Shopify offers 14-day free trial to get you going. To launch your Shopify store, you must sign up for an account. If you think you will need more time to setup your online Store please contact our support team to sign up. Our Shopify Experts team will help you for free.
1. Sign Up with Shopify
To start, visit Shopify.com. Click here to visit directly to the signup page.
Enter your email address, click on Get Started button & continue the signup process.
In Tell us a little about yourself section it will ask few details about the business.
Your store name needs to be unique in Shopify or it will ask you to choose something else.
Then it will ask your address details to register your account.
Once complete, click on “Enter my Store”.
2. Start Setting Up Your Shopify Store
After you’ve signed up you’ll be directed straight to your store admin screen. Now you are ready to start customising your store’s look, uploading products and setting up payments and shipping.
Shopify home screen Your home admin screen tells you all you need to know to get you up and running.
3. Choose a Shopify Theme
Shopify has its own official theme store. These themes are all guaranteed that it’s fully responsive any device.
All themes come with a comprehensive list of modifications you can make without having to touch a line of code. The premium themes come with more modifications, but that’s not to say you can’t achieve a great looking site with a free one.
To find a theme that suits your needs we recommend the following:
1. Browse the Theme Store
Log into Shopify and visit the Shopify Theme Store at themes.shopify.com. Here you’ll find over 180 theme variations to choose from, including a good selection of free ones.
You can filter by paid or free, industry and by features. You can also sort themes by price, popularity, and most recent.
browse-theme-store The Shopify Theme Store.
2. Check the functionality and reviews
Once you’ve found a theme you like, click on the theme’s sample image. You’ll be given more information about the theme, such as whether the theme is responsive/mobile ready among other features.
Scroll down to read some reviews to find out what e-tailers using the theme think of it.
3. Preview the theme
To see the theme in action, click View Demo. You’ll see this below the green ‘Preview Theme in your Store’ button.
If the theme comes in a range of styles, you can also view demos of the different styles by clicking on them.
4. Get the theme
Once you’ve found a theme you like, click on Start with this theme if it is a paid one click on Try theme you can purchase the theme if you are 100% of with the theme.
After the theme has installed, Shopify will let you know, and will give you the option to Go to your Theme Manager and customize the store theme.
Your theme manager shows published themes (the one you installed or activated most recently) and unpublished themes below (previously installed and unpaid themes).
4.Customizing your store
Shopify’s theme editor offers an easy way to customize your store’s look and feel, layout, typography, and colors. Each theme includes built-in settings that allow you to change the look and feel of your store without editing any code. The theme editor includes a preview of your store, so that you can see the way your changes will look before publishing them. If your theme is a paid one
- From your Shopify admin, go to Online Store > Themes.
- click on Customize.
- The theme editor shows a preview of the theme and categories of settings that you can change.
Different types of pages have different theme sections. When you open the theme editor, the settings for the home page are shown by default. To access the settings for other pages, select the page type from the top bar drop-down menu:
Please go through below video for more information
5. Add Your Products to The Store
6. Payment gateways
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.
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.
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 popular for online payments.
Some gateways will take the payment on their own servers via their own form. This means the customer is taken away from your checkout and they pay on the form provided by your payment gateway. They are then redirected to your confirmation page once the customer successfully pays. This allows you to have a bit more control of the checkout process. Now you can circumvent Shopify’s limitations in that they don’t let you customise the checkout other than with CSS.
Payment Gateway options for Sri Lanka
Now ECOM Services has a solution to integrate your local bank or any other local payment options with Shopify Payment Gateway.
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. Also, make sure to make use of the Google Analytics feature. This can prove to be an invaluable source for tracking your store visitors.
7. General Shopify settings
From your store admin, go to the Settings > Shipping page.
you can create Shipping Zones, and Shipping rates based on price or weight
Test your order system
To test your system you can simulate a transaction using Shopify’s Bogus Gateway.
To use 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, but you’ll receive the refund as a transaction credit on your account. You can use transaction credits to pay future transaction fees.
Consider Buying a Domain Name
To get your site live you’ll need a domain name. You have two choices for this. Firstly you can buy a domain from Shopify and it will be added to your store automatically. This saves you time, especially if you have no knowledge of hosting a website. These domains typically 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 $1.99 USD a year. The downside is that you’ll have to redirect the DNS records yourself which can seem daunting at first. Setting up your domain is not something you have to do often, but it’s important that you do it properly the first time.