Selling from an online store
The Online Store sales channel is an online home for your business. You can use it to create webpages, publish a blog, and sell your products with beautiful, responsive themes and a personalized domain name to help you brand and market your business online. You need to be on the Shopify Basic or higher plan to sell with an online store. If you're new to Shopify, then learn how to get started.
Add the Online Store channel
The Online Store sales channel is automatically added to your Shopify admin in the Sales Channels list, unless you are on a Shopify Lite plan. If you upgrade your Shopify plan from Shopify Lite, then you can add the Online Store sales channel:
- From your Shopify admin, click the
+button beside the Sales channels heading.
- Within the list of available channels, click Learn more beside Online Store.
- Click Add channel.
Build your online store
After you have set up Shopify, most of the work is done.
- Your online store will automatically use your Shopify settings for checkout and order fulfillment.
- Your products will automatically appear on your online store.
- Your online store is automatically assigned a unique
.myshopifywebsite address where your customers can find you.
There are a few steps you should follow before launching to make sure your online store is ready for customers.
Edit the theme defaults
You can also change the General settings for the theme to customize colors and fonts to match your business.
Create a store policies page
Customize and launch your online store
Launch your online store and open for business by removing the password. You can further customize your online store, but it is best to start selling as soon as possible. If you launch your online store, then you can start promoting your products and working to increase traffic to your store. Then you can use reports and analytics to see how customers are interacting with your online store and make improvements based on that information.
There are a few things you can do to customize your online store:
- Use a custom domain to help customers find your online store.
- Choose a different theme and customize it for your business.
- Upload images or other files to use in your theme, product details, webpages, and blog posts.
- Add a webpage with store information.
- Add a blog to share news and other content.
- Group your products into collections to help customers discover them.
- Set up menus to help your customers find their way around your online store.