E-commerce has been on the rise for years, but more so now than ever. If you’re one of the many companies looking to move your business online, you’re probably wondering where to start or the most effective way to go about it.
The good news is that, with the right tools, incorporating e-commerce into your solutions isn’t a complicated task. As a WordPress user, you have the advantage of using plugins that make setting up an online store a simple, seamless process.
In this post, we’ll discuss what you need to start an e-commerce site, including some of the best plugins to use. Then we’ll walk you through how to to set up an online store for your WordPress site in five easy steps. Let’s get started!
What You Need to Set Up an Online Store
There has never been a better time to start selling online than now. However, before you actually create your online store, there are a few things you’ll need to get started.
First, you need a domain name and a WordPress hosting plan. If you’re looking to set up an online store for your existing WordPress site, you don’t need to worry about this part. If you want to create a new website, we recommend using self-managed WordPress hosting.
Also, whether it’s for a new or existing site, we recommend installing a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate. This will help minimize and prevent malicious activity on your online store, such as fraud.
Once you purchase your domain and hosting plan, the next thing you’ll need to do is decide on an e-commerce platform to use. While there are many options out there, there are a few that are particularly well suited for WordPress. Let’s take a quick look at what those are and what each has to offer.
WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce solution for WordPress sites. It’s feature-rich, user-friendly, and comes with an Onboarding Wizard that makes setting up and managing a storefront quick and easy.
Another benefit is that WooCommerce offers a plethora of extensions you can use to expand the functionality and enhance the appearance of your online store. You can also choose from a variety of themes to streamline the process of designing your storefront.
Easy Digital Downloads
If you plan on selling digital products on your WordPress site, Easy Digital Downloads is definitely worth considering. This e-commerce solution is specifically designed for selling non-physical products, such as e-books, videos, images, etc.
In addition to multiple payment gateways and a cart system for purchasing multiple downloads, EDD includes features for software licensing, email service integrations, bundling products, and more. As with WooCommerce, it also
This article was written by Will Morris and originally published on WP Mayor.