Ecommerce with WordPress Plugins
In this video, we're going to take a look at ecommerce in WordPress. We'll set up a small store where we can sell word ville t-shirts. The plugin that we're going to look at is called WooCommerce. Something interesting about WooCommerce is that it powers over 39% of all online stores, not just stores in WordPress but all online stores. That's pretty incredible. It's owned by a company called automatic, which is doing a really good job of putting resources into making it very powerful. The base plug-in is free but you can buy extensions. The extensions range everywhere from zero dollars to two hundred and forty nine dollars. But the great thing is that commerce is powerful enough out of the box that you probably won't need anything at all to get started. Let's take a look. We'll go to our dashboard and then plugins, add new and we'll search for WooCommerce. There it is. There are more than a million active installs. As you can see, there are also quite a few free WooCommerce add-ons here in WordPress so let's install, activate and then the next thing you see is the beginning of a setup wizard. Let's go ahead and go through it because it creates some pages for us that we're going to need later. Now these pages are going to be created for us when we click continue and they'll have all the appropriate settings built in. Then we can choose where our store is based. I'll leave mine in Alabama and we can choose what currency we want and what we want for weights and measures. We can choose to ship or not and new sales or not. Then we can choose how we want to accept payment. PayPal is most common. I like stripe, a little bit better but what's great is that you can do both of them and your customers have a choice. I recommend also allowing PayPal standard. That just requires your PayPal username. You may also allow for check payments fake transfers or cash on delivery and then our store is ready. We can choose if we want to send them diagnostic information. I'm going to choose no thanks because I'm on a development server and it wouldn't help them any, but I do recommend it on your live server. Now we can create our first product. So let's create a product here and then we'll put in a description and then we can choose a product type. We have simple products, grouped products, external or affiliate product and variable product. We actually want variable for a t-shirt because we're gonna have multiple sizes. We can choose to put in a SKU or managed stock and whether or not you're allowed to buy only one of these. For shipping, we can put in weights and dimensions, we can link to other products, we can add some attributes like what it's made of, things like that, and then we'll make this one used for variations. Now when we go to variations, we can add a short description, as well, that's used in smaller places on the website. We can add a picture and actually an entire gallery. It has categories and tags, etc. but let's publish this and then look at our product. Now I didn't upload an image but, if I had, there would be one here. We could choose a size and down here we have product description, additional information and, optionally, reviews. Now you'll note that there are a number of warnings here at the top. That's because there's more setup to be done. For WooCommerce, we need to configure PayPal, stripe and shipping. I'm not going to go into all of that in this video, but it showcases the power of WooCommerce and the wide variety of features if you intend to sell things on the internet. I highly recommend WooCommerce. It's a full-featured, solid plugin with great backing by a company that's committed to making it great.