How to Start Your Online Store Using WordPress in 2018
January 21st, 2018 | by Ravi Chahar || 6 Comments |
No doubt that people are more into selling things these days. Everyone is fond of online shopping. Have you ever thought to start your online store using WordPress?
Yes, WordPress is the platform you can use to build your new brand where you can sell your digital products or anything you like.
Most of the people get scared because of the technical aspects of doing so, but in this guide, you will learn to do it yourself without any technical knowledge.
You can easily start your online store using WordPress within a few minutes.
The Things Required to Start Your Online Store
Let me walk you through the basic things about which, you should be known. It’s same as you start a WordPress blog.
The only difference is that here you have to integrate your simple WordPress installation with Woocommerce platform.
Basically, there are two platforms to start an online store. Either you use Shopify or Woocommerce.
Though Shopify is a bit costly so we recommend WordPress integrated with Woocommerce. Let me mention the necessary points.
- A Domain Name
- A Web Hosting Plan
- An SSL Certificate
- Setting up your online store
- Do Necessary WordPress Settings
- Setting up Woocommerce
- Adding the products
These are the steps needed to start your online store using WordPress.
#1. Setting Up Your Online Store
You may be wondering as if why did I skip first three steps. Well, you would be happy to know that all the things will be covered in this one step.
To start your own blog or an online store, you need a domain name (e.g blogginglove.com) and the web hosting ( the space for your website).
We recommend Bluehost which provides one free domain name and the free SSL certificate for one year.
With your web hosting plan, you will get all the things integrated. And the best part is that it’s specially provided for the people who want to use Woocommerce platform with WordPress.
It will take you to the official website of Bluehost from which, you can buy a web hosting and setup your online store.
You will see WordPress+Woocommerce and the button to “Get Started Now”. Click on that and a new page will get opened.
You will see different plans of the web hosting. Depending on your needs, you can choose any. But for better performance, it’s always recommended to choose the top most plan.
Now is the time to buy your domain name for free.
You can either use your old domain name or buy a new one. Depending on your choice, fill it and continue finishing the whole process.
Then you will be asked to fill your account details. These will consist your personal details regarding your name and address.
And you will be shown the plan you have chosen, it would be different depending on the time period you choose.
Take your decision and finalize the plan duration. There will also be some extra features related to the website security and the domain privacy.
If you don’t want these extra features, no need to click the radio button for those.
Fill the payment details and pay the money. You will get the confirmation email and congrats, you have successfully bought a domain name, a web hosting plan, and the SSL certificate.
You will get your login credentials and when you login to your WordPress dashboard, you will see that Bluehost has already installed WordPress and Woocommerce together.
NOTE: If you’re buying any other web hosting then you can also install the Woocommerce plugin.
#2. WordPress Settings
Just after installing WordPress, there are a few settings which need to be done. You have just bought the SSL certificate.
Now you need to implement it. First of all, you have to add the proper site URL.
NOTE: You have to activate the SSL from your Bluehost account if haven’t done it.
Go to Settings>>General and you will see the WordPress URL and Site URL. Both should be the same. Add the HTTPS to use the SSL.
You also need to add the name and the tagline of your online store.
Save the settings and you’re all set you to start your online store using WordPress.
#3. Setting up Woocommerce
On the WordPress dashboard, you will see a notification to check the guide. You don’t need that, just dismiss it and later on, you will see a button to run the Woocommerce setup.
NOTE: If you have used any other web hosting and used the Woocommerce plugin then just click on the Woocommerce option.
In both the cases, you will reach to the Woocommerce setting page.
You will see a message “Welcome to the Woocommerce World” on this page. Just click on the “Let’s Go” button.
To start your online store using WordPress and Woocommerce, you would require a few basic pages like Shop, Cart, Check out, and My account.
Click on the Continue button and Woocommerce will automatically add these pages.
Your store requires a location. Whether you’re in the USA or in any other country, you have to mention it for the payment purpose.
The payment will be made depending on the currency you select here.
Add the location and the currency of your country. Click on the continue button for more.
Just like that, you have to enable the shipping. Later on, you need to setup the payment method. We recommend you to use PayPal Standard which works smoothly.
There are many people who want to use Stripe, well, it’s up to you.
You have successfully setup the Woocommerce platform. Now either you start adding your first product from here or click on the return to the WordPress Dashboard link shown below at this page.
#4. Adding the Products to Your Online Store
Well, now is the time. To start your online store using WordPress, you have to add the products to get displayed on your website.
It can be easily done. Just go to Products>>Add New from the WordPress dashboard and you will see the same editor as you see for adding a new post.
The only difference will be for the details of the products, you will see many extra options to add the price, the photos and lot more for your product.
Once you fill all the details, click on the publish button and your product will get added to the page you have created for shopping.
You can add as many products you want just by following the same process.
#5. Choose the WordPress Theme
Now you have to choose the theme for your online store. Not every WordPress theme is compatible with Woocommerce.
Either you buy a new theme which Woocommerce compatible or make it work with Woocommerce by adding some extra files.
Bluehost will automatically install a theme which can work perfectly fine. Either you customize it your own or hire a web designer.
Though there are many other theme providers which can provide you a ready-made Woocommerce theme. It’s up to you what you choose.
I Hope You Can Easily Start Your Online Store Using WordPress Now
If you follow the above-mentioned steps, you can start your online store using WordPress within few minutes.
We have recommended Bluehost because it will make easy for you setup Woocommerce because everything comes built-in.
And to receive the payments, it’s very important to enable SSL certificate on your store. Bluehost is providing it for free.
Woocommerce is the call for you. Right now, nothing is better than Woocommerce. I hope now you can start your online store using WordPress. If face any problem, feel free to reach us.