How to Build an Online Store using WordPress (Step by step)
Hi, how are you doing today? Hope you are doing great. Today we are going to consult about how to build an online store. First of all we should know what is an online store and how it’s work, right? Please don’t skip BOLD words as there are the process been described all the stages. So lets start moving…
What is an online store?
An online store is widely used world wide to sell products through a website. There are different types of online stores like fashions, people daily needed stuffs and many more. If you see an example then it could be amazon from where you can purchase all the stuffs you need.
What you need to build an online store?
To build an online store you need some basic stuffs to get started, you will have to check couple of tutorials during building this online store.
- Purchase a domain and hosting click here and see configuration and installation of WordPress
- A free or premium theme to looks the website professional, you can check the recommended theme here or another tutorial about how to build professional and killer looking website using premium theme
- Install wooCommerce plugin for the store
- Set up and configure the store
- Add products like T-Shirts or other you may have
- Some other WordPress plugins like Gravity Form wooCommerce adon for more variables, Contact form 7, Google Analytics to track users
- Payment integrations like PayPal, Stripe
- Setting up shipping method
- Orders, Payments and Dashboard Management
Now before we going to start building the store we need some pages set up for the website like Home, About Us, Products, Contact right? So the pages design depends on the theme you are using either it’s free or premium. You can have a quick look about the professional looking online store using a premium theme here
So once you are done with all the stages described in the past post, now it’s time to install the wooCommerce plugin in your WordPress Dashboard and start building the online store.
So on the Dashboard put your mouse on Plugins and click on Installed Plugins then Add New as follow above. Now like the below image type woocommerce in the search box and click on Install Now after search if you don’t any plugin like this then download it here and upload to your Dashboard by clicking on the Upload plugin button.
Once you installed the plugin then you may see the activate button click on that like the below image and we are good to go with the configuration now.
So finally you have activated the plugin right? So let’s configure it properly then we can build an online store. Do the following as showing below.
You can put your store address now or anytime so lets skip that for now and click on Run the Setup Wizard. So now we can set up and configure all the requirements about how to build an online store. Now in the following image as like put your store address and hit one the Continue button below.
Setting up payment method
After that on Payment section select your preferred payment method like PayPal or Stripe which one you want to set up for store where all the payments will be store in that account.
Setting up shipping method
Now it’s time to move on next step called Shipping. In this phase if you want to keep charge shipping cost from your customer then keep as it is like this and put the flat rate amount like 5,10 or whatever you want to charge. If you don’t then just put off and click on Continue button.
The step Recommend and Active just click on Skip under Continue button and reach in the step Ready!
Create a product on your online store
So we just set up the store now it’s time to start adding products. Put your mail on the mail field and click on Create a product
Now put your product name and click on add new category to keep the product under a category. After the we have to complete the most important part like the following image below
So we are adding a simple product so make sure you keep the product data as simple product from the drop down. If you want to learn how to add a variable product click here
So put the price for the product in the regular price and sale price like the image below.
Put product image and gallery
So now we have already placed the price on the price field. Now time to move on next step as time is going and our store is getting ready… we need to set the product image click on it and upload an image for this product and product gallery if you want to keep a gallery then add the images too similarly like product image and put a short descriptions about the product in the text text field.
So now click on the publish button and we have added one product in the online store. Now it’s time to see the product on front end.
So now right click on View Product and open the link in a new tab. You are awesome !! So finally you have set up the WordPress online store? Fantastic !!
So we are done with online Store and now time to learn how to maintaining the store dashboard including orders, payments and shipping methods so follow that tutorial.
If you still need help then feel free to leave me a message titled Need Help ! Or follow the video below.