Although we can already see a beautiful website template on the front end of the website, the setting up of the WordPress backend hasn’t begun yet. To use the WordPress + woo-commerce website’s functions normally, it’s time to start setting it up step by step and the first step is to enable the woo-commerce plugin.

If the setup isn’t complete, you’ll likely see the following screen when trying to access other functions. So, let’s start the configuration!

Step 1, fill in your store address accurately.

It’s recommended to fill in the address truthfully from the start, as some addresses may cause certain marketing or payment plugin functions to become unavailable, so you can find out in advance.

Step 2: Choose your industry

Choose what you sell, there are a few categories provided, including fashion clothing, health and beauty, electronics, food, furniture and home, education and training, and others.

Step 3: Choose the type of product you’re selling

Physical products, download-type products, subscriptions, memberships, appointment subscriptions, wholesale, and customization. Some of the subsequent services will be chargeable and have multiple options. This involves the sales model and business model of the standalone site. In a future article, we’ll introduce the five types of paid services in woo-commerce and what they represent. If you’re not sure how you want to sell from the start, you can just select physical products and click continue.

Step 4: Choose your personnel scale

Woocommerce wants to know a bit more about you, it doesn’t matter what you choose. After you’ve selected, it will then recommend some plugins for you to install. If you’re unsure what to install, you don’t have to install anything yet. These plugins can actually be installed at any time.

Step 5: Pick a Template

Here, WooCommerce provides you with several free or paid templates, and I picked the first one, Astra. These templates can be changed anytime, so there’s no need to pick a particularly perfect one right now.

After activating the template, WooCommerce also recommends a plugin called Jetpack. Again, you can install it later if you want.

Step 6: Successful Installation

After the last screen, you’ll see that the “Welcome to Your WooCommerce Online HQ” plugin has been successfully activated!

The plugin is installed, but some configuration in WooCommerce is still unfinished, like shipping and logistics. But we’ll cover that in future communication, and it’s not hard to figure out on your own if you want to explore first.

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