WooCommerce Setup + Add The First Product (Step By Step)
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WooCommerce Setup + Add The First Product (Step By Step)


Hi, I am Robert from Themeisle.com and in
this tutorial you will learn how to setup WooCommerce WordPress Plugin to get started
on selling your products. The theme I use for this purpose is our ShopIsle
PRO, but you are free to use the step by step instructions here for any other compatible
theme with WooCommerce. If you want to see a video on the best WooCommerce
themes out there hit the like button and I will make one for you. INTRO Recommendation:
If your website has no SSL certificate, contact your hosting provider to install it right
away. This is an important safety feature to secure
data and transactions on your website. Once setup, you can access your store via
your domain name with https:// instead of standard http:// protocol. Now, let’s move to the first step of this
tutorial. INSTALL AND ACTIVATE THE PLUGIN You can find the WooCommerce Plugin in your
WordPress dashboard by accessing the Plugins section then click Add New. I use the 3.0 version of the plugin now for
testing purpose that will be released on 4th April 2017 with timestamps handling improvements
and other bug fixes. You’ll get the update notification for the
new version right after they’ll publish it in the WordPress Repository. The following instructions are useful no matter
what you plan to sell online. STEP BY STEP After the installation is complete, activate
the plugin then click to Run the Setup Wizard. Welcome to the world of WooCoommerce is the
first screen message for this quick setup. Click Let’s go! The first setup is for the pages. Your store needs a few essential pages that
will be created automatically when you click Continue. You are free to skip this step and create
custom pages later. The next screen is where you set your store
location, which currency will be used through your online shop and the weight units plus
dimensions for your products. If your currency is not listed you can add
it later. Set it up as needed then click continue to
move to the next step. I just wanted to mention that you can find
all these settings anytime later, in your WordPress dashboard by accessing the Settings
link in the WooCommerce menu. Continue, then tick if you’ll be sending physical
goods to your customers and if taxes will be charged for. With sales tax charging on, choose if prices
will be entered inclusive or exclusive tax. The tax rates will be imported automatically
according to the location setup. Continue to setup your payment methods. The first two options are PayPal and Stripe. The main difference between them is that transactions
with PayPal will be processed outside you website using the PayPal servers and the Stripe
option will process payments directly on your website. To keep it simple I stay with the Standard
PayPal now, where you need to type in just your PayPal email address then choose the
Check Payments, Bank Transfer if needed and tick the last one Cash on Delivery. Choose the options here according to the type
of products you sell. For example, if you sell virtual and downloadable
products, the cash on delivery option is useless. If you sell just affiliate products through
your online shop, all options here are useless because every transaction will be done outside
of your website and you’ll get an automatic commission for every sale. Click continue. CREATING YOUR FIRST PRODUCT The last screen here says that your store
is ready, so Click to Create your first product! Keep in mind that your clients often use their
mobile phones to buy things online and optimize the content accordingly. Everything is as easy as creating a blog post. First, set a perfect name for your product
then enter a description. I will set the same dummy text as an example
for the short, and the main body of content that can contain text and images. You can format the content exactly as you
do it in a blog post with different headings and more. Now choose the product type. For this step, you can select one of the four
different types of products like the simple product, grouped, external/affiliate and variable
product. After that, check if the product will be virtual
or downloadable. Next is to set the sale price. You can set two prices here; a regular price
and a sale price that will be the price after discount. The last two general options are for the tax
status and tax class. Choose it wisely. If you have a limited inventory, then you
can manage it using the Inventory tab. The shipping tab is where you can set the
shipping taxes based on the customer location and product weight. Create Upsells and Cross-sells using published
products in the Linked Products tab to gain more sales through the same order. For example, if the customer is ready to place
an order for a car part you can recommend more profitable products for you in up-sells. In the cross-sells list chose a tool that
can help your customer to install that part with easy. In the last tab, you can set a custom message
that will be sent to your customer after the checkout, and here, you can tick to enable
reviews for this product. Reviews are on by default for every new item. Next, is to add product category and tags. Choose them wisely then upload at least one
Product Image. I set my images to be square, 800 px wide
and tall and the file type is jpg. You can add a product gallery as well to show
more pictures of your product. Now, hit Publish. Congratulations! Your first product is live and can be ordered
right after you do the next steps. SHIPPING METHODS & ZONES Stay with me for the next couple of minutes
to see some important settings about Shipping methods & Zones. You can learn more about your preferred shipping
zones by clicking this button. Let’s Set up the Shipping Zones. A shipping zone is a geographic region where
a certain set of shipping methods and rates apply. You can add as many zones as you need but
your customers will only see the methods available for their address. Click to Add shipping zone. Set a zone name, the zone regions then click
to add at least one shipping method for that particular one. For example, if a customer address is near
your store location, you can set a Free Shipping or a Local Pickup option for that zone. You can set a flat rate as well. After adding a shipping method, you can enable
or disable that option using this switch, and you can edit or delete it here. MORE SETTINGS For more options, head to Settings in the
WooCommerce section of your WordPress admin interface. The first tab with General Options is what
we previously were done, but you have more options here to activate and set a Store Notice
Text like this. You can use this option to announce coupon
codes and special discounts as well. Scrolling down to the Currency Options you
have to set the position, separators, and number of decimals. Save the changes! Nex, move to the Products tab then click on
display settings. Here, you can set the Shop Page, what the
shop page will display, the default category and the default product sorting. Tick the Add to cart behavior to redirect
to the cart page after successful addition just if you sell a single product, or leave
this option empty to let your customer browse for more products. Set the dimensions for the catalog, single
product, and product thumbnails then enable the lightbox for product images. Your images will open in a lightbox like this. If you upload images with different dimensions
tick the Hard Crop for every dimension. Save Changes and move to the Inventory options. Set your email address where you wish to receive
notifications about the inventory then change any option here according to your new preferences. Chose the options for Downloadable Products
if you plan to sell some, then move to the Tax Tab. Set the Tax Options carefully, according to
your business standards, store location, and shipping destinations. The Shipping Tab has options we previously
walked through to set the zones, but here you have two more options to set: the Calculations
and the Shipping Destination. The last option here is to Add Shipping Classes
that can help you group products of similar type. You can use Classes to some Shipping Methods
as well to provide different rates for different classes of products. The Checkout Process tab is where you can
enable Coupons and tick to calculate coupon discounts sequentially. Enabling the guest checkout allows customers
to checkout without creating an account. Leave Checkout Pages and Endpoints as they
are, then click to enter custom details for every Payment Gateway. Move to the Accounts tab and set the pages
so that WooCommerce knows where to send users to access account-related functionality. Save changes then go to the Emails tab. Here, you can set different emails for notification
options below. Type a custom “From” Name and Email Address
then set the email template according to your website colors. The email header image can be set using a
link and this is easy to do by uploading an image in your media library then just copy
and paste the custom link here. Set the Footer Text and hit the Save Changes
button! Keys, Apps and Webhooks can be added and managed
in the last tab. Now, our online store is ready for more products
and clients so check it out! You are able to manage every single order
using this link in your WordPress dashboard. Create, edit or delete Coupons here for your
marketing strategies and check the reports accessing this link anytime you wish to see
the Sales Reports by date, product or category. Toggle through the tabs to see yearly, monthly
or even a daily reports. For more reports about Customers, Stocks and
Taxes, you can click the main tabs above. For more functionalities, please check out
the WooCommerce Extensions here. Some of them are free to use. Choose extensions that perfectly fit your
business model and the return on investment is hopeful. Our online store is ready for more products
and clients so check it out!

11 Comments

  • Robert Peter

    Thanks for your honest interactions! I am happy to answer any questions you might have about WooCommerce Plugin mentioned in this video

  • Shelly-Ann Roper

    I am using woocommerce 3.0.9. The Product Data setting for entering attributes, inventory etc is different from the one in the video. I can only place a link to external webpages and pretty much nothing else. It isn't allowing me to edit this area even when I use the Storefront theme. Can I change this?

  • Saurav Chittal

    I am using Worpress for my spiritual farming website. as a next step , have to develop ecommerce which is better option woocommerce or shopify? Need honest opinion. Thank you.

  • Owen Sampson

    Hi, I think I have added version 3.2.6 as shown in your tutorial but instead of showing the interface in your video – http://prntscr.com/hpl7th – instead I am seeing a different interface in the link below, when I activate the plugin which is completely different and harder to follow in relation to your tutorial – http://prntscr.com/hpl9xk PLEASE HELP:) Thanks

  • ThemeIsle: WordPress Tutorials & Reviews

    Here is the video of the Free WooCommerce WordPress Themes: https://youtu.be/NiGjh_-Lvdk

  • Scott Widmann

    Never thought I would setup an online store until I met WordPress and WooCommerce. Best ever. Can't wait to start using the plugins to push products to Amazon, Etsy, and Ebay from the current website's online store.

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