How to Start an Online Store

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How to start an online store

We are going to show you how to create your own online store step by step.

Three things you would be needed to start an online store.

A domain name idea, a web hosting account and your pure attention of just 30 minutes are required.

You can start up your online store by giving attention to it less than 30 minutes.

Step: 1 choosing of right Platform

Most of the users go wrong by not choosing the correct/right platform for their online store.

What is Shopify?

It is basically a fully wasted e-commerce solution. It’s a hassle-free solution that starts at $29/-month where you starts selling after logging in.

On the other side Shopify gets quite expensive, therefore, a lot of users choose WordPress +Woo commerce rather than take of Shopify.

Thus we would show you how to set up your own online store in WordPress using Woo commerce.

For doing this you would be needed to have a domain name, web hosting of a SSC certificate.

What is domain name?

It is basically name or address (website) that your users will type for reaching your website.

Web hosting?  Where your website lives on the internet.

SSC Certificate? It is used for security purposes, it adds a security layer on your layer, for instance, it is required for accepting credit cards payments on your website.

These things cost you a lot i.e. domain name costs you around $14.99/year, Web hosting $7.99/month and SSC certificates $ 64.99/year.

But beside this blue host which is an official WordPress and Woo commerce recommended hosting provider was agreed to offer users  a free domain name, free SSL certificate and as well as a discount on Web hosting, so basically you can get started for $12.95/month.

First, open up your blue host in a new window using this link and more ahead, first you click on the green get started now button to be get started with.

After that, you will select a plan, and then you will be asked for the domain name.

After finishing you will be needed to add your account information.

You will be seen by some optional entries on this that you may or may not purchase.

When you are completed with this you will receive an email that would be having details about how to login to your hosting control panel (c panel)

package information

After logging into your c panel you will be greeted with a popup that would inform you that WordPress with Woo-commerce is pre-installed.

You will be taken to your WordPress sites dashboard when you click on “log into your site” button.

Step 2: Setting up WordPress

WordPress and Woo commerce have been installed on your website automatically by blue host. You will see the welcome message after logging in to WordPress. Then you would be asked about help but you will click on “I don’t need help” link.

You would first visit setting>>General page or setup your WordPress site title and description. You would be needed to change your WordPress and site address on this page for using https instead of HTTP.

Then click on the save changes button for storing your settings.

Step: 3 Setting Up Store

Currency, payment and shipping information etc has to be set up before starting selling.

You will see a “welcome to Woo commerce” on your WordPress admin pages. Move forward and click on the “Run setup wizard” button.For going ahead click on the “let’s go button”

woocommerce

For cart, account, shop and checkout etc Woo commerce need some essential pages. Clicking on continue button will automatically create these pages.

This will take you to the next step. You will select location and currency for your website, after doing this click on the continue button and then enter shipping and tax information.

Both digital downloads and physical goods can be sold by Woo commerce, so the choice is yours if you will be shipping goods you will be needed to check the box otherwise leave it unchecked.

Next, you may answer to questions or not, you would be helped by Woo commerce in this case

For moving ahead click continue button you will be asked to choose a payment method for your online store.

The easiest way to accept payment is using PayPal standard. For this, you would only be needed to add your PayPal email address and click continue button.

Most of the people use both PayPal and stripe. Instructions are given on the Woo commerce page for setting up strip, your store is set up.

Step: 4 Adding products to your online store

Once you are done with the above steps now you are prepared to add products to your online store.

For this you would be needed to visit products>>Add New Page to add a new product.

You will see a “Product Categories” how on the right-hand column.For creating a category for this product then click on the “+ Add new product category”

You will see the product Data box after scrolling down this is the place where you will provide information related to the product like pricing, inventions, shipping etc.

You will see some boxes on your right-hand column to add the main product image and a product gallery.

Now you are able to click on the publish button for adding more products repeat the process.

Step: 5 Select & Customize WordPress Theme

When the users visit your WordPress sites, themes control how it look to them. They also control how your products are displayed for a Woo commerce shop.

Paid and free WordPress themes are available in thousands. Storefront theme for your website is installed automatically by your Bluehost hosting account.

Head over to Appearance>>Customize page this will launch theme customize where you can change different theme settings.

If storefront theme don does not look more reliable to you then you may use another theme by visiting Ap pearance>> Themes page.

Step: 6 Extend your Online Store with Plugins

After having your own online shop now you are able to be get started with other elements to be added to your account. For example about page and much more.

Add features like contact forms, galleries, sliders etc for further customizing WordPress. We have a step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

There is a list of 24 must have WordPress plugins for business websites and another one with 204 best free Woo commerce plugins.

Learning WordPress to Grow Your Online Business:

WordPress is very powerful and the largest WordPress free resources for beginners is WP Beginner

We are likely to provide cutting – edge helpful WordPress tutorials at WP Beginners.

*Dictionary of WP Beginner: Learn the commonly used WordPress term and lingo

*Videos at WP Beginner:  For becoming master of WordPress watch these 23 videos.

*Blogging at WordPress: The central place for all over WordPress tutorials.

 

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