How I taught myself [Shopify] and how I learned to become a Shopify engineer with no experience.

I have been working for an e-commerce site development company (Shopify Plus Partner) until the other day, and I am currently a freelance front-end engineer specializing in Shopify.

Here's how I did it.

  • How I learned Shopify on my own
  • Here are my personal thoughts on how I would study Shopify now.

Here are my personal thoughts on how I would study Shopify.

It's not easy to find a systematic way to learn Shopify, most of the information is from English sources, and there are many things to learn...

I don't know where to start! I hope this will be helpful to those who don't know where to start! I'm an engineer myself, and I'm going to introduce two separate studies, one for engineers and one for people who just want to touch Shopify, so the content will cover everyone from people who are just a little bit interested in Shopify to people who want to become engineers specializing in Shopify!

Jobs that require Shopify knowledge

As I mentioned earlier, I'm currently a freelance engineer specializing in Shopify.

Of course, Shopify knowledge is necessary for an engineer to touch Shopify. However, as Shopify has become more widespread, there are probably many other people who are being forced to study it, such as directors, consultants, and people in charge of e-commerce operations.

Shopify engineers alone

  • Application Engineers
  • Theme Development Engineer
  • Front End Engineer
  • Backend Engineer

In addition to the many different types of engineers, we have

  • Directors
  • Designers
  • EC consultants
  • EC operators

I have the impression that this knowledge is becoming necessary for many people.

If you're looking to learn how to use Shopify, you're in the right place. This is a great way to learn how to use Shopify. You may be one of them. So, let's consider Here is a roadmap that will help you get an overview of Shopify in the shortest possible time. I'm going to consider the following

Why should I study Shopify now?

By the way, is it worth studying Shopify? And should I study it?

In terms of There are three main reasons. I think the field

There are three main reasons for this.

  1. The service is used all over the world.
  2. There are simply not many people who can do it in Japan.
  3. Wide range of users from individuals to corporations

The service is used all over the world and is making full-scale inroads into Japan. ( Demand is high. ) Since it is in its relatively early stages, there are simply not enough people who can use Shopify. ( Supply is low.) And since it has a wide range of users from individuals to corporations, there are many situations where it can be used. ( Highly versatile & easy to do side jobs )

I believe that the "Mere Old Man" is very attractive. So, I think Even if you invest tens of thousands of yen in self-study at first, you can recover it by changing jobs or doing side jobs. I think it is!

How I learned Shopify on my own

First of all, let's take a look back at how I studied Shopify.

At the time, I was

  • No experience in IT industry
  • I didn't even know how EC worked
  • Accounting Department

I thought, "I need to learn about EC! So, I bought the following books.

I bought the following book to learn about EC.

I remember getting an overview of what EC is with this book. It was a good book, so if you are new to EC, you might want to read it. If you are new to e-commerce, you might want to read this book!

The next step is to get a free trial of the Shopify store and read the official blog.

Next, I did a free trial of the Shopify store and read through the official Shopify blog.

Store 14-day free trial

Shopify official blog

However, this is an inefficient method. At that time, there were not many online courses or books related to Shopify, so there may be a big reason why there were not many ways to learn in the first place. However, if I were to go back in time and give advice, I would definitely not recommend this method of learning.

So, if I were to go back in time, what study method would I choose? I would say

People who want to learn about Shopify itself

If you want to become an engineer specialized in Shopify

If I had no experience, I would choose to study Shopify.

The process of studying Shopify if I had no experience

The first one is for people who are not engineers and want to learn Shopify in general.

Until a while ago, there were no Shopify study materials, but since last year or so, books and online schools have gradually started to appear.

Personally, I recommend the following study methods

  • People who like books → Study with books
  • People who don't like books → study at online schools

I think it's better to simply divide it into the following categories I think so!

Recommended books to learn Shopify

First of all, let's talk about books to learn Shopify. If you don't mind reading books, I recommend you to study Shopify in books first. If you don't mind reading books, I recommend you start with books.

Book recommendation No.1 "Shopify Operation Complete".

Book recommendation No.2 "Ichiban Yasashii Shopify no Kyohon

Recommended online courses to learn Shopify

Next, I'd like to introduce an online course for those who don't like books and want to learn Shopify in a lecture format.

The current To be honest, Daytra is the best choice for Shopify online courses. I'm sure it is.

Daytra Shopify EC Building Course

There are a few Shopify online courses out there, but to be honest, I'm not sure if they're any good. There are several Shopify online courses out there, but to be honest, when I look at the companies that run them, I'm not sure if they're any good.

However, Daytra has been

  • A commercial on "Mezamashi TV
  • Authorized by Shopify Japan
  • I used to run an online school business.
  • You can ask as many questions as you want to the proven mentors.

So you can be sure that you're getting a reliable online course from a reputable company.

The course itself is

People who want to learn Shopify → Shopify Course

For those who want to become a Shopify engineer → Shopify Advanced Course

There are two types of courses available.

So it's a systematic approach. If you want to learn Shopify online, it's faster to study at Deitra. This is my personal regret.

For Engineers and Developers: How I taught myself to be an engineer and what skills I had at the time of my career change.

Next, let's look at how to study for engineers and developers.

I myself

Accounting → Front-end engineer at Shopify development company with no experience → Freelance engineer

So I thought it would be helpful to share the steps I took. (By the way, this article is more about coding and front-end store building)

Skill sets to acquire

First of all, I imagined that the skill set needed to build a store at a Shopify development company would be something like the following!

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript (jQuery)
  • Liquid

Basically, if you can do these 4 things, you can start working right away! I'm not sure if this is a good idea.

So, in order to learn these four things

What methods and services are the best?

(2) What can be covered by each method and service?

(2) What can each method or service cover? Try to find a method that suits your skill set at this stage!

[STEP 1] Learn HTML and CSS with Progate and deepen your understanding with books

If you're new to HTML and CSS, you should start with Progate.


Once you've mastered HTML and CSS on Progate, it's a good idea to learn the basics in a book. It can be used as a dictionary later on.

If you can do HTML and CSS with Progate and books, you can copy them.

If you search for "copying beginner HTML", you can find some reference sites on how to do it, so try copying a page or two! The experience of actually coding will definitely come in handy.

[STEP 2] Learn JavaScript quickly and understand jQuery

The next step is to understand JavaScript a little bit and get a little bit familiar with jQuery. You don't need to touch it extensively, just a little bit. You don't need to touch it hard, just a little bit.

If you want to take an online course, I recommend the following Udemy course.

Udemy Link "HTML, CSS, JS, jQuery" Learning Course

There is a strong course that covers HTML, CSS, JavaScript (jQuery), so you can learn all the way to STEP2 with this course alone. You can learn all the way up to Step 2 with this course alone. Moreover, the explanations are quite thorough, so if you feel a little frustrated, you may want to continue learning with the online course.

[STEP 3] Learn Shopify's own language, Liquid

Finally, there is Liquid. Since it is Shopify's own language, there are very few learning materials available. I'm an engineer myself.

So far, you can learn it from

The only place you can learn it at the moment is Deitra's "Shopify Advanced Course".

Daytra Shopify Advanced Course

If you want to learn Shopify in English, you can search for "Shopify Liquid" on Udemy, but I don't think there are many courses in Japanese that offer systematic learning.

So, if you want to join a Shopify development company as an engineer! If you want to join a Shopify development company as an engineer, it may be a bit of an expensive initial investment.

If you can speak English, you can take the Liquid English course on Udemy.

If you are allergic to English, you can take the Shopify Advanced Course from Deitra.

If you're allergic to English, you might want to take the Shopify Advanced Course.

I'm pretty good at English, so I bought three of these Udemy courses that had good reviews and studied them!

Studying Shopify is very hard!

I'm sure you've figured it out by now, but...

It is very hard to learn Shopify!

  • There are many English sources.
  • There is a lot of knowledge to cover.
  • There's not much material to study in the first place.

It's a very tough road.

So, honestly Many people fail along the way. I have an impression. But personally, I think it's an opportunity.

On the other hand, the fact that there are few people who can do it means that there are few rivals. Once you're able to do it, you won't have any trouble getting a job, I think.

So I think it's a good strategy to invest time and money in learning Shopify, and looking back, I'm glad I did. I'm sure there will be times when you feel like failing, but I urge you to hang in there and give it a try! I'm rooting for you!

How to study [Shopify] on your own and how I went from having no experience to being a professional Shopify engineer Summary

That's it, that's how to study Shopify!

I know it's pretty long, but

  • How to study Shopify itself
  • The roadmap to becoming a Shopify engineer

Shopify is a hard field to learn, but it is a rare skill. I would probably go back in time and learn Shopify one more time even if I had no experience yet.

So thank you for reading all the way to the end! Have a great day!

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