In this video I take you from the very beginning and slowly walk you through adding a product in Shopify. A quick tour of the product page and then back again to add a simple t-shirt.
If this is your first time using Shopify then this is the video for you.
Hello, and welcome to the lecture on adding a simple product.
So let's go ahead and jump right in, we get to our Shopify admin screen here, this is what you're going to see whenever you log in along the left hand side, let's go ahead and click on Products, and that will take us to an option to add products. If we already had products in here, we would see the list in here and up on the top right hand corner would be an add product.
Because this is the very first one for this demo store, you're faced with these buttons. Let's go ahead and click Add product. So this is the screen where you would add a product, any information that you have on it details, etc.
So let's take a quick tour to see what the Add Product screen looks like and what's available to us.
So right on the top there, we have the title right below that is description, where we can add, obviously, our description for the product, we can add photos, videos, do some formatting in there.
Right below that is media, that's where you would go ahead and add any photos you have of your product. Below that is a pricing section, we can add the price for our product. If we want to show up compared to another price, we can add that in well as well. And you have your cost per item section.
If you want the system to track some of your margins, you can do that, by loading it into this section. You don't have to charge tax on your products, you don't have to show that. But if you want to show that in your website, then you go ahead and click that charge tax on this product.
Below the pricing section is inventory. For those of you using skews or barcodes, this is where you would want to go ahead and load them. If you want the system to track quantity or to continue selling when out of stock, go ahead and select those buttons as you would need and you can add your availability. Now a question comes up, why would I want to sell when I'm out of stock.
So if you put in quantity in and you really know that your supply chain is delivering multiple times a day, or maybe multiple times a week, and you don't want a system to block people from purchasing when you get down to zero because you know you have more stuff coming in, you might want to select that maybe you make your own product, maybe you're a bakery or you make your own jewellery or something like that, and you really know that you can make the product, so you would continue selling when you're out of stock.
Below the Inventory section is the shipping. If you're doing a digital product, and you wouldn't select this. But yeah, it's a physical product that we're going to work with. So go ahead and check on that. And below that is the weight section in the weight, you can pick ounces, kilogrammes, grammes or pounds, whatever works best for you and where you're at, and some various customs information below that. And below the shipping section, we have variants. Now variants is very important, I have a whole nother lecture that just focuses on adding the variants and what's involved with that, if you're wondering what a variant is, so today, we're going to add a very simple product is going to be a t shirt, but we have different sizes for the T shirts, or we might have different colours for this for the t shirt.
Those are all variants of the basic t shirt, so that's where you would add it in the variants section. So in this one, today, we're just gonna add a simple product with no variants. But don't worry, we will be getting into variants. Right below variants is a block that's small, it's on the bottom, and so many people overlook, but it's incredibly important. This is the search engine listing preview. I have another whole lecture that just focuses on product description, search engine optimization, and really doing it properly so that your products can be found, and we will work within that block but for now, we're not going to do that in this simple product load.
So if we scroll back up to the top and go down the right hand column, you'll see product status, we can move in between draft or active. So if you're adding stuff don't worry it's not going to show up on your website, you can just leave it in draft mode, do all the tweaks you want, and don't worry about making any mistakes. Have somebody preview it, you know, if somebody wants to see it before you post it live, you can change the status right there. Right below that little Status section is a sales channels and apps.
So right now we only have the online store connected. But if you had if you were selling on a social media platform or on a point of sale system, you can connect those different channels there. We'll keep it very simple. We're just doing the online store or the website. Below the product Status section is the organisation so if you want to track the vendor, you want to be able to sort by vendor, you would load that in for each product types, you know, all the various types of things that you might be doing, whether it's cosmetics or kids, things you can make selections in there as well. We're going to be looking at collections So if you want to add this product to a certain collection, you can add it in the collection section, and then right on the bottom there is the tags section. So yeah, always add tags, it's really makes it easy for you to sort, divide and create different groupings.
When you add tags to your products. Then that last bottom section, online store, we talked a little bit in another lecture about the theme menu. So depending on your theme, you may have different templates. But one that comes with Shopify, and the one that we're working with is just the default product template. So yeah, going back up to the top, that's a quick overview of the product layout, let's go ahead and add a simple product.
So I'm going to focus or I like to focus on these three sections kind of at the same time. So there's no particular order as you're working through it. But I like to add the photos first, because it always helps me visualise it and see it so that I can put together the title and the description that really matches the product. So let's go ahead and add a photo of a mock t shirt that I created.
So there it is, there's the t shirt that I created, I just went into Canva and use their mockup generator and grabbed a cool photo of a surf van with a surfboard on top of it.
These will be photos that you'll you'll add on your own that you'll have from your various products in your store, but for this one, just a very simple one, which is going to help me in writing my title and my description. So if I go in here to the title section, I might put in a short sleeve, surf van and surf board, t shirt. And that would be a basic title that I could add for this.
Like I mentioned earlier on the SEO side, we'll get into some more detail on the titles and the description. Because really, these three blocks here, this title, the description, and the photos are probably the most important three blocks on the in the entire website, because this is what it all boils down to and getting your products found and where people will land before they make their purchase. So don't worry, we're just doing it really simple right now, but we're going to be coming back later and really spending a lot of time in these blocks. So let's go ahead and add a really simple description to this section. So I'm going to put a 100% cotton, short sleeve t shirt. And I'm going to put a little description about surf van and surfboard t shirt for a casual look with quality printing, and materials. So the description of what the shirt's made out of confirming that it is you know short sleeve, it is a T shirt, and just describing a little bit about what's on the t shirt itself. So here we have the title, we have our description, and we have our photo of our product. So let's come down just a little bit more here into the pricing section. So I'm going to price this t shirt at $30.
And I'll come down into this section and type in a cost of $22. And that'll show my margin and the profit that I'm making or gross profit that I'm making per shirt. Come down below into inventory, not going to do a SKU or barcode I got a small shop. But let's say I bring I do those and in groups of 10 and I just made my first batch. So there you go, I put in 10 that's available. And I don't want to continue to sell when I'm out of stock. So I want I want to show that kind of blocked off if I sell out on the 10 on the 10 T shirts.
Yeah, this is a physical product and the shipping. And I'm going to say that this shirt in ounces is about five ounces. Put that in there, that'll help me with calculating freight down the line when you use some apps like that can work for using that information that you put in, so you can see the variances left blank for now we're not going to touch that. The search engine listing preview you can see this is pulling this from the product description, again, we'll come back to that later, but for the most part we've got everything on the left hand side done. Draft Yep, we want to leave it as draft. I don't have any collections created yet. But I am going to put in some tags.
So let's put in that it's a t shirt, I want to also want to have various T shirts, and I want this one to be surf. And let's put in cotton, maybe some will be cotton, some won't. So now down the line, if I want to sort or add shirts based off of these tags, I can easily do it within the system.
You can get a little crazy with the tags, and as your inventory grows, it can get complicated, but I do recommend using your tags, especially if you have a large selection of products, it helps so much down the line in sorting and organising. Okay, so I'll come up here and I'm going to save this and it will save this into the system for me. And when I click save, this is going to
you know, add this product into the store, and also it's going to open up a couple of more options on the top here. So you can see I click this drop down preview, definitely, I always want to preview what it is that I just put in, it's just so much easier to visualise.
So let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to click Preview. And that's going to take me to a screen that this is what people would see if they're on the website, and they're looking at the product. And then they're being faced with, you know that decision if they want to add it to cart or to purchase it. So you can see, here's our title, here's our pricing, they want to purchase more than one, we have some quantity there, they can add it to cart, buy it, here's our description that came out. And here's the image. So it's a great way to visualise it, I always preview products when I load them in, it's just so much easier to double check and take a look at things.
So I'm going to go ahead and close that screen. And we'll come back here. The other thing I wanted to point out here is this duplicate button. This comes in handy when you're loading in a bunch of products. So if your store is completely new, yeah, everything is going to be done the first time. But let's say you bring in a batch of a new design like a new T shirt, and it's just like this, it's a short sleeve shirt and some some are in different materials.
And some are just, you know, different vans or whatever you can come in and you can when you duplicate the product, it will duplicate the price and everything and you can go in and edit, and it just makes things a lot easier if you're adding lots of product.
But that's it for this lecture. That's how you add a simple product. I hope that made sense. And I'll see you in the next lecture.
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