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Tuning Up Your Shopify Store Sorting Your Collections Like a Pro

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    Entaice Braintrust

Hey there!

So you've been curious about tweaking the default sort order of your collections on Shopify, huh? I get it. You want to make sure your customers are seeing your products in the best possible order, one that makes sense and potentially drives more sales. Smart move!

Why This Matters

Imagine walking into a bookstore where all the books were just randomly strewn about. Chaos, right? Now, what if those books were neatly organized - bestsellers up front, genres grouped together. Easier to find what you need, right? That's exactly what sorting your Shopify collections can do for your online store. It makes browsing easy and can help guide your customers right to the checkout.

The Starter Kit: What Exactly is Sorting?

Sorting in Shopify is the way you arrange the products within a collection. By default, Shopify might set this to something general like 'Best Selling' or 'Alphabetically'. But what if you wanted the newest products to be the first thing a customer sees? Or maybe items on sale? That's where tweaking these settings comes into play.

Step 1: Access Your Collection Settings

First thing, log into your Shopify admin. Navigate to 'Products' and then 'Collections'. Pick any collection you want to adjust or create a new one if you're feeling adventurous.

Step 2: Dive Into Sorting

Inside the collection settings, there's a section usually titled something like "Sort" or "Collection order". Here’s where the magic happens. Shopify gives you a few default options:

  • Best selling: This sorts products by the number of times they’ve been purchased, front lining your most popular items.
  • Alphabetically, A-Z or Z-A: It sorts products by name. Simple, yet effective for certain types of inventory.
  • Price, low to high or high to low: Great for budget-conscious shoppers or those looking for premium products.
  • Date, new to old or old to new: Perfect for shops with frequent releases or vintage collections.

Step 3: Custom Sorting for a Tailored Experience

But let's say the default options aren't quite cutting it. Shopify’s got your back with manual sorting. You can drag and drop products in the order you decide. It’s like rearranging your desk for optimal workflow, but for your online store.

Step 4: Save and Review

After you’ve made your changes, hit save. Yes, it’s that easy. But don’t kick back yet! Take a moment to view your collection as a customer would. Browse through, try different devices or even ask a friend to take a look. Feedback is golden.

Pro Tips and Tricks

  1. Seasonality Matters: Consider what’s relevant. Swimsuits probably shouldn’t be front and center in winter, right?
  2. Promotions and Sales: Got a sale? Give those items some limelight so they move quicker.
  3. Customer Behavior: Keep an eye on how your adjustments affect customer behavior. Use analytics to see what’s working and what’s not.

Keeping it Fresh

Like a garden, your Shopify store needs a bit of regular tending. Market trends shift, new products launch, and what worked yesterday might not work tomorrow. Regularly revisit your collection sort settings. It keeps things fresh for your return customers and maximizes the effectiveness of your new stock.

Wrap Up

Setting up the right default sort for your collections might seem like a small thing, but it’s these tweaks that can enhance the user experience and potentially up your sales. Each setting might cater to a different business goal or customer, so play around with what works best for you.

Remember, the goal is to make your store as inviting and navigable as possible. Think of yourself in a giant supermarket—where would you like the essentials placed?

Hope this helps you get your collections sorted just the way you want. Dive in, tweak, and keep experimenting. Each little adjustment is a step towards that perfectly tuned store that feels just right for your customers—and your brand.

Good luck, and keep optimizing!