How To Create a WooCommerce Store: Step-by-Step Guide

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?

WooCommerce Store
WooCommerce is currently one of the best solutions for those who are dreaming about their own online business. You will have a fully-functional store established and serving the customers in a blink of an eye.

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.

Key benefits

  • 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 Theme

JohnnyGo - Multipurpose Home Services WordPress Theme

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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.’

WordPress - appearance
Installing the theme is also very simple. Just click the ‘Install now’ button and select the package you’ve downloaded from your provider.

WordPress will install your theme once you’ll click the ‘Install now’ button. When the theme will be installed, click the ‘Activate’ button to set your theme as a default one.

When you’ll activate your theme, you will be redirected back to the currently installed themes list.

Above you’ll see the list of plugins that should be installed for the template to work correctly. Click on the ‘Begin installing plugins.’

You will be redirected to the page featuring the list of all required plugins. You can install them all at once if you wish.

Then you’ll be redirected to the plugins activation page. Choose “Return to the Dashboard” when it is completed.

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.

You also need to install the ‘WordPress Importer,’ so please choose that option from the list.


WordPress Importer
After you install the plugin, activate it and run the importer.

WordPress Importer
Pick out the .xml file from the ‘sample data’ folder and click the ‘Upload file and import’ button.

After that, for manual import, you need to choose an author or create a new user with the login name. You may also choose the one from the list of available authors, which is a recommended option or assign a post to an existing user.

Check the “Download and import file attachments” checkbox, then navigate to the Dashboard when it is completed.

If you have any issues with the installation process of the importer plugin through the ‘Tools’ > ‘Import’ menu, you can download it here and install it manually like a regular plugin.

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.

Widget Importer
As soon as you will install them, you will be able to navigate through them in the ‘Tools’ menu.

Select the ‘widgets.wie’ file in the ‘sample data’ folder and click the ‘Import Widgets’ button.

When this plugin finishes its work, all the necessary widgets will be installed and activated.

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:

Click the ‘Run the setup wizard’ and proceed with clicking the ‘Let’s go’ button.

After that, the plugin notifies you that it will install the necessary store pages: Shop, Cart, Checkout and My Account.

page setup
Now you need to fill in the country of origin, the currency, and dimensions that should be used in your store.

This is the point where you should decide on the products your store is going to ship. Will those be physical goods or digital services? Once you figure this out, make your choice accordingly.

Choose the payment methods you would like to use. For instance, PayPal and Credit Cards work fine for most of the merchants.



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.

You will see a generic WordPress editing area similar to that for the pages and blog posts. But it offers some more specific options for the products.

product type
Don’t forget to set the ‘Product Type’ after you add the Name, Description, Images, Dimensions and Inventory status for your product.

product type

  • ‘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.



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