Unquestionably the easiest way to open an online store is by using Shopify. Launched in 2004, the e-commerce giant began as an online store itself (selling snowboarding gear) but now serves as a platform that hosts more than 500,000 merchants from 175 different countries.Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also the name of its proprietary e-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.The company reports that it has more than 500,000 merchants using its platform, with total gross merchandise volume exceeding $45 billion.

Shopify was founded in 2004 by Tobias Lütke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake after attempting to open Snowdevil, an online store for snowboarding equipment. Unsatisfied with the existing e-commerce products on the market, Lütke, a computer programmer by trade, instead built his own.Lütke used the open source web application framework Ruby on Rails to build Snowdevil’s online store and launched it after two months of development. Continue reading…

When you sign up for an account with Shopify, the system will ask you to name your store and it will then assign you a site address. Choose a store named “jmexclusives,” for example, and your site address will be “” While you’re always welcome to keep this site address as the home of your store on the ‘net, you’re more than likely going to want to change it to something more catchy, easy to remember, and not focused on Shopify. This is where we come in, we develop the shop to look more appealing, relevant, responsive and on online shop required standards.

Fortunately, setting up a personal domain name is fairly routine.Upon joining Shopify, after entering your shop name, the system will ask you a few questions about the type of shop you are opening and then ask for some personal details. After that, you’ll be on the main dashboard page. Simply click on the “Add Domain” button here and then either buy a new domain from Shopify (which typically costs Ksh.1,400.99 for a .com domain) or follow the instructions to connect one you’ve already purchased from a different registrar.If you don’t know how to do that, please do not worry. We will sort you out.

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