I figured out how to sell things on Showit, the most intuitive design platform I had ever seen. It was as good of a day as if it were to have rained Spicy Margaritas, my favorite drink!
For the two years leading up to this moment, I had been exclusively designing soulful websites in WordPress. But, I found that my clients weren’t happy with the rigorous back-end runarounds that came with the platform. After deciding my clients and I both deserved better, and that it was time for a real change. I began exploring the other design platforms out there. I found Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly, but realized that nothing came close to beating their competitor — Showit.
Fast forward two amazing, sun-filled years. It was my turn to create my first, and very own eCommerce store.
Drum roll, please…
At this time, I didn’t know a thing about setting up an eCommerce store. I knew it would be hard but knew there was a multitude of tools to help me figure it out. So, first things first, I went and advised with my two virtual BFFs: Youtube and Google.
My decision to switch from WordPress to Showit was actually really going to help me along this journey. Go figure! Not only does Showit have a beautifully intuitive user-interface (UI), but it also integrates with Woocommerce and Shopify. (If you’re new to digital marketing or eCommerce, these are two of the biggest names in the eCom game!)
Let’s dive into these bad-boys in more detail!
Believe it or not, but setting up your website is actually way easier than it seems. There’s a common misconception that the back-end of a website is always and forever horrible, but as technology evolves, so does the back-end of things. Know what I mean, girl?
As crazy as it sounds, I’ve seen this step take as little as 48-hours by my client Laura Marlene! If you’re interested in working together 1:1 to create a magical website of your dreams, I’d be honored to help. Let’s start the conversation off here!
(This is how we’ll sell things on Showit!)
Step aside cashier checks, it’s time for a modern solution for taking payments and tracking finances! There are a few big players when it comes to eCommerce cart solutions, so here’s my take on each of them:
Shopify has great customer service, tons of partners and a super intuitive dashboard setup. One of their partners is Affiliatly, which I’d highly recommend using if you’re using affiliate marketing in your sales strategy.
This is a popular choice for small to medium-sized eCommerce companies and also provides a native affiliate tracking system. The platform is constantly doing updates, which is a good and a bad thing in my opinion, and is one of the major reasons I stick with Shopify. The one huge con of Thrivecart is that it won’t let you add more than one product to your shopping cart. Since Bold x Boho sells Website Templates, Brand Kit’s and services, this immediately ruled it out. If you only sell one product or service or sell products that would never be bought together, Thrivecart could be a good solution for you, but if you want my advice, go with Shopify.
WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that is one of the most powerful eCommerce tools out there. If you sell tons and tons of products, this is definitely a platform worth exploring. One thing to note is that WooCommerce and Showit are still in a Beta phase of their partnership, which means that Showit’s Customer Service Team isn’t responsible (yet) for helping if the integration breaks or you’re having issues with the shopping cart features.
If you want to sell things on Showit and want my opinion though, I’d totally recommend using Shopify or Shopify Lite!
Adding your products into your chosen eCommerce platform is actually super easy. Simply add an image of your product that will be used as the thumbnail, the title, price, shipping information and quantity (if it’s a physical product). If you’re selling physical products, you’ll also need to know the exact weight of your packaged product, if you’re selling a digital product like my templates or an evergreen masterclass, this step will only take a minute. If you’re using an embedded code from Shopify or WooCommerce as your buy-buttons, this is where you’ll paste the HTML in the Head section of each sales page.
(This step isn’t necessary if you don’t ever plan on advertising your products or services, but if you want to sell things on Showit, this is a worthwhile step.)
Adding custom code into your website sounds like a headache and a half, right?
If you’re using a Bold x Boho template, or any other Showit template for that matter, think again missy!
I hope this has helped you figure out how to sell things on Shopify!
Remember, if a high school drop-out turned Soulful Webdesigner and tropical traveler like myself can do it, I know for a fact that you can too. If you’re interested in building an eCommerce site and don’t have the time or patience to do it yourself, the Bold x Boho books are open, and we’d love to explore what you’re thinking.