A Step-by-Step Guide to Use Shopify Admin Backend

A Complete Guide To Shopify Backend


    1. What is Shopify? Is it easy to use and suitable for my e-commerce website?

    What is Shopify? Is it good and right for me?

    Shopify is a world-renowned cloud e-commerce platform that provides complete online store solutions, including website buidling, cross-border sales, product listing, order management, payment processing and other services. Not only available for online stores, but Shopify also can integrate with your official Facebook, Instagram, Google to boost sales.

    💡 To learn more, check out the official Shopify documentation 

    For individual users or businesses, you can quickly build a website without much technical knowledge. Shopify is also very friendly to novice users, offering a comprehensive solution with tons of extensions and integration options available. Another important point is that the website built with Shopify can be very well designed and in line with the brand image!

    1.1. Comparison between Shopify and Amazon - the world's most renowned e-commerce platform

    There are many e-commerce platforms available to you all over the world, however, we usually receive questions regarding the differences between Shopify and Amazon. 

    Hence, let's us brief the main differences between Shopify and Amazon for you.

    Shopify Amazon
    Business Model E-commerce platform E-commerce marketplace
    Target Audience Small and medium-sized businesses Large and small businesses
    Sales Model Self-hosted online stores Online marketplace and direct sales
    Customization Highly customizable Limited customization options
    Store Management Full control over store and inventory Platform-dependent management
    Pricing Structure Subscription fees and transaction fees Commissions, fees, and service charges
    Logistics Services Requires third-party logistics support Provides logistics services
    SEO Optimization Comprehensive SEO tools and options Relies on platform's SEO tools and rules

    When entering the Shopify backend for the first time, have you ever encountered similar questions such as "Where should I start when using Shopify for the first time?", "I heard that Shopify is very powerful, but is the backend easy to use...? ", "How do I find the marketing features I want?",
    "If I don't know anything about code, can I still use Shopify?" and so on.

    Through this tutorial article, you will learn:

    • How to get Shopify website free trial (with your Shopify ID)
    • Shopify backend introduction and operation tutorial
    • Introducing Shopify Apps, powerful Shopify applications that many e-commerce companies like to use
    • Use Shopify themes to create a beautiful website look without a designer

    2. How to get Shopify website free trial (with your Shopify ID)

    Follow these 2 easy steps to create your Shopify account:

    Step 1: Go to the Shopify official website and enter your email address to start a 3-day free trial of Shopify.
    Shopify website

    Step 2: After selecting the store-related information, your Shopify ID will be linked. If you do not have one, you can also add your Shopify ID here.

    Once you have selected your store related information, your Shopify ID will be linked

    Your Shopify online store is complete! 🎉🎉

    After setting everything up, the basic establishment of your store is complete, and then let's enter Shopify backend!

    3. Shopify backend introduction

    3.1 Inventory management, order, marketing and discount settings

    Commodity and inventory management, order and marketing discount settings, etc.

    From top to bottom are:

    • Home page: It is a snapshot of your store overview, including: total visits, total sales, how many orders are currently waiting to be shipped, and so on.
    • Orders: You can see the order status, filter orders, or manually create orders and display orders that have not been checked out.
    • Products: This is where you set up your products, collections, product inventory, gift cards, and more.
    • Customers: Customer list, which you can easily segment for marketing purposes.
    • Content: The image files used by the whole website will be placed here, so that you can easily manage such as get the url link of an image.
    • Analysis: Sales reports such as the store's current total sales, conversion rate, average order value, and return rate, and can browse the online status of the store in real time.
    • Marketing: Marketing campaigns and automation can be created , for example: automation for cart/checkouts abandonment to entice the customers back to your store to complete their checkouts.

      👍 Great recommendation: Different automation can be created to retain your customers which will then improve the overall performance of the website
    • Discounts: You can create product discounts, order discounts, buy X, get Y free, and free shipping.

      📢 Do you want to customize stacked discounts, free gifts, advanced discounts and so on in your Shopify website? Please contact us to learn more!

    3.2 Sales channels

    sales channel

    Online store:

    • Themes: Adjust sections, blocks, and content for the store theme. Press customize to edit or add/test themes.
    • Blog posts: Where all your articles are located, you can easily create and manage articles, or blog categories here.  
    • Pages: Include your store's landing pages, can be used for Contact Us, Size Chart, FAQ, and others.
    • Navigation: This is where you can set up the website's menus, which usually appear in the Header (header), Footer (footer), Navigation bar and other blocks.
    • Preferences: Search engine listingsocial media sharing preview, Google Analytics setup, Facebook Pixel settings, and more.

    If the store has links to Facebook, Instagram, and Google, it will appear in this area.

    3.3 Settings


    This is where you can find basic store settings, such as store details, shipping, checkout, taxes and duties, etc.

    4. Thousands of Shopify Apps

    Thousands of Shopify Apps App

    The Shopify app store has thousands of different apps, ranging from marketing, customer service, membership system to financial management, etc. You can choose the right app according to the needs of the store to enhance the overall function.

    Shopify App stpre

    After clicking Add App to go to the Shopify app store, enter the function or keyword you want to query in the search bar, and you can find many functions that meet the store's needs. Most Shopify apps offer a free trial period. If the functions do not meet the needs of the store, please remember to cancel the subscription before the end of the trial period!

    Tip: Don't forget to checkout the app reviews before adding them to your store.

    Next, we will introduce to you three Shopify Apps that e-commerce stores love to use:

    4.1. Ako Marketing Retargeting Ads

    Ako Marketing Retargeting Ads


    Ako Marketing Retargeting Ads helps you get your potential customers back to your website by delivering the most relevant product information to them.

    Create Instagram Reels DM Automation campaigns. Customize your Marketing Funnel to boost customers.
    With Ako Marketing, you can promote your Instagram Reels by directly messaging special coupons to people who commented on your reels or replied your stories. It helps you boost exposures of your Instagram profile and gain more additional sales.

    4.2 Instafeed - Instagram Feed

    4.2 Instafeed - Instagram Feed

    Instafeed ‑ Instagram Feed syncs your Instagram Posts and Reels to your Shopify Online Store, turning store visitors into customers and store visitors into new Instagram followers! You can also include items from your Shopify store in your posts to increase the chances of your customers making a purchase.

    4.3 Judge.me Product Reviews

    4.3 Judge.me Product Reviews

    Judge.me Product Reviews can help merchants collect images and text reviews of products, and encourage customers to leave valuable reviews by automatically sending emails and providing discount codes, strengthening store image and trust, and increasing customer repurchase rates.

    At the same time, it also supports connecting with many Shopify membership systems, encouraging consumers to join members to leave comments and get more discounts!

    5. Shopify Theme

    Shopify theme

    Here you can view the currently used themes and the Shopify theme library. Through the theme, we can modify the overall design and color configuration of the website, adjust the position of the content block and edit the text of the picture.

    When you start using it, it is recommended to try the official free themes first. Of course, Shopify also provides more than 70 beautifully designed themes for merchants to use!

    5.1 Shopify official free and paid themes

    5.1 Shopify official free and paid themes
    Shopify themes are templates for Shopify websites. There are more than 70 free themes to choose from on Shopify, and there are also paid themes that can be purchased. These themes offer different styles, layouts, and functions. You can freely customize the design according to your own brand image, customer needs and website purpose.

    5.2 Themes developed by third parties

    In addition to the official Shopify themes, there are also many Shopify themes provided by third-party developers, and these themes usually have more freedom and personalized design. These themes usually require a fee, but have more features and custom design options.

    💥 Due to the relatively complicated setting of marketing discount activities for e-commerce, many Shopify Apps are required to integrate with the theme to meet the requirements. When using third-party themes, it is easy to get conflicts with many Shopify Apps, which will increase a lot of debugging costs! If the website design is complex, it is recommended to use the official Shopify theme or contact Shopify experts.


    6. Conclusion

    If you are using Shopify for the first time, I hope this article can help you. If you encounter problems in the process of using Shopify or want to further optimize the website, it is recommended to seek advice and assistance from Shopify experts to make your website more perfect and efficient. It is more in line with the demand market, which not only saves your time and energy, but also improves the efficiency and competitiveness of the website.

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    👉 For questions about opening a Shopify store, you are also welcome to fill out the Shopify store opening consultation form
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