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How to install the WooCommerce WordPress plugin

What is Woocommerce?

WooCommerce is a highly customizable and flexible open source e-commerce platform specifically designed to integrate with WordPress websites. As one of the leading e-commerce solutions on the market, WooCommerce allows you to create and manage a fully functional online store with its user-friendly interface and powerful customization options. From small start-ups to large enterprises, WooCommerce has everything you need to sell products online, process payments and provide your customers with a seamless shopping experience. In this tutorial, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of installing and setting up the WooCommerce plugin on your WordPress website. After a few simple steps, your brand new online store will be ready to go. So without further ado, let's get started and dive into the world of online commerce with WooCommerce.

Step 1: Installing the WooCommerce plugin

After you have successfully logged into your WordPress admin dashboard, please select the "Plugins" option in the left vertical menu and then click on "Add new".

Installation of the WooCommerce plugin

After you have opened the «Add plugins« in your WordPress dashboard, you will find a search bar in the top right-hand corner. This practical function allows you to search for specific plugins in the extensive WordPress plugin directory. Enter "woocommerce" in the search bar and let WordPress search briefly to find the WooCommerce plugin for you. Make sure that "Automattic" is specified as the author of the plugin. Once you have found WooCommerce, you can install the plugin by clicking on "Install now" to your page.

Woocommerce Plugin by automattic

The installation of WooCommerce may take a few moments. Once this is complete, please click on the button "Enable"to activate the plugin. Congratulations! You have now successfully installed and activated WooCommerce on your website. Next, we will configure your settings and preferences together.

Step 2: WooCommerce setup wizard

When WooCommerce is activated for the first time, the WooCommerce Setup Wizardwhich helps you to make the basic settings for your online store. In the store setup phase on the first page of the wizard, you will find various options. Here you can specify the physical address of your store, your preferred currency and the type of products you want to sell. Once you have made these settings, simply click on "Let's go" at the bottom of the page to continue.

Woocommerce setup assistant

Payment options

It's now time to define the payment methods to be accepted in your online store. WooCommerce offers a variety of options for both online and offline payments. To get a comprehensive overview of all available payment methods, click on "Additional payment methods". As soon as you have made your selection, confirm by clicking on "Next".

Payment options

Shipping settings

In this section, you have the option to configure your shipping preferences in detail. You can define various aspects such as shipping costs, conditions for free shipping and preferred shipping zones. This is crucial to ensure a smooth delivery of your products to your customers. Consider which shipping methods and options best suit your business model. For example, you can set up different rates for local, national and international deliveries or set certain conditions for free shipping, such as a minimum order value. Once you have customized your shipping options according to your business needs, confirm your selection by clicking "Next".

configure woocommerce shipping options

Recommended add-ons

This page presents a selection of add-ons that are both free and useful for extending the functionality of your online store.

  1. Storefront ThemeThis is the official theme of WooCommerce and is characterized by its seamless integration and easy management. We recommend you to seriously consider using this theme as it is specifically optimized for WooCommerce and guarantees a smooth user experience.
  2. Automated Tax Add-onThis add-on makes tax calculation much easier by automatically applying the correct tax rates based on the location of your customers. It is an indispensable tool to make tax administration more efficient and less error-prone.
  3. MailChimpAn indispensable tool for email marketing and customer communication. With MailChimp you can create and manage follow-up emails, newsletters and targeted marketing campaigns with ease.
  4. Facebook addonThis official add-on from Facebook allows you to connect your WooCommerce store directly to your social media channels. A great way to promote your products on Facebook and Promote Instagram and reach a broader target group.

Please note that these add-ons are preselected for installation by default. However, you can deactivate them by unchecking the corresponding boxes on the left-hand side. Of course, you also have the option of installing these add-ons manually later if you do not decide to do so now.

Activation option for JetPack - After configuring the basic settings, you will be offered the option to activate JetPack. JetPack offers a number of benefits, including advanced security features, performance monitoring and other useful tools to improve your website. It is important to note that activating JetPack is completely optional. You have the freedom to decide if you want to use these additional features. If you choose not to activate immediately, you can click 'Skip this step' at the bottom of the page and complete this process at a later date if you wish.

activate jetpack

Finished! - Congratulations! You have just successfully completed the setup of your new, fantastic WooCommerce online store. On this final page of the setup process, there is an option to sign up for the newsletter. If you are interested in receiving news and updates, we recommend you do so. Now that everything is set up, you can get started right away. Simply click on one of the links provided to start customizing your website.

However, we would like to remind you that as a customer-oriented company, we are always at your side. Should you encounter any challenges while using WooCommerce, please do not hesitate to contact us, contact our customer support. Our experts are ready to support you when needed and guide you through every aspect of the process

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