How to Set-Up Your First Shopify Store – Beginner’s Guide

How to Set-Up Your First Shopify Store – Beginner’s Guide

How to Set-Up Your First Shopify Store, Starting your online store can be a very profitable business. To set up an online store, you first need some basic knowledge of how eCommerce works and a good idea of what you want to sell. Once those are out of the way, it’s time to select the name for your new shop and design some logos and banners for it.

Decide What You Want to Sell

Find out what you want to sell before every other step because this will determine how your store needs to be set up. Different kinds of products require different types of storage options and shipping methods. For instance, if you plan on selling furniture, you’ll need to have a large warehouse to store all of your items. However, if you plan on selling digital goods, there is no physical product, so that you won’t need a warehouse.


Also, remember that some products will require more work than others. For instance, if you plan to sell handmade jewelry, it will probably take a lot more time for each item and be more expensive. If you want to sell clothing like t-shirts and hats, then those can be shipped directly from the factory, saving money and time and giving them a more comprehensive market because there is less middle man involvement.

Choose A Name For Your Store

Once you know what sort of products you want to sell, you need to create a name for your store. If possible, make sure the name is unique (or at least not too ordinary) and easy to spell and remember because if it’s hard for other people to find, they will go somewhere else. Also, don’t choose something too long because nobody wants to type that much into their browser or phone to get to your site.

If you already know what type of shop you want but haven’t decided on a name, try making one up by combining words/terms that describe what you would like the business to be called. For example, suppose I wanted my shop to be informational/helpful about topics I was knowledgeable about and didn’t want to limit myself to just one business name. In that case, I might decide that my store would be called informational.

Create A Logo and Banner Image for Your Store

Now you have a name for your shop, and the next step is to create a logo image and a banner. You can hire someone else to make these or do it yourself using software like GIMP (which is available for free). If you choose to make them on your own, remember that they need to look good when resized. These means don’t design something too intricate because it will become a pixel once scaled down into a smaller file size. Also, remember that if you’re going to scale your logo images, you should design them in a vector-based program like Inkscape because that will allow you to do it without losing quality.

Another thing to remember is how different file formats work for the web and what kind of look they typically have. For instance, PNGs usually have a matte/glossy effect, while JPGs are more pixels-looking. Some people prefer using GIF files instead because they don’t lose any quality when being resized, but that side is that the image won’t look as good if there are multiple colors (like gradients) like with logos and banners. So keep all of these things in mind when creating your logo and banner images.

And remember, your logo image is essential for brand recognition, so it should be memorable, even if small.

How to Set-Up Your First Shopify Store

Now that you should know what you want to sell, have a name for your store, and have profile images ready to go, it’s time to create your actual shop. Head on to and sign up with them by entering the required information (choose the free option). Once you do this, you will most likely already be given a pre-made theme (also called template) which is good enough for starters, but there are hundreds of other themes available that can give your shop a look that better fits your style.

If you want to add more customization, then get their “theme editor” app from the Shopify App Store and install it on your shop. This is a desktop application for both Windows and Mac OSX, giving you access to plenty of options for customizing every single part of your theme.

Just make sure you have a recovery of everything before making any changes in case something happens. Also, keep in mind that themes are updated frequently, so delete the old version and reinstall the new one if anything breaks. You can also try creating your theme or modifying an existing one by changing the HTML/CSS code but be aware that this requires programming knowledge to shop a unique look.

Choosing something that looks good and works well with your business model is essential, so make sure you try out different options before settling on one. Also, keep in mind that if you plan to sell certain products like gaming consoles or TVs, you need an internet connection of at least 5 Mbps for smooth playback because nobody likes a video that lags.

Creating Products for Your Shop

Now that you have a theme picked out, the next step is to add products to your shop. Make sure you choose categories for all of your products because people will usually look in those before looking at the actual items (which means a higher chance of sales).

When adding products, take good product photos with an excellent white background like Amazon does because that will give them an upscale feel. Also, remember that different item types need their specific information displayed on the product page. Hence, it’s best to read the Shopify documentation to learn about these details (you can also use Google because most things are pretty straightforward).

Customize Product Pages For Better Sales

Once you have created or added products, it’s time to set up their pages since customers go when they want more information before making a purchase.

Make sure to include plenty of details so people can feel what they are buying, especially if its clothes, shoes, notebooks, etc. Also, remember that you need to provide all relevant shipping information because that will affect how likely someone is to buy something. For instance, if the shipping cost is too high, they may abandon their cart right there and not even bother going through checkout. So be sure to figure out the cheapest possible shipping method before setting up your store (you can also use USPS, which has free tracking).

Another important thing is making sure you display payment options like PayPal since not everyone has or wants a credit/debit card, and some people don’t want to give out their personal information to just anyone.

After everything is done, you’ll be able to see your finished product page here:

Also read : How to Photoshop a Picture – Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide


We have talk about How to Set-Up Your First Shopify Store. Now it’s time for marketing and making sure more people know about your store so that more people buy your stuff! If you have any kind of issues in making a store online regarding to this guide, suggestions, or questions regarding this article, please tell me about or leave a comment below, and I will answer all the questions as soon as possible.

Written By: Syed Hammad Hassan

Edited By: Affiliatic Tech

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