If you want to create an online store without hiring or any help from a developer then Shopify is the perfect solution for you. Although there are several WordPress eCommerce plugins available but Shopify stands out from the lot.
Why Choose Shopify?
It is an eCommerce platform which allows you to build an online store without any knowledge about the technicalities. It is also a hosted platform which means all the data will remain on the server. You can use it with your self-hosted WordPress site with your own domain name.
It offer bunch of facilities like a secure shopping cart, upto 70 payment gateways, shipping options and it is available in different languages. It can also handle flexible shipping options, automatic tax calculations, inventory management, and more.
If you already run a WordPress site then you can easily sell products without any worry about the technical side that comes with running an eCommerce store such as setting up SSL, worrying out payment gateways, security, etc.
Setting up Your WordPress eCommerce Store with Shopify
First, you need to visit the Shopify website to signup for your 14 day free trial. No credit card is required for signup and plans start from $9/month after the trial.
The trial button will take you to Shopify website. Provide your email address, enter password, and choose a name for your store. When you’re done, click on create a store button to continue.
After the signup procedure, visit the WordPress website, install and activate the Shopify eCommerce Plugin. Once activated the plugin will add a new menu item labeled ‘Shopify’ in your WordPress admin bar. You need to click on it to setup your Shopify account.
Since you have already created your Shopify store, simply enter your store name and click on the connect button.
Shopify will connect your WordPress site to your Shopify account, and you will see the Shopify settings page.
Now first thing you need to do is add a few products to your store and after that you need to setup payment and shipping methods.
To add, click on the “Add a product” button.
This will open up Shopify’s add product page. You need to provide a title and description for your product and then upload a few images.
Scroll down a little to set a price for your product, add shipping, and inventory information. Click on the Save button when you are done.
Repeat this process to add your other products.
Next, you need to setup payments. Return back to your WordPress admin area and visit the Shopify Settings page. There you need to click on Setup Payments button to continue.
This will redirect you to Shopify’s payment methods. Shopify supports many popular payment gateways such as PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Skrill, and many more.
By default, Shopify will use the email address you used to sign up with PayPayl express checkout. If you want to use PayPal with this email address, then you are all set to go. You can edit this email address and use another email address if you want.
If you want to add more payment methods, then you can select them on this page. You will be asked to provide additional information to connect Shopify with your selected payment method.
Once you have activated your preferred payment methods, you can return back to your WordPress site.
The last option you need to configure is shipping. Go to the Shopify settings page on your WordPress site and click on the ‘Setup Shipping’ button.
This will take you to Shopify’s shipping setup page. First you need to enter the shipping origin information. After that you need to enter shipping zones, and how much it would cost to ship to those zones.
Shopify makes it super easy to setup shipping options based on order price and weight. You can offer free shipping and add zones for international shipping.
After entering shipping information, you have finished the basic Shopify setup. Feel free to look around the Shopify dashboard to see what else you can change.
Adding Shopify Products in Your WordPress Site
Now it’s time to display the products you have just added on your WordPress site.
Simply create a new post or page in WordPress. On the post editor screen, you will notice a new button labeled ‘Add Product’.
Clicking on it will open a popup listing your products. You can add an individual product or add a collection.
Next click on the add product button to continue. Now you will be asked what kind of embed you would like to add.
You can add a buy now button with a product image, or you can just add a buy now button.
If you are planning on adding product information and details, then you can use the buy now button. This way you can create separate image galleries for your products using Envira Gallery.
If you just want to display a product, then select the image, price, and button embed.
You can now publish your post or page. You can visit your site to see the product page in action.
You can also show products and collections in your WordPress sidebar. Simply go to Appearance » Widgets page. You will find the Shopify widget in the list of available widgets. Go ahead and add the widget to a sidebar where you want to display a product or collection.
In the widget settings, click on the add product button to select the products or collections you want to add.
Next, click on the save button to store your widget settings.
You can now visit your website to see your products displayed in the sidebar.