Yes, WordPress can create e-commerce websites, but I think Shopify does a better job in the easy department. I also think Shopify e-commerce website templates look incredible – better than most WordPress e-commerce themes.
Recently I took Shopify up on their 30 day free trial to see how this very popular e-commerce website creator worked. After all, if 30,000 online stores use Shopify, they must be doing something right.
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Set Up Your Shopify Online Store in 11 Easy Steps
Step 1: Get a free account here.
Step 2: Set up your store basics (title, description, etc.)
Step 3: Choose an e-commerce template.
Step 4: Set up your admin pages (About, Contact, Terms of Service, Privacy, etc.). Consider getting an SEO Meta app (it costs $5 per month) so that you can input a meta title and description for SEO purposes.
Step 5: Add products (images, title, descriptions).
Step 6: Set up navigation.
Step 7: Set up payment system, shipping details, e-mail notifications, and taxes.
Step 8: Publish.
Step 9: If you like the free Shopify site, register a custom domain and move your e-commerce website to that domain.
Step 10: Market your store like crazy and make tons of sales!
Step 11 (optional but highly recommended): Integrate customers’ emails with your e-mail autoresponder. I use AWeber which integrates with Shopify easily. Just read this AWeber article. This way you can communicate into the future with your customers to generate more sales.
Shopify Review Conclusion
Do I recommend Shopify?
Yes. I wholeheartedly recommend Shopify. It’s my first choice for an e-commerce website … primarily because it’s easy to use, has incredibly great looking templates, is reasonably priced and basically does what you need it to do. My Shopify recommendation is notwithstanding the several cons listed above.
–>> Click here to start a 30 day free Shopify trial.