How To Create a WooCommerce Store: Step-by-Step Guide
Are you dreaming to launch an eCommerce store but have neither technical nor any other skills you consider requisite to make up your mind? What if we say that starting a store, say for your electrical or any other business, is simple like a walk in the park with WooCommerce or WordPress theme for electrical company to be more accurate? Are you interested? Then just read on and take the most out of the information we are ready to share.
Why choosing WooCommerce?
To make things easy you need to select a theme you would like to use first. There are really plenty of solutions on the internet.
- It’s free. You don’t need to buy a license for the WooCommerce. It’s a plugin for WordPress, so it’s also free.
- It’s popular. WooCommerce is the most downloadable eCommerce extension on the market, and that’s not by chance but for a reason.
- It’s feature-rich. The plugin offers more features than you think. Your store will be loaded with all the functionalities you can dream of.
- It is easy to set up. You will be able to set everything up yourself without any help from some expert.
- The installation will be fast. It will take you less than one day to set up your store, which is the fastest way to start selling goods online.
- WooCommerce works with any theme. You can set up the WooCommerce on any template of your choice, it will work fine.
How to install a WooCommerce Theme
Start with choosing a template. A cool theme will become a great beginning and a proper first step towards your eCommerce success. We selected this template as an example:
JohnnyGo – Multipurpose Home Services WordPress ThemeLearn More Live Demo Get Hosting
Actually, every theme you like can work for any topic you need. It will just take a little more time to edit it and you’ll get a store for any niche you are in.
Let’s imagine that you would like to build a store for the electrical company. This template was developed as a multipurpose theme, so it will be simple to adjust it to your needs and we’ll show you how to do this.
If you didn’t install WordPress yet, make sure to install it before proceeding with this tutorial. The process is super simple and there are tons of tutorials on the net explaining all its basics, so we won’t repeat all the steps here again and just skip to the next section.
When WordPress is installed
You will see this menu on the left sidebar of your Dashboard. Go to the ‘Appearance’ -> ‘Themes.’
Above you’ll see the list of plugins that should be installed for the template to work correctly. Click on the ‘Begin installing plugins.’
How to make your theme look like the Live Demo?
This question is rather frequently asked. By the way, the answer is simple: a decent provider ships all the demo data together with the template.
Here’s how it works with the templates purchased from TemplateMonster. When the template is downloaded, you can see that there are demo files besides the theme itself.
Go to the ‘Tools’ -> ‘Import’ menu to import them and put to work.
Check the “Download and import file attachments” checkbox, then navigate to the Dashboard when it is completed.
Now you need to import the widgets. The process is very similar, but we will walk you through it all the same.
Go to the ‘Plugins’ -> ‘Add new’ menu. Search for the ‘Widget Importer & Exporter’ and install it like any other plugin.
Time to set up the WooCommerce plugin
In fact, WordPress has already installed it. But you need to customize it and put in some essential information to run your store. Please don’t worry about that, we will guide you.
You will see the following notification from the WooCommerce plugin in your dashboard:
How to add products to your store
What else do you need to do to open your store for the customers? You are right, you need to add the products. The demo products are included along with other demo data, which means that you can either edit the existing products or add the new ones yourself. We’ll show you how to add the new ones.
Click the ‘Add product’ in the ‘Products’ menu.
- ‘Simple product’ works for all the physical goods as a rule.
- ‘Variable product’ should be used for products that have multiple sizes (like dresses or skirts).
- ‘Grouped product’ helps you group several products into one.
- ‘External / Affiliate’ products help you to sell stuff outside of your website.
Here’s how your products list will look on the WooCommerce Dashboard side of your website.
Over to you
From this tutorial you have learned how to create a store using a premium WooCommerce theme. We hope it will help you to start your store and grow your business without fuss. Move on and develop your store idea into something grand. And don’t forget that your questions/thoughts/suggestions are always welcome in the comments.