This takes up to 24 hours to go through so start out by getting yourself an on-target graphic t-shirts domain name. One that happens to be available right now: RadGraphicTees.com. It includes one of the most searched keywords in terms of graphic t-shirts: graphic tees and is fairly easy to remember.
Find cheap hosting for around $9 per month with minimal bandwidth to begin with. You can later upgrade later once there is more demand for your graphic tshirts. Make sure you have MySql and php abilities and at least 5 Gb of space.
Hopefully you know some html and/or php – MySql. (If you don’t, you have many options, which I will go through later. ) Start simple with your graphic t-shirts site design. Be minimal and use large images. Follow the example of the leaders in good design such as Threadless or Indie Shirts. Avoid using unnecessary Flash and keep your code clean. Include strong calls to action: “buy”, “buy”, “buy”. Remember your goal: you want visitors to not only like your website, but to purchase your graphic tees. First mock-up the design in Photoshop, then code it. As for creating the e-commerce functionality, you may need to rely on a web developer if you have only basic skills. Otherwise, there are solutions through WordPress and Joomla extensions, Paypal, and countless online services to help you with this. Good luck. This will most likely be the most stressful part of your endeavor.For those who do not know how to code html or know anything about making a website, install WordPress to post each graphic t-shirt one by one, each with its own post. This is a different kind of website for graphic tees, but will still work. Just make sure to eventually customize your look and add your e-commerce functionality later down the road when you learn how. At first you can simply try and create buzz around your t-shirts and sell them later.
To have a line of t-shirts, you only need one t-shirt. To begin with, come-up with an idea. Refer to my guide on how to do so if you need help. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are a great place to start. Look for free vector images if you want to add anything besides text to your graphic t-shirts. Your tees should deliver a message and look cool at the same time. Also, try and make them original so that your website in particular stands out as a place to go for great graphic tees.
Until you have printed any graphic tees, simply take your designs and Photoshop them on to blank t-shirts. One color of each design will do, with other colors available. Place your
on a background that is plain, making them easy to see, or that says “urban”. You can start printing a limited number of t-shirts right after your website is launched, and based on demand. Crop these to the right size and upload them to your graphic tee website.
Use an online press release agency, go to every single graphic t-shirt blog you know – or that you find through Technorati – and post information about why your new graphic tee website is the best. Once your site goes live, be sure to use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to this fresh content. Digg a blog entry about your website if you create a blog (it’s a good idea).
GO TO BED. YOU JUST CREATED AN ONLINE GRAPHIC T-SHIRTS STORE.