No 1 Guide In Creating An Online Store

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creating an online store

Introduction:

There may be many reasons for creating an online store. One thing for sure is that your store can remain open for 24 hours. You can earn while you sleep with the right kind of technical set-up.

I will outline the process of setting up your own online WooCommerce store using Divi theme on WordPress platform.

Creating an online store does not have to cost the earth. Although there will be costs. At a minimum You will need to think about:

  • Divi Theme Costs
  • Hosting Costs
  • Domain Name Costs

Part 1: Planning Your Store

Planning your store is an essential process that many store owners take for granted. I have found that as I plan I become crystal clear about what I want my store to serve and why I desire it.  It could become costly without proper planning. 

Define Your Products:

What are you going to sell? Will it be a digital product, a physical product, a service or a combination of all three?

Outline the products you plan to sell and write a short yet compelling description about each product.

Bear in mind that you may also be needing to think about products that have variations to them.  (like t-shirts etc)

Gather your images and determine your prices.  Decide if you are going to include any taxation.  (you may need to get further information about this.)

Choose Your Hosting and Domain:

When creating your online store, it is vital that you select a reliable web hosting provider and register a domain name that reflects your brand identity.  I highly recommend and use Siteground as my web hosting provider. I use Namecheap to register my domain name.

Install WordPress and WooCommerce: Creating An Online Store

Install WordPress on your hosting server and don’t forget to install a SSL certificate to your website. A SSL Certificate is digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts data transmitted between the site and its visitors, ensuring secure online communication.

 Add the WooCommerce plugin to transform your WordPress site into a fully functional online store.

Choose and Install the Divi Theme:

I love everything Divi from Elegant Themes.  Divi is known for its flexibility, giving you the ability to customise every aspect of your website appearance.

Install and Activate Divi on your WordPress website.

Design Your Store Layout:

Now take some time to map out the layout of your store’s homepage, product pages, and checkout process

Define your colour schemes, fonts, and branding elements to create a cohesive visual identity.

Part 2: Setting Up Your Store

Configure WooCommerce Settings:

Your next step is to go to the WooCommerce settings to configure the functionality of your store.  Such as: currency, shipping options, and tax settings etc.  You will also need to provide  a means of getting paid through a payment gateway, like PayPal or stripe.                

Add Products to Your Store:

Create product listings by uploading images, setting prices, and crafting engaging descriptions. Organise your products into categories and tags for easy navigation.

Customise Store Pages with Divi:

This is where Divi comes into its own.  The standard WordPress ecommerce stores are functional  yet not very attractive.  Divi theme builder (and Divi Shop Builder Plugin) will allow you to create truly stunning and highly functional store pages.

Design captivating layouts using Divi modules to showcase your products effectively.

Test Your Store:

Conduct comprehensive testing to ensure all aspects of your store functions smoothly. Test the purchasing process, payment gateways, and responsiveness across various devices.

Part 3: Customising Your Store

Enhance User Experience:

Optimise your store for mobile responsiveness and create user-friendly navigation styles to provide a seamless user experience. Implement features such as product filters and sorting options to facilitate easy browsing.

Add Additional Functionality:

Explore and install WooCommerce extensions to enhance your store’s functionality. Incorporate features like product reviews, related products, and up-sells to encourage customer engagement.

Branding and Design Refinement:

Fine-tune your store’s design elements to align with your brand identity. Continuously update product images, descriptions, and overall presentation to maintain a fresh and engaging storefront.

Other Considerations :

There are other important considerations to think about when creating your online store. You will need to ensure your website/store is compliant protecting website owners and their users.

  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Service
  • Cookie Policy
  • Disclaimer
  • Copyright Notice
  • End User License Agreement (EULA)
  • Accessibility Statement

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Conclusion:

By following this brief step-by-step outline guide, you will be well-equipped in knowing what to think about when planning and creating an online store. It will also help you to launch your own WooCommerce store with the Divi theme on WordPress.

Rosemary Roberts

Rosemary has been developing her virtual assistant service from 2020 offering her creative specialist services to her clients. Since 2023 Rosemary elevated her services to include teaching aspiring VA’s how to set up their own thriving Virtual Assistant businesses and thrive.

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