Do you sell something? Hand-made jewelry, books, cosmetics – something? Since you are here, reading this, you at least want to create a platform for internet trade. Thus, I assume you know WordPress eCommerce is because it would be embarrassing not to know the basic term of activity you are going to perform. And it will be generally embarrassing not to know such a buzzword that teamed up with “blockchain” and “internet of things” and conquered the internet.
God, bless the internet. Or curse it. Thanks to it almost every sphere of human life starts to evolve so rapidly that it is more like a fiction film. They say eCommerce will reach more than $4 trillion sales in 2020 and it’s just in two years! So it is just the ideal time to create your brands WordPress online store. Not having an eCommerce website is almost a suicide for a modern company.
So, wheels up and let’s talk more specifically.
The first question almost anyone would ask is: “Hey! Isn’t WordPress a blogging platform?”, so I’ll dot the I's and cross the T's from the start.
Yes, WordPress started as a platform for blog creation.
No, that’s not the only thing it is capable of.
Come on, on the beginning mobile phones also was created only to call each-other and look where we get now. WordPress is far from that blog-crafting machine it was 14 years ago.
Of course, there are multiple other CMS’s for eCommerce website creation, but I, personally, think that WordPress is the best of them.
Here are a few arguments for this position:
It is obvious that there’s nothing ideal in this world (except, maybe, the first “Matrix” film and good luck arguing that). WordPress also has its disadvantages, like:
Let’s assume I managed to convince you and now you are looking for a way of building a WordPress online store. Look no further than WooCommerce. There are numerous ways of adding online shop functional to a WordPress website, but WooCommerce is the simplest and the most convenient. This spectacular plugin has been downloaded over 7,000,000 times, and its following is greater than those of many full-fledged content management systems. WooCommerce is robust, secure, and easy to work with.
Here’s a great step-by-step tutorial that describes the fundamentals of using the WooCommerce plugin for eCommerce WordPress website. It focuses on the setup process and details on using the functionality of WooCommerce for turning your content-focused website into an e-store. The eBook also suggests other plugins and themes that can help you further expand the functionality of your store.
It will teach you how to do the following things:
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Generally, security is important for every website, but when someone breaks your personal blog you lose only some texts and photos. That’s not a pleasant situation, but it will be really pissing off if someone will break your WordPress eCommerce site and cause some money loss. “Is WordPress secure?” that is a question every cautious business owner asks before starting to create a website.
Let’s be sincere, you don’t really think that there is at least one 100% safe platform, do you? Even Swiss banks are being robbed sometimes, let alone the internet that has lots of loopholes any wise hacker could use. The only thing that is, by now, considered unbreakable is blockchain, and still, I’m sure that is not for long. Every platform has its vulnerabilities and all you can do is choose the one that has an acceptable level of safety.
Now, when we mentioned that, let’s talk about why is WordPress safe enough for your eCommerce website.
So, is WordPress good for eCommerce? Totally yes. There’s no other CMS that give you an opportunity to customize a site in any way you like. Shopify, OpenCart and other eCommerce platforms are much less flexible and variable.
As you can see, the security of your eCommerce website is in your hands. Here are a few things you can do to make your WordPress online store protected:
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a cryptographic protocol, that secures communication between two machines, a server, and a browser. When an “http” protocol transforms into “https” it means that an SSL is used. SSL certificate activation is not a default function; you need to obtain it and install to the server. This function not only provides your eCommerce WordPress website customers safe shopping but also increases your brand’s authority and trustworthiness.
Long passwords with different symbols are complicated to remember, so many users tend to create short and weak combinations. We are all lazy beings and don’t want to spend efforts on things we consider unnecessary. I think that you too try to make passwords as short as possible and that is a mistake. To make your WordPress eCommerce website safe you have to think of complicated combinations of letters and symbols that will be hard to guess. To make sure everyone uses the strong password you should install a specialized plugin on the website.
To be sure that customer's credit card data is completely secure, you can use payment gateways like PayPal. Such kind of mediators have already done all the needed security measures and you won’t need to think about it. Besides that, a user will also feel himself more confident, because he will be performing a payment via the trusted service.
Customer relationship management (CRM) systems will help you to manage and store all the information about your communication with clients. That is a valuable data and storing it on the WordPress is not very safe. Choose a nice CRM tool and keep all the information there. This step will prevent stealing customers’ private data if a hacker breaks into your WordPress eCommerce site.
If your site will fall under the hackers attack you will need to restore it when an attack is stopped. And that would be really hard if you haven’t made backups for months. It is hard to remember about such things, I know, and luckily you don’t have to. You can install a plugin that will do backups automatically once in some, defined by you, time.
Get yourself a security scanner and regularly do scans. Specialized plugins go through your website and track weak sections and loopholes, so you can fix them. It will be especially important if you integrated a big number of extensions. Even if they were built by one developers' studio and are fully compatible – there still could be vulnerabilities.
If you will follow all the advice and do regular updates your WooCommerce security will be at a high level. All you have to remember is that your WordPress eCommerce site protection is all up to you. Don’t be thoughtless and everything will be OK.
I think that’s really great that you can find a ready-made solution almost for everything nowadays. Clothes, food, tools and, of course, digital stuff too are easy to find on the internet. Surely, you can create a WordPress eCommerce website from scratch by yourself. That is how such things appear on the internet. It will need good coding skills and few days, weeks or months (that depends on how cool are you in that). But why to, if there is a bunch of ready-made solutions?
In fact, you don’t need to write a single line of code to create a website, that’s why you have chosen WordPress isn’t it? There are lots of WooCommerce WordPress templates that have all the necessary functionalities built-in. You just download them, install to your eCommerce website and you’re almost there. A little customization, a day or two on adding content and that’s that – you are a proud owner of WordPress online store.
P.S. If you’re going to start a WooCommerce website from scratch, our online store the best place to start.
Our WooCommerce themes have been designed by professionals, and, depending on your needs, we offer a vast array of additional services that can help you launch your website within a couple of hours. Have a look at our WooCommerce templates and see for yourself:
You will be surprised at the amount of WordPress eCommerce plugins. Maybe even overwhelmed (yeah, there is really a huge bunch of them). An inexperienced website creator could be confused which to choose. Like a child in a candy shop that doesn’t know what type of chocolate to pick, because he wants all of it.
First of all, let's define what should you look at while looking through a list of eCommerce plugins for WordPress.
Now, when you know what to look at, here are five best WordPress eCommerce plugins (and they are completely free).
WooCommerce plugin is one of the best of its kind and that’s why I’ll start with it. Let’s go through the list of requirements I mentioned before.
This WordPress eCommerce plugin is also very popular. It has the mobile version and is compatible with such platforms as eBay and Google Shopping, which allows you to sell your products not only on your own website but on the other global platforms too.
Shopp plugin’s made for developers, and its creators speak of it proudly. It has a big number of customization options, so the plugin could be suited to any website. One of its most sufficient features is high-performance indicators.
WP eCommerce WordPress plugin was released in 2006 and since then is helping businesses to sell stuff. It has an intuitively understandable functionality and nice design.
This plugin has a paid version with a greater set of functionalities, but to try it on the free one will be enough.
I gave you a set of tools, but they won’t teach you how to sell something on your WordPress eCommerce website. It is obvious that just putting products to the pages is not enough. There are dozens of tricks that will come in handy for a beginner entrepreneur. How to place products, what other tools to use, how to do the marketing – you will find lots of WP eCommerce tutorials on YouTube.
Here are three of them I consider the most interesting. They describe creating an eCommerce WordPress website with some free materials (themes and plugins), so it won’t cost you anything.
And here’s a whole learning course on Ucademy, that will show you all the process in the smallest details. It costs only about $10, so it won’t leave a hole in your pocket.You now have it all, from the beginning to the end. I gave you the basics and all is up to you now. With this article, you will be able to creatple your WordPress eCommerce website and understand what to do to bring it to perfection. Good luck with bringing your WordPress online store to the global and overwhelming success!
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