Working with WooCommerce

This article was last updated on the December 9, 2016.

You may or may not know exactly what WooCommerce is. WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress plugin for creating a online shop using your existing WordPress site.

According to WordPress.org WooCommerce has over a million plus installs and on the 19th May, 2015, WooThemes (creators of WooCommmerce) announced that Automattic acquired WooCommerce and WooThemes.

Automattic is the parent company of WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg and is behind products such as WordPress.com, JetPack, VaultPress and more.

Getting Started

Open up your WordPress dashboard/admin (yourdomain.com/wp-admin) and go to plugins > add new (wp-admin > plugins > add new), in the search bar top right type in WooCommerce.

Add New Plugin

Press your “enter” key and you should see that WooCommerce is the top result like this:

WooCommerce Install

Go ahead and click on “Install now”, you’ll see the plugin downloading and once it’s downloaded you should have a screen like this:

Active WooCommerce

Click on “Active” and you’ll be presented with the WooCommerce setup wizard, the setup wizard was introduced in WooCommerce 2.4, which is a great new addition, allowing you to easily configure the basics of your site in a few easy steps.

WooCommerce setup wizard

Click on “Let’s go” to start the setup wizard. The first step is setting up the pages, WooCommerce does all this for you, and you’ll need the pages setup to use the store, so just click “Continue” to move onto the next step.

WooCommerce setup pages

The next step in the store setup, is setting up the locale, including:

  • Where your store is based.
  • Which currency your store will use.
  • Which unit will be used for product weights.
  • Which unit will be used for product measurements.

WooCommerce setup locale

Set those as required and click on “continue”.

The next step in the wizard, is setting up taxes and shipping, when you first land on this part of the setup, you’ll see a screen like this:

WooCommerce setup shipping

Clicking on the checkboxes will show you some additional options to setup your taxes (if you want to charge taxes) and also shipping prices, so once you check those, you should see a screen like this:

WooCommerce taxes

Fill those settings in as you need and then click on “continue”.

Note: If you don’t want to charge taxes at all, don’t check the “Yes I will be charging sales tax”. This can always be changed later on in the WooCommerce settings.

The next step within the setup wizard is setting the payment gateways, you should see a screen like this:

WooCommerce Payments

By default you can set up PayPal (just enter your PayPal email address into the provided field), BACS, cash on delivery and cheque payment. Enable those as you want and then click “Continue”.

Congrats! You’ve now successfully setup WooCommerce, you should have a screen like this:

WooCommerce setup complete

Your First Product

Go right ahead and click on “Create your first product!”

There’s lots of different settings for your product, varying types, attributes, simple, external, grouped etc. For the purpose of this tutorial we’re just going to cover adding a simple product, as WooCommerce already has great docs here that you can read for the other types of products.

WooCommerce Add Product

You should have a screen like the above (without the numbers of course). So let’s cover each part of adding a product.

1: Product Name

This one is pretty simple and self explanatory, just type your product name into the box

2: Product Description

Enter your product description, you can include images, video, text, shortcodes etc, just as if you was writing a normal blog post or page.

3: SKU

Set your SKU if required, a SKU is a stock keeping unit, common in any form of commerce, normally it’s a unique identifier, used by the retailer, to keep track of stock.

4: Regular Price

Enter the price of the product here, numbers only, no text. The box below this is for the sale price, which if entered, should always be less than what you have entered in the regular price box. For the purpose of this article, we won’t be covering sales, just regular prices.

5: Product Images

Click on “set product images”

Set product image

This image will be the one used as the featured/main image on the product page and in your store.

You can either add a image from the media library, or upload a new image. Click on a image in your media library (if you aren’t uploading a new one) and then click on “set product image” like this:

Setting product image

You should now see your product image in the wp-admin while editing your product, like this:

Product Image set

6: Adding a Category

Click on “Add new product category” and then type your new category name and click on “Add New Product Category”.

Add new product category

7: Publishing Your Product

You can now go ahead and publish your product, just click the blue publish button and then you should have a screen like this:

View Product

Click on “View product” to take a look at your newly created product on the front-end of your site, as X has built in WooCommerce integration, you’ll see it looks fantastic out of the box without needing any additional styling.

Your first WooCommerce product

Congrats! You’ve successfully created your first WooCommerce product

Conclusion

Through this article, you’ve successfully setup your WooCommerce store and are ready to start selling, there are multiple other settings you can configure within your WooCommerce store that is covered by the WooCommerce documentation here.