WooCommerce installation and configuration

Author: Dawid Adach

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WooCommerce

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create our own ecommerce store! After finishing this set of lessons you will be able to place your products online or create a fully customized shop for your customers as WordPress developers. In order to start selling in WordPress we will install the Woocommerce plugin.

Warning

If you haven't finished a Blog tutorial before you can continue with this tutorial — both tutorials are independent and supplementary. You can create either a Blog, an Ecommerce shop or both together, however, it is required to either finish the "Theme" tutorial or at least download the starter package from here.

1. Install WooCommerce

There are two ways to install WooCommerce plugin.

    1. Using WordPress Admin
  1. Log into your WordPress site.
  2. Go to: Plugins > Add New.
  3. Search for ‘WooCommerce’.
  4. Select Install Now when you see it’s by Automattic.
  5. Select Activate Now and you’re ready for the WooCommerce Wizard!
  6. WooCommerce Setup Wizard

    When WooCommerce is activated for the first time, the WooCommerce Setup Wizard helps you set up your shop. It will guide you through few steps and ask questions like:

    • What's your shop name/address?
    • Which currency do you want to use?
    • Whether you use the Metric System (meters, kilograms) or the Imperial (feet,inches, pounds)?
    • Whether you are selling digital (code, songs, e-books) or physical (paper books, jewelery) goods?
    • What kind of payment you want to accept (wire transfer, PayPal etc.)
    • Do you want to automatically apply taxes and rates?

    Based on your answers WooCommerce will adjust a store setting.

  7. If you want to go through the wizard click Let’s go! to get started. Otherwise select Not Right Now if you prefer to manually set up your WooCommerce shop later.

    2. Using the zip package
  1. Download newest version from WordPress.org or GitHub
  2. Unzip the file.
  3. Move the woocommerce folder to your plugin destination inside the root WordPress folder wp-content/plugins/
  4. Log into your WordPress site.
  5. Go to: Plugins.
  6. Click Activate next to WooCommerce plugin.
  7. Now as in the previous step you can decide whether to run WooCommerce Setup Wizard or skip it.

2. Import sample products

In order to start developing our theme, we will need to create a few products. You can do it manually (Products -> Add product) or import set of predefined products which can be easily incorporated into your shop:

  1. Download this sample file.
  2. Unzip it.
  3. From the WordPress Dashboard go to: Tools > Import.
  4. Select WooCommerce Products CSV.
  5. WooCommerce Importer
  6. Run the Importer. An Import Products screen appears.
  7. Select Choose file and then select the sample-products.csv file you downloaded.
  8. Continue. A Column Mapping screen appears.
  9. Mapper8
  10. Scroll down and Run the Importer.
  11. Run Importer
  12. Go to Products (in the menu on the left).
  13. Now you should see a list of sample products. Since we have our store and products ready we can start developing our custom theme.


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About the author

Dawid Adach
For more than 5 years Dawid worked as an IT Consultant specializing in SOA/EAI/ESB in the banking domain. He gained experience working in countries like Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and India developing enterprise-class systems for the most prestigious companies. Since co-founding mdbootstrap.com & brandflow.net in 2016 he has been using and teaching technologies such as Angular, TypeScript, PHP, AJAX, Mongo, SQL, Hadoop Stack, Virtualization, Automation and many others...