Chapter 3 of Shopify Instruction Series - Choose Your Plan - Open Your Shopify Store

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Hello everyone, 
Welcome back to the next instructional lesson on creating your Shopify store. Now that we've created the foundation of your store with a domain, we'll continue on to make your store visible to the world. This makes it much easier for you in the next lesson to look at your store as you make changes and make sure it's looking the way you want it to. 





Step 1) When you go to your domain address, you'll see your store saying that it's coming soon. This makes it especially difficult if you're working on your design (theme) and cannot see what it looks like on the whole screen. Shopify puts a password on your site until you choose what kind of plan you want to use going forward. 

Tip: Even though you are going to choose a plan in this lesson in order to start working on your site's design, you will NOT be charged for 14 days. I actually can attest to this, as I have tested it thoroughly. So you'll need a credit card in order to choose your plan and open your store. 

You can see at the top right that you can enter your website with a password if need be. We're going to unlock it, though. Let's do that now. 
For now, if you look at your website under "Themes" it looks a little strange. This lesson will show you exactly what to do. 




You'll see some generic gray boxes and such in the background. Ignore that stuff for now.




Step 2) Go back to your admin dashboard and click on the link "Online Store." (left side of screen)


Click on "View Your Store" at the top of the page under "Themes." You'll see just a very bare page with no pictures and just some generic text. 



Step 3) Click back on the tab on your browser for your admin dashboard. Then click on "Preferences." 
Enter a good title for your page and a description. (below) This is what search engines will see when they look at your main page. 



 A descriptive title that tells people exactly what your website's mission is, including some tag words will make it much easier for visitors to find you. 

Step 4) Scroll down the page to see why your website is not live and is password-protected. It says: 

"To disable your password page, you need to pick a plan."  (below)



Click on the "Pick a Plan" link in the green shaded box. 
Tip: In the middle of this page, you'll see the Google Analytics box and the Facebook Pixel box. Don't worry about these right now. We will cover them in a later lesson when we talk about ads and analysis of traffic. (below)


 Step 5) Pick a plan you know you'll be able to pay for in a couple of weeks. You won't be charged until the 14 day trial is up, but in order to unlock the front page of your store you'll need to decide on a plan just for now. You can always upgrade or downgrade it later. You'll want to look closely at each choice to see what fits your e-commerce needs the best. 




Step 6) After you've chosen your plan, you'll want to choose one of the following payment plans: monthly, yearly, two or three years to pay. The longer period of time you pay for, the more savings you'll get. Click on the "Confirm Changes" button, then enter your admin password (the one you created in the very beginning stages of creating your store)
(below)



 Step 7) Your website will still be password protected at this point. You can leave it that way if you want to keep it private, but if you'd like to see it as you design the theme you'll want to go back to the Preferences page and remove the password. 




Step 8) Return to your Admin dashboard and click on "Online Store" then "Preferences." 



Unclick the "Enable Password" box, click the "Save" button, and you're all set! 

Tip: Any time you make changes to the Admin dashboard that requires you to save those changes, you'll see a message at the top that says "Unsaved Changes" that reminds you to either discard those changes or save them. This is a good thing to pay attention to often, as you are designing your store. 

Begin your Shopify 14 day free trial here: https://goo.gl/yoVxdf

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If you'd like to view this lesson in a video, you can do so here: 

You can go on to the next lesson here: 

Chapter 4 Part One of Shopify Instruction Series - Polishing Your Store - Logo Part One

See you then!
~Lynne

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