How to Create an eCommerce Site

Many businesses now use a website for selling products instead of traditional storefronts. This can open you up to a larger global audience since anyone in the world with internet access can shop at your store. You also don’t have to lease a building space which can reduce overhead costs.

Finding Inspiration

Click the Inspiration link in your Dashboard to view the available website styles. Choose from different categories such as Fitness, Fashion, and Music. Click on them to zoom in and preview how they look, then select the one you want to use.

Customize Site

The Customize link in your Dashboard has most of the tools you’ll need to make the site fit your business. Any needed tools not already included can be added with an installable plugin

Install Shopping Cart Software

Since your site is powered by WordPress you can use the many available Plugins and Widgets. The most popular shopping cart plugin is WooCommerce since it’s free, works well, and is easy to use.

Add Products

After installing WooCommerce you can begin adding products.

Setup Shipping

Shipping setup is important so you can charge the right amount for the package you are sending. You can also include a handling fee if necessary.

Handling Fee

After setting up your shipping, you may also want to include a handling fee.

Setup Payment Gateway

You can accept money online using a payment gateway. There are many available, but PayPal and Authorize.net are very popular.

Additional Guides

Now that you have created an eCommerce website feel free to personalize it further. You will find many helpful guides on our WooCommerce Education Channel.

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