In this era, online shopping is a fruitful business. You don’t need a physical office and a large team. But you will surely need one thing that is your own website. Word press is the best choice in this situation. It is potent enough to manage an online store. By now, WordPress offers many different ways to build an online store for all sorts of markets. For that reason, in this article, we want to take a closer look at the possibilities user have to create an online eCommerce store in WordPress.
One of the highly recommended and widely used plugin is WooCommerce. It costs zero dollars, has a variety of themes and comes with an easy to run setup. Additionally, you will not be asked for a license. WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce store plugin, it helps you to create, manage and maintain your store based on WordPress.
There are a few limitations with this plugin, some of its features are not free and if you have no web experience then you will need time to become fully fluent in it.
In this guide, we will teach you how to set up a website with WooCommerce. Just follow the steps and you will set up your first WooCommerce website in few minutes:
You need to install WordPress whether you are working on some kind of hosting or on a local machine.
Download and Install WooCommerce for getting started. In WordPress admin area go to Plugins >> click on Add New >> Then search for WooCommerce Plugin >> Click on Install.
After you have installed your plugin, now you are ready to set it up to work properly. The first thing that you will see after installation is its “Installation Wizard”, which includes the following options :
- i) Create Pages
Create all the necessary pages you need to run on an online store
- ii) Configure Shop Locale
Determine your store’s location, currency and unit of weights in this step
iii) Set up Taxes and Shipping
In this step, set up shipping cost and sales tax in your prices.
- iv) Configure Payment Gateway
Set up payment gateways and decide whether to accept payment via Cheques, PayPal, Cash or Bank Transfer.
- v) Finalize
You have your basic information set up. Now, return to your Dashboard and create and manage Products with WooCommerce.
In the admin area click on WooCommerce >> Settings and there you go.
Adding products and categories
Go to WordPress Admin >> Products >> Add New >> now you can add products, categories, tags, coupons, etc.
2) iThemes Exchange
iThemes exchange was introduced to the market almost a year ago. Its basic version is free but similar to Woo Commerce, you will have to pay for it if you want some advanced features. iThemes offers a variety of Add-Ons. Its Membership Add-Ons will help you protect your files from the non-members. If you have a business related site then Invoice Add-On will be a great help to understand and manage the taxes. It is way more easy to use for the beginners but you can hire Magento e-commerce developers to perform this task for you. It’s new in the market, so it comes with limited themes and features but the developers are working on improving its features.
iThemes themselves describe iThemes as:
“Simple e-commerce for Business”
It is an open source plugin and is already available in the official WordPress repository. It can be easily installed through WordPress Dashboard by following the steps below:
Download and Install iThemes Exchange
- Login to WordPress Dashboard
- Click on Plugin >> Add New
- Search for iTheme Exchange >> click on Install Now >> Installation will take few minutes
- After the completion of installation process click on ‘Activate Plugin’
iTheme Exchange settings
- After activating the plugin, you will be redirected to Exchange setup page, answer just 5 questions in order to get started, any mistake at this stage can later be rectified.
- After this step, you will find three options under “What are you going to sell?”
- Digital Downloads
- Physical Products
- iThemes comes with a built-in payment gateway. The standard option available are:
- PayPal Standard Basic
- PayPal Standard Secure
- Offline Payments
You may choose your relevant payment gateway at this stage. After selecting a particular payment gateway, you will be asked to input your personal details.
- The last section of this basic configuration contains three General simple questions:
- You will be asked to enter your email address, in order to receive store notifications
- “Get email updates about iThemes Exchange” – this option will be by default tickled, untick to not to put on the iTheme mailing list
- Currency – iTheme Exchange currently doesn’t provide support with multiple currencies
Once you are all done, make sure you click the ‘Save Settings’ button.
It was introduced to the market in 2004. Shopify is a beginner’s pal. It is easily installed and if you are not interested in dealing with any technical stuff but selling your products then it’s the best option for you because Shopify will manage everything for you. One of the main reasons to use Shopify is that it eliminates much of the necessary technical know-how that makes setting up an online store so complicated. It offers a variety of payment methods, tax calculations, flexible shipping options and inventory management.
If you are curious and would like to give this whole WordPress/Shopify things a whirl, you have come to the right place. We will guide you how to get it done one step at a time.
Sign up to Shopify
After signing up at Shopify, head on over to the Shopify homepage and click the Get Started button. You can start with a free 14-day trial of Shopify. All you need is an email address, password and a name for your online store. Once done, click on “Create your store”.
Install the Shopify Ecommerce plugin
Install Shopify plugin on your WordPress website. For this purpose click on Plugins >> Add New >> Search for Shopify >> Click on “Install Now”. Now, download and install Shopify on your website and don’t forget to Activate it.
Connecting Shopify to WordPress
Connect your Shopify plugin to your WordPress website by typing in your shop’s address and hit “Connect”.
Now, it’s time to start building your actual e-commerce online store.
Adding a Product
In the Admin panel, click on Add Products to add new products to your store by providing a product title, images, description, product type and many more.
Click on Settings >> Payments to set up a payment method. Shopify supports Stripe, PayPal, Skrill, Amazon Payments and many more.
Click on Settings >> Shipping to set up a shipping method. You can set up shipping zones and their costs as well.
Now you can add your Shopify products and Widgets to your WordPress website. Integrating WordPress with Shopify offers the opportunity to benefit from the advantages each platform offers.
4) WP eCommerce
It was launched in 2006. If you have a small website then WP eCommerce is the best choice for you. It sets the products in the form of blog posts. It has built-in tools with a lot of themes. The feedback from users about WP eCommerce is not good as it is not making progress from the past few years.
In this tutorial, we will guide you how to use WP eCommerce plugin for your WordPress online store. Let’s begin!
Login to your WordPress admin dashboard and click on Plugins >> Add New >> Now search for WP eCommerce >> hit the “Install Now” button. After the plugin has been successfully installed, select the “Activate PLugin” option to activate the plugin.
Congratulations! WP eCommerce is now active and ready to use.
In order to get to your store settings, click on Settings >> General. Here you will see the following general settings for your store :
- Settings regarding stock in the cart
- Target market
- Currency type
- Currency sign location
- Use Hierarchical product category URL
- Thousands and decimal separators
In order to configure Taxes, click on Settings >> Taxes. You can enable or disable taxes on product prices depending on your preferences.
Under the store settings, you can make changes in shipping options, which includes: shipping origin city, zip code, ship wire, Free shipping discount, etc.
WP eCommerce plugin allows you to integrate all popular online payment methods in your WordPress e-commerce store using your ICEPAY merchant account.
Woo Commerce came from Jigoshop. Woo Commerce is actually an extension of Jigoshop but it still has around 10,000 active users. It has a lot of free versions but for unlimited choices, you will have to pay according to your needs. It goes well for medium-sized businesses and shops online. With the extensions of premium gateways, premium extensions and shipping methods you can cover all your needs. In the admin section of the dashboard, you can see all the graphs, stock reports regarding your products so it makes able you to analyze your store’s performance all the time.
Let’s begin installing Jigoshop on WordPress:
You can go to WordPress admin panel and click on the Plugin button in the left sidebar. In the Plugin area, click on “Add New” >> Search for Jigoshop and click on Install Now. Once installed, don’t forget to activate the plugin.
Shop Tab: This tab allows you to fill out few general information regarding your company such as base country/ region, currency, the region of customer and allowed countries.
General Tab: This tab allows you to enter your email address and Google Analytics ID.
Pages Tab: Jigoshop recommends not to change anything in this option.
Catalog and Pricing: in this tab, you can set the currency display, number of products per row, decimal separators and number of decimals.
Jigoshop has many built-in payment options such as WorldPay, PayPal, FuturePay, Bank Transfer, Cheque payment and cash on deliver as well
Managing Products and orders
In Product area, you can set product variables around your product. You can add, delete and edit your product. Apart from this, you can also choose its type, price, and stock settings.
In order area, you can check the status of the orders made online. The complete tracking of each order from processing to delivery can be monitored here. Refund details are also managed under order section.
Jigoshop provides a flawless experience of setting up a shop in a very small amount of time. Building up a shop is not an easy task, but with Jigoshop, it is just a day’s work.
It cost about 4$per month and has an easy setup. Bluehost offers 3 hosting plans, basic, plus and pro. Three basic version has only one website with one domain. The plus version offers 10 websites and costs about 8$. While the pro version has unlimited websites but it’s also the expensive one and will cost you about 15 dollars per month as compared to custom Magento development. One great benefit of using Bluehost is that it regularly backs up. Therefore your blogs you will not need any extra plugins or Dropbox.
There are many hosting websites, but for a WordPress website, Bluehost is definitely at the top of the list. To set up a WordPress account with BlueHost, follow the following steps:
Set up your Hosting account
- To get started, sign up on BlueHost home page.
- Choose a domain name for your website and get your DNS pointed to BlueHost.
- Once you have entered your domain name, fill in the personal information and packaging information form to get started.
Go to cPanel >> scroll to the section titled as “MOJO Marketplace” >> click on “OneClick Installs” button. This will redirect you to MOJO Marketplace titled as Scripts and Platforms. Click on “WordPress” >> Start >> and the installation process will start, which has very few easy steps.
Step 1: Choose where you want to install your WordPress, this can be a domain on your account, a subdomain or a folder for one of your domains.
Step 2: This section allows you to setup your database, username, and password for your WordPress install. It shows advanced options.
Step 3: Click on “Install Now”, after you have read the terms and conditions.
When the WordPress is fully installed, it will provide you with your username, password, admin login URL and site URL. Make sure to keep this information safe. Now, you can log in to your WordPress website, it will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From there, you can add Products, manage orders, etc.
7) Page builder
If you don’t know any writing codes and want a simple and easy to manage site then site builder in the one for you. It has the option of drag and drop which solves tons of problems for managing your products. Page builder proposes countless templates which are mobile friendly too. It has a built-in Photoshop so you don’t need an additional software for your pictures. Although it’s easy and user-friendly, but once you need to enhance the creativity on your web page, it gets a bit difficult to use.
Now, we will show you how to build custom WordPress pages using the Page Builder Plugin:
To get started, log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and hover over the Plugin menu >> click on Add New >> search Page Builder >> Install Now. Be sure to Activate Plugin after installation.
Building your WordPress pages
Step1 : Click on Pages >> Add New
Step 2: WordPress Dashboard >>Page Builder
Step 3: Click on the “+” icon under the Add Media button. Here you will be able to see the individual elements that you want to add.
Step 4: You can add various rows with various columns. To do so, click the button with 3 different vertical lines on it, directly under the Add Media.
WordPress provides many plugins for you to create your own website. Every plug-in has something to offer free of cost. Each WordPress plugin has its own set of pros and cons. All you need to do is to review them and choose the one which suits your needs and requirements.