Planning to launch an online venture and start selling your products right away? Well, irrespective of the type and size of your online store, Shopify is an ideal choice for you.
Shopify has gained a lot of buzz since its inception. It is basically a powerful e-commerce solution that allows you to create an aesthetically appealing and fully functional online store. It includes almost everything that you may need to establish a successful online presence.
In fact, Shopify is one of the best e-commerce builders that make the process of building an online store a lot easier and convenience for the beginners.
In today's post, we are going to show you how you can create a feature-rich and visually stunning e-commerce store with Shopify.
Shopify streamlines much of what makes setting up an e-store annoying for many and scary for some. It has a very simple to use architecture integrated with the user-friendly, functional and clean dashboard. It enables you to alter theme settings, change menus, add posts and pages and edit inventory.
This e-commerce solution has an array of inbuilt tools including inventory management system, analytics, carousels, upsells, coupon codes and blog to assist you in selling all in one place.
Unlike other CMS and e-commerce, open source solutions that depend on the community for support, Shopify offers a committed support team who provides helpful and detailed service on the forums.
One of the most important features that many e-commerce solutions lack in is the availability of payment gateways. Shopify removes the necessity of buying extra extensions to add different gateways. It comes with inbuilt plug and plays payment gateways.
Maintaining a successful e-store involves a lot of chores including adding / deleting and editing products from the backend. Thanks to the extremely simple backend system, serving customers, adding products and setting things up is amazingly easy.
Though the list of the reasons to use Shopify for your next online venture is endless, these are some of the most popular reasons that make Shopify a preferred choice among store owners.
Without further ado, let's create Wordpress e-commerce store with Shopify.
First things first, create an account on Shopify. It offers a 14-day free trial after which premium plans start from $9 per month.
Fill in your details such as email address, and password and choose a name for your store. Once done, hit “create your store” button to get started.
After creating an account with Shopify, open your Wordpress website and install Shopify e-commerce plugin. On installing, activate it.
Once activated, it will automatically add a new menu item namely “Shopify” in your dashboard.
Open Shopify option and connect it with your previously created Shopify account by entering your store name and hit connect button. It will automatically connect your Shopify account with your Wordpress website and you will be able to see it's settings page.
After connecting your account and website, you are required to perform three tasks.
Now let's add some products to your store to get started.
In order to add a product to your store, just click on “Add a Product” button. You will be redirected to a Shopify's add product page.
The product page is well-designed to make it easier for the store owner to add products without having to write even a single line of code.
The product page features a Title field, a Description field, an option to add an image, product price, shipping and inventory information.
Fill in the details and hit save.
Repeat the process as many products as you want to add.
After adding products, it's time to set up payments. Go back to your dashboard and navigate to the Shopify settings page. There, you would see an option to Setup Payments. Click on it to continue. This will redirect to Shopify's payment setup page.
As mentioned earlier, Shopify supports a variety of payment gateways including Skrill, Authorize.net, Stripe, PayPal etc.
Shopify, by default, uses your PayPal email ID to accept payment, though you can change it and enter any other email address you want.
You can also add any other payment method you want by selecting them on the page. You need to provide additional details to connect your selected payment option and Shopify.
Once done, return to your Wordpress website dashboard.
The last option is to set up shipping. Again, click on the settings page of Shopify and hit Setup shipping button.
Fill in the shipping origin information and then enter shipping cost, and shipping zones.
It is extremely easy to set up shipping options on weight and order price. You can also add zones for international shipping and offer free shipping.
Upon configuring shipping information, you have successfully setup Shopify on your website.
You have added products to your store, configured shipping and payments, it's time to showcase your products on your website.
Create a new page or post in your Wordpress. On creating a new post or page, you will see a new option added namely “Add Product”.
Upon clicking it, you will get a drop drown menu of your added products. You can choose a particular product or a collection of products from the listing. You can choose the type of embed you want to add. It allows you to add a buy now button or a buy now button with an image.
If you also want to show product details and other information along with the product, you can add the buy now button. This allows you to build separate image galleries for your products.
However, if you are just looking to add a product, then select the button embed, price, and image.
Hit publish now to display your products on the page or post.
Visit your site to check if everything works fine.
All you need to do is add a widget to a sidebar where you would like to show your products or collects. Click appearance → widgets and you will notice a new widget added “Shopify” to the available list of the widgets. Go ahead and add it to the sidebar.
Go to widgets settings, and open add product button to choose the collections or products you would like to add.
Hit save to save the changes made in the widget settings.
Visit your site to see your products added in the sidebar section.
Congratulations, you have successfully created a store with Shopify.
We have tried to explain the entire process in steps to make it easier for our audience to build online stores without having to mess around with the coding or hire a professional developer to get the job done.
We have this post helped you create your e-commerce store in Wordpress website with Shopify.
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