How to get Support from the Community

Bo
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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The Shopify Community is a great place to find support from a large range of people such as Shopify Advisors, Shopify Partners, Experts, and as well as other merchants. Here are a few tips you should consider when submitting a new topic to this discussion board.

Firstly, please avoid jumping on older threads, you will find support much faster by starting a brand new thread especially since a lot of these older threads are not actively monitored.

If you feel that your issue is the same as the issue described in an older thread, feel free to reference this older thread in your new topic if you feel it will be of use. 

Subject:

Does your topic have a descriptive subject/title? We would advise against the use of generic subjects such as ‘I need help’ opting to provide more detail instead such as “My Online Store Has Become Inaccessible”.

Please be mindful when using ALL CAPS as well, while we understand the urgency you may feel when it comes to your issue, titles in ALL CAPS can be off-putting to Community members. 

Body:

When it comes to asking a question in the community, the more context that you provide, the better. The more context provided in your initial post the more the Community has to work with and the fewer follow-up questions are needed, cutting down on the time between you posting your question and getting your solution.

Always provide a link to your online store and sufficient detail as to what it is you would like help with. For example, if you are having an issue processing the payment for an order, or refunding an order an essential piece of context here would be the payment gateway that you are using. 

When you are experiencing an issue with your Shopify account which you require assistance with please provide the following information in your initial post so that we can get a better picture of what is going in:

  1. A link to your Shopify store and when applicable, the affected page, product, collection, etc. 
  2. When did the issue first appear?
  3. A detailed description of the issue. 
  4. Screenshots/screen recordings of the issue. 
  5. Have you made any changes to the store recently, i.e. have you added any new apps or changed your theme in any way? 
  6. Are you able to replicate the issue on another browser and/or device? 

Different topics will require different pieces of context. For example, if you are having issues with a theme on your store it would be strongly advised that you provide us with the name of the theme, the version of that theme that is installed, and a link to the affected page to begin with. My colleague, Ty, goes through the specifics of this in a brilliant design based Help Us Help You post.

As for requesting feedback on your store, you should include who your target audience is, what you believe your niche is, and a very brief synopsis of your business’ history so far. We would also recommend taking a look at this post which goes through everything you should consider prior to making your store live and spending money on advertising before looking for feedback from the Community. 

Follow Up:

After submitting a new topic follow-up with anyone who responds - if multiple people are replying to your topic consider using the Quote feature so your topic is easier to follow.

To do this, click Reply on the post you'd like to respond to by clicking Quote which will insert their reply into your response which makes it easier to follow a lengthy or complex topic.

 

Should you resolve the issue make sure you accepted the reply that helped as a Solution by clicking Accept as Solution.

If you were able to resolve the issue on your own consider replying with what steps you took to resolve the issue followed by marking your reply as the Solution.

Marking your reply as a solution to let the community know your topic was resolved and allows others who may encounter the same or similar issue to review your topic and see what resolved the issue.

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