Are you ready to learn how to create your own Shopify store? Maybe you picked up a wonderful product idea, and now you want to know if people are willing to buy it or not. Well, you’re in luck, because you no longer have to be an experienced web developer to build your own Shopify dropshipping store.
However, setting up your Shopify dropshipping store could seem easy, but you should put some time into it. Some people who start with dropshipping open up their Shopify stores, and then they start selling in a few hours. But if you put time and effort into your Shopify dropshipping store, you will surely beat them.
In this article; you will learn how to set up your Shopify dropshipping store step by step. By following these steps, you will successfully set up your Shopify store easily, and you will not forget something while setting up your Shopify store. Are you ready? Let’s go!
1) Connect your domain name to Shopify
Let’s start with the first step, which is about connecting your domain to Shopify.
To connect your domain to Shopify, you will simply go to “Online Store” (under Sales Channels), and choose “Domains”. Then, you will either press connect the existing domain, transfer domain, or buy a new domain. Do you know 2hat they mean? Ok! Let me tell you:
Connect existing domain: If you already have your own domain, and you don’t like to change it, then you can connect it to Shopify this way.
Transfer domain: This option is the same as above, but you can use it if you want to transfer your domain to Shopify instead of just keeping it on Namecheap.
Buy a new domain: If you don’t have a domain yet, and you don’t like to get it somewhere else, you can use this option to purchase it straight on Shopify.
2) Set up your shipping rates
This step of setting up your Shopify dropshipping store requires you to set up your shipping rates. This can be done simply by going to “Settings”, “Shipping” and finally “Manage Rates”.
After that you will go down until you see this:
Click on the “Add rate” button to add new shipping rates as below:
In the screenshot above, you can see how to set up free shipping. A great idea is to get your shipping rate an awesome name, like “Quick way”.
There are many options you have if you don’t want to give free shipping so easily:
You might offer free shipping if the value of your customer’s cart exceeds a certain amount. For instance, you could offer free shipping when the customer’s order reaches more than $20.
You could also offer free shipping for certain products to their cart. When your customer adds some product you choose, then he can get free shipping.
If you don’t want or can’t offer free shipping, you can add a small shipping fee. Make sure that you can lower your product price to see if your product will get more sales or not. Also, you can have multiple shipping rates as in the screenshot below.
As you see in the image above, if the customers ordered a product that values 20$ or more, they will get free shipping. If not, they need to pay $2,95.
3) Create the standard pages
In this part, we are going to create the standard pages for a Shopify dropshipping store. However, most dropshipping stores don’t put a time to create at least one of these basic pages. But you should put some effort into making your store look like a real business.
There are many pages to create that you should put efforts on as below:
- Refund Policy.
- Shipping Policy.
- Contact page
- About page
- FAQ page.
- Reviews page.
- Track your order page.
4) Design your Shopify Dropshipping store
This step is very important to get the trust of the visitors. Your Shopify store design identifies how professional your store looks like.
The first step to get a professional Shopify store design is deciding what theme you’re going to use for your store. Below, you can find one of the Shopify themes in the list called the Universe Theme:
Make sure that you don’t need a paid theme when you are beginning with dropshipping.
The second step is to think about your design. For example, What colors do you like? What colors fit your niche?
Then, you will need a logo for your store. you can check out Fiverr. You can get a good logo for around $5-$20 on this platform. Otherwise, you can create the logo yourself, or you might choose not to have a logo yet.
Don’t forget about your homepage like the one below:
Homepage from Death Wish Coffee
5) Add a Favicon to your Shopify store
This step might not be necessary, but it can make your store look more professional.
A favicon is a small 16×16 pixel icon, which is displayed next to the name of the site in the address bar. It serves as branding for your website. The main purpose of this tool is to help visitors locate your page easier when they have multiple tabs open. It’s also visible in the bookmarks!
If you want to learn how to add a favicon to your Shopify store, then I suggest watching the video from Shopify below.
How To Add A Favicon To Your Shopify Theme || Shopify Help Center
6) Add an Analytics Tool
Next up on setting up your Shopify dropshipping store is adding an analytics tool!
Having this tool is important for you to keep track of your visitors. So you will be able to know exactly how many people visit your store. You can also track that in Shopify, but having an analytics tool like Google Analytics offers you more data.
To set up Google Analytics on Shopify, you will simply go to “Online Store”, “Preferences”, and then scroll down until you see this:
By following these steps from Shopify, you will easily have Google Analytics on your Shopify store on time.
7) Add your taxes
Let’s move to the next step that might be harder for some people. If you’re not sure about the tax laws in your country, then you need to talk with a bookkeeper or a lawyer to identify the best tax.
8) Add a payment provider
The next step is to make sure that people can pay for their order on your dropshipping store. You can simply do that by going to “Settings”, and then you click on Payment providers. Then the screen in the image below:
Now you can add the easier payment providers on your Shopify dropshipping store. Most dropshipping stores use Stripe, PayPal, and Shopify as payment providers. If you looked at the image above, you will find that adding Shopify Payments and PayPal is easy.
Now you have to identify how you want to capture your payments. You can capture them automatically or manually. A lot of people like to capture their payments manually. That means you will go to each order and capture each payment yourself.
You might ask why would someone do this! This way, you can see the order first before receiving the payment, and it helps you to be a bit more protected from fraud. Also, you can cancel an order easily if you don’t trust it.
9) Place a test order
As you have added your payment provider, now you need to place a test order on your Shopify store. Don’t worry, this test doesn’t require real money. All you need to do is to set up the payment provider testing mode on Shopify. This way, you can test all your purchasing funnel, and you can also buy the product without paying real money.
To do that you need to go to your payment providers again and fo down to “Third-party payment providers”. Then, You will select the “for testing” as below:
Make sure to deactivate the testing payment gateway after you finished testing your Shopify.
10) Remove the ‘Powered by Shopify’ from your store
The last step is removing the “Powered by Shopify” from your store. It’s optional, but most people like the “Powered by Shopify” at the bottom of their Shopify store to be removed.
If you want to remove it, you will simply select “Online Store”, then select “Themes”, then select “Current”, then select “Theme”, then select “Customize”, and then “Edit Language”. Finally, you will type in “powered” at the top and remove the two texts under ‘Powered by Shopify Html’ and “Powered by Shopify”.
If you haven’t created a Shopify account yet, then you can click here to get a free 14-day trial!
All the best with your Shopify dropshipping store!