Using WordPress as a Platform for your Online Store
WordPress Uses The WooCommerce Platform. Giving You The Control To Sell Anything
Want to sell Online?
With WooCommerce you can sell anything. This includes selling products, services or digital products or a combination. Out-of-the-box WooCommerce is ready to go. Once it’s installed its just a matter of setting it up with your own company details. You’ll need to add a payment gateway so that your customers can pay for things. You’ll also need to set up your shipping, taxation and marketing.
Naturally, you need a theme to make it all very presentable to your customers.
When all the setting up is done then its time to start adding your products and/or services.
WooCommerce’s greatest strength is its extensibility. There’s very little I can’t build with WooCommerce. Given enough time and resources, WooCommerce can be finely tailored to even your store’s most niche feature
How I can help!
Setting you up with an online WooCommerce Store.
I’ll run a series of questions by you to establish what type of business you run and what it is you want to sell. We will also discuss:
Installing WooCommerce. Your website will need to have WordPress installed. If not, then let’s install it first. If you already have WordPress installed then let’s check that your current theme is compatible. Then, it’s just a matter of installing the WooCommerce platform.
I will set up your Location, Countries you want to sell to and add your company details including address and contact details.
I’ll set your cart and checkout pages, add terms and conditions, and add your payment gateways. I’ll include any a place for Coupons and discount codes if you would like to use them. Once this is set up you will need to register with a username and password of your choosing and then apply your bank details. A word of warning – never give these details out to anyone.
I’ll set you up with accounts pages so that you can track sales orders, profit & loss etc.
You’ll need a facility to send out emails to customers to confirm their orders, send out invoices, and also dispatch notices. This will be set up for you.
Having discussed your shipping methods. I’ll set flat rates, enable free shipping, add international shipping options, and any choosen settings for local pickup or delivery.
I will include any pop-up feature such as Coupons and Newsletter sign-ups.
Next, we discuss adding products to your new website. I will add some categories for you and that will help you to organise your products. I will also add up to 20 products for you so that you can see how to go about adding the rest of your products.
There are a number of product types for you to choose from. However, it’s very likely that most of your products will use the Simple Product Type:
Simple – covers the vast majority of any products you may sell. Simple products are shipped and have no options. For example, a book.
Grouped – a collection of related products that can be purchased individually and only consist of simple products. For example, a set of six drinking glasses.
Virtual – one that doesn’t require shipping. For example, a service. Enabling this disables all shipping related fields such as shipping dimensions. A virtual product will also not trigger the shipping calculator in cart and checkout.
Downloadable – activates additional fields where you can provide a downloadable file. After a successful purchase, customers are given a downloadable file as a link in the order notification email. This is suitable, for example, for a digital album, PDF magazine, or photo.
External or Affiliate – one that you list and describe on your website but is sold elsewhere.
Variable – a product with variations, each of which may have a different SKU, price, stock option, etc. For example, a t-shirt available in different colours and/or sizes. Other types are often added by extensions. For example, WooCommerce Subscriptions adds new product types as does WooCommerce Bookings.
Inventory – During the course of adding products to your website, I will also add stock quantities so that you can see how easy it is to track your inventory right from the start.