WooCommerce is, for now, the best plugin for building an Online Store with over a million downloads and great support.
If you want to create a web store, there are a large number of options that you can choose as a platform on which to base your new store. Of course, you will use some of the CMS systems, but the most important question is: Which system has the best support?
The answer is WordPress!
WordPress has the most active and useful community on the internet. You can get instant answers from experts around the world, for free. It has become a powerful platform for building any type of site.
Here are six simple steps and we’ll walk you through them in more detail:
- Think about the domain name and register it.
- Choose stable hosting that will support a visit to your store
- Install the WooCommerce plugin
- WooCommerce configuration
- Finding and installing a Woocommerce theme
- Adding pages and products
Step 1: Think about the domain name and register it
Finding the right name for your domain can be difficult, considering how saturated the internet has become, however, we have given a few tips when it comes to domain registration. To make it easier for you, a simple list will help you decide on the name of your webshop. Here is a general list of things to keep in mind.
- First, find out when you are competing in the local and international markets. The last thing you want is to get into brand wars.
- Second, think of a unique and short (but contagious) domain name, which will be easier for people to remember.
- You also need to decide if your store will be known as special in a particular product category or if you want to build a brand.
- Meet your target audience! Know whether you will sell your products in your country, on the continent, or whether you will want to go towards global market dominance.
You can also use generic domains such as .com, but finding .com domains is harder.
- If all the domain names you can think of are busy, you can think of synonyms and combine them, and then you will get a unique domain name.
Once you have thought about the domain name, the next thing you need to do is register the domain.
Step 2: Purchase Web Hosting
Once you have finished registering your domain, you need to look for a reliable web hosting service, which will take care of the data of your store. You should look for hosting providers that have scaling services, as you will strive to grow your webshop in the future. Scaling will help you take care of sudden jumps to your economical store.
Step 3: Install WordPress with WooCommerce
When you purchase a hosting package, you can install WordPress.
Once WordPress is installed, you need to add the Woocommerce plugin, via the Plugin – Add New option. Type in the WooCommerce search and click Install and then Activate Now.
Step 4: Set up WooCommerce
Now that you have WooCommerce installed, you’ll need to customize it by adding products, payment details, and customizing the theme.
WooCommerce automatically creates the following pages:
- Shop Page: This is the product records page. It is usually run as the home page of an eCommerce store.
- Cart Page: A page that displays customer-selected products.
- My Account Page: A page for customers who manage their accounts.
- Checkout Page: The page where the sale is completed.
If you’re already using an existing theme, you can check to see if it’s compatible with WooCommerce. If you are starting from scratch, you can choose one of the free WooCommerce themes.
Search for WooCommerce theme
If you want to change the theme of your webshop, then you can change and search for a new theme by clicking on WP Admin -> Appearance -> Themes -> Add New -> Search themes. The easiest way to find a WooCommerce theme for free is to type in the keyword ‘woocommerce’. We suggest you choose a StoreFront theme, it is easy to manage.
Step 5: General configuration of WooCommerce
WooCommerce is rich. It really turns an ordinary WordPress site into a full-fledged webshop. However, we need to set specifications to give the best customer experience. To do this, go to WP Admin -> WooCommerce -> Settings.
On the home screen, you will see the General Options section. Here you can set the base location of your store (where the product tax is based on your chosen location) and the country where you sell. By default, “Sell in all countries” is set, but you can specifically select countries for your sales activities. You should also set the desired currency here.
In the next tab called “Products” there are different options for how many products will be displayed on your site. The basic settings will be as shown in the figure. You can always change these settings as you like.
In this settings tab, you can set whether to enter prices that include or exclude taxes and disable tax calculations.
In this setting you can define how the payment process will take place in your ecocommerce store.
Generally, you will need to set “Cart Page” as “Cart” and “Checkout Page” as “Checkout”. Also, on this page you can choose the payment options that will be available to your customers.
On this card you can control all transport preferences from your store. If you sell physical products, then you will have to deliver them to your customers.
Here you need to set up a page where users can check their accounts. By default, the My account page is set. Also, new users should be allowed to register. To do this, you should make sure that your registration options are configured as shown in the image below.
This is the card where you need to set the email address to which notifications will arrive to your customers.
Step 6: Customize the theme
Now that your WooCommerce plugin is ready, you’ll need to work on what your site will look like. You can set the theme as follows: WP Admin -> Appearance -> Customize. In these settings, you can set different options for your site. If you want the main page of the store to appear on the front page, select the “Front page” option, then click on “Shop”.
Step 7: Add new products
Once WooCommerce is activated, a new option appears in WP Admin called ‘‘ Products ’’.
This is used to add new products, categories, tags, attributes and more. Go to WP Admin -> Products -> Add Product.
When adding a new product, you will have access to all options, such as product name, description, prices, transportation, etc.
Your store is ready
This article covers all the basic requirements for creating a WordPress webshop using WooCommerce.
However, if you think you missed something in this tutorial, leave a comment in the comments section below.
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