After reading our article on how to transform your WordPress website into an online store with WooCommerce, you have decided you want to install WooCommerce in WordPress. Well, you are in luck. This article will walk you through the steps of installing and configuring WooCommerce. This article is meant to be a step by step guide on how to install WooCommerce and also steps on how to configure WooCommerce. The Woocommerce setup is made easy by the wizard which walks you through some of the critical areas so you can have your WordPress online store up and running in no time. If there is anything I have missed and you would like more information on, just leave a comment and I will adjust accordingly.
At this point, you have now installed WooCommerce so it is time to configure WooCommerce. Directly after activating WooCommerce, you are brought to the page below. Click the “Let’s Go!” button to start Configuring WooCommerce
For WooCommerce to work properly, there are a few pages which will be needed. This step of the configuration will allow you to automatically create the needed pages. These pages will include
Once the pages have been created, you will need to assign these pages to your WordPress menu but that is another topic for another time. You have the option to skip the automatic page creation by clicking the “Skip this step”. If you want the setup to create these pages for you then click the “Continue” button.
Now it is time to specify where your store is based, currency and formatting information. In the image below, I have labeled all the fields which you might need to adjust. The nice thing about the setup page is that if you select your state and country, the currency units for weight and dimensions might automatically be adjusted. In this case, I selected Florida and you can see the results below.
Once you have selected all the appropriate fields, click “Continue” and you will be brought to the next WooCommerce setup page.
It is time to setup shipping and tax information for your online store. If you will be shipping products to your clients, tick the checkbox beside “Yes, I will be shipping physical goods to customers”. Next, for my online shore, I intend to charge $5 per item for domestic shipping and $10 per item for international shipping. I entered 5 in the per item field for domestic and 10 in the per item field for international. You can see this in the image below.
In a case where you plan to only charge a flat rate per order, you would use the “per order” field. As an example, if you intend to charge a flat rate of $10 per order and $20 for international, you would enter the values as seen in the example below.
You will be able to adjust these values at any time by going to WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping from your dashboard.
Now for tax setup. If the items you are selling in your online WooCommerce store attracts tax, then you would add a tick to the checkbox beside “Yes, I will be charging sales tax”. A few more fields will appear. The next thing you need to figure out is if the prices you will be entering will include tax or will they exclude tax and the tax will be added after. In the scenario for the tutorial, I want the tax to be added after I enter the selling price so I have selected “I will enter prices exclusive of tax”. The WooCommerce setup wizard is so wonderful that can import based on the state you selected on the Store Locale Setup page. In this case, I will tick the checkbox for “Yes, please import some starter tax rates” tax rate for Florida will in imported.
You will be able to adjust these values at any time by going to WooCommerce > Settings > Tax from your dashboard.
Once you are finished entering your shipping and tax information, click “Continue” to move on the next setup page.
On this page, you will specify what payment methods you will be accepting with WooCommerce Online store. If there is a payment method you would like to be used is not listed here, you can always installed a plugin which will give you additional payment methods. For our online store in this tutorial, we use PayPal and Cheque payments. To accept payments with PayPal in WooCommerce, enter you PayPal email address in the “PayPal Email Address” field. Additionally, you would select “Enable payment via Cheques” as you intend to accept payments via that method. You should select any other payments method which applies to your online store.
You will be able to change your payment options at any time by going to WooCommerce > Settings > Checkout.
Click “Continue” to move on to the next page.
At this point, you have now setup, installed and configured WooCommerce which should only take about 5 minutes. You will see a page similar to what is seen in the image below. Your next step is to add product to your WooCommerce online store, which will be covered in another article.
The entire process of setting WooCommerce is not complicated and this tutorial should give you a good start. If you at any point need further clarification, write a comment and we will reply as best we can. If you would like professional help in setting up WooCommerce, you can look to the WooCommerce experts at WP Spartans. Check out one of our support plans if you are interested in having the experts setup WooCommerce for you.