Step 2. Setting up WordPress
In this tutorial we’ll continue with setting up both WordPress and WooCommerce for your online store. This is a sequel to our previous post step by step guide to start online store in Nigeria 2017. In case you missed that post, I advise you to go back and check out the contents before cooming here, or you may choose to continue..it’s your choice really. WordPress installation on domainking is a breeze, and its free! Similarly, WooCommerce installlation follows the same pattern-easy peasy!.
WooCommerce comes as a WordPress plugin that needs to be installed on your WordPress-run site. To install, simply navigate to the plugin page from your WordPress dashboard by clicking on “Add new” sub menu on the “Plugins” link, which is found on the left sidebar. This takes you to the WordPress plugins directory. Type WooCommerce into the search bar, and click on the install button. Click on the “activate” button and voila, you’re LIVE!
First, you need to visit Settings » General page to setup your WordPress site title and description.
Set your WordPress site title and description
Setting up HTTPS to Use SSL
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Activating your SSL certificate shouldn’t be a problem, and in case you need help, you can always contact Cutomer Support for assistance. The next step is to configure your WordPress site, so it loads as https rather than http.
On the Settings » General page, you need to change your WordPress Address and Site Address to use https instead of http.
Configure WordPress URL to use HTTPS
Don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the save changes button to store your settings.
Your basic WordPress setup is now complete.Up next is time to setup your online store!.
Step 3. Setting up Your WooCommerce Store
Before you can start selling, there are a few things like currency, payments, and shipping information that you need to set up.
You will be seeing a ‘Welcome to WooCommerce’ notification on your WordPress admin pages. Go ahead and click on the ‘Run setup wizard’ button in the notification.
Run WooCommerce setup wizard
This will launch the WooCommerce setup wizard where you need to click on the ‘Let’s go’ button to get started.
WooCommerce needs few essential pages for cart, account, shop, and checkout. Click on the continue button to automatically create these pages.
This will take us to the next step-you will need to tell WooCommerce where your store is located and which currency and unit of measurement to use.
Choosing locale and currency
After selecting your location and currency, click on the continue button to move on.
Next, you need to enter some minor shipping information.
Click on the continue button to move on.
Next, you will be asked to choose a payment method for your online store.
WooCommerce payment method
By default, WooCommerce comes with support for PayPal, PayPal Standard, and Stripe payment gateways. There are many other payment methods available for WooCommerce which you can install later if you need.
Currently, Paypal is not a valid payment option for Nigerian merchants. This is because Nigerian domiciled Paypal accounts can only be used to make payments at the time of writing this post, and not to receive payments. Nevertheless, there are several other payment gateway options available to you as a Nigerian Merchant.
After completing this setup, your WooCommerce online store is all setup.
WooCommerce setup finished
Congratulations! you just completed the setup wizard. You can now proudly go ahead and tweet to your friends about your shiny brand new store.
After finishing the WooCommerce setup, you are now ready to add products to your online store.
Step 4. Adding Products to Your Online Store
We are now going to be adding the first product to your online store. You may choose to proceed directly from the previous screen by clicking the “create your first product tab”. Otherwise, you can also acheive the same purpose by clicking Visit Products » Add New page to add a new product.
Add new product
First, provide a title for your product and then some detailed description. The latest version WooCommerce provide intuitive guides to set up your new products, from giving it a name to setting a price.
On the right hand column, you will see the ‘Product Categories’ box. Click on the ‘+Add New Product Category’ to create a category for this product. This allows you and your customers to sort and browse products easily.
Add product category
Scroll down a little and you will notice the Product Data box. This is where you will provide product related information like pricing, inventory, shipping etc.
Enter product data
Below product data box, you will see a box to add product short description. This short description will be used when users are viewing multiple products on a page.
Product short description
Finally, on your right hand column you will see boxes to add a main product image and a product gallery.
Once you are satisfied with all the product information you have added, you can click on the Publish button to make it go live on your website.
You can repeat the process to add more products as needed.
I hope you’ve found this post useful. If that is the case, please feel free to like, share, and of course drop your comments! See you later…
This post is a sequel to our previous post step by step guide to start online store in Nigeria 2017.
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