Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up WordPress for ecommerce, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] We're going to create our store with a pretty much bare-bones WordPress website. You can follow along with your own WordPress site. We'll be using the 2016 theme at first and later in the course, we're going to look into another great WooCommerce theme called Storefront. You should be able to follow along with 2016 Storefront or any other WordPress or WooCommerce theme that you have installed on your site. There's a few pages that we should set up before we install WooCommerce. I've already created and filled out the content for an About page and a Contact page.
If you don't already have these pages, go ahead and pause this video and create some blank pages. Don't worry about actually having a contact form on your Contact page right now. The About page is you telling your story to your customer and the Contact page is a page where people can reach out to us. If you need a refresher on creating pages or installing themes, all of that is covered in the WordPress Essential Training course. There's one thing that I will show you that is a bit of a trick. If you notice, comments are enabled on the About page and the Contact page.
Comments make a lot of sense on blog posts, but not on pages, so let's turn these off before we get into WooCommerce. We'll go to the admin, Pages, we'll select both of these pages, under Bulk Actions, we'll select Edit, Apply, and then for Comments, we'll change that to Do not Allow and click Update. Now if we view this page, there aren't any comments. We should also set up permalinks, or pretty permalinks, as they're usually called.
If you see up in the URL bar you'll see question mark page id equals two. This is a little bit hard to read for a user and every page will have a slightly different ID. We can change that by going to Settings. Let's go to the admin first. Settings, Permalinks, and then we can change it to any one of these. All of these are much better than question mark post ID. If you're going to be writing lots of content on your blog, I recommend Month and Name. This will help people navigate your site a bit easier.
If you're only going to write the occasional post on your blog, maybe once or twice a year, I just recommend Post Name, as it's a bit shorter. I'll set mine to Month and Name and click Save Changes. Now, if I go back to the admin page, or the About page, you'll notice I now have a pretty URL. Having pretty permalinks is not only helpful for your users to be able to read what page they're on, but it's also helpful for search robots that crawl your site. Now that our site is ready for e-commerce, let's move on to getting that WooCommerce plugin installed.
- 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