September 17, 2019
#1 Shopify Alternative [2019] – How to Start an Online Store Without Shopify

#1 Shopify Alternative [2019] – How to Start an Online Store Without Shopify


In this video I’m gonna show you how to
create your own e-commerce store without using Shopify. My name is Juan Gomez from webcreatelabs.com,
welcome to my channel and lets get started. What most people who wanna start an online
store do, is just go to Shopify and sign up in 5 minutes just like all these fake gurus
explain. But what they don’t know is that Shopify
is not the most effective way for creating your online store for many reasons. First of all, your store is gonna have a generic
design and it’s gonna look just like millions of other stores out there… And these Shopify stores have been getting
a very bad reputation lately thanks to people doing drop shipping. Therefore when someone visits your Shopify
store and sees the generic design or stuff like the typical scarcity timers, the Wheelio
popup, or the notifications saying that so and so just bought a product… Most likely they’re gonna feel like it’s
a scam and won’t buy anything. Another reason is that Shopify’s servers
are not the best and your pages will not load as fast as they should, causing many people
to leave your site and lose a bunch of sales. This is extremely important because according
to a recent study, slow-loading pages cost retailers $2.6 billion in lost sales each
year! So it’s crucial that your pages are fast. Also, their customer support totally sucks
and they’re completely clueless. More than likely they won’t be able to help
you when you have any questions or trouble. And worst of all, their cheapest plan is $30
per month plus a percentage of each transaction! (And of course you need to install a bunch
of apps that will bring your monthly expenses to about $70 or more!) This is super expensive, and more than 90%
of Shopify stores fail. So just do yourself a favor and don’t open
a Shopify store! If you wanna take e-commence seriously, the
correct way of starting your online store is by creating your own personalized website
where you can establish your brand. This might sound hard, but in reality it’s
very easy and you don’t need to know any HTML or web design. All you need to do is get a web hosting account
with WordPress. The number one place I can recommend for this
is called BlueHost with the link in the description. And unlike Shopify it only costs about $70
to $100 per year and they’ll give you a bunch of FREE extras like a domain name, a
business email address, and an SSL Security Certificate. OK? So create your account with them, it’s a
pretty straight-forward process. After you sign up you’ll be able to access
your WordPress account which looks like this, and then you’re also gonna need to get a
plugin called Elementor. This plugin is a visual page builder which
will allow you to create amazing and professional pages like this one in just minutes, so that
your store looks unique and not like the millions of other crappy Shopify stores out there. I have a full tutorial on how to create pages
with Elementor, so definitely check it out. To install it on your WordPress just go to
Plugins>Add new. Search for Elementor… install it… and
activate it. This plugin is free, but they also have the
Pro version which you’re gonna need in order to access all the tools that are required
to build your store. So just click on the link in the description
and you’ll come to this page where you can purchase your Elementor Pro license for just
$50. And that’s all you’re gonna have to invest
in; the web hosting with BlueHost plus Elementor Pro are gonna cost you a total of $150 per
year, while the yearly cost of Shopify is about $400 to $900 depending on which plan
you choose and what apps you install! OK? So not only will you save a lot of money with
this method I’m showing you, but your store is gonna look infinitely more professional. On top of that, I also have a special deal
where you can get everything you need for 50% OFF, so that’s a total of $75 per YEAR
– That’s less than what you would typically pay in a MONTH with Shopify! Alright? So if you’re interested in that just click
on the link down below to learn all the details. OK? So I’m not gonna show you how to design
the pages for your store in this video, since like I mentioned I already have an Elementor
tutorial. But after you design your home page, about
us page, etc. You need to install another free plugin on
your WordPress so that you can start adding products to your store. So go to Plugins>Add new. Search for WooCommerce. And install it and activate it. OK? So now you’re gonna see two new options
on the menu. One for WooCommerce where you can see your
orders, coupons, reports, etc. And another one for Products where you can
add as many as you want, edit them, etc. Right? So everything here is pretty straight forward,
if you’ve already used Shopify it’s pretty similar, if not, then it’s still very easy
and all the options are self explanatory. So for example if go here to Settings. There’s nothing to explain here, just some
fields you have to fill out like your address… selling location… currency, etc. Product settings… so here you just need
to create a new blank page. Call it products or whatever you want and
save it. And then select it here, so that all your
products are shown in this page. In shipping you can add your shipping zones
and rates. Payments. You can enable PayPal here and link your PayPal
account. If you wanna take credit card payments you
need to install the WooCommerce Stripe plugin. It’s this one here, and after you install
it you’ll see the option here to integrate WooCommerce with your Stripe account. Accounts and privacy is just some general
settings that don’t really matter too much. Emails is for the notifications your customers
will receive. And under advanced is just like before; you
just create blank pages for each of these, and then select them here on these dropdowns. OK? So I don’t wanna spend too much time going
through all of these options here cause like I said it’s pretty straight forward. But then to start adding your products you
go to Products>Add new. Here we enter the name of the product, lets
say iPhone. The description goes here. Then down here it’s the product data where
you can add different type of products; Simple, grouped, external, or variable product. Lets first do a simple product, and here you
can select if its a virtual or downloadable product. So if you select downloadable we’re gonna
see some additional options where you can upload the file you’re selling, change the
download limit, etc. Or if it’s just a physical product you can
enter the price here. Enter a sale price if you wanna put it on
sale – And you can even schedule when this sale will take place. Next here in the inventory tab you can add
an SKU. Let WooCommerce manage your inventory, mark
it as in stock, out of stock, or on backorder. Here in shipping you can enter the weight
and size and select one of your shipping classes. Under linked products we got two options: Up-sells to suggest a more expensive product
instead of the currently viewed product. So for example if this is the regular iPhone,
you can suggest the iPhone Plus or something like that. Or Cross-sells to show product recommendations
in the shopping cart, based on this product that they added to their cart. So something like a phone case for example. OK? Then we’re gonna skip attributes cause this
is used for another type of product I’m gonna show you later. And then in advanced you can do stuff like
add a purchase note or enable and disable reviews. Down below we’ll have another box for a
short description, and this one will show up right below the price on the product page. Here on the right you can add the product
image. And if you wanna add an product image gallery
you can add them with this other option. OK? Up here you can add a product category to
group it with other similar products, as well as product tags here. And when you’re done you can save the changes
up here. And if we preview, this is how our product
page looks. You can edit its design in two ways, the first
one is with Elementor. So you first go to the Elementor settings…
and enable Elementor to edit Products, then save changes. And now here in the product page you’ll
see an “Edit with Elementor” button. This will load the visual page builder. Here on the menu there’s a Product category
which has all kinds of elements you can drag to your page like the product image. Title. Rating. Price. Add to cart button. Description. Etc, to make it look exactly the way you want. Or you can insert beautifully pre-made templates
by clicking on this folder icon. Blocks. Single Product. And insert one of these templates that you
can fully modify. OK? That’s the first way to modify the design
of your product pages, like I said before – if you wanna learn more about editing your
pages with Elementor check out my full tutorial. And then the second way is through your theme
settings. So if we go back here and click on Appearance
>Customize. Look for the WooCommerce option>Single Product. And modify the settings here. This is different for every theme, I’m using
one called OceanWP, and in this one you can hide sections by turning them on and off here,
control the image width, colors, etc. OK? So those are the two ways in which you can
edit the design of your product pages. The next type of product you can add is a
grouped product. And basically you’d first have to create
two or more single products that you wanna offer together, so for example a 16 gig iPhone
and a 32 gig iPhone. Then you come here to linked products and
select them here. So if we save and preview the page… Here we’ll see our grouped product with
these two options. OK? Next type of product is an external or affiliate
product. If you’re referring someone to buy a product
that’s not yours on another business’s website, for example on Amazon, you simply
include the link here. And this is mainly used for affiliate marketing. OK? And finally we have the variable product for
when you wanna sell a product with different variants, like for example different sizes
and colors. So first we go here to attributes>Add. Give it a name, so color… Black and white, separated by a vertical bar. We check these two boxes and save attributes. You can add as many more attributes as you
want and then go to Variations. Select create variations from all attributes
and Go. We wait a couple of seconds and they’ll
be added. You can come here and add a different image
for each one, a price, etc. Let me add an image for this second option
as well… and a price. And if we save and preview. It’s gonna look like this. OK? So those are all the type of products that
you can add to your store. Like I said before you can do other kinds
of things like create coupons that you can offer to your customers. You can install other plugins that work just
like Shopify’s most popular apps. Like for instance, the cart abandonment recovery
app. Go to plugins>Add new. Search for WooCommerce Cart Abandonment…
and it’s this one here, so you can install it and set it up. If you’re doing print on demand, you can
install the Printful app. And pretty much for any other Shopify app,
there’s a plugin you can find here. OK? And that’s basically how you can create
a better online store without using Shopify, and for a lot cheaper! This obviously wasn’t a super detailed video,
it was just an overview of the whole process so that you can understand how it works. And to help you realize that Shopify is not
the best and only option out there if you wanna start an ecom store. OK? The only tools you need to register at are
BlueHost and Elementor Pro and it’s gonna be a lot more effective and cheaper than if
you go with Shopify. Like I mentioned before, there’s a link
below where I explain how you can get both of these tools for 50% OFF. OK? So make sure to check that out and that’s
pretty much it. Let me know if you have any questions or comments
down below and I’ll reply as soon as possible. Please hit the like button and subscribe. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next
time!

1 thought on “#1 Shopify Alternative [2019] – How to Start an Online Store Without Shopify

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