Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Download and install WooCommerce, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] Let's get this started by downloading and installing the WooCommerce plugin. There's a couple of ways to do this. I'll show you the easiest way first, and then recommend the way that gives you a few additional benefits second. The easiest way is to do this directly from your WordPress install. Go to Plugins, Add New, and then search for WooCommerce. Then you'll want to install the one by WooThemes. You can click Install Now and it'll install automatically. That's it.
In a future video, we'll activate the plugin and cover the welcome wizard. If you want, you can skip ahead. The other way is to go through the official signup via woocommerce.com. This way is going to be a bit longer, but the benefits are that WooCommerce will be able to send us relevant content. WooCommerce has webinars and their own conference. As they promote these events, or release the videos from these events, it's useful to be on their mailing list. If I run a subscription store and they have a webinar all about subscriptions and maximizing them, I'm going to want to attend that, so I like giving them extra information because I get better e-mails from them.
Let's click on Get Started, and we're going to have to create an account, and fill out the fields on this page. Okay, once you've filled in these fields, click on Register. Now they want to know what type of user we are. So either this is for me, I'm setting up my own store, or I'm building a store for someone else.
In this case I'm setting it up for me. Now they want to know a little bit about what industry we're in. They do have industry-specific events, and sometimes there's industry-specific news. So for H+ Sports, I'm going to select Sports & recreation, Food & drink, and Health & beauty, and click Continue. This next step asks us what type of products we want to sell. The vast majority of stores are going to check either Physical or Digital Products.
Some stores sell services. For example a massage or you could rent out your spare bedroom. We don't have that. Some stores sell tickets, like to events. Some stores have memberships where they protect either content, and you have to be a member to read the content, or it's a membership site that protects products so you have to be a member to be able to buy the products. Then this store is something like Etsy where you create your own marketplace, and people can sell stuff on your site. For us, we're just going to click Physical products.
The next screen is about how you're going to pay. WooCommerce is a really powerful system, and with a couple of extra plugins, you can pay in a lot of different ways, but the vast majority of payments are going to be one-time payments. There are a few extra options though. If you do have pre-orders and you build up a lot of hype before you sell products, you can do that. Subscriptions allow people to pay on a recurring basis, like daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, and payment plans are for large items where people pay over time before they can finally get the product shipped to them.
Lastly, Offline is something like where you would have an online catalog but people would pay later, or via check in the mail. But most people are going to pick One-time payment. On this next screen, they help you pick a host which already has WooCommerce pre-installed. Or they help you install the plugin with this second option. For us, since we have a test site, the best way for us to install this is to download it and then manually install it. I'm going to go back to my site, click Upload Plugin, and then choose that downloaded file.
Install Now. WooCommerce is installed. We've covered the easy way to install WooCommerce, and the longer way that gives WooCommerce a bit of data about us and our store so they can send us targeted e-mails down the line. We'll activate the plugin and go through the welcome wizard in a future video.
- Why WooCommerce?
- Installing WooCommerce
- Setting up your store
- Adding products, including images and data
- Creating a subscription product
- Setting up shipping
- Configuring payment options
- Setting up taxes
- Customizing your theme
- Connecting Google Analytics and MailChimp
- Managing orders and reports