Ecommerce has recently grown over the board due to the covid era where online marketplaces through e-commerce were the only option for businesses to survive. In that period, eCommerce became one of the only forms of business development, and in this period, the number of sellers on the online markets has tripled in numbers.
As WordPress became one of the main hubs for the public to get their new domain and start building their websites, it would have been rather difficult for developers to furnish an eCommerce website without specifically designed tools or plugins. This was when WooCommerce was launched, WordPress’s one-stop solution for everyone who wants to promote their brand through eCommerce on WordPress. Let’s learn how to use Woo-Commerce!
Installing WooComerce in WordPress
Step 01: To find WooCommerce, head over to your WordPress dashboard and search for the option of plugins; tap on it
And in the search bar, search for WooCommerce. It is a plugin; it can be found at the WordPress plugin store.
Then choose to install now. After installing the plugin, click on activate now to make it up and running.
Alternatively, you can download it from here and upload it in plugins.
Configuration of Woocomerce Store
We have already completed the initial setup of Woocomerce, and now it is time to configure our store. In the left pane, you can see two new tabs:
- WooComerce: Here, you can configure settings, view orders, set up coupons, implement integrations like payment gateway, external POS, delivery or anything else.
- Products: Here, you can view all the products, add a new product, upload new products, add tags & categories and define attributes like size, number of items, etc.
- Individual Product: The product can be edited, and images can be added with the remaining items.
The output of the Woocomerce:
Once the Woocomerce is configured, the product looks like this:
The product description page looks like this:
Apart from the above pages, the following are other important aspects of Woocomerce:
- Cart Page
- Checkout Page
- Product Filters
- Payment Page (and Payment gateway integration)
- Order Page (to view past orders)
- Mail Integration (to send updates regarding the delivery)
- Delivery Integration (to send orders for delivery with the help of 3rd party companies)
- POS Integration (to connect with POS in case the online is connected & dependent upon the offline stores)
- Delivery zone (to restrict delivery and buying option to certain cities/states/countries)
- Delivery Charges (to add fixed or variable/dynamic charges as per the order)
We will discuss all these aspects in a different article.
One of the main benefits of using this tool is that it’s free and a free source, meaning any developer can make certain improvements in the plugin as per his needs and wants from the commerce website. Some may also question the benefit of establishing a business in e-commerce? To this, we would answer that with Woo-Commerce, you don’t only get access to all the tools and files which allow you to set up your eCommerce settings, but you are also enabled to integrate your website content and aesthetics through WordPress in the best possible manner. As Woo-Commerce is specifically designed for WordPress itself, the plugin is safe, secured and optimised to work with any theme and predefined settings on the system, creating less space for erroneous activities.