PLEASE READ BEFORE INSTALLING WooCommerce
WooCommerce is is the most used FREE ecommerce solution in the world. But it’s a bit complicated to learn and setup, and we only recommend it for experienced website builders or those willing to take the time to overcome the learning curve need to use it. The number 1 paid (and affordable – about $29 mo.) is Shopify, the one used by Stanford Trade Center (STC) is the EASIEST user-friendly ecommerce solution available.
CLICK HERE if you would like to learn more about Shopify. Otherwise continue below to learn all about WooCommerce.
What is WooCommerce?
Why your eCommerce store MUST have
a Responsive (Mobile Friendly) Website theme.
The current 2018 market share for WooCommerce is a very impressive 42% of the entire internet. WooCommerce is many, many times more popular than any of its competitors. It’s 6 times more popular than Magento or Shopify, and 11 times more popular than BigCommerce, and though it is used by huge corporations, is even more popular with small mom and pop home businesses.
WooCommerce is a FREE solution. Why spend a monthly fee, and a VERY HIGH percentage of your sales to an overpriced company like Shopify, Bigcommerce, or Volution, when the BEST eCommerce Platform, WooCommerce is FREE?
If you are an absolute beginner at WordPress building you may need to temporarily use one of these paid ecommerce like Shopify if you don’t want to lose considerable time setting things up and overcoming the learning curve.
Remember, you’ll still need to pay a fee for processing their credit/debit cards through PayPal, or Stripe for each sale. This applies to most platforms unless you would rather pay a high monthly flat fee.
So it’s imperative for you to minimize fees for each sale in order to maintain an acceptable profit margin.
But if you can build a basic WordPress website, then WooCommerce will likely be best for you. It’s FREE to set up, many additional free featured plugins, and your reward is no monthly fees, or % of your income payments to them.
Over time you will likely need to upgrade from the initial basic free configuration to some Premium updates, but you should be earning enough to justify the need and modest expense of the upgrades.
The learning curve for WooCommerce can be a little higher than some paid versions, but NOT THAT MUCH. The incredible savings makes it more than worth it.
About Plugin Apps, Generally speaking, a WP (WordPress) website starts with a basic theme with specific features. In most cases, more features will need to be added to your website.
This is done through Plugins (which are Apps). For example, you may want to set up a high-quality feature-rich eCommerce store with shopping cart, and other features like an Abandoned Cart Email notification system.
You can add this, almost instantly (without knowing any coding) to a WP site by using FREE or Lowcost (Generally) Plugins. WooComnmerce is the BEST and MOST POPULAR eCommerce Platform on the planet.
Better than VERY expensive solutions like Shopify, Bigcommerce, and other platforms.
And as an Open Source software it’s regularly updated, and FREE. You only need an inexpensive hosting account. The PAID accounts charge a modest (about $30 mo) monthly fee BUT ALSO charge an exorbitant PER-SALE fee too.
Remember you will also need to pay your credit card processor (PayPal, Stripe, Bank, and etc.) a % per sales amount too.
WooCommerce for WordPress site creators
WooCommerce is an Open Source (Free) eCommerce plugin that allows you to sell anything, beautifully. Just use a Responsive WordPress Theme, add Woo-Commerce. and you’ll be good to go, on all your Internet devices including Smart Phones, Tablets, Laptops, and Desktop PCs.Built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress,
WooCommerce is the world’s favorite eCommerce solution that gives both store owners and developers complete control. With endless flexibility and access to hundreds of free and premium WordPress extensions, WooCommerce now powers 30% of all online stores — more than any other platform.
WooCommerce is a powerful eCommerce solution, but its learning curve is considerably longer requiring more skill to set up and operate than more user-friendly low-cost systems.
STC offers many training Ebooks and videos to easily help you get set up. And you can get a large number of FREE Plugins to ad specific features you require. A plugin installs in seconds and usually has a fill-in-the forms setup so you don’t have to know any sophisticated code.
Sell anything, anywhere
With WooCommerce, you can sell both physical and digital goods in all shapes and sizes, offer product variations, multiple configurations, and instant downloads to shoppers, and even sell affiliate goods from online marketplaces.
With premium extensions, you can offer bookings, memberships, and recurring subscriptions. Perhaps you’d like to sell monthly subscriptions for physical goods, or offer your members a discount on digital downloads? It’s all possible.
Define your style with Storefront
A storefront is a free WordPress theme available to any WooCommerce store. Along with deep WooCommerce integration, Storefront prioritizes speed and uptime while eliminating theme and plugin conflicts during major updates.
Define your style even further by customizing Storefront to your liking or choosing from one of our several Storefront child themes. It’s all up to you and all open source.
Extendable, adaptable, and open source — WooCommerce features a strong, robust framework, you can scale to your client’s store needs all the way from basic to high-end (infinity and beyond).
Built with a REST API, WooCommerce can integrate with virtually any service. Your store’s data can be accessed anywhere, anytime, 100% securely. WooCommerce allows developers to easily create, modify, and grow a store that meets their specifications.
No matter the size of the store you want to build, WooCommerce will scale to meet your requirements. With a growing collection of more than 300 extensions, you can enhance each store’s features to meet your client’s unique needs — or even create your own solution.
If security is a concern, rest easy. WooCommerce is audited by a dedicated team of developers working around the clock to identify and patch any and all discovered bugs. We also support WooCommerce and all its extensions with comprehensive, easily-accessible documentation. With our docs, you’ll learn how to create the exact site your client needs.
WordPress.org is home to some amazing extensions for WooCommerce, including:
- Google Analytics
- Delivery Notes
- PDF Invoices and Packing Slips
- Affiliates Integration Light
- New Product Badges
Keen to see them all? Search WordPress.org for ‘WooCommerce’ to dive in. If you’re looking for something endorsed and maintained by the developers who built WooCommerce, there are a plethora of premium eCommerce extensions, the most popular of which include:
- WooCommerce Subscriptions
- WooCommerce Memberships
- WooCommerce Bookings
- Dynamic Pricing
- Table Rate Shipping
- Product CSV Import Suite
And there’s plenty more where they came from. Visit our extensions page to find out everything you’re capable of and all that’s possible with premium WooCommerce extensions.
Join our growing community
When you download WooCommerce, you join a community of more than a million store owners, developers, and WordPress enthusiasts. We’re one of the fastest-growing open source communities online, and no matter your skill level we’d love to have you!
If you’re interested in contributing to WooCommerce we’ve got more than 350 contributors, and there’s always room for more. Head over to the WooCommerce GitHub Repository to find out how you can pitch in.
Want to add a new language to WooCommerce? Swell! You can contribute via translate.wordpress.org.
And, finally, consider joining or spearheading a WooCommerce Meetup locally, more about those here.
WooCommerce offers both their STORE Theme and CHILD THEMES. A WordPress child theme is a WordPress theme that inherits its functionality from another WordPress theme, the parent theme. Child themes are often used when you want to customize or tweak an existing WordPress theme without losing the ability to upgrade that theme. CLICK HERE
Watch Video for NEW FREE WooCommerce StoreFront