Building an online store known as eCommerce website can be a cause to feel extreme fear especially when you are not a techy. Well, you’re not alone. Do you really need a service of web developer to archive this? If you can beat the cost good, but still you can have it dome yourself either to save some cash.
On this article we show you how to get started guide you on your journey. we have decided to create the most important guide on how to build your online store with WordPress (step by step).
And to point out the most important things you need when starting up an online store, here are the things you need
Step by Step on On How You Can Start Up Online Store On WOrd press
WordPress is one of the largest blogging platform known that is been used by over 65% bloggers. However wordpress has grown beyond just a blogging platform and can now be used to build business and company website also eccomerce website as well.
when you have a computer you can get can create the site without acquiring any special skills and it will take you within a minutes.
- A domain name idea (this will be the choice of name of your online store i.e zp.com)
- A web hosting account (this is where your website will lives on the internet)
- Your undivided attention for 30 minutes
step 1. Setting up Your Online Store Platform
Most users make the biggest mistake by not choosing the right platform for their online store.
There are two popular eCommerce platforms that we recommend: Shopify, Magento or WordPress + WooCommerce but this article is going to focus on wordpress + woocommerce.
Shopify is a fully hosted eCommerce solution that starts at $29 / month. It’s a hassle-free solution where you just login and start selling. The downside to Shopify is that it gets quite expensive, and your payment options are limited unless you pay additional fees.
Requirements of setting up eCommerce website
Every website required some things to be put together which enable it goes live. Below are some items that you will be needing.
A domain name is your website’s address on the internet. It is what users will type in their browsers to reach your website (for example: google.com
Web hosting is where your website lives on the internet. Every website on the internet needs a web hosting.
SSL certificate adds a special security layer on your website, so you can accept sensitive information such as credit card numbers and other personal information. This is required for you to accept credit card payments on your website.
Step 2. Setting up WordPress
When you first login to WordPress, you will see a welcome message. You will be asked what kind of website you want to set up.
Go ahead and click on ‘I don’t need help’ link. Don’t worry we will walk you through with all the necessary steps.
Closing the setup wizard will show your WordPress admin, you need to visit Settings » General page to setup your WordPress site title and description
Setting up HTTPS to Use SSL
Your WordPress hosting package came with a free SSL Certificate. This certificate is pre-installed for your domain name. However, your WordPress site needs to be configured, so it loads as https vs http.
On the Settings » General page, you need to change your WordPress Address and Site Address to use https instead of http.
Please don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the save changes button to store your settings.
Your basic WordPress setup is complete. Congratulation it is time to set up your online store.
Step 3. Setting up Your WooCommerce Store
Before you can start selling, there are a few things like currency, payments, and shipping information that you need to set up.
You will be seeing a ‘Welcome to WooCommerce’ notification on your WordPress admin pages. Go ahead and hit on the ‘Run setup wizard’ button in the notification.This will launch the WooCommerce setup wizard where you need to click on the ‘Let’s go’ button to get started.
WooCommerce needs few essential pages for cart, account, shop, and checkout. You can click on the continue button to automatically create these pages.
This will bring you to the next step.
You will need to tell WooCommerce where your store is located and which currency and unit measures to use.
After selecting your location and currency, click on the continue button to move on.
Next, you need to enter shipping and tax information.
WooCommerce can be used to sell both digital downloads and physical goods that need shipping.
You need to check the box if you will be shipping goods, or you can leave it unchecked if you will only be selling digital goods.
Next you need to answer the tax question. WooCommerce can help you automatically calculate and add taxes to your prices.
If you are not sure, then you can leave it unchecked. You can always add tax information later from WooCommerce settings.
Hit on the continue button to move on.
Next, you will be asked to choose a payment method for your online store.
By default, WooCommerce comes with support for PayPal, PayPal Standard, and Stripe payment gateways. There are many other payment methods available for WooCommerce which you can install later if you need.
The easiest way to accept payment is using PayPal Standard.
Simply enter your PayPal email address and click on the continue button.
Many people are use both PayPal and Stripe. By using Stripe, you allow your users to enter their credit card information on the checkout page without having to leave your site and going to PayPal.
You can set up Stripe by following the instructions on the WooCommerce screen.
Once you’re done, your WooCommerce online store is all setup.
You need to click on the ‘Return to WordPress dashboard’ link to exit the setup wizard.
After finishing the WooCommerce setup, you are now ready to add products to your online store.
Step 4. Adding Products to Your Online Store
You need to visit Products » Add New page to add a new product.
First, provide a title for your product and then some detailed description.
On the right hand column, you will see the ‘Product Categories’ box. Click on the ‘+Add New Product Category’ to create a category for this product. This allows you and your customers to sort and browse products easily.
Scroll down a little and you will notice the Product Data box. This is where you will provide product related information like pricing, inventory, shipping etc.
Below product data box, you will see a box to add product short description. This short description will be used when users are viewing multiple products on a page.
Lastly, on your right hand column you will see boxes to add a main product image and a product gallery.
Once you are satisfied with all the product information you have added, you can click on the Publish button to make it live on your website.
Note: Repeat the process to add more products as needed.
Step 5. Select and Customize WordPress Theme
Themes control how your WordPress sites look to the users when they visit it. For a WooCommerce shop, they also control how your products are displayed.
There are thousands of paid and free WordPress themes available.
Your Bluehost hosting account, automatically installs the Storefront theme for your website. You will need to customize it to meet your needs.
Head over to Appearance » Customize page. This will launch theme customizer where you can change different theme settings.
If you don’t like the Storefront theme, then you can use another theme by visiting Appearance » Themes page.
Step 6. Extend Your Online Store With Plugins
Now that you have your online store ready, you probably want to get started with adding other usual elements on your website such as a contact form, about page, and more.
To further customize WordPress and add features like contact forms, galleries, sliders, etc, you need to use WordPress plugins.
WordPress plugins are apps that allow you to add new features to your website.
This is how you can build your online store using wordpress and woocommerce plugin with these simple step.