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How To Install And Configure WooCommerce?

Installation of WooCommerce

Let’ start with the assumption that you’re already running WordPress. We’ll see how you can install and configure WooCommerce on your site.

Installation of WooCommerce plugin

The most convenient and quick method of adding WooCommerce to your site is installing the plugin.

Just go to the plugins, click on “Add New” and then search for WooCommerce.

 

Now, it will take a few seconds in downloading and installation of plugin. As soon as it is installed, click on the “Activate” button.

Setting Up WooCommerce

Once the plugin is installed, next step is to configure WooCommerce. Plugin will automatically initialize the setup wizard and all you have to do is fill the information. You don’t have to worry because you can always change this information later.

Store Setup

First setup in the wizard is store setup. You have to fill the following fields.

Recommended

This section variates from every country and theme that is activated for your site. You can also skip this step since it’s optional.

Generally, you’ll see following options

  • Storefront theme
  • Automated Taxes
  • Mail Chimp
  • Facebook

Activate Jet Pack

In order to enable payment functionalities and discounted shipping labels, you’ll have to activate Jet pack. This plugin has free and paid versions to choose from. If you’re a beginner then it’s better if you stick to free version.

It has all the necessary features that you need for beginning:

  • Store stats
  • Monitoring of store
  • Security
  • Lazy load images
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Ready

This is the final step where WooCommerce has been installed and you’ll be given a few options. Here you can:

  • Subscribe to WordPress newsletter which will bring you latest news regarding WordPress
  • Create products right away
  • Import existing products via CSV file
  • Review settings of WooCommerce setup
  • Customize your site
  • Watch guide videos to understand WooCommerce better

Setting WooCommerce page

After installation of WooCommerce, it automatically adds some pages to your site. Pages that are important for ecommerce like Shop, Cart, Checkout, My account and the terms and conditions page.

You can verify these pages by going to WooCommerce > Status and then scroll down to WooCommerce pages section.

What if pages are missing?

If you spot any missing pages then there’s no need to worry. You can add the missing page easily. Just go to WooCommerce > Status and then click at Tools tab. Now, scroll down and you’ll find a Create pages button.

How to verify if everything is setup correctly?

In order to check if everything is installed and setup correctly just go to WooCommerce > Status. Everything marked in green under the System Status tab is ok. If you find anything that is marked in red then you’ll have to fix it.

Most things marked in red are not that much of an issue. But still, there are some elements that you need to make sure are not marked in red. These elements are PHP post max size, PHP time limit and PHP max input variables.

If anyone of these elements is marked in red then you need to talk to your web host admin. It might be that your hosting is not compatible with WooCommerce.

What if I’m facing issues with update of WooCommerce?

If you’re facing any kind of trouble after an update of WooCommerce then don’t worry. You can always roll back to an older version of the WooCommerce. Just install WP Rollback plugin and you’ll see a rollback option in Dashboard.

Now, all you have to do is choose a version from the given list in the plugin options. It will roll back to the selected version in no time.

Uninstalling WooCommerce

Removing WooCommerce is extremely easy. You can just uninstall the WooCommerce plugin and you’ll be done. But uninstalling the plugin won’t remove WooCommerce data from the site. All the orders, invoices etc. will stay on the site. You can remove that data to if you want.

Just go the wp-config.php file and add a line of code,

Now, all of your WooCommerce data will be removed once you remove the plugin.

Got questions?

Today we’ve looked into the basic process of how you can install and configure WooCommerce. If you’ve got any issues or questions regarding the topics then feel free to ask questions. We’ll also be looking into WooCommerce shopping and speeding up WooCommerce site so stay with us.