How To Create An eCommerce Website With WordPress In 3 Easy Steps

WordPress is the most popular CMS used by millions of webmasters worldwide. Its increasing popularity and user friendly features make it favorite for bloggers, website owners and for online store owners. You can easily create an ecommerce website with WordPress without any hassles.

If you are planning to use WordPress or already have a blog or website on WordPress, you can have your live store by installing plugins to run a fully functional e-commerce store.

One of the advantages of using WordPress is that you also have a blog that will help you with additional SEO and other benefits.

Important: The following information is useful for creating a self-hosted WordPress site as plugins mentioned here will not work for sites hosted with wordpress.com.

Create your ecommerce website with WordPress by following these three simple steps:

1. Buy a domain and hosting

You need to buy a good domain name. Godaddy is the world’s no.1 registrar to purchase domain of your choice. For creative domain name ideas, visit: Business name generator.

After purchasing domain, you need a good web host.

Bluehost is a great choice as it has office in India as well so you can have 24/7 customer support locally which is a big advantage. It also offers a free domain with any hosting plan.

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2. Install WordPress

Next, install WordPress. Web hosts like Blue host have a one-click WordPress installation feature. Once you install WordPress, you are ready to have a live online store with all blogging features.

3. Install eCommerce Plugin

Go to your WordPress dashboard to install plugins that offer features to build a world class online store. There are amazing plugins in WordPress to choose from. Here, we will talk about the best ones that smoothly integrate into WordPress site.

Paid solutions for self-hosted WordPress sites:

Shopify

Ecwid

Free open source:

WooCommerce

Main Benefits of installing Shopify and Ecwid?

  • No technical and design skills are required.
  • You don’t have to worry about security and maintenance.
  •  24/7 customer support.

Shopify eCommerce Plugin – Shopping Cart

Shopify is the world’s best and most popular SAAS platform to create online store.

  • Open an account with Shopify for free trial.
  • After completing 14 days free trial, choose the plan as per your requirements to have a fully functional online store with as low as $9/month.
  • Go to the WordPress dashboard of your site.
  • Install ‘Shopify e-Commerce Plugin’.

Read this step by step guide.

Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping Cart

More than 20,000 online merchants are using Ecwid in India. Powered by Amazon web services, Ecwid has partnered with PayU for local marketing and promotion in India.

You can sell with a free plan or choose a paid plan starting Rs.700/month with premium features.

    • Open free account with Ecwid.
    • Go to the WordPress dashboard of your site.
    • Install ‘Ecwid E-commerce Shopping Cart plugin’.
    • Once activated you will have a fully functional store with access to all Ecwid features.

Theme demo wp-ecwid.

WooCommerce

It’s an open-source free platform with tons of premium plugins. Storefront is a free theme you can use but to have more functionality, you can purchase premium themes.

Though WooCommerce is best suited for small and medium enterprises, it’s your responsibility to ensure security and maintenance of your store. Moreover, you need to have coding knowledge or to hire a developer if something goes wrong with WordPress updates.

WooCommerce even if free will make it costlier as you have to pay for extensions for complete functionalities.

So, if you are a non-tech and don’t have coding knowledge or experience in web development, paid solutions like Shopify and Ecwid are ideal to create ecommerce website with WordPress.

I hope this information would be helpful. For any suggestions, please post in comments below.

 

 

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