WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce plugin in the WordPress space.
If you’re creating an online store and your website uses WordPress, the chances are pretty high that you’re using WooCommerce.
This section will walk you through WooCommerce so you know what you’re doing — whether you’re starting from scratch or inheriting a site that’s already running it.
This article starts at the very beginning with installing, activating and setting up WooCommerce on your website.
Installing WooCommerce is very easy in today’s world.
Since it’s in the WordPress Plugin Directory, all you need to do is go to Plugins and Add New from your dashboard. Then search for “WooCommerce”. You’ll then hit “Install” and then “Activate”.
Now WooCommerce has been activated on your website and you’re ready to start setting your store up.
Getting your store set up
WooCommerce has a really good set up process for your store. Once you’ve installed and activated it, WooCommerce will display a startup wizard to walk you through all of the information you need to enter to set up your store.
The first screen will ask you for the physical address of your business or store.
The next several screens will ask you to select what industry your business is in, what types of products you are going to sell (physical, digital, memberships, etc.) and for more details about your business, like how many products you’re going to sell, if you’re selling products elsewhere.
Finally, it will ask you to select a theme. Unfortunately, it will only show themes that are on your website. But you can add one later if you want. A later article in this section will go over themes for WooCommerce.
Once you’re through with that, you’ll exit the setup wizard and you’re a lot closer to getting started selling online through WooCommerce.
What to do next
Now that you’ve got your store information set up with WooCommerce, it’s time to start adding in your products, which you can learn more about in the next article.