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What is an e-commerce website or an e-shop and how to build one with WordPress

You want to know how to build your own e-shop? You came to the right place.

I will go through the absolut basics and help you understand what is an e-commerce website and how you can build one with WordPress and WooCommerce

E-commerce stands for Electronic commerce, similarly e-shop is for Electronic shop.

If you want to sell your products or services online, you need some type of E-commerce website, or e-shop.

The reason why I use WordPress and WooCommerce is that they are open-sourced, which means you can get them for  free.

That’s right. You don’t need to pay anything to install and use them. No hidden fees, no hidden costs.

My goal is to help you understand what it takes to build an e-commerce site from scratch, and I hope that with my guide you can start building yours instantly.

 

Let’s start building our Woocommerce website

First, as with every website, you need a domain name and a hosting package. You can get one here:

*disclaimer, I’m affiliated which means that if you decide to purchase through this link, at no additional cost, you will show your support to my blog, and for that, I am extremely thankful. But you don’t have to. Feel free to get a domain name and hosting provider of your choice.

Then you can install WordPress. Most hosting providers offer 1-click installation so go ahead and use that.
This is how it looks like on another hosting provider, one.com and this is how it looks like in the majority of the well-known hosting providers.

1 click wordpress

That way you don’t have to mess with anything like uploading files, creating databases, nothing.

Just let it take care of everything itself.

Once you have done that… Congrats! You now have your own website. Now you need to install the e-commerce plugin as well

You will see a login screen like this:

Unless it takes you directly into the dashboard which looks like this:

wordpress dashboard

Find on the left side vertical menu the word Plugins and go there and click Add new.

You need to find and install WooCommerce, and just by starting typing Woo, you will instantly get suggested results. The first one is the one we need.

I already have it installed that’s why it says to update, otherwise, on a clean installation it would have said: “install”.

Go ahead and Install it 🙂

YAY! You now, not only have a website, but also an e-shop!

Things can get tricky from here, and before you go ahead, I would like to remind you that things are easier if you have a solid plan and structure.

What do I mean by that?

I mean, do you know what to sell? How to sell it? Do you have a variety of products? A few selected ones? Is it a service?

I have written a guide here that will help you sort these things out. 

The reason why I say this is because, if you have no plan, it can be overwhelming to start putting in products without a clear plan.

How will your navigation be structured? Will you have product categories? How about shipping?

Don’t be scared 🙂 these things are easy to solve, once you sit down with pen and paper (or a google doc on your computer) and make some decisions.

It doesn’t have to get fancy. Take an hour, make yourself a coffee (or tea) and sit down and make a structure of how you want to present your products.

Once you have done that, go to the WooCommerce menu browse a bit all the different options, to get familiar with the system.

You can add products, you can create product categories, you can set the accepted payment methods, you can administrate your orders, and so on.

It’s a very powerful tool, and it can take some time to learn, but for the purposes of this guide, I will keep it simple and I will show you the basics because I don’t want to overwhelm you.

That being said, let’s add some products

adding products

Here you can add your product’s Title and Description. This process is similar to adding a new blog post.

new product

 

And here are the most common product information that you need to add. You can set the price, you can set the shipping methods, and many more.

Not all of the options are necessary to be used, it depends a lot on what kind of products or services you want to sell.

woocommerce product info

Feel free to investigate and get the feel of the system.

It has a learning curve, I can’t deny that, however, it is totally worth it, since it’s a free solution and it’s a system that many businesses are using for their e-shops. If you study it for a day or, you will get the hang of it and you will be able to use it without a problem.

Keep in mind though that in order to be able to accept payments, you need to connect your company’s bank account into WooCommerce.

This can be a bit tricky as you would need to get a piece of code from the bank and insert it into your website.

I’m not an accountant, and I wouldn’t want to give you bank related information, so please get in contact with your bank or your accountant, and they will provide you with all the necessary information.

I hope this tutorial/guide has helped you understand how to build an e-shop with WordPress and WooCommerce.

If you have questions, please let me know in the comments.

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