Things You Need to Know Before Setting Up a Woocommerce Store

If you plan to set up a new online store, choosing the best eCommerce platform makes sense. Woocommerce is a powerful and flexible tool that allows you to build an online store.

According to BuiltWith data, this is one of the most popular platforms in the world, with more than 30 million active users and over 50% market share.

In this post, I will explain why Woocommerce is better than other platforms and how its features can help you increase sales on your website.

The Benefits of Woocommerce

Woocommerce is a free and open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It allows you to create an online store within minutes, without any technical knowledge or programming skills.

Woocommerce is used by more than 3 million websites, including some of the biggest companies in the world like Uber, Nestle, Tesla, and even Amazon itself. There are also many smaller businesses that use this plugin to sell their products online with great success.

It’s super easy to use because it comes with almost everything you need out of the box: Payment gateways (Paypal Express Checkout), Shipping plugins (Easy Digital Downloads), SEO-friendly URLs, and much more!

Setting Up Woocommerce

You can set up your Woocommerce store in less than 10 minutes. It is easy as long as you follow a few simple steps.

Step 1: Download the plugin and install it on your WordPress website.

Step 2: Go to Settings > General in your WordPress dashboard (Dashboard > Settings > General) and navigate to the Plugins section, where you should see “WooCommerce” listed under Install under Active Plugins. Activate that plugin by clicking on Activate Plugin button, which will enable Woocommerce for your site.

This process may vary depending on what kind of hosting service you have chosen but generally, it takes only a few minutes from start to finish if all goes well with no errors or issues along the way!

Themes and Extensions

Themes and extensions are important elements to consider when creating your online store. The theme is what gives your site its look and feel, while extensions add functionality to the platform or enhance how users interact with their website. There are two types of themes: free, purchased from third parties; and premium, created by Woocommerce itself or its community members.

Extensions can be created by either Woocommerce or by third parties as well. These apps add extra features like shopping carts, payment gateways, coupons, etc., but they also need some code tweaking before they’re applied to your existing store–so if you haven’t programmed before this may seem daunting!

Payment Gateways

What is a Payment Gateway?

A payment gateway is basically an interface that allows you to send money from merchants to banks and vice versa. In other words, it’s where all the money gets sent from customers and how it gets processed between banks and your account with different banks.

How do I Choose a Payment Gateway?

There are many things that need to be considered when choosing your payment gateways such as transaction fees and processing times but ultimately it comes down to how well they integrate with Woocommerce. Some e-commerce platforms don’t come with built-in support for any payment gateways while others have a wide range of options available including PayPal, Stripe, etc… These e-commerce platforms make it easier for you as they already have everything set up so all you need do is signup or connect your account once everything has been verified by yourself (or your team).

Learn How to Use Dashboard & Settings in Woocommerce

The dashboard is where you can easily access essential information about your store. The settings tab is where you can modify your store’s appearance, payment gateways, and so on.

The products tab allows you to create new products or edit existing ones. You can also set the product’s price, SKU (Makes it easier to track inventory), publish date, etc.

The categories tab allows you to create new categories or edit existing ones. You can also set up parent/child relationships between them so that they are displayed in the right order on your site’s navigation menu.

The pages section allows you to create new pages such as ‘About Us’ or ‘Contact Us’ pages by adding content such as text boxes with images if needed and then saving it as a page within the Woocommerce admin panel structure for future reference and editing purposes when needed again later down line somewhere else outside of this particular category type here where we’ve already created some basic ones already just now inside our dashboard interface itself which makes sense because they’re all related together anyway when we think about it logically speaking like this way too much detail would be too much detail.

Your Workflow?

You might be wondering about the best workflow for your Woocommerce store. There are many different types of workflows to choose from, but we’ll help you decide which one is right for your eCommerce business.

A good workflow is essential when setting up a Woocommerce store. Different businesses have different needs and requirements. Below are explanations of each type of workflow and what they mean:

Manual Order Processing – This method requires your staff member(s) to manually update orders as they come in after receiving them through email or phone calls on Monday morning. This can get messy and disorganized quickly if not managed properly, so we do not recommend this type of system unless it’s absolutely necessary due to a lack of resources at hand such as time/money etcetera…

Automated Order Processing – This type of system requires you to set up a workflow that is automated and can process orders without human intervention. This means that your store has an online order management system that allows customers to place their orders online, while also allowing your staff or VA’s to update the status of these orders in real time.

Products & Product Categories

Product categories are the same thing as product tags. They’re used to organize your products, which means you can create custom filters in terms of product category, like “all clothing” or “all electronics”. It also allows you to add SEO-friendly URLs for each individual product page.

Additionally, they’re useful if you have a customer service team that needs to filter through orders from customers who purchased a certain type of item in their order history; or if you have multiple products with similar titles but slightly different descriptions (like dresses vs shirts in an online store).

Here are some tips on setting up a woocommerce store

Now that you have decided to start a woocommerce store, what are the things that you need to know before setting up the store?

  • Before starting the process of setting up a woocommerce store, take some time and think about all the aspects of your business. This will help you identify your target audience and their needs.
  • Once you have identified who it is that your business aims to attract, then start researching on how they use social media platforms like Instagram or Facebook, etc. in order to get an idea of where they hang out online when they are not on public forums such as Instagram, etc.
  • It’s also important for business owners to analyze how people interact with each other when they talk about brands on social media sites like Twitter or Pinterest.


So, that’s a lot to take in for those who are just starting out. But don’t worry—you don’t need to know everything right away! As you get more comfortable with your store and want to add new features, you can always come back here and check out our other articles on topics like SEO and security.

Kaan Guner
Senior Wordpress Developer & SEO Expert

I have developed countless software and websites using ASP.NET C# and PHP. I have designed and created extensions and plugins for Joomla and WordPress; online reservation system, course/student management interface, API scraper/dynamic page builder and much more. I have worked with and managed entire teams of programmers and SEO specialists from many different countries and cultures. I am the proud owner of Polar Mass since 2011.