With many businesses unable to operate offline, it’s more important than ever to have an online presence. You need a way to update loyal customers, bring in additional revenue (especially if your storefront is closed), and offer new options like virtual services or pickup scheduling. And you don’t have a lot of time — or money — to do it.
WooCommerce is a no-cost, fully-customizable Ecommerce tool for WordPress, the free website-building platform. It was designed to meet the needs of store owners regardless of technical expertise, so anyone can get a store up and running. And if you do run into any questions, there’s extensive documentation available along with a stellar support team.
Let’s take a look at how to create an online store in five steps.
1. Purchase a domain name and choose a host
A domain name is the website address people type into their browser to find your site, like WooCommerce.com. Ideally, choose one that includes the name of your business or the products or services that you offer. The more clear and concise, the better.
You can purchase domains from any number of providers — we like GoDaddy for the straightforward search tool that helps you find the perfect name. Most .com domains start at around $11.99.
Then, choose a hosting provider for your site. A host stores the files needed to create your site and make it accessible to people around the world. There are lots to choose from, with varying prices and features — including a GoDaddy plan created specifically for WooCommerce.
GoDaddy’s E-commerce hosting plan includes everything you need to get your site online, from an SSL certificate to hassle-free software installation and daily backups. You’ll also benefit from a speedy hosting platform that’s optimized for WordPress, support, and pre-installed WooCommerce extensions for appointment bookings, subscriptions, pre-orders, and more. And to help support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, GoDaddy is offering it at $1 for the first three months, so you can get going without spending money that you don’t have.