A WordPress Guide to WooCommerce

November 14, 2019       2:22 Minutes To Read

The WooCommerce WordPress plugin allows you to set up an online store through your WordPress website. It’s free, open-source and designed to make it quick and easy to get your ecommerce website up and running for customers with just a few clicks. Here’s a quick overview of the benefits of the WordPress WooCommerce plugin and how to use it. 

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What WooCommerce Can Do For You

The WooCommerce dashboard lets you run your business from anywhere, at any time. Modify your shop’s settings, pull sales reports for review and analysis, and make your own coupons and discounts whenever you want. It’s a versatile tool that can accommodate selling everything from physical items to services, appointment bookings, affiliate products and personalized products.

How to Install WooCommerce

Once you have your domain name and website hosting package purchased, follow our instructions for how to install WordPress. For most small business users, it’s just a matter of walking through the online prompts.

After that, you can install the WooCommerce plugin from your WordPress dashboard or WP-CLI. Go back to your WordPress dashboard and follow the setup wizard. On the left, you’ll see a WooCommerce link and a Products link. The WooCommerce link helps you manage your store, while the Products link helps you add items for sale. 

Setting Up Your Online Store

The first pages you’ll set up are for your shop, your online shopping cart, customer checkout, and “my account” for customers who’ve registered with your site and made a purchase to review their transaction. The WooCommerce’s set-up wizard (available via the Help link on the WooCommerce dashboard) will walk you through the process.

To begin, you’ll need to enter the pertinent details for your business, such as your location, your currency and the payment methods your store will accept, as well as package size and shipping weights, if applicable. Then, the Product dashboard is where you’ll find the Add New Product link to add photos and descriptions of your items for sale. This is also where you’ll set the regular and sale prices of your products

Secrets of Success

When choosing the payment methods you’ll accept through your store, you’ll need to have accounts with those same payment methods to receive your funds. For example, if you choose PayPal as a payment method, you’ll need a PayPal account for the customer’s money to be transferred to.

Even though WooCommerce can automatically calculate and add tax to the purchase price of an item, as the small business owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure the information is correct. WooCommerce does allow users to tweak the tax settings if needed. The best course of action is to check with your own tax professional to ensure you’re collecting the right amount of tax and forwarding it to the proper agencies on time.

Small businesses in need of ecommerce abilities for selling products and services via their websites can choose WooCommerce as an easy and free solution. This plugin works with websites built on WordPress and offers simple do-it-yourself guided set-up. Call InMotion Hosting to ensure your business website has the reliable and secure hosting you need to give your customers a successful online shopping experience through WordPress, WooCommerce plugin and your own quality products and services.

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