WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce platform, powering over a third of all online retail spaces. This plug-in provides everything you need to sell services or products on a free WordPress website. Like WP, it is completely free, solid, and powerful.
It can also be a bit hard to master, at least at first glance. This article is about how to get started with WooCommerce.
Choose a domain name and web hosting
You need a domain name for your online store or other website, something along the lines of myshop.com. As for web hosting, there are hundreds of thousands of providers. WordPress recommends a couple of them, in particular Bluehost.com, who offer a free domain name and affordable web hosting and are very reliable. In fact, they’re one of Word Press’s official hosting providers.
After you pick a domain name, web hosting, and install WordPress, you need to install the free WooCommerce plug-in. As with any other WordPress plug-in, you begin by navigating to the dashboard. Go to “Plug-ins” and then “Add New.” In the search field, type “woo commerce”. It will show up as the first result. After that, just click the “Install Now” button beside the plugin.
The text on the button will change to “Activate” in a couple of seconds. Click on that and follow the prompts to create key store pages. Online stores require certain “key” pages to function properly. The WooCommerce wizard creates these pages. They include “Shop”, “Cart”, “Checkout”, and “My Account”.
Your products are going to be displayed in “Shop.” In “Cart”, your customers can make changes to their order before proceeding to “Checkout”, where they select the method of delivery and pay for their products. Finally, “My Account” displays customer profiles.