Now Everyone Can Own An eCommerce WordPress Website
People’s lives are hectic and time is of essence, especially in commercial markets where time plays a vital role for all parties involved. If you consider it from a business point of view, with less time spent on each transaction, more transactions can be done, and not just that but the customer also saves their valuable and treasured time. And that is where eCommerce comes in. With the rapid and expeditious expansion of internet, along with better and easier payment options and advanced shipping methods, eCommerce is thriving and taking over. Now, orders are being placed and transactions are being conducted within few minutes. From small businesses to consummate and accomplished companies, all are benefiting from having their own eCommerce sites. eCommerce provides a flexible and amenable solutions for all types of businesses, whether you are selling physical or digital products, consultation or marketing advice, you can manage to make your way into your customer’s busy lives, offering them their desired products, exactly when they want them. It’s social storm out there with each turning for Facebook or other online sites for potential and promising purchases. Your website is your showroom where customers check out and analyse about your product, and adjudge whether or not its the right fit for them. So one should have a befitting eCommerce site, eye-catching and such that it makes the customer want to choose your product.
The best way to design an eCommerce site is to use WordPress. While WordPress may have started out as a blogging platform, but now it has distinguished itself as a platform adept at more than simple blogging, and with its influx of plugins and strategies, it is now being used as a robust and complete front to back solution for building phenomenal eCommerce sites. Building an eCommerce site is actually easy and uncomplicated if you carefully follow the instructions and go step-by-step. Here is an easy and detailed step-to-step tutorial guide to make your very own eCommerce site.
Installing WordPress – As WordPress is the software that will power your website, you need to install it, and while you can install it manually, a quick and better way to install is using HostGator server, as it has a free and secure tool to easily and quickly install WordPress to your new hosting account. You don’t need to do that if you already have a hosting account. You should already know how do design, add content etc and create a simple WordPress site to create an eCommerce site.
Choosing a plugin – Why install plugins? There are basically three things that make a regular website or blog an eCommerce site: shopping carts, product pages and a checkout process. And to add these functionality to your site it is essential to install plugins. While there are a lot of plugin options one can opt for to transform your WordPress site into an eCommerce one, but what I will recommend is that you use WooCommerce. WooCommerce is a free open source eCommerce plugin, which is easy to use and has become renowned for its simplicity to install and vast customization options, providing users with a feature extensive, yet user-friendly experience. Not just that but it is also one of the most SEO-friendly platform I have ever encountered, with strong developer base and app store. Some good alternatives for WooCommerce are WP eCommerce, Jigoshop etc.
Installing the plugin – To install the plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard then to the Add New Plugin, search for WooCommerce then click on the install button and after installing it you need to activate it. You may also be prompted to Install a bunch of WooCommerce pages, such as Cart, Order Confirmation and checkout pages that need to be installed to run WooCommerce.
Store – WooCommerce requires a product archive page that is going to showcase all your product. For this archive WooCommerce uses a standard WordPress page. Although by default it is the Shop page, you can edit that name by going to Pages, then All Pages then you can create a new page and call it whatever you desire for example; Store. This page enables you to set up your WordPress permalinks and product permalinks.
General Store settings – In the dashboard menu, navigate to settings, and look at the General tab. Location is set to United States. It defines your shop’s base country.You need to change it of course if your shop is not based there. There is also an option of Selling Location, and here you can choose to sell your products to all countries or specific countries. There is also a Shipping location option which enables you to choose which countries to ship to. You can also choose the default currency for your store. There is also a built-in styling for borders,buttons etc, which you can customize if you want to. The best thing to do is walk through the settings, and customize whatever you want to. Most of the settings are self explanatory and easy to comprehend.
System Status – WordPress has some other tabs that you should probably understand when starting and setting up your digital store. One of them is System Status. This is where you get your technical information and is a vital tool for troubleshooting issues with your site. There is an extensive variety of sections and your server settings, software version and WordPress configuration.
WooCommerce Extensions – One of the best things about WooCommerce is that it renders you a free platform that can be added and expanded upon with enumerable extensions. There extensions permits you to extend your store to include specific functionality or incorporate and integrate third party services. With premium extensions, you can offer bookings, memberships, and recurring subscriptions etc. The possibilities are endless.
Product page – After your WordPress store is functional and up and running, lets take a look at the reason you need your store for –your products. The product page will have all the basics needed and is highly customisable and user-friendly. The essential feature or rather the powerhouse of the product page is the Product Data widget, which is where you set your product type, price, shipping and more.
Conclusion – Setting up your own eCommerce WordPress site is easy even though it can seen intimidating at first. Just follow through the steps and ease into it, and you will have you very own eCommerce site up and running in no time.time.
By Darrel Wilson