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2.1 Introducing WooCommerce

Hello and welcome back to this [INAUDIBLE] Plus Course on WooCommerce. In this part of the course, I'm gonna give you an overview WooCommerce and introduce you to what it is and what it can do for you. Now, WooCommerce has now become the most popular online e-commerce platform. Combined with WordPress, it gives you a free way of creating your own store and has loads great functionality right out of the box. But it also has extra plugins or extensions that you can use to add extra functionality. In this course will be focusing on out of the box WooCommerce and I'm gonna show you a little bit of how about works in this part. The first thing you'll need to do, which I will take you through in this course is install WooCommerce. And there's a few ways to do this. You can either download it from the WooCommerce website, which you can see here or alternatively you can get it from it's page on the WordPress plugin repository. But by far the easiest way to install it is via your WordPress dashboard. So all you need to do is going to plug ins and add new and then you do a search for WooCommerce in the plug in repository. And I'll show you have to do that later on in the curse so, I don't read Ian storm will come I saw on the site as you can see from the will come as menu item in the admin menu here. And it's also a product menu item. Let's have a quick look at some of the will come a certain screen. So say you have screens or there aren't any orders in my store as yet, but once I get some I'll be able to manage all those orders right from here. This screen's for coupons, which you can add to give people money off particular products. Reports, which you can use to track your sales. And once you do start selling on your store, this can give you some really useful data to help you manage and improve your sales. The setting screens will be going through in detail, later on in the course. And there are settings for the way that your products are set up, for tax rates, for check out, for the shipping methods that you'll use, for the way the customer accounts will work, for the emails that will get sent both to you as an administrator, and to your new customers when they sign up with your store or when they buy something. And also for the API We won't be worrying too much about that because that's a more advanced option. Here you've got add-ons. We haven't gotten any add-ons installed. And we won't be installing any during this course. But from here you can see some add-ons and extension that you could use if you needed to to make your store more powerful. There are also some products Admin screens. This will be familiar to anybody whose managed posts, pages, or any kind of post type in WordPress. I've added dummy products, which you can do with the dummy data that's included with the WooCommerce plugin. And as you can see, there are categories applied to all my products, and it shows me the date that they were published. Now bear in mind these categories and tags on the stamp there's categories in tax that you use with post a new WordPress blog that product categories and product tax. And you can edit them using these two menu items here. So here for example, you can see the categories that have been added to my do me data. And again, I'll show you how to read it as lighter in the course the add product screen will be very familiar if you've ever added a post or a page on your website. If you have failed for the name of your product and some information here in the maiden sting pain of on the right hand side, you've got your product categories. A product tax which are taxonomies within WordPress. The product Image Works in a similar way to the featured image that you already be familiar and the product gallery is something new, which I'll show you as we work through the course. You'll also notice this meta box here, the Product Data. This is a really important meta box because it lets you add things like prices, inventory, the number of products that you have in. It also lets you specify whether a product is a virtual product or a real project that you'll be shipping to your customers. We'll go through this Meta Box in detail as we add products to our store in this course. Another couple of screens that are useful for products are shipping classes. And again I'll show you how to manage shipping classes as the work through the course. You have different classes for shipping which might be based on weight or where things are going to, and then you can add shipping classes and assign those shipping classes to each of the products in your store. And finally attributes of a something slightly different from categories. So for example you might use products categories to say what type of product something is. So in a clothes store, it might be a t-shirt, but attributes are things like colors, sizes, and so forth, the sort of things that you wouldn't generally structure your store using. So you might structure your story using t-shirts and clothing type. But no use in colors. But at the same time, people can search your soul things of a specific color or size. And again, I'll show you how so as a widget let people do that. So let's just have a look at the widgets that you get with WooCommerce. Say here in the widget screen, you can say in my store. I've added a whole bunch of WooCommerce widgets to my side bar. And if I scroll down, you can see that there are some WooCommerce widgets that you've got available to you. So that's an overview of the admin screens that you get with WooCommerce. Now let's just take a quick look at our store. This is the main shop page. WooCommerce creates a number of pages for you. And as you can see here this is the shop page which I have set up as the home page. There's a My Account page where you customers can edit things like their billing address and their shipping address. Checkout pages which are self-explanatory. And the cart, if somebody is buying something, I haven't actually got anything in my cart at the moment but once I have I can go straight to my cart from here. And if my cart has things in it, I'll also see it over here in the side bar because the widget has been instilled there. So let's just take a look back at the Admin Pages. This pages here created by WooCommerce and I set up shop as the front page using my settings screens. Again, I'll show you have to do that as we work through the curve. Sample page here is one that created by WordPress when it first installed and as we work through the course we'll actually delete that. So that's an overview of how WooCommerce works. If you get stuck, there's some really useful documentation on the WooThemes website. It comes under a whole range of categories but the most useful for anybody who's getting started with Woo Commerce is this Getting Started category here. So as you can see, there's documentations on installing WooCommerce, setting up your products, your shipping, your sales and much more. And that's the best place to go to if you get stuck as we work through this course, but hopefully you'll find that I take you through everything you need to know to get your WooCommerce store set up. I'll also show you how to install the storefront theme, and the storefront theme has been developed specifically to work with WooCommerce. Again, it's free and it's created by WooThemes so it's perfectly integrated with WooCommerce and we'll be installing the store front theme using the WordPress dashboard, in the way that you'd install any theme. So you can see, the screenshot over here to the right looks a lot like my store. In the next part of this course, I'll show you some examples of WooCommerce stores. Some real live ones, that are out there on the Internet, selling products and gaining a great customer base. And then once we've done that, we'll move on to installing WooCommerce, and you'll start setting up your own store. See you next time, and thanks for watching.

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