Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting and installing WooCommerce, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
Now that you've prepared and configured your site, it's time to get and install the WooCommerce plugging. Like I said previously, you can get WooCommerce from several different locations. You can either go to the WooThemes Web site, and click on WooCommerce, and from here, if you scroll down, you find the Download WooCommerce button. If you want to download it from WooThemes, you have to sign up for a WooThemes account. It's free, and if you plan on extending WooCommerce at some point in the future by buying extensions, or buying themes, you may as well do that right now, so that you have an account with WooThemes for when you want to make purchases.
An account is also useful if you want to use the forums to ask questions or find more information. Because WooCommerce is a free plug-in, you can also get a directory from the wordpress.org plug-in directory, either by downloading it from this page, or more easily by going to your admin panel, go into Plugins, and click Add New. From here, you can simply search for WooCommerce. You'll find the plug-in called WooCommerce - excelling Ecommerce, and it's currently at version 2.0.3.
When you click Install Now, and OK, it gets downloaded and installed into your site, and once installed, you can click Activate Plugin, and the plug-in gets added into your site. Once the plug-in is added in and activated, you can tell right away, because one, you have this large pink bar at the top that says, Welcome to WooCommerce - You're almost ready to start selling. And you see we have two new buttons in our main menu here; one called WooCommerce, and one called Products.
This means the plug-in is installed, and activated, and it's working properly. Now it's time to set it up. There, with just a few clicks of your mouse, you've enabled your WordPress site to become a full-fledged e-commerce solution, allowing you to sell whatever you want, to whomever you want, through your Website. That is, after you've configured everything, and added your products, and set everything up, and that's next.
Want to learn more about ecommerce with WordPress before jumping in? Check out the first course in this series where Morten explores other WordPress solutions, WordPress Ecommerce: Core Concepts.
- What is WooCommerce?
- Installing WooCommerce
- Setting up your store
- Configuring payment options
- Using the built-in shipping methods
- Adding product data
- Monitoring product reviews
- Configuring the front page
- Receiving and managing orders
- Creating reports and coupons