Your Guide to Setting Up your Online Store With WooCommerce Plugin
When it comes to internet and the world of Web, WordPress is the pot of gold. According to latest statistics from https://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management, WordPress has a market share of 61.8%. One of the main stength of WordPress is that it allows customization and the ability for web professionals to be able to use thousands of plugins to customize their WordPress experience to fit exactly into their specific needs and business niche. One of the most popular plugins to do this on WordPress is WooCommerce. Read on to learn how to use the WooCommerce plugin in WordPress.
WooCommerce, like many other ecommerce plugins, transforms a WordPress website into an ecommerce store.
How popular is WooCommerce? Let’s see what the data says:
What the numbers say about WooCommerce:
Active installations : 4 million+
Rating : 4.5 (based on over 3000 reviews)
Available Languages: 54
About 15.9% of WordPress sites are powered by WooCommerce and 30% of all e-commerce websites on the internet. This statistics shows that it is not just only popular among WordPress today, but also the most popular plugin overall.
WooCommerce was launched in 2011 by Automattic (which is also the creator of WordPress), as a free, open-source CMS website, available in 54 languages and requires no technical knowledge from a user to get started.
How to use WooCommerce in WordPress:
- Installing the WooCommerce Plugin:
- Login to the admin panel of your WordPress website
- Search for the WooCommerce plugin on the plugin page
- Click ‘Install’ > ‘Activate’
- Run the ‘Setup Wizard’. You will see a form that is meant to help set up the building blocks of your online store.
- Setting up your store –
One of the more important sections to fill is your selling currency and the tangibility of your product i.e digital, physical or both. For more on adding products, refer to this guide.
There are lots of payment gateways you can install and integrate with your WooCommerce store, out of the over 80 payment gateways available, some of the popular ones are PayU, Alipay and Amazon Pay.
Website Theme & Layout:
The next step is to activate ‘Storefront’. Storefront is the recommended theme for WooCommerce. ‘Storefront’ is free and you can customize it with several premium extensions. If you are not keen on the ‘Storefront’ theme, WooCommerce has a list of other workable themes that you can use. As of now, around 3 of these themes are free. The main idea is to ensure that there are no conflicts with your website theme with future WooCommerce plugin updates.
Jet, Set, Go!
Another Plugin that is recommended to connect to your WooCommerce store is the Jetpack. This plugin will enhance the capabilities of your store. The free Jetpack plugin will share store analytics, ensure store protection, downtime alerts and more.
Create your products:
There are two ways to do this- individually or through a CSV file import.
Extend the functionality of your store:
Now that the initial set up of your store is done, you can extend its functionality by adding several extensions for marketing, payments, shipping, store management, products and more.
Want to Learn More?
- For an even more in-depth look at setting up your store, check out the WooCommerce help documentation.
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I hope you found this blog on ‘How to use the WooCommerce plugin in WordPress’ useful and are all set to get started and create a great e-commerce store. All the best with your online business!
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