Do you want khổng lồ start your own online store? We know that building an online store can be a terrifying thought especially when you are not a techy. Well, you’re not alone. After helping hundreds of users start their online store, we have decided khổng lồ create the most comprehensive sầu guide on how khổng lồ build your online store with WordPress (step by step)


What Do You Need khổng lồ Start an Online Store?

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Anyone with a computer can get started within a matter of minutes and without acquiring any special skills.

The three things you need lớn start an online store are:

A domain name name idea (this will be the name of your online store i.e wpuonline.com)A website hosting account (this is where your website lives on the internet)Your undivided attention for 30 minutes.

Yep, it is really that simple.

You can thiết đặt your own online store with WordPress in less than 30 minutes and we’ll walk you through each step of the process.

In this tutorial, we will cover:

How to lớn Register a Domain Name for FreeHow to Get a SSL Certificate for Free (required for accepting payments)How to lớn Install WordPressHow khổng lồ Create a WooCommerce storeHow lớn Add Products in your Online StoreHow to lớn Select and Customize Your ThemeHow khổng lồ Extkết thúc Your Online Store with PluginsLearning khổng lồ Learn WordPress và Grow Your Business

Ready? Let’s get started.

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Step 1: Setting up Your Online Store Platform

The biggest mistake most users make is not choosing the right platkhung for their online store.

Thankfully you’re here, so you won’t be making that mistake.

There are two popular eCommerce platforms that we recommend: Shopify or WordPress + WooCommerce.

Shopify is a fully hosted eCommerce solution that starts at $29 / month. It’s a hassle-miễn phí solution where you just login and start selling. The downside to Shopify is that it gets quite expensive, và your payment options are limited unless you pay additional fees.

This is why most users choose WordPress + WooCommerce because of the flexibility it offers. It does require some thiết đặt, but it’s worth doing it for the long run. WooCommerce is the world’s largest eCommerce platsize (see: Shopify vs WooCommerce comparison).

In this tutorial, we will walk you through how khổng lồ thiết đặt an online store in WordPress using WooCommerce.

To setup your store, you need lớn have a domain name name, web hosting, và a SSL certificate.

A tên miền name is your website’s address on the internet. It is what users will type in their browsers khổng lồ reach your website (for example: google.com or wpuonline.com).

Web hosting is where your trang web lives on the mạng internet. It’s your website’s house on the mạng internet. Every trang web on the mạng internet needs website hosting.

How to lớn Add SSL in WordPress?" href="https://www.wpuonline.com/glossary/ssl/">SSL certificate adds a special security layer on your trang web, so you can accept sensitive sầu information such as credit thẻ numbers and other personal information. This is required for you khổng lồ accept credit thẻ payments on your trang web.

Normally a tên miền name costs around $14.99 / year, web hosting costs around $7.99 / month, & SSL certificate costs around $69.99 / year.

That’s a lot of startup cost.

Thankfully, Bluehost, an official WordPress và WooCommerce recommended hosting provider, has agreed to offer our users a miễn phí domain name name, không tính tiền SSL certificate, và a discount on web hosting.

Basically, you can get started for $3.95 / month.

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Bluehost is one of the oldest web hosting companies, started in 1996 (that’s before Google). They are also the largest br& name when it comes to lớn WordPress hosting because they host millions of websites including our own.

NOTE: At wpuonline.com we believe in transparency. If you sign up with Bluehost using our referral liên kết, we will earn a small commission at no extra cost khổng lồ you (in fact, you will save money and get a miễn phí domain). We would get this commission for recommending just about any WordPress hosting company, but we only recommover products that we use personally use và believe sầu will add value khổng lồ our readers.

Let’s go ahead & purchase your domain name + hosting + SSL.

xuất hiện up Bluehost in a new window using this links and follow along.

First thing you need to vì is clichồng on the green Get Started Now button to get started.


On the next screen, select the plan that you need (starter and plus are the most popular).

After that, you will be asked khổng lồ enter the tên miền name for your website.


Lastly, you will need to add your trương mục information và finalize the package info to lớn complete the process. On this screen, you will see optional extras that you can purchase.

It’s entirely up to lớn you whether or not you purchase these, but we generally don’t recommkết thúc purchasing these. You can always add them later on, if you decide that you need them.


Once completed, you will receive sầu an tin nhắn with details on how lớn login to your web hosting control panel (cPanel). This is where you manage everything from support, emails, among mỏi other things.

Go ahead và login to your cPanel. You will be greeted with a popup informing you that WordPress with WooCommerce is pre-installed on your trang web.


You just need to lớn clichồng on ‘Login to your site’ button, and it will take you khổng lồ your WordPress site’s dashboard.

Congrats, you have sầu finished setting up hosting & domain part.

The next step is lớn thiết lập your WordPress site and then your online store.

Step 2. Setting up WordPress

Bluehost has automatically installed WordPress and WooCommerce on your website.

When you first login lớn WordPress, you will see a welcome message. You will be asked what kind of trang web you want to lớn mix up.


Go ahead & cliông chồng on ‘I don’t need help’ liên kết. Don’t worry we will walk you through all the necessary steps.

Closing the setup wizard will show your WordPress admin dashboard which looks lượt thích this:


First, you need lớn visit Settings » General page to lớn setup your WordPress site title and description.


Setting up HTTPS lớn Use SSL

Your WordPress hosting package came with a free SSL Certificate. This certificate is pre-installed for your domain name name. However, your WordPress site needs to be configured, so it loads as https vs http.

On the Settings » General page, you need khổng lồ change your WordPress Address và Site Address khổng lồ use https instead of http.


Don’t forget khổng lồ scroll down to the bottom of the page và clichồng on the save sầu changes button khổng lồ store your settings.

Your basic WordPress setup is complete. Now it is time to lớn thiết đặt your online store.

Step 3. Setting up Your WooCommerce Store

Before you can start selling, there are a few things lượt thích currency, payments, và shipping information that you need khổng lồ set up.

You will be seeing a ‘Welcome lớn WooCommerce’ notification on your WordPress admin pages. Go ahead và click on the ‘Run cài đặt wizard’ button in the notification.


This will launch the WooCommerce thiết lập wizard where you need lớn cliông chồng on the ‘Let’s go’ button to get started.


WooCommerce needs few essential pages for cart, trương mục, shop, & checkout. You can cliông xã on the continue button lớn automatically create these pages.

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This will bring you to the next step.

Now you will need khổng lồ tell WooCommerce where your store is located and which currency and unit measures khổng lồ use.


After selecting your location & currency, clichồng on the continue button to move on.

Next, you need to enter shipping & tax information.


WooCommerce can be used to sell both digital downloads and physical goods that need shipping.

You need to lớn check the box if you will be shipping goods, or you can leave it unchecked if you will only be selling digital goods.

Next you need to lớn answer the tax question. WooCommerce can help you automatically calculate và add taxes lớn your prices.

If you are not sure, then you can leave sầu it unchecked. You can always add tax information later from WooCommerce settings.

Click on the continue button to move on.

Next, you will be asked lớn choose a payment method for your online store.


By mặc định, WooCommerce comes with tư vấn for PayPal, PayPal Standard, and Stripe payment gateways. There are many other payment methods available for WooCommerce which you can install later if you need.

The easiest way lớn accept payment is using PayPal Standard.

Simply enter your PayPal email address and clichồng on the continue button.

A lot of people including us, use both PayPal & Stripe. By using Stripe, you allow your users khổng lồ enter their credit thẻ information on the checkout page without having lớn leave your site và going to PayPal.

You can setup Stripe by following the instructions on the WooCommerce screen.

Once you’re done, your WooCommerce online store is all setup.


You need khổng lồ cliông xã on the ‘Return to WordPress dashboard’ link to lớn exit the setup wizard.

After finishing the WooCommerce thiết đặt, you are now ready lớn add products to lớn your online store.

Step 4. Adding Products lớn Your Online Store

Let’s start with adding the first product to your online store.

You need lớn visit Products » Add New page to lớn add a new hàng hóa.


First, provide a title for your hàng hóa and then some detailed description.

On the right hand column, you will see the ‘Product Categories’ box. Cliông xã on the ‘+Add New Product Category’ khổng lồ create a category for this hàng hóa. This allows you và your customers to lớn sort và browse products easily.


Scroll down a little & you will notice the Product Data box. This is where you will provide sản phẩm related information like pricing, inventory, shipping etc.


Below sản phẩm data box, you will see a box khổng lồ add sản phẩm short mô tả tìm kiếm. This short mô tả tìm kiếm will be used when users are viewing multiple products on a page.


Lastly, on your right hand column you will see boxes to lớn add a main product image và a sản phẩm gallery.


Once you are satisfied with all the product information you have added, you can clichồng on the Publish button to lớn make it live on your website.

Repeat the process to lớn add more products as needed.

Step 5. Select và Customize WordPress Theme

Themes control how your WordPress sites look khổng lồ the users when they visit it. For a WooCommerce siêu thị, they also control how your products are displayed.

There are thousands of paid & không tính tiền WordPress themes available.

Your Bluehost hosting trương mục, automatically installs the Storefront theme for your website. You will need to lớn customize it to meet your needs.

Head over to Appearance » Customize page. This will launch theme customizer where you can change different theme settings.


If you don’t lượt thích the Storefront theme, then you can use another theme by visiting Appearance » Themes page.


If you need help selecting a theme, then please refer to lớn our guide on 9 things you should consider when selecting a perfect WordPress theme.

Step 6. Extend Your Online Store With Plugins

Now that you have sầu your online store ready, you probably want to lớn get started with adding other usual elements on your trang web such as a tương tác khung, about page, and more.

To further customize WordPress and add features lượt thích tương tác forms, galleries, sliders, etc, you need to lớn use WordPress plugins.

WordPress plugins are apps that allow you to lớn add new features lớn your trang web.

There are over 46,000 WordPress plugins available. At wpuonline.com, we feature the best WordPress plugins lớn help you add the functionality that you need.

We have a step by step guide on how khổng lồ install a WordPress plugin.

Here’s a danh sách of 24 must have sầu WordPress plugins for business websites and another one with 20+ best không lấy phí WooCommerce plugins.

Often readers ask us which plugins vày you use on your website. You can kiểm tra out our Blueprint to lớn see the các mục of plugins & tools that we use.

Learning WordPress lớn Grow Your Online Business

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At wpuonline.com, our main goal is to lớn provide cutting-edge helpful WordPress tutorials that are easy to lớn understvà even for non-techy WordPress website owners (see more about us).

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We hope that this tutorial helped you learn how khổng lồ build an online store. You may also want khổng lồ see these 19 actionable tips to lớn drive traffic to your new WordPress site.

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