Built on WordPress, WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce platform. WooCommerce works as an extension of WordPress and turns WordPress into a fully functional e-commerce website that lets you run an online store.
WooCommerce was launched way back in 2011 by Woothemes and since then it is the primary extension for the seekers looking to launch their e-store.
How To Start Your Online Store?
Below we have discussed must have things required for a WooCommerce online store –
You can host your WooCommerce website either using any shared hosting or a dedicated server hosting because WooCommerce is lightweight and requires fewer resources.
But for the marketplace business model, it’s always suggested to opt for scalable hostings like Amazon cloud or Google cloud. Recently Amazon released a cost-effective solution for VPS, Amazon Lightsail – https://amazonlightsail.com/
Note: Webkul also offers to host services.
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is a transport layer protocol that is used to establish a secure connection between server and client.
In an SSL integrated website, the connection between your browser and the website is secure. The transmitted data are all in encrypted form. Your website should be integrated with SSL to have secure –
- Online transaction
- Safe logins
- Establish a secure session
- Safe data transfer
- Safe database connection
Note: Webkul also offers SSL integration services.
Theme/templates represent your store and mark the first picture of your e-commerce business type to your customer. So, you should choose the theme carefully. There are various solutions you can choose from –
- Default Theme – WordPress default theme caters only to the fundamental needs of online shoppers.
- Ready-Made Theme – With growing business needs you need to provide an advanced shopping experience to your customers with ready-to-use themes.
Note – You can refer the Webkul’s ready-made Xtremo theme.
- Customized Theme Development – Theme development lets you create a flexible and responsive theme as per your requirement.
Note – We also offer customization services(paid one). So if you need any changes in the theme or new theme development, feel free to contact us.
The online store is entirely based on different sets of products and services offered to a large number of buyers.
For this, WooCommerce offers some by default product types using which you can create and list various types of products on your online store.
But the e-commerce sector is evolving and growing day by day and paving the way to more unique and new product types. So, if you want to sell those new products types then, you can refer to Webkul’s modules for new and advanced product types –
The online payment system in your online store is a must to provide a unified and seamless payment experience for your customers. WooCommerce offers various payment methods by default.
You should always select the payment methods that fit your business and audience. It should be simple, fast, and convenient for online shoppers to pay. Webkul offers a wide range of payment gateways you can choose from –
- Braintree Payment Gateway
- Wallet System Plugin
- WooCommerce Marketplace Mangopay Payment
- WooCommerce Marketplace PayPal Commerce
- Adyen Payment Gateway for WooCommerce
- Multi-Vendor PayUmoney Payment Gateway for WooCommerce
- Dibs payment for Woocommerce
Every customer wants to receive the correct products on time.
For this particular reason, improving the shipping experience is extremely essential which can be achieved by choosing a logistics provider which provides good services. WooCommerce offers various shipping methods by default-
Webkul offers a wide range of advanced shipping gateways you can choose from –
Notifying the customers about the order invoice, order shipment and other sales events is very important. WooCommerce sends updates to customers via email for various events as shown below.
But there are certainly more events for which the customers should be notified like price alerts, out-of-stock notification, back-in-the-stock notification, price drop alerts via emails, and mobile SMS as well. You can refer to Webkul’s Notification modules for the same –
- Twilio SMS Notification – Customers will receive SMS notifications for an order placed, order processing, order on-hold, order dispatch details, order cancellation, the order failed, and refund details.
- Web Push Notification – Send web push notifications from your store to subscribed users.
Believe it or not, but the success of your online business is also dependent that what all features your website offers to the customer. Therefore, to stay competitive you need to attract and retain the customers in your store by enabling advanced functionalities.
WooCommerce by default provides only basic functionalities for the management of order, sales, product, etc. But with growing business needs you will be needing certain custom modules to fulfill future needs.
So, here is the complete guide to know those additional must-have features – WooCommerce | Add Custom Features
Selling on a single channel means you are reaching a small percentage of customers. But listing and selling products on various channels will let you reach new audiences and increase sales.
If you want to grow your business and looking for a popular e-commerce platform to sell your products then you should integrate other leading channels with your WooCommerce store. You can refer to Webkul’s third-party connectors for the same –
M-commerce has grown increasingly over the last decades because it’s the browsing, buying, and selling of products and services with all the convenience of being on a cellphone or tablet.
Therefore, for a successful e-commerce business, you need to have a mobile app for your web store because you don’t know where your customers are coming in at your store. It may be that the customer is visiting your website on Android / IOS mobile via Facebook or Twitter.
You can also plan to have your marketplace which is entirely based on diversity where different sets of products and services are offered by a wide range of third-party merchants to a large number of buyers – the Multi-Vendor Marketplace module.
You can refer to this article to know more about the marketplace – Marketplace Guide
Note: If you are planning to start your Marketplace, then visit this link to know what all basic features you need to consider before starting on – WooCommerce | Add Advance Feature Into Your Marketplace Store
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