’re done click on save product
how to add product to shopify store

6. How To Add Collections To Shopify

how to add collection to shopify store

Collection simply means grouping similar products together.

  • On your dashboard, click products
  • Click collections >> Create collection
  • Enter title, description and other things are optional
  • For collection type, select manual then save
  • To add product to the collection, when the page loads, scroll down to products, click browse, select the products you want to add to the collection then click add

7. How To Setup Shipping In Shopify

how to setup shipping in shopify store
  • On your dashboard, click settings at the lower right
  • From the list of settings, locate shipping and click on it
  • Set your shipping origin that is where you’re shipping from. By default, your store address will be your shipping origin but you can change it
  • Set your shipping rate and shipping zone, that is where you will be shipping to
how to setup shipping in shopify store

8. How To Setup Payment In Shopify

how to setup payment in shopify store
  • On your dashboard, click settings at the lower right
  • From the list of settings, locate payment providers and click on it
  • Select the payment method you want to use on your store like PayPal, credit cards, crypto currency, cash on delivery (COD) etc. To accept credit card, choose from the list of payment gateway available and fill in the required details

9. How To Setup Checkout Page In Shopify

  • On your dashboard, click settings at the lower right
  • From the list of settings, locate checkout and click on it
  • Select the option that best fit your store

10. How To Create Pages In Shopify

how to create a page in shopify store
  • On your dashboard, click Online Store >> Pages >> Add page
  • Enter your page title and description then save
  • For contact page, enter your title, you don’t need to add any content in the description. At the right you’ll find template suffix, click on it and select “page.contact” then save. This will automatically create a contact form for your contact page

11. How To Create Menu In Shopify

how to create a menu in shopify store
  • On your dashboard, click Online Store >> Navigation >> Add menu
  • There are two types of menu; footer menu and main menu
  • Starting with the footer menu, Click footer menu >> Add menu item
  • Enter the name of the page you want to add, on the next row, click link >> Pages and selected the page then click add. You can also add collection, product to the menu. Just select it in the link row
  • Repeat the process to add other pages to the footer menu
  • When done you can rearrange the menu the way you want by dragging it up or down
  • Follow the same step to create the main menu
how to create a menu in shopify store

12. How To Customise Shopify Homepage

how to customise a shopify store

On your dashboard, click Online Store >> Themes >> Customize
The customize section is where you arrange each section of the of the homepage including other theme settings like logo, typography, colour, size, footer widget etc

how to customise a shopify store

13. How To Add A Custom Domain In Shopify

how to add a custom domain name to shopify store

By default, your domain name will be formed from your store with a dot myshopify extension. This is not ideal for a store as it’s not SEO friendly and it will be difficult for buyers to remember the store link. To get a custom domain, follow the steps below:

  • On your dashboard, click Online Store >> Domains
  • On the domain page, you can either “Buy new domain” or “connect an existing domain” that is if you’ve bought a domain from other registrar like Hostgator, namecheap, Siteground etc you can connect it to your Shopify store when you select the “connect an existing domain” option.

14. How To Pick A Plan And Remove Store Password

To start taking orders on your store, you’ll need to pick a plan as this will enable checkout. If you don’t choose a plan you can’t checkout. Also the store will be password protected, meaning your store will be displaying a coming soon page

  • At the bottom of the dashboard, you’ll see a blue box telling you how many day you have left in your free trial. Next to it is an option to select a plan; click on it
  • You’ll pick one of the available plans. It’s important to note that you’ll only be charged at the end of your 14 days free trial
  • Confirm your plan by entering your card details then click on start plan
  • You’ll be redirected to the preferences page, under password protection uncheck enable password then save
  • With this your store will be live and the checkout page will be accessible

15. How To Add Apps In Shopify

If you’re familiar with WordPress, Shopify apps are similar to WordPress plugins. They are add-ons that add more features and functionalities to your store.

  • On your dashboard, click apps
  • Select the app you want to add and complete the setup

Read my Top 10 Recommended Shopify App

16. Exploring General Settings

On the general settings, you’ll be able to change store details such as store name, account and customer email, store address, time zone, unit system and the default weight unit, and store currency. You can also add a currency converter app that converts your store’s currency to the customer’s currency.

17. Exploring Other Settings

shopify store settings

There are other settings available in Shopify.

TAX: The tax allows you to setup tax. I won’t be writing much about this cause different countries have different taxing system when it comes to ecommerce and other internet related businesses make sure you do your finding when setting up your store.

ACCOUNTS: Here you’ll be able to add staffs with roles to manage the store.

Now that you’ve read this step by step guide on creating an ecommerce store using Shopify, click here to sign up and get your 14 days free trial.

Basically this is how to create a Shopify store. In case you have any question; feel free to leave them in the comment box below. Don’t forget to like and share this post.

Below is the video to this tutorial

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