Starting your online store or ecommerce site with WordPress is the wisest choice you might have took in your whole life. Only WordPress has the most powerful, popular and full-furbished plugins for setting up your ecommerce site which is, WooCommerce. I am 100 percent sure that you heard this name. Yes, the reputation of WooCommerce precedes itself.
In this article, we are going to discuss about some simple steps or procedures to create an ecommerce store using WordPress. To create a website, whether it is a blog or online store, there are some basic things you need. Which are:
- Domain name
- WordPress installation
- WooCommerce plugin (for setup online/ecommerce store)
And other necessary plugins for the betterment of your website.
Following these steps, anyone can create their website from a scratch in less than an hour.
So, let us begin.
Choosing & purchasing domain name
First of all, you have to choose a unique and meaningful name regarding the type of your online store. If you’re selling T-shirts, the name would like “TeenTeen.com”!! I’m just saying. Your store, you should name it properly. Related and relevant name should be used to enhance the understandability of our online store to the people. That depends totally up to you.
After choosing domain name, you must search for the availability for your chosen name in the domain registrar. There are so many domain registrars available like godaddy, hostgator, bluehost etc. You choose your domain name, search for the availability; if available, buy it for a year. There are various types of extension also like .com .net .me .io etc. Choose your extension as you like according to the type of your business.
After purchasing the domain name, the next very step is purchasing hosting for your site. Hosting means where your site will host or live. from there it will be served to the people wanting to access your site. On the other hand, this is where you put all of websites data, literally the whole website in it. It’s a space for your website to be used.
There are several hosting providers. Generally, the companies who sell domain, sells hosting also. It is like a package. Domain and hosting, together. So, you can buy your hosting from where you bought your domain.
NB- as we’re speaking of WordPress, there is a company named ‘bluehost’, who provides special services for the WordPress user with a special rate. Right now, they are giving –
- Free domain
- Free SSL
- Free Theme
- 1 online store
- 100 GB SSD hosting
For only $6.95 per month!!
We are not promoting or referring ‘bluehost’, but it’s the best deal from the best service provider. And it is definitely good for you.
the great thing about WordPress is, it’s free and super easy. So, after purchasing and connecting your domain and hosting, you need to download WordPress CMS from WordPress.org to your computer. Then upload the whole WordPress to your control panel and install it there.
After installing WordPress in your web server, WordPress will offer you a login credentials for you to log in to the admin panel of your site. Here is the first page would look like-
And if you’re using ‘bluehost’ for your domain and hosting, things are much easier with 1-click WordPress installer. They have everything ready for you. Just follow the steps and your website will be ready in no time.
If you’re using ‘bluehost’, you will see the welcoming message from WooCommerce right after you finished installing WordPress. As I said before, they come in a package. You just “run the setup wizard” and go for the installation. The installation process requires all the information like ‘page setup’, ‘store locale’, ‘payment’, ‘shipping’ etc to setup your online store. There is also a theme ready for you.
But if you are using other hosting provider, you can download and install your plugin from your newly installed WordPress site. Go to the dashboard>plugins, click ‘add new’. There will be hundreds of plugins suggestion available for you. Search, download and install “WooCommerce”.
It is also free like WordPress. Fill up the forms of information about your stores, carefully.
You can add themes of your choice from the ‘theme’ section of your dashboard. Hundreds and thousands of free themes are available in there.
Your website must be ready by now to use. There is something you need to understand that, maybe you can start or create a website in less than an hour but the work is just begun. There are several themes and basic plugins is necessary to run your website perfectly, smoothly and more securely. Stay tuned! We will discuss about them in coming days!