How to create an e-commerce website using WordPress

Creating an e-commerce website using WordPress may intimidate a lot of people. However, the fact is that with the right knowledge and dedication anyone can easily build a website on WordPress. WordPress has extensively evolved into a complete “content management system” over the past few years.

WordPress offers you complete autonomy over your website and naturally incorporates other formats (pages/blogs) into your site. There aren’t any monthly and transaction fees hence providing the perfect platform for a start-up. It avoids the over complication of the technical details and payment processing system however you need to have sound knowledge to implement this solution.

There are various methods of creating an online store for all sorts of markets and online stores. Woo Commerce is a power-tool that is believed to power almost 40% of all the online stores over the internet. Some of these methods are listed down below.

WooCommerce

WooCommerce has dominated the ecommerce plugin market for quite some time. With over a million installs covering one-third of entire online stores, WooCommerce indeed offers extensive features to its customers. The plug-in offers features to sell digital, physical and affiliate products. It offers different shipping options, payment procedures and product variations that are developer friendly.

There are multiple extensive features and WooCommerce ready themes to choose from. The installation procedure is quite simple and with little configuration, you can set your website quite easily. However, for beginners integrating different elements together can be overwhelming at first especially security related measures such as SSL protocol. Most importantly, the basic plugin features are free. It’s preferable to have some web experience while setting up the e-commerce site using WooCommerce.

IThemes Exchange

IThemes has proven its worth by standing out in a very competitive ecommerce plugin market with its multitude features available to the users. The plugin has a free version inside the WordPress directory allowing smaller businesses to easily start-up their venture. It offers two payment gateways at nominal pricing.

You can mostly sell digital products and things you can touch through this particular platform. With a premium add-on, you can build membership websites. It’s quite user-friendly and allows an interactive platform for the developer. IThemes is relatively new in the market and therefore has a smaller ecosystem which may limit your choices of specialized themes. However, its functionality enables it to be a powerful tool for beginners.

Easy Digital Downloads

This particular solution is introduced by Pippin’s plugin and offers digital product services only. Therefore, people who want to sell non-tangible wares should prefer EDD due to its highly specialized features list. Like all other plugins, its basic feature is free and costs come with the various add-on extensions.

The plugin easily integrates with WordPress and offers options in payment systems, ability to utilize promotional codes and a full fledge shopping cart. The plugin comes with a basic theme with minimal styling and for their proprietary themes; you’ll have to get more into the technical details. Nonetheless for any non-physical goods, the plugin is highly customizable so why not use this to your advantage?

Shopify

Shopify is an individual platform that allows you to create online shops for a monthly subscription fee. Since last year, it offers the possibility to integrate Shopify products into it. The platform is extremely user-friendly where one needs to create an account, install the plugin, follow some instructions and you’re ready to sell your products.

There isn’t any need for technical knowledge as Shopify takes care of it. There are multiple WordPress themes that work in harmony with the plugin. The only disadvantage is splitting your online shop into two and switching between Shopify and WordPress to take care of your products or website. The add-on payments grow with the increase in your shop’s magnitude.

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