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Starting a Shopify website with us - A step by step guide

Shopify ecommerce
Updated on 04 Mar 2024

Creating a Shopify Account

When you are starting a Shopify project with Shape, there are a few things that you will need to do before we can begin work on the website.

The first thing is to create an account. You will be asked to set up an account with an email address and password of your choice - which you can always update at a later date.

You then pick a 'Shopify URL'. This is the URL you will use to access the admin area of your website, and also the front end of the website whilst your domain is not pointing to the Shopify site. This URL is always a subdomain of 'myshopify.com', so it will be something like https://my-lovely-new-store.my...

Once you have created an account, there is some onboarding to fill out too. This includes your businesses address details, and some other bits of general information about your business.

It is at this point that you will then be able to access the admin area of your website.

Set up Billing Details

Shopify allows you to run your website in a trial mode for 14 days. Once this period is over, you will need to pick a plan that suites your businesses requirements.

Before you can choose a plan, you need to enter some billing / payment details in your account. This is where want any costs to be taken from by Shopify. These costs include Shopify monthly plan fee, any paid Apps that include a monthly fee and any one-off payments in your account e.g. for the purchase of a theme.

To do this, follow these instructions:

  • Login to the admin area of your account
  • Click 'Settings'
  • Click 'Billing'
  • Click 'Add Payment Method'
  • Fill out the required fields

Giving MadeByShape access to your Shopify account

Once you have completed the above steps, your account is now ready for us to begin work on it. You will need to let us know what your Shopify URL is, and then we can request access to your account from our own developer account.

Sometimes, a 'collaborator request code' is required. If this is the case, you will need to provide us with this also. The code can be found with the following instructions:

  • Login to the admin area of your account
  • Click 'Settings'
  • Click 'Plans and Permissions'
  • Scroll to the 'Permissions' section
  • If you have 'Collaborator request code' enabled, you will see this 4 digit code in a field.
  • Copy this code and send it over to us.

Starting the project

Now that you've setup an account in Shopify - we can start the project as a web design agency. Visuals, references, direction, competitors can all be discussed in the brief and zoom calls. But we can't start any of this without you creating a Shopify account and filling in the details mentioned above.


If you have any issues / questions about any of the above, you can always email us and we will be happy to help you out.

I've been at Shape for around 8 years now. I bagged a couple of weeks of work experience at the end of my first year at Salford Uni and from then on, well what can I say, they couldn't get enough of me.