How To Create A Shopify Store From Scratch!
Below Is The How To Create A Shopify Store Video Transcript.
In this Shopify tutorial, I’m going to take you through how to create a Shopify store step by step.
Not only that, I’m going to show you how to create one that’s both clean, and actually makes you money and looks extremely good.
That is the most important part when creating a store. Anyone can create a store, but you need to make it look good and actually have a store that makes money.
So if you have no coding experience, nothing like that, don’t worry.
I’m going to show you step by step, how you can create your own store, so you can start selling products online.
So let’s get started, I’ll show you exactly how you can get this done.
So the first thing we need to do, is actually go and get a 14-day free trial.
Shopify has one that you can use.
You can see if this is what you want to do, and they give you 14 days to do it.
So if you clink on the link below, you can get your 14-day trial and you can start using this platform to sell your products online.
Now the reason I love this platform is because you don’t need any coding experience to actually go out and get this done.
So the first step, when you’re starting is to go into the address bar and just put in the address you want to use so you can start the store.
We’re going to make a fishing website, so just put the name of your store in the name section.
Then I’m going to go to create my store, which is a really simple process.
Now, I will just let this do its thing and then we’ll be back.
Okay guys, we’re back now and what it’s done, is it just needs a little bit more information.
Once you have this information, you can scroll down and click Enter my Shopify store.
This isn’t my real address, but we’ll just use it for this example.
Alright guys, now once our Shopify dropshipping store is activated, it will look like this, and as you can see, it’s nice and clean, and it’s easy to navigate.
This is why a lot of people like to use Shopify, ’cause you can create a store without doing any code, and it’s really easy to set up.
So I’m going to show you, step by step, how to do it right now.
Now, on the left guys, you can see some simple navigations. So we have Home, Orders, Products, Customers, Analytics, Marketing, Discounts, Apps, Online Store, and Settings, and I will take you through all of these and explain them all to you as we progress through this video.
The first thing I want you to do guys, is just click on this little eye icon here that looks like an eyeball, and it will actually show us the Shopify store. And as you can see, it doesn’t look very good right now, because we need to add quite a lot of stuff into the store to make it look nice, so we can start to get sales.
So let’s do that right now. The first thing I highly recommend you do, before doing anything guys, is installing a theme and a free Shopify theme.
So you can do it here, but I’m going to go over and click on Online Store here and go to Themes down here, it will automatically come up, and this is a standard theme.
Now the reason you want to install a theme first is because, you don’t want to change themes later on, once you’ve already set up a store.
First thing you must do is go and choose a theme. So I’m go to free themes down here, Explore free themes, and I’m going to show you the one that I use.
Guys, I’ve got my own custom theme now, but when I first started doing Shopify and drop shipping, this is the theme I used, Venture.
Everyone uses, like Brooklyn, and stuff like that, but if everyone’s using the same theme, you don’t stand out from anybody else. So I recommend Venture, this is a great, free theme.
It looks good, they have different outlays and stuff like that, it’s mobile optimized, it’s tablet optimized, this is probably the best free theme when it comes to looks, and it just looks a lot better than all of the other themes, and it’s free.
So I’m going to go to Add Venture here.
Now, I’m going to show you how to edit this theme and make it look nice, but what usually happens guys, is we’re starting from a skeleton site.
We don’t really have any idea of what we should follow. So I recommend going to the Shopify Blog, and they actually have a list of 50+ Exceptional Online Stores Built on Shopify.
Just scroll down guys, and it’s going to give you ideas of what you can model and follow. And you know, don’t be afraid to do this, because this is what everybody does.
We go out, and we kind of use these other stores as ideas to build our store around. Don’t just go and copy them, but use their layouts and stuff as an idea, as a gateway to designing your store, okay?
So you can just do that guys. It’s called the Top 50 Exceptional Shopify Online Stores Built on Shopify.
So now the next step guys, is to actually activate the theme.
You’re still going to have the old one activated, so it’s up to you, obviously you want your store to be live, so you want to have it activated, or you can edit it down in this section.
We’re going to go to Actions, and we’re going to go to Publish, okay? And then click Publish here.
Now what this has done guys, is actually edit our Venture theme here, so as long as it says, Venture here, we can now go to Customize the theme.
Now we’re going to go and customize the Shopify theme a little bit, and then we’re going to jump back into a few other things and then jump into customizing the theme again.
So the first thing I highly recommend you do, guys, is start from top to bottom, okay? That’s just going to make it really, really easy for you.
So, first of all, you probably want to change the logo.
You definitely want to have a logo on your store.
If you don’t know where to get a logo from, you can go to Fiverr.com, and you can get a cheap logo for five dollars, or I’ll just show you one that I just made right now in Photoshop.
So, you want to go to the Header section here, and click on Logo, and click on the Upload an image, and go to Upload an image.
And I’m going to upload my image here, right here. I created this quickly in Photoshop, and it looks really, really nice.
And then I’m going to go, Select, and let me get this up here, and that’s it. And then I’m going to click Save.
So the first thing I’ve done, guys, is put in a nice logo.
Now, I like dark colors, so I’m going to keep the top black, or maybe I’ll change it to a gray, but we’ll just leave it like that for now. And you can also change the size of the logo, down here, in the Custom logo width, and it changes the size for me as well.
Now, the next thing to do guys, will be the menus, but we’re actually going to skip that for now, because we do need to do something else before we do the menus, because I want this to be easy and step by step so you don’t get confused, because we do need to set up things like collections and stuff like that to make it look good and function well.
So what we’re going to do next guys, is actually do the slider here, and I’ll show you some tricks on how to do that, and then we’ll also do the collections as well.
And the collections will tie in with the main menu, and I will show you all about that in a second.
Before we actually do that guys, I’ll just show you this little thing here. It’s called an announcement bar.
You can put an announcement bar at the top here. So it’s for something like, hey, these items are free shipping today, and you can actually link them back to Products, Collections, Pages, Blog posts, or Policies, which we’ll talk about in a second. But you can link back to these things.
So you can have an announcement bar with this theme, which is really good. A lot of these free themes don’t have announcement bars built in, so that’s a cool feature that you can have. And you can link back to something there, if you have a sale on or something like that.
So, what we want to do now guys, is go back, and we want to actually go to what we call the Slideshow.
This is the section right here, where it says Slide. We’re going to go Add slide. We’re going to add an image, okay? So, I recommend you go to a website called Unsplash.com or pixabay.com, these are royalty free images.
It means you can use these without getting in trouble, ’cause they’re not copyrighted.
So, I’m going to go to Unsplash guys, and I’m going to put in fishing, ’cause my store is based around fishing.
And I’m going to click this image, and I’m going to download this image for free. Now guys, here’s a trick.
You want your website to be fast, so I recommend going to tinypng.com and compressing the file, okay? So tinypng.com, drag in the file, and it will compress it. Now, this is a 42 megabyte file, I would recommend you use something like, maybe, so you can sometimes download different sizes.
Try getting the least size possible. You want it to be like one megabyte or less, because this isn’t actually going to compress a hell of a lot with this, but we’ll see what we get. Okay guys, so it’s actually compressed it a lot.
It’s compressed it 73% down to 1.1 megabytes. I would recommend you probably want to get it down to at least 500 megabytes, this is a little bit too big, but this will be fine for our tutorial.
I’m going to re download that image guys. So now I’ve compressed it by 73%, so it means it’s going to take less time to load when someone visits your store.
And I’m going to go Select image guys, and we’re going to go Upload here, and I’m going to simply go to my downloads, and I’m going to upload that compressed file, okay? And then it’s going to come up here, and it’s going to look beautiful.
It might take a little bit to load, ’cause it’s one megabyte. And there we go guys, that right there.
And I’m going to click Select here, and then we’re going to go down guys, and I can do something cool, like, Best Fishing Reels on this particular slide, right?
And it shows up in the heading, and then I can, once again, link back to a Product or Collection, which we’ll do in a second, and you can take people back to the best fishing reel deals or something like that.
That’s why I love the Venture theme guys, there’s so much you can do, so much more than the other free themes. And then, I’m just going to now click Save, okay guys?
And I’ve now created one slide, and I’ll actually show you how to link back to a category in a second, when we create one, a Collection, sorry.
And if I want to add another slide, guys, it’s really easy.
I just go, Add slide, and I can simply add another slide, which I’ll just add the same image, so when people go from left to right, it’s got the same slide, well you’d obviously have another picture or something, but you’ve got the thing, so this is kind of preview here.
See if we can do a bit of a preview. So I’m going to go to Preview theme guys, go to Theme actions and Preview theme. And you’ll see that we now have this, within like, we’ve been doing this for like 15 minutes, we’ve now got this beautiful looking header here.
We can go from left to right, and this is two beautiful slides.
So what we’re going to do now guys, is create some collections and stuff, so we can make this look really nice as well.
So we will go over the rest of the theme when we actually come back to do the rest of the stuff.
So what we’re going to do now guys, is we’re going to go back to our Shopify thing here, and I’m going to show you some more stuff. What we’re going to do now guys, is create a collection.
And the reason I’m doing this is, because this is how you actually create a Shopify store. You can’t just go and create your entire store without content to put on the store.
So we need to go back and forth, and this is how we do it step by step.
So we’ve done some basic theme customization, and we’ve chosen our theme. Don’t worry, we’re going to get back to that in a second.
What you want to do now guys, is go up to Products up here on the left. And you want to go to what we call Collections.
Now Collections are categories. So if you’re used to WordPress and stuff like that, it’s basically just categories, it’s just another name for them, okay?
So this is where you can put all of your products, so you can have Collections for like sale that you’ve got going, or best sellers, or hoodies, shorts, fly fishing rods, salt water fishing rods, all of that sort of stuff.
So they’ve got kind of the basic one here, which is the home page, we’re not going to touch that okay? ‘Cause I want to show you how to create one.
We’re going to go to Create collection, and I’m going to name this collection here.
Cause we’re actually going to crate a couple of collections.
I’m going to name this one here Fly Fishing Rods, and I’ll tell you why in a second.
Now, Description, you don’t really need to do a description for the collection at this point of time, but I do recommend you go to the right, and you upload an image.
This is important for the visual aspect of the particular theme that we’re using, okay?
And then I’m just going to add this image.
Alright guys, so now I’ve uploaded the image on the right, and like I said, this is important for the visual aspect of this theme, and pretty much every other theme you’re going to use.
Now down here guys, on the Collection type, you want to leave this on Automated, and I’ll tell you why, that’s pretty self explanatory.
So what happens guys, is when you add products to your store we’re going to have a condition.
And whenever that condition is met, it’s going to automatically add that product to this collection for us so we don’t have to do it manually.
So the condition that I always like to use guys, is Product tag is equal to, and I like to do it as kind of like the title.
So I’ll do fly fishing rods. Fly fishing rods, so whenever I use the product tag, fly fishing rods, so let’s say here, I upload a bunch of fly fishing rods to my store,
I’m going to use this product tag, which I’m going to show you how to do in a second when we get to the Products section, adding the products, it will automatically add to this collection, okay? And you can also add other conditions if you like as well.
I’m just going to click Save. And that should hopefully save. Let me just fix this here, Resize your image, and upload it again. Okay, so I need to change the image guys.
We’ll do that, and we’ll be back. Alright guys, apologies for that. I just remembered you have to have the image under 200 kilobytes, okay?
So it has to be under 200 when you’re doing collections. So I’m going to go back to the collections right now, and I actually just created two for a specific reason, and I’ll show you why, it’s just to make everything look nice on the store.
So what I’m going to do now guys, is go onto Online Store, so click Online Store here, and go to Navigation.
What we’re going to do now is create a menu. And this is for the store.
There’s already a menu here guys, so if you want to add a new menu, you can just click Add menu, but I’m going to go to Main menu here.
And I’m going to pretty much just edit these particular things and add some more. So I’m going to actually just leave it as Main menu.
You can change the title if you want. I’m going to delete the catalog one. I’m going to leave Home as it is, because this will go back to the home page.
So I have Home here, and I have it linked to the home page. What I’m going to do now guys, is add those two other collections that we created okay?
So I’m going to do this one, Fly Rods, okay? And I’m going to go to here, so I’m going to click Link, and click on Collections, and I’m going to go to Fly Fishing Rods.
I’m going to just click Add. And now I have Fly Fishing Rods there. But just to make this tutorial a little bit better, I’m going to add my other ones, Best Summer Sellers.
I created while I edited the video, while I skipped the video before, I created one called Best Summer Sellers, and I’m going to go back to Collections, and I’m going to go back to Best Summer Sellers, and I’m going to click Add, okay?
And you can add an About page if you’d like, a Blog post, anything you want. And I’m going to click Save.
Now what I’m going to do guys, is go back to themes, okay?
If I’m going too fast for you, just pause the video, catch up, and then continue.
And then I’m going to go to Customize theme guys, and we’re going to go back to the Menu here, and you can see, it’s actually already changed.
So now, my Menu says Fly Rods, Best Summer Sellers, and so it just looks a lot more nicer now, a lot more authentic than having the other menu from the standard theme before.
If you want to change this menu guys, that’s pretty easy. Okay, so guys, back in the header, you can go down to Main menu and change, and you can change it, you can add in a new menu, you can create a menu as well, although I like to create it back in the navigation place where it was before.
So just to create menus guys, go back to the navigation and all that sort of stuff, and I’m going to show you how to create a footer menu as well inside this training.
Okay, so that’s menus guys, in a nutshell, it’s very easy. And as you can see, it automatically updated.
So if we actually go to preview this theme now guys, here, Preview theme, I’ll show you what a collection is.
So if I click on Fly Rods, this is what a collection is. It’s going to have all of my products in here that I added to that specific collection, if they have the tag that I assigned to those particular products, okay?
So it’s really clean, really nice. Let’s go back, and I’m going to show you some cool stuff now. Actually, let me just show you, we’ll go back here, we’ll go to Slideshow, and we’ll go to Best Fishing Reels.
And I’m going to go down here guys, and we’re going to actually go to Slide link, and I’m going to go click on that and go to Collections, this is how easy it is guys.
You don’t need any coding skills. And then go to Fly Fishing Rods, and click Save.
When I preview this theme now, guys, and I go to the Best Fishing Rods here, when I click on Best Fishing Reels, sorry, it goes to Fly Fishing Rods. Obviously it’s different, rods and reels are different, but this is just an example.
So now I’ve created this nice little theme where the menu’s clickable, the slideshow’s clickable, and we can go through the collections.
However, we can take in another step further guys, and we can do all of this stuff here, so let’s go back and start to work with these collections here.
So what I’m actually doing here guys, is showing you the standard page layout, but we’re going to do a bit more editing and move a few things around.
But let’s add some collections to this. So what I’m going to do guys, is click on Collection list, which should be there if you’re using Venture theme, and click on Collection here, so I’ve got three collections. I might actually just delete one collection, just so we have two here.
Actually no, I’ll add the other one in, ’cause I do like having three, it does look a little bit better.
I’m going to go down to here guys, and go select Collection. I’m going to add my Fly Fishing Rods, and I’m also going to go down to this collection here guys, let me just move this over a little bit.
And I’m also going to, on this one, I’m going to go Select collection, I’m going to put on Best Summer Sellers, and then, as you can see, the image is a little bit, it’s not the right size, so make sure you do resize it properly in Photoshop and make sure they’re all the same size.
That’s quite important, otherwise it doesn’t look very nice.
I just realized then. I’m going to go down here guys, and I’m going to select the same collection again. And what I’ll do, is I’ll just to make this nice, I’ll use the same collection for all of them.
I’m just going to click Save guys. And now you can see, we now have this section here, which is now, you’ll obviously have different collections here, and people can go view all, and then they can go to the collections.
So now we’ve made this amazing site, sorry Shopify store, from top to bottom, logo, menus, slides, clickable slides, collections in here.
And then we can even go a step further, so to get to the collection list guys, and change that, you go to Collection list, and you just change these little sections, just like we did in the header.
It’s very, very easy, and as you can see, it looks beautiful. We can go down here guys, and we have other sections.
We’ve got Home page. So this is just a collection, and we can do different rows, two, three, one row.
I’m going to go change, and change it to this one, and all of your products will show up here, which I will actually show you.
We’ll do that when we do the product bit, okay? And if we go back, we go down again, we’ve Image with text.
So I can add an image here. Let’s just wait for that to load.
I can add an image to there guys, and then I can add text, right, it’s crazy.
Like it looks really, really nice, you can add some text. Best Fishing Blog. And you can link it to things, it’s crazy.
That is my Shopify tutorial on how to create a Shopify store.