Many people want to set up an online store, but they don’t know the first thing about setting up an e-commerce site. If you have a WordPress site, or you are considering getting one, then you will find that it’s quite easy to transform it into an online store. WooCommerce is a fantastic plugin for WordPress, and it can provide you with everything you need in order to create your store, as well as to manage and maintain it properly. It’s one of the easiest ways to get your wp e-commerce site up and running.
Why Choose WooCommerce?
It is a free option, so you don’t have a large investment up front. It also happens to be open source, so you can change the code and do with it whatever you need in order to make it work well with your store and the types of products you are selling. There are countless extensions to make the plugin even more useful. Best of all, it is easy to set up and to use. Let’s look at what a beginner needs to know to get started.
Setting Up WooCommerce
You can get up and running with just a few simple steps. First, you will need to install WordPress on your local machine, or on a server host, and then you need to download and install the WooCommerce plugin. In the Plugin area of WordPress, you will go to the Add New section, and then search for WooCommerce in the search bar. When you find it, click on the Install Now button. Once you have installed it and configured the basic settings, you will start to add your products.
In the dashboard’s side menu after downloading and installing, you will find a tab for WooCommerce and for Products. You will then go into the Product section so you can add your first item to the store. First, you will create a name and a short description of the product. Once you fill out those, you need to scroll below the post editor, where you will see two new widgets on the screen. One is for product data and the other is the product short description.
In the product data screen, you can enter information about the product, such as whether it is digital or virtual, you can enter the SKU, the regular price, the sale price, and more. You can customize the inventory settings, the number of the product you have available, whether you allow backorders, and similar information. In the Linked Product tab, you can add cross-sells, up-sells, and create product grouping. You will even be able to enter attributes of the product, enable and disable reviews, and more.
In the Product Short Description widget, you will be able to create a tagline and description for the product to let the potential customers know more about it and what it offers. You will also be able to add SEO tags, place the product in a category, and add an image. You should always have an image for the products you sell, and it should be good quality so the customers can get a better idea of what they are getting. You should also optimize your images for better seo results.
You will also be adding the different payment gateways that you are willing to accept for payment on your site. There are a massive number of payment options that you can add to the WooCommerce site including Amazon Payments, PayPal, Stripe, and many others. You can choose the ones that you feel will be most applicable to your site.
Once you set everything up with your first product, you will find that getting all of the rest of your other products setup and ready to go is fast and easy.
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Of course many WordPress Themes today are already setup with full WooCommerce integration and that is what we do best at StyleMix. Why not take a look at one of our WooCommerce themes that we are very proud of.
Motors is a fully fledged WordPress theme for creating an automotive dealership website powered by WooCommerce.
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