Papua New Guinea Guide to Creating an Online Shop using Shopify

Shopify is a complete ecommerce solution that allows you to set up an online store to sell your goods. It lets you organize your products, customize your storefront, accept credit card payments, track and respond to orders — all with a few clicks of the mouse. There are many other ecommerce solutions to choose among, but I would recommend Shopify simply because it is easier to manage, they have 24/7 help online, cheaper to run and have the best themes for you to use and design your store the way you dreamed of.

Based on my own experience with shopify and how I started to understand and build my own ecommerce site, I will take you through the process to create an online store within few minutes.

  1. Click on Shopify here

Click on the link or type; which will take you to the shopify site. Something similar to the screenshot below.

shg.jpg2.   Enter your email address

Enter a Valid email address and click on the Get started button, as shown above. This will take you to a page similar to the screenshot attached below.


You will have to enter a secret password plus a name for the Store you have in mind. I have chosen Bilum Market as my store because I wanted to sell bilums on my online store. The store you create must be inline with the product you intend to sell.

After all those things are ready and entered, you can now click on the Create your store, button as shown above.

3.   Your Story

This is basically your own story, the products you intend to sell, the target markets and other things they need to know before helping you set up your online store. They will ask whether you are selling the products offline, or you are just starting up. They will want to know how much is your revenue if you’re already selling.

Those information are not that critical, so you will be able to choose from the drop-down answers they already have it ready for you. All you have to do is click on those answers.


Click on next, and you will come to the next page as shown below



Enter all the information as requested above, including your address, your full name, and your business name if you have already registered your business with the IPA. If you haven’t registered your business yet, you can still create your online store and later proceed to have your business registered with IPA.

After entering all the information as requested above, click on Enter my store button as show above on the screen shot.

Finally, your will be redirected to your store home page as shown below.

home page.jpg

This is where all magic happens. Using this admin page, you will be able to set up your payment gateways, upload your products, design your home page and many more. You will be on a trial account for 14 days until you select a plan which will cost you as low as $29 per month.

This is basically the first phrase of creating an online store using Shopify. I will be writing few more blogs on how to set up a payment gateway, taxes, shipping and other information to customise and have your online shop up and running.


You can also hire shopify experts or other people who are familiar with creating an online shop if you cannot, but I would recommend for your to play around and have a try for yourself. Like myself, I never had a single idea on how to create a shopify store, but after several days and weeks of trying it out, I can confidently create a simple online shop within few hours.

Creating an online shop may not be complicated after all, if you a determined and willing to learn and teach yourself.

I hope this simple guide will help you to start creating a trial shopify account for yourself.

Thank you and all the best in creating your online shops using Shopify.



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  2. Thanks for the Information. I am trying to establish a store for dropshipping and the only problem I’m facing right is now finding a suitable payment gateway for Papua New Guinea. Given that I am ineligible for shopify payments, stripe, paypal and other popular platforms. What is the best payment gateway for Papua New Guineans?

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    1. Hi Akia,

      Thanks for reading my blog. As you’ve mentioned, it is really challenging to actually create a fully functioning online shop in Papua New Guinea given the restrictions we have on online transactions. I’ve looked at other payment gateways such as paypal, stripe, shopify payments, 2checkout, and many others but most of these are restricted in PNG.

      However, I would personally recommend for you to try our 2checkout, or payment express.

      Payment express is widely used by Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) of PNG for their online transactions such as collection of company/business registration fees. If they can use it in PNG, you may be able to use it too, just give it a try. I think they are based in New Zealand.

      2checkout does not support drop shipping until recently they started accepting drop shipping online shops as long as you have a valid drop shipping agreement with your supplier. Further to that, they are very strict and you’ll have to meet certain of their policies before your application can be approved. Try go through their prohibited products list before putting up your application.

      I hope this helps.

      Good luck


      1. I’ve checked out 2checkout. They seem to be very strict when it comes to drop shipping. No free shipping, no free items, no trademarked items and Overall if you live outside USA you pay 7.4%+0.45c transaction fee when integrated with shopify.

        I will try with to contact payment express and inquire if it is possible to use their platform too. But if it is not possible, 2checkout may be the only payment gateway available for average Papua New Guineans looking to start an online business.

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  3. You’re correct. It seems 2checkout is the only option but you’ve got to be carefully in putting up your application. Try ask your supplier for a drop shipping agreement as well if they can provide. The choice of products will also be helpful in getting your application approved.

    I’ve seen several local brands in PNG using 2checkout, brands like Barata street stuff, I think they are open for online orders now.

    Payment express should work as well, just a matter of contacting and finding out what they want in terms of their requirements.

    Good luck bro.


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