Figuring out how to set up a WooCommerce store is relatively simple. We’re going to learn how in this WooCommerce tutorial. The plugin holds your hand through most of the process. Even so, you’re going to need some help if this is your first time dealing with payment processors, shipping settings, and more.
Installing and configuring WooCommerce properly the first time around will save you a lot of troubleshooting down the road. The faster you get all your store’s settings right, the quicker you can promote your products and land sales.
In this WooCommerce tutorial, we’ll walk you through five steps to set up a barebones WooCommerce store. This is part of a series that’ll show you everything that WooCommerce has to offer, including how to publish products and much more.
WooCommerce tutorial: How to set up a WooCommerce store
Here’s a high-level look at the process:
- Install the WooCommerce plugin
- Select payment gateway(s)
- Set up WooCommerce shipping zones
- Install recommended extensions
- Verify that core pages are functioning
Step 1: Install WooCommerce
If this is your first time setting up an online store, we recommend you start with a clean WordPress installation with a default theme and no other plugins. This will minimize the chances of any compatibility issues with WooCommerce down the line.
The first thing you’ll want to do is set up WooCommerce itself. To do that, access your WordPress dashboard, move to the Plugins tab, and select Add New:
On the next screen, type WooCommerce into the search bar. Once the plugin comes up, click on the Install Now button:
When it’s ready, you can click on the Activate button. As soon as that process is complete, WooCommerce will launch its configuration wizard, which will help you set up your store’s key settings.
It starts with some basic questions about your store:
You’ll want to specify where you’re located, what currency you want your store
This article was written by John Hughes and originally published on ThemeIsle Blog.