Merchant Design Tool – How to Set Up

This is a temporary post explaining how to set up Merchant Design Tool – our pet project we have been working on for over a year and a half and finally ready to release it to creative people everywhere.

So what is MDT?  In a sentence, it is a product listing that combines the ability for customers to design a product live on the merchants Shopify store while utilizing the merchants own creative templates and designs.

Sorry, maybe a little confusing.

Maybe it’s a little easier to show live.  For example this listing of custom Unicorn t-shirt

We supply the base T shirt designer set up with all the available shirt colors and shirt sizes.  The merchant can then modify this listing to enable/disable text configuration, enable/disable upload image, and create their own image group / frames customers can choose from.  The customer designs the template right on the site and at time of purchase we (Podify) receive all the final details ready to produce!

So let me show you how to set up this exact product step by step.

First, go to Design Tool > Images and upload all the images to be used in this group.

Multiple images can be selected at once.

After uploaded go to Design Tool > Image Groups and then Create Group.  Let’s call it Unicorn Heads.

Each image we want in our group we want to add by clicking the Yellow + button and for each item give the picture a name (I used made up Unicorn names, you can use whatever you want!), select the image.  Thumbnail you will probably want to keep as Full Image.  Click Save Group once done.

Next, go to Design Tool > Products and because we want to make a Unisex shirt we go to Create a Template

Once inside the template you will see there are many options to enable / disable.

  • We can totally disable or enable upload image.  In this specific product we do not require upload image so this can be disabled.
  • For this product we want to only enable text input for the bottom so Middle Text and Top Text can be disabled.
  • We can have the Default Text for Bottom Text appear or not.  This is the stores decision.  We usually do Hide the Default Text.
  • The only thing left to configure is Image Group

For Image Group select the Image Group you just made, give the selector a name (Choose Your Head, Select Unicorn, etc.), and select a Default Image.

If you did it right the final set up should look like this


Hit Save Template and then Configure Product. 

Give the product a name, select your prices, modify the description and Add to Store.


Give the system a little time to work its magic and the product should be live in your store!  Here it is:

Pre-Designed Multi Variant Now Live!

Since our launch in September 2020 Podify has seen nearly 6000 online entrepreneurs download and try Podify to generate automated online income through their Shopify stores.

In these short 6 months we have listened to our merchants and have been continuously adding more and more features to improve our application.

One of the most highly requested is multi variant pre designed – the ability for merchants to pre-designed products with multiple variants in the same listing.   We are proud to say this feature is live!

With multi variant pre designed you can create multi variations of the same base product all in the same listing.

For example, say your store sells custom puzzles.  In the previous release, merchants could only design 1 puzzle at a time per listing.  With this latest release a merchant can create multiple sizes for the same puzzle image.  Customers get more choices and merchants save a lot of time.

This feature is not limited just to puzzles – it works with any product that has multiple variants: tapestries, canvas prints, beanie hats, apparel, blankets, pillows, bottles, and much more.

To create a multi variant pre designed product is very easy:

  1.  In Podify dashboard Go to ADD NEW PRODUCT
  2. Select a product and go to ADD A PRE DESIGN
  3. By default all variants are set to on.  If there are variants you want to exclude, click the box to remove to checkmark
  4. Upload image and crop for each variant
  5. Click Next Step to allow the system to start creating each variant
  6. Modify title, collection, description pricing and click Add to Store.  Finished listing:


That’s it!  We hope you enjoy the feature!

The Best POD Dropship Products of 2021

The global market for dropshipping is valued at more than $100 billion. But just 10% of dropshipping companies actually succeed. So what sets those who do well in the industry from those who don’t? Well, several things, but the most successful dropshipping companies sell products that the majority of the market doesn’t.


You can do the same by using Podify. Our integrated Shopify App enables you to customize a unique array of intriguing products for your customers. You can even let your customers personalize their own products.


But not any POD dropship products will do. Check out some of our unique offerings that you can start selling to differentiate your company from the rest of the market.

#1. Dropship Yoga Mats

Yoga has gotten more and more popular in recent years. As of 2021, there are a total of 27 million people who practice it in the United States alone. Yet few POD services allow companies to create customized yoga mats for their consumers.


Podify does. We allow companies to customize yoga mats in several different ways. For instance, you can do so by uploading an image that you’d like to have displayed on the mat. Or you can customize it with your favorite color. 


We also make it easy to add text to yoga mats, so you can quickly create a branded product that your customers will love. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the custom yoga mat page in our demo store. You’ll find it easy to customize the product until it fits your specifications.

#2. Dropship Sequin Shirts

Podify’s customizable sequin shirts offer another fantastic way to separate your company from the crowd. We offer a wide variety of sizes, shirt colors, and sequin colors to choose from. You can also upload your own images and text blocks to the shirts, which offers further opportunities for customization.


But the best part about these shirts is that the sequins are reversible. When you run your hand from one side to the other, a hidden image will be revealed. That enables you to get even more creative with how you’re going to appeal to your customers.


Podify makes it easy to customize several different types of sequin attire, including:

  • Kids’ shirts
  • Womens’ shirts
  • Mens’ shirts
  • Hoodies
  • And more

#3. Dropship Embroidery Hats

Embroidered hats are another piece of apparel that is getting more and more popular. Consumers love their trendy designs and high-quality feel. Your company can benefit from this with the help of Podify.


Our app makes it easy to create customized embroidered hats with whatever you want on them. Make one with your logo, your brand colors, or lettering that you know your customers will love. 


We make it easier to bring your vision to life by offering several different types of hats for you to embroider. This is a list that includes:

  • Snapbacks
  • Beanies
  • Floppy beach hats
  • Washed baseball hats
  • And many more

#4. Dropship Body Pillows

How many people do you know with a body pillow on their bed? If you’re like most of us, the answer is quite a lot. Body pillows are super popular right now thanks to the comfort they offer. With Podify, your online shop can begin selling personalized body pillows without ever having to stock them yourself.


Visit our demo shop to check out our Custom Body Pillow with Insert offering. From there, you’ll be able to bring your new product to life with options for customizing the pillow’s:

  • Material
  • Alignment
  • Image
  • Text

#5. Dropship Jigsaw Puzzles

The Covid-19 pandemic has created an insane demand for jigsaw puzzles. Podify can help your company take advantage of that shift in consumer sentiment. We offer a ton of POD jigsaw ready-made puzzle designs to choose from with piece amounts ranging from 500 to 25.

Or you can create your own jigsaw puzzle from scratch. Choose to include as many as 1,000 pieces or as few as 35. Then, brand the puzzle with your company’s logo and add images to it that you know your customers will love.

You can even use our Shopify App to seamlessly begin allowing your customers to design their own jigsaw puzzles right from your online store. Adding this functionality to your shop is another excellent way to stand out from the competition.


Start Selling Your Own Unique Dropship Products with Podify

The secret to getting the most out of your Dropship business is to sell products that your competitors don’t. Podify makes that possible. But we do more than offer a wider variety of customizable products for you to choose from.

We also offer prices that are up to 25% lower than companies like Printful and Printify. That means more money in your pocket on every sale.

Podify also has built-in reviews integration so you can download 1000s of real customer reviews the moment you begin selling our POD products. Add to that our best-in-class support and you have everything that you need to take your company to the next level.


Get started today by adding our app to your Shopify store for free.


How to Make a Puzzle Store

As eCommerce continues to grow, many people are beginning to create their own online stores to capture a percentage of the expanding market. If you’re interested in doing that, one opportunity you may have considered is starting your own puzzle business. 

Puzzles are a national pastime that has surged in popularity due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, new technology has made it easier than ever to manufacture and sell customized puzzles. Together, these factors mean that there’s never been a better time to start your own puzzle business.

But how do you actually do that? What steps do you need to take to create a viable business selling puzzles? 

The best way to build your puzzle store is with the help of Podify. Our Shopify app makes it incredibly easy to offer your customers puzzles that meet their exact specifications. With fast shipping and low pricing, Podify can form the basis of your new company. Keep reading to learn more.


1. Start By Finding a Niche

There are nearly 8 million online retailers across the globe, and that number is growing every day. If you want to stand out from the crowd, then you need to start the business development process by identifying the niche that your company will occupy.

A niche is a specific segment of a broader market. New companies increase their chances of long-term success by focusing their efforts on a niche as opposed to the market as a whole. So you should begin by thinking about the specific segment of the puzzles market that you want to target.

For example, you might focus on pet owners by selling personalizable puzzles of animals. Or maybe you’ll focus on families by selling puzzles that can be personalized to match family photos.

With its easy puzzle customization tool, Podify makes it easy to occupy whatever niche you choose. We even offer brandable boxes to help your business stand out from its top competitors.

2. Put Together a Business Plan

Every fledgling company needs to create a business plan early in its development. Your new puzzles company is no exception to this. Start by creating an executive summary. This should sum up your business and what it offers in no more than a few pages.

Then, put together a broader description of your company, the products that it will sell, and how it will go about marketing itself. If you plan on requesting financing for your new business, then you’ll have to be as detailed as possible while you put these figures together.

During this phase of the process, you should also spend some time creating financial projections for your company. Analyze its expenses, revenue, and profit expectations. Then try to project these things a few years into the future to get a sense of what your new company’s growth trajectory will look like.

3. Research Your Target Audience

The next phase of the process is to begin defining and researching your target audience. Your target audience is the group of people you deem most likely to purchase your products. For example, pet owners would be your target audience if your store is going to sell puzzles that can be customized with pets on them.

Before launching your company, you need to become deeply familiar with your target audience. You should understand who they are, what they want, and the best way to market to them. The best way to develop that understanding is to perform online research.

For example, you might determine that your target audience prefers a certain type of puzzle. If so, Podify will make it easy to satisfy that demand. We offer a large selection of puzzle types and piece amounts to choose from. So you’ll be able to offer exactly what your audience is looking for.

4. Build Your Website

Next, you need to create an online store that will appeal to your audience. Doing so has never been easier thanks to services like Wix and Squarespace, which handle the toughest part of the job for you.

When you build your website, focus on making it easy for consumers to access exactly what they’re looking for. They shouldn’t have to make more than a few clicks in order to find the specific sub-page that they want to access.

Additionally, you need to integrate a powerful eCommerce tool into your site. This is what will power your store, enabling customers to purchase puzzles from you without having to jump through numerous hoops to do so. There are several different eCommerce tools to choose from, but we recommend Shopify.z

Shopify is the best eCommerce tool for a few key reasons. It makes it very easy to build scalable online stores. Additionally, the platform has hundreds of built-in features and apps that can be used to customize your puzzle company’s web store until it meets your exact needs.


Podify was built specifically for Shopify integration. It offers seamless syncing between platforms, lightning-fast performance, and design tools that are unique to our app. Together, Shopify and Podify form a powerful base on which you’ll find it easy to build your new puzzle business.

5. Source Your Puzzles from Podify

Now that you’ve set up your business, you’re ready to begin sourcing the puzzles that you’ll sell to consumers. The easiest way to do that is with Podify. Podify is a powerful consumer print-on-demand service that features an integrated design tool, worldwide shipping, and exclusive puzzle products.

When you use Podify, you can dropship customizable puzzles globally without having to handle any inventory yourself. Check out our collection of jigsaw puzzles to see some of the products that you can choose from. 

With Podify, you can create your own branded puzzles to sell your customers or allow them to design their own personalized puzzles. We put the power in your hands so you can build your puzzle business exactly the way you want.

It’s also worth noting that our prices are up to 25% lower than Printful and Printify. And we have unmatched customer service and support, with a 24-hour response time guaranteed. Collectively, these features make Podify the easiest way to source the products that you need to set up your new puzzle business.

But we don’t expect you to just take our word for it. Consider adding the Podify Dynamic Print on Demand app to your Shopify store. Installation is free so you can see exactly how we’ll power your new puzzle store without having to commit to anything.