Beginner’s guide to build an ecommerce website in WordPress
WordPress is simple powerful and flexible. It is for this very same reason, hundreds of thousands of bloggers and internet marketers use WordPress to run their blogs and websites. With WordPress, you have all the customizability you need to make your site unique and feature rich.
Is it really possible to build an E-commerce website in WordPress? Yes it is. WordPress have evolved to a very large platform now. There are millions of plugins and scripts available to fulfill all your needs. You just need to find the right theme and plugins for your site!
How to start building
Get a domain and hosting service
Buy a domain name, probably get the name of your business’s name itself. .com domains are good for ecommerce sites. Something like “www.MyBusinessname.com” will look good. Make sure you don’t go with .net or .org.
After that buy hosting from some popular provider and set the name servers to redirect your domain to this host. The name servers can be obtained from your hosting provider.
WordPress can be installed in a single click or by manual mode. Most of the hosting providers have cpanel support. Cpanel is what you use to manage your hosting. Using Cpanel you can access the files on your web server, set up email accounts, monitor the bandwidth usage etc. Cpanel also has one click script installation option. It means that you can install wordpress in a single click. Login to your cpanel and scroll down to the section of scripts. There you can see an option to install WordPress. Click on it, enter the domain name, username, email ID and password and click on install. Later you will be using this username and password to login to WordPress admin panel. Once you have set up WordPress and it is working fine, we can move on to the actual site development.
Get an ecommerce plugin for WordPress
WordPress is primarily suitable for bloggers. It is meant to be a Content Management System (CMS). We are converting that CMS into a platform which we will use as a ecommerce site. So we need additional plugins for managing the business.
Purchase any popular ecommerce managing plugins for WordPress. Woocommerce is the most popular one and I recommend to go with it. It has PayPal integration, sales reports, multiple options for shipping and a tons of other features which your customers will feel interesting. There is another one called WP ecommerce also. Choose your pick, buy and install it from your WordPress admin panel. You will be using this plugin to handle your site in future, so choose wisely.
Select a good theme
How your site looks is very important. Thanks to WordPress, there are millions of themes available online. Since you are running a business, don’t go after the free themes. They have very limited features and have less support options. Select something that’s elegant, suits your business and has good support. Most of the themes these days are responsive. Which means that your site’s appearance will change according to the type of device from which it is being viewed. Having a responsive design is important for ecommerce sites.
Design your site
Just because you installed a good looking theme doesn’t mean that your site has a good design. You need to add content to it. Since we are talking about ecommerce site here, the content will be the products you want to sell. So create posts with good description and photos of the products and publish them. You need to be very careful about how the homepage looks. Select the items you want to be displayed on the homepage. You can do this from the theme options.
Drawing the design on a paper and then doing it via WordPress will help. Make your homepage attractive. Fill it with banners of offers and deals so that people get attracted to it.
Set up the remaining functions
Adding the content is not enough right. You are trying to sell your items so you need to set up some more items also. Like the shipping option and payment gateway. The ecommerce plugin you bought will have options for this. You can set up the shipping locations you support for each items. Also the payment method needs to be set up like cash on delivery, debit card, credit card etc. Woocommerce have integration for most of these payment methods.
Also set up social media buttons too. People love to share what they bought. So make sure to add social media sharing button along with a link to follow your official page in social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram etc.
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So, built your ecommerce website just today and start earning from that.