To get a site with the best functions and capabilities is not cost-free. But you can thank your starts because there is a new way to create an ecommerce website using WooCommerce plugin at no cost. WordPress and its exceptional functionalities make this possible.
Not for everyone
It is important to say, before we go further, that the WordPress ecommerce tool cannot work for everyone. Use this platform if you want to be in complete control of your website and you want to grow into a big forum in future. However, this option will not work for you if you intend to take care of hosting and technical aspects or if you will be using integrated payment platforms.
The Website Creation Process
1. Install WordPress
You will only be able to install your ecommerce site after you are done with WordPress. WordPress is installed on a hosting account that bears your domain name. Unlike with PHP accounts, you will not need a lot of memory to install WordPress. Remember you need more resources in your hosting accounting based on the number of products you will be displaying on your site.
2. Turning a WordPress website into an ecommerce site
To accomplish this you need three elements: shopping cart, products page and checkout process. To transform your regular website into a business site, all you have to do is use a plugin to insert the three components. For this purpose, use WooThemes or WooCommerce plugins.
3. Install plugins for business purposes
From your WordPress dashboard you can add WooCommerce by selecting ‘Add New’ plugin. Install and activate WooCommerce through WooThemes and proceed to install ‘Pages’ that include Checkout and Cart. Go to settings and see what other options are available to make your website business-friendly.
4. Activate ecommerce website structure
Here you begin by setting up permanent links or permalinks. You can do this from the WooCommerce dashboard where you will select settings and then products. Remember that it is not easy to change these settings later. So be carefully when you make your decisions.
5. Install a rhyming WordPress Theme
Your WooCommerce website requires a compatible WordPress theme. Do not forget that themes regulate output and design of your website. Look for a theme that allows you to make many modifications like additional designing and updating.
6. Setting up the general store
You will find this in the dashboard menu of WooCommerce, where you will select the ‘General Tab’ under ‘Settings’. The default settings are UK based. Here you will select the styling, product image sizes. Email settings, system status and extensions among others.
7. Setting up product pages
The appearance, design and feel of this page will depend on the theme you have selected. Here you can set up product categories, tags, gallery and image. Your creativity will come in handy and you should use the options afforded by WooCommerce to create attractive displays that can convince visitors to buy from you.
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