WooCommerce is a free plugin that can be easily installed just like any other WordPress plugin. In this tutorial I will show you how to install it from your dashboard or after downloading the zipped file to your computer. We will also look at the pages that will be created automatically after installing WooCommerce and the widgets that are installed with WooCommerce.
Key points from the video
Installing WooCommerce in your dashboard.
To install it via your dashboard, simply go to Add Plugins and do a search for WooCommerce. Once it comes up, just click install.
Uploading to your computer
You can go to WooThemes site and download the plugin directly to your computer.
After you have downloaded it, now go to Add Plugin and Install
[box type=”alert”]Make sure the plugin stay compressed or zipped when downloading. You will be able to tell by seeing the extension at the end of it .zip[/box] Once you have uploaded it to your computer, you can now activate the plugin.
Finishing WooCommerce Setup
After activation a message will show up at the top of your dashboard.
If you are ready to start setting up WooCommerce I recommend that you do this. It will install the following pages.
It will also install some widgets specifically for WooCommerce. Watch this video to learn even more about these widgets.
If you are not using a WooTheme
WooCommerce works with a lot of themes out there besides WooThemes. But in some cases you may get a message like this.
If you do, contact that theme developer and ask them about this. You may need someone to help you with some special integrations.
If you are using Genesis and a child theme.
The other themes I have tutorials for on this site is Genesis child themes. And most of them will work fine with WooCommerce. But you will need to install a plugin for that.
Install the free plugin, Genesis Connect for WooCommerce, in order to have your Genesis child theme work with WooCommerce. Just activate and no setup is necessary. If you are looking for a Genesis child theme to work out-of-the-box with WooCommerce, I recommend the Jessica WordPress eCommerce Theme from Web Savvy Marketing.