As you are well known about wordpress, it is a free open source logging tool and a Content Management tool based oh Php and MySQL which runs on web hosting services. Word press is the most popular blogging in use on web and also well know for its extensiblity. This may be the reason why this service is no limited on blogging platform. Many websites are using the Word press to serve as a eCommerce websites. This article gives you clear information about how to start eCommerce store with WordPress.
People may think that starting an online business is a big task and also have to invest the huge money in order to set up website and to provide payment. Actually this is false even there are many expensive eCommerce tools but if you don’t want to invest more money then you can use Word Press and start your own style of eCommerce website.
One of the best plugin to start your own WordPress powered eCommerce website is WP e-Commerce. It is a very powerful and free WordPress plugin with a supportive community support.
Things to do Before Start
Initially you need buy hosting for your Word Press and set up wordpress site. For more information regarding the Word press Click Here. Once you set up with Word press features its time to get serious. The word press eCommerce plugin treat all the posts as a item page before going to forwarded it I am suggesting not to uncategorized the post, we need to categorized something like electronics or mobiles and many more as per the content represents.
Tweaking your Word press Settings
- Go to settings> general and tick the mark as anyone can register.
- Go to settings> permalink and change the permalink to custom.
- Go to settings > Discussions and uncheck all the boxes.
- And you need to save the settings.
Word Press eCommerce plugin Installation and setup
You need to install a word press plugin, if you don’t know how to install the the WP eCommerce plugin for your reference go through this link or else you can directly go to plugins > Add New and search for WP eCommerce and click the install button next to the Word Press eCommerce. Once you done with the installation of plugin then you have to activate the plugin.
After activating the plugin you can able to see the product able to see the product menu in the dashboard which is used to add new item and store option in the settings contains some settings related to WP eCommerce plugin.
Foe this directly go to settings > Reading under front page display First select the static Page and then choose the the product page as the front page. If costumers enters your site by default it display the products page as a front page.
Custom setting for eCommerce plugin
- Select the region.
- Select the markets for selling the products.
- Set the time for the products that customers cart are kept reserved.
- select the currency type and currency sign.
- Finally update the settings.
- Select add to cart as your button type
- You can also able to enable and disable some options totally related to presentation that depends on your choice.
- Enable display per Item shipping option.Under Shopping Cart Settings
- select Cart Location as Widget and enable Display “+ Postage & Tax
- Under Grid view select Display Description, Display “Add to Cart” Button and Display “More Details” Button options.
- You can set the product image thumbnail format from the Thumbnail Settings.
- Finally update the changes.
- under purchase log email and purchase receipts-Reply address : enter your email address, it better to enter company email address.
- Enter your company name against purchase receipt and reply name.
- Suppose if you have any terms and conditions out it on the Terms and conditions.
- You can also edit the purchase receipt and admin report formats under custom messages.
- update the settings.
- You can define the Tax rules here, Actually these rules varies from country to country.
- If suppose if your are providing the shipping then enable shipping option.
- By selecting the enable free shipping discount you can provide the shipping discounts to customers.
Actually here you can define the payment gate ways, I will suggest you to Paypal payments standard 2.0
- These options are mostly useful to promote your site on social networking sites by advertising totally its up to your choice.
- Enable user must register before checking up.
- Enable billing option and shipping option.
- Enable force users to use SSL.
- Make sure to update the changes.
Finally your own style site ready with less investment, but before going to the start uploading the product details I will suggest you to get the dashing theme. Now site is ready to sell the products by your own word press and I request to you the beautiful theme which makes the customers attractive.