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What Is Shopify & How To Use Shopify In 2022

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    Judith Ann

    Thanks for that… a couple of questions.
    Can you link shopify to youtube?
    And can I put” Services” as well as products & downloadables? And what is the charge for each product and downloadable?
    And, do I have to resize the photos before adding it into shopify?
    How do I foind a calligraphy website to look at that is shopify and up and running?
    Thank you kindly

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hi Judith,

      That’s a lot of questions! We’ll do our best to unpack that here and get them answered for you.

      The two companies are currently testing out a new integration that will allow direct sales, but there’s nothing official at the moment. However, you can post videos on Shopify by getting an embed code and pasting it on Shopify pages. It’s pretty easy to find instructions by Googling “Shopify YouTube”.

      Can you sell services on Shopify — yes, but you’ll probably need an appointment app.

      Regarding charges, you’d pay the same transaction fees + credit card processing fees for sales of intangible and physical products.

      You can upload images of up to 4472×4472 pixels and file size up to 20MB for Shopify. You can find more info on that here. You shouldn’t need to resize if your pictures are within that range.

      And finally, for calligraphy, we did a quick google search and found this option in the first page of the search results, though we have not reviewed this product and have no opinion on it one way or the other. I hope that helps!

        Henrique

        This app is very useful for fashion stores: https://apps.shopify.com/s-fitting

          BabaBoota

          You’re doing a great job Man, Keep it up.

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            Unleashing Potential

            Nice post! The blog gives a good understanding of Shopify. Thanks for sharing such useful information.

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              Irshad ullah

              I really want to thank’s for sharing this informative post. this article is really helpful for me. Special thank’s to the author of this article.

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                Edgar Gamarra

                Does Shopify help with the storage and logistics?

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                  Jessica Dinsmore

                  Hi Edgar,

                  If you are looking for in-house fulfillment services, Shopify doesn’t currently offer that. However, you can link your Shopify account to third party fulfillment services.

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                    MRS. MUKHERJEE

                    Hello,
                    Can you please tell me if I can upload my personalized brand logo or not?

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                      Jessica Dinsmore

                      Hello there,

                      According to the Shopify Community help pages, yes.

                      You can change, or upload, a logo by using the Customize Theme editor. If you go to Online Store > Themes > Customize Theme, click on Header from the new option panel on the left side. Then, you will see a box that will allow you to upload an image as your logo, or to input text below that box as your logo.

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                        Andy Martin

                        Nicely written and I would say Shopify is the best e-commerce platform for beginners to expert.

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                          Tarun Jain

                          Great article, Liz! I could easily recommend this to anyone who is looking to start a dropshipping store and has limited resources. Got to know about BlogFeeder; I never knew such a solution exists! It could be an excellent solution for those who want to use the blog to improve SEO.

                          But what’s your take on Shopify vs. some open source platforms like Opencart?

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                            Liz Hull

                            Hi Tarun,

                            Shopify and open-source platforms differ primarily in customizability and ease of use. Shopify, for example, is an extremely easy to use platform. All the technical parts of running a website are handled for you. That said, you are a bit limited in terms of customization. You can add new features via add-ons and change your site with editing tools, but there are limitations to what you can do.

                            Open source solutions (like Opencart or Magento) are highly flexible and much more difficult to use. You are responsible for handling web hosting and security, and often you can only make visual changes to your site by customizing the HTML/CSS. That said, these platforms give you a much higher degree of control. They just require you to have more technical skill.

                            Another area of difference is cost. Shopify charges a monthly fee for use of the platform while open source solutions are free to download.

                            Hope that answers your question!
                            Liz

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                              marco baatjes

                              great post, I didn’t know that you could start a blog on Shopify! Most blogs are well-written articles (like this) but how would you go about doing SEO for products? Would love to know your thoughts. cheers

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                                Jessica Dinsmore

                                Hi Marco,

                                Thanks so much for the positive feedback! For more info on SEO, I’d suggest checking out the resources we’ve linked out to in the “Start A Blog” section of this post. They should help answer your questions pretty thoroughly.

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                                  Jason

                                  Question: Does Spotify provide direct access to drop ship and electronic product distributors? How is product sourcing built into this system?

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                                    Jessica Dinsmore

                                    Hi Jason,

                                    Dropshipping and product sourcing is handled via 3rd party apps such as Oberlo. I’d suggest taking a look at our 7 Dropshipping Apps post for more detailed info.

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                                      Mike

                                      One of Shopify‘s best selling factors is the visual high quality of its themes. Shopify appears completely great out of the box. Shopify comes with completely different shop templates, of which a number of are free.

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