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How To Set Up WooCommerce Store: Step 1

WooCommerce is one of the most popular WordPress plugins which allows you to set up your own online store and start selling products or services after only a couple of minutes. Together we’ll go through installing and setting up WooCommerce plugin as the first step in our WooCommerce tutorial series.

As with most WordPress things, for the basic use, you won’t need any code or prior knowledge of working with WordPress or WooCommerce just yet –but I’d like to take you through a full WooCommerce journey which will empower you to look beyond our clickety-click control panel and get us into some coding conundrums.

So let’s get to it!

Step 1: Installing the Pluginwordpress control panel showing how to add plugins

When you open your dashboard, or how I like to call it, a clickety-click control panel, on your left-hand side you’ll see a tab called ‘Plugins’. We’ll click on that and look for a box that allows you to search for plugins in the right corner of your screen and type up ‘WooCommerce‘ in it and press Enter.

Plenty of plugins will appear in front of us at this point, but the one we need is just called ‘WooCommerce’ and is the top left one on our little screenshot. It would be a good idea to check the plugin author and make sure it says “Automattic” rather than anything else – this is how you’ll know you’re on the right path.

As you can see there is an ‘Install’ button which we need to click on in order to install a plugin. A little ‘Installing..’ message should now be visible to you, looking something like this:

Installing woocommerce plugin

Now we’ll leave it to finish its business and wait for the button to change colour and instead of saying ‘installing’ it will now say ‘Activate‘. When it’s done it will look something like this:

activating woocommerce plugin

The last thing we need to do is to click on the ‘Activate‘ button and your plugin will now be installed, active and ready to be configured.

Well done, you’ve successfully installed WooCommerce! 🎉🎉

<!–  For those who want to know more –>

Adding a plugin to your WordPress site is sometimes only allowed by accessing your site’s files and dropping a selected plugin in the right place, then deploying your changes to the site. This is a very useful way of keeping your plugins accessed only by your developer/team member or a site administrator, keeping the ‘mistakes’ and ‘accidents’ from happening.

To do this you will need to visit the official plugin page << Official WooCommerce >>  register, download the plugin, unzip the files and place it all in /your-site-main-folder/wp-content/plugins/and send off for a deploy 🚀

Step 2: Configuring WooCommerce Plugin After an Install

starting woocommerce setup process

Once we’ve installed and activated our WooCommerce plugin, a new window will pop up prompting us to set up our store. It will take you through five tabs which will ask you details about your new shop and will look something like this:

first step of woocommerce setup process

Continue filling in the fields and make sure you don’t end up changing the theme of your site on step 5 by accident. When you’re finished another window will pop up alerting you of your successful configuration.

finishing woocommerce setup process

Here we press ‘Continue‘ and have a cup of tea or coffee (or whatever you’re into) to celebrate our victories! Well done for following this far, you’re now able to add your products, set up payment funnels and start looking into WooCommerce email settings.

Ready for the next step?
So am I! 🎉

If you’ve reached this far and everything has gone great, get in touch, send me a screenshot and you might win some cool prizes on Likii’s Instagram.

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