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2.1 How to Install WooCommerce on Your WordPress Site

Hello, and welcome back this tuts plus course on WooCommerce. In this part of the course, I'm going to start the process of setting up our store. So I'm gonna install WooCommerce and work through the wizard to get it working. First, let me give you a quick tour of the site I'm gonna do this on. Instead of using a demo site, I'm gonna use a real site. I'm gonna use a site for an author, and it's actually myself as a pen name. So at the moment, this site has got a shop page, which has just got a form in it so people can order copies of books using this form. Now, that's got me a few orders but it's not brilliant. It's not got photos of the books. It's not got any variants and books that people can't choose whether to buy a paperback or an E-book or a hardback if those were available. And it probably isn't helping the sales of those books very much. So instead, I'm gonna set up WooCommerce and replace this shop page with a new shop page using WooCommerce this functionality. Now this particular site is actually part of a multi site network. So I'm gonna have to install the WooCommerce plugin on the network, and then activate it for the site. So this process will be exactly the same if you're running a regular single WordPress site, you'll just install it for the site itself instead of the network. So I'm gonna go to the network dashboard here and go to plugins, add new. And then we'll probably find WooCommerce No, it's not there. I'm gonna search for it. Here we are so install now. Now if you're installing this on a regular site, this install button will turn into an Activate button. In my case, it's gonna turn into a Network Activate button. So I will be activating it on every site in the network. And I don't want to do that. So I'm not gonna click the Activate button when it kicks in, but instead, I'll go to the site itself. So you see here it's Network Activate. If you're running a regular site that will say activate, and you can just click that button to activate WooCommerce in your site. And that will then take you to the WooCommerce wizard automatically. But instead, I'm going to go back to my site, go to plugins. And then I'll scroll down to WooCommerce and Activate. So WooCommerce will activate and the wizard will start. So you've got the choice of using the wizard if you want to, you could click Not right now if you're not ready and come back to the settings screens later on, but I'm going to click Yes, please Now you'll find that the settings that you need to use for your store are obviously different to mine. I'm gonna be setting up my store in the UK, and there'll be some information that's pre populated based on what's already in my WordPress site. And you might have to add more information if it's not being pre populated. So, I'm going to start by putting my address in. I'm going to start by putting my address in and I'm not going to give you my real address but it's no big surprise that I live in Birmingham. Click Continue. All right doesn't line up. Click Continue. And then if you want to, you can take part in usage tracking, click count me in. Continue again. And then it'll start asking you some questions. So just work through the wizard, doing what the plugin tells you to do at different stages. So I am in other I will have physical products, I will have downloads and I might decide to have subscriptions and memberships later on. But you need to pay for an add on to enable that. So I'm not gonna do that just yet. So I click Continue. How many products do I plan to display? Under 100 but over 10. I'm selling on another platform because my books are also for sale on Amazon and in Waterstones and other places. My current annual revenue, I'm gonna say just getting started cuz I'm just getting started with this store and the store is using Amazon. Because I'm going to include in this external product and I'll send buyers to Amazon with affiliate links for some of my products. Now you can then choose to include Facebook Mailchimp, Google ads. Now, I'm not gonna worry about Facebook or Google ads, but I am gonna include Mailchimp because I want to connect my customers to my mailing list which I run on Mailchimp. I Click Continue. And you can see here the continue button is showing a graphic. So now I can choose a theme, now Here I have to select a theme. You can see there are a whole load of choices. There are free themes here. And you can find all these in the WordPress theme directory as well. I'm gonna stick with storefront and once I've set this up, I'll actually revert to my existing theme. Now I think this is actually a downside of the wizard because it doesn't give me the option to stick with my site's existing theme. Yes, you've got the option to upload a theme. I don't want to upload a theme cuz I've already got a theme installed on my site. So, I'm going to choose Storefront here because I've already got Storefront installed on my network. And, It's been activated. So I'm going straight over to the appearance the themes page, and I'm gonna activate my existing theme. Now, it did very briefly show me a button where I could continue with my existing theme. And then that disappeared. So it's important to go into your themes and do that quickly. If it's important that you're site maintains its existing theme. So here I can enhance my store with Jetpack and WooCommerce Services. So I can do things like manage my store on the go by the WordPress app. I can automate my sales taxes and I get all the benefits of Jetpack speed and security features. So. Do that. I've already got Jetpack installed on my site. So I'll click yes please and that will install the WooCommerce Services plugin. So I'll just wait for that to happen. And WooCommerce is telling me I'm almost done, and asking me to continue. So I need to update the Database. And every time you install or update WooCommerce in the future when it has an update, you'll find that you're prompted to update the database. And that's because WooCommerce installs a bunch of database tables on your site. Now, if you're doing this, make sure you backup your site first and I backed up my site before I started doing this process. So I'll update the database when I go back to that screen, and it's asking me to do a few things. So I can personalize the store, set up shipping setup, tax and set up payments. I'm gonna do those separately in later parts of this course. So you can see how we've got the basis of a WooCommerce store setup. We've got the plugin installed, and we've done the basic configuration. In the next part of the course we'll start working through the settings. See you next time, and thanks for watching.

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