ith the rise of the internet, digital publishing, and social media, people are finding there is a whole new world of opportunity out there to take advantage of. Everyone from authors, to crafters, to professionals can offer their products and services online, reaching a much larger audience than was previously possible unless you had a big corporation budget by creating an online store.
There are many sites out there that allow people to create an online store. One of the best sites for creating an online store is Shopify. Shopify offers one’s choice of ways to get their online store running. One can either go through a Shopify Expert to make a custom design based on their experts’ training and experience in the design, marketing, and development fields. This is obviously the easiest way to get it done and free up spare time to continue creating products or programs for clients.
For those who are a bit more tech-minded and have a creative itch, you can try creating an online store on the platform yourself. This is done through their easy-to-use theme store. Themes are professionally designed, meaning that one can be assured their site with have a fresh, professional look. Using the online editor, you can customize your chosen design to make it your own. One can also use HTML or other codes to make their site unique, should you have the knowledge. The site allows one to preview what other users have been able to do with code, so one can get an idea of how their own site will turn out.
Opening an account with the site is easy, and new users get a two-week trial to get a feel for how well they can work with the templates (or code, if one chooses to go that way) while creating an online store. The builder also gives many options for your navigation bad, images, and more. It also includes a blog so one can show off their expertise and build the trust that turns visitors into clients. It also features flexible payment methods, security that can be trusted, and is PCI compliant.
To get started, all one needs to do is go to shopify.com and enter in their e-mail address to start a free trial. Once you have created an account, you can go into the site builder and begin exploring templates. Just choose the one that fits your style and brand, then use their many options to customize and optimize your look, options, and analytics.After you’ve selected your store design and layout, don’t forget to visit the Shopify App store. There, you will find a wide array of useful apps that can add frontend and backend functionality to your online store. Whether you want more robust analytics, a Facebook store or even a Shopify CRM, the sky is the limit. Most apps charge a nominal monthly fee, but many also come with a free trial, so you can try them out before you buy them.
For people who need extra help, or have run into issues with the site, Shopify offers a number of easy-to-follow tutorials to help guide one through the site-building process, as well as a help center to get questions answered. They also offer an engaged community of site owners that are there to discuss challenges and strategies with you. There are also reviews listed under each theme that give one an idea of what challenges others may have encountered with a particular theme, or what they loved about it. One can also see examples of what others have done with them to get inspiration.