How To Set Up A WordPress Ecommerce Site In 5 Easy Steps

I just built my first WordPress e-commerce site for a paying client and wanted to share my experience.

This post will be best suited for: a business owner trying to set up their own e-commerce site on WordPress or b: someone trying to do the above, but for a client.

(pre-steps 1. buy a domain 2. buy hosting 3. install wordpress)

1. Theme: There are several WordPress themes that are optimized for the various shopping cart plugins out there like wp e-commerce and eshop. Many themes will work, however, even though they make no claims to be officially optimized for those carts.

2. Merchant account, payment gateway, and shopping cart: Normally these would be 3 separate bullet points but there’s a reason why they’re together- keep reading!

The client is responsible for setting up their business bank account, their merchant account, and payment gateway but they had no clue (this was their first online e-commerce venture) and neither did I so we worked together on this one.

There are many merchant accounts to choose from. These clients were considering Paypal, or a local bank’s merchant account. There are also several payment gateways available. The most well known (and widely supported by WordPress shopping cart plugins) are Authorize.net and Paypal.

Luckily with the suggestion of a seasoned e-commerce entrepreneur we got the client set up with this WordPress compatible shopping cart, 1shoppingcart. This is all online and is easily integrated with Quickbooks.

This is NOT a plugin, however. You simple use the URL’s provided in the 1shoppingcart online interface within your WordPress posts or pages and you’re DONE!

1shoppingcart has a SSL built in and they also offer their own merchant account with a payment gateway built in, e-onlinedata.

The pricing was within my client’s budget and was fairly inexpensive especially considering that we got the merchant account, payment gateway, and shopping cart knocked out in one fell swoop.

3. Plugins used:

All In One SEO Pack

Contact Form 7

kStats Reloaded

Share and Follow

Shockingly Simple Favicon

w3 Total Cache

WordPress Backup (by BTE)

4. I ran free stress tests on the site via Loadimpact.com

5. I submitted the site to search engines for freeĀ  using this handy tool.

The client is thrilled and is already starting to show on page 1 of Google for some of their keywords. All in all, pretty good for my first time and the client and I are both happy with it.

Now are there better plugins out there for this application? Probably. There’s no way I could have found them all but so far these are working like a champ.

Got something to say? Know a better plugin that one I used? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

Updates From My Neck Of The Woods

Today I want to update my readers on what’s been going on in my life. I have been in and out of pocket for the past few weeks so I thought it would be a good time to do general briefing.

First and foremost I am in an ankle brace and am expecting to have surgery later this summer. No fun, but just one of those things.

I am also starting to build websites for small businesses in my area so that has been really exciting and interesting for me. Turns out all those blogs I’ve set up and maintained for free over the years (and we are talking several- like a dozen) helped me get fast at turning out a website for a client. Everything happens for a reason and I’m thankful for the opportunity to earn even more extra money from doing something I enjoy from my home!

Weight loss: after the loss of my dear friend in 2007 I started packing on the pounds. My husband and I are doing medifast together and have lost weight and inches. I am only 6 pounds from my weight loss goal which will put me about 10 pounds more than my highschool and college weight.

David might get orders for Oklahoma City or somewhere in New Mexico. We should find out in a few weeks. That’s a whole other can of worms.. gotta sell the house, etc. etc. if that happens!

So, as you can see- lots of changes going on in the Schnabel universe.

I am currently working 2 businesses aside from my personal website design business. I promote Ampegy and Nexcel. Nexcel is in pre-launch so I’ll know more about that after the June 20th launch.

Both opportunities are helping both the customer and rep base which is awesome! I am all for anything I can do to lower people’s bills and/or put more money in their pocket for every day expenses!

I hope ya’ll have a wonderful Sunday and are successful in whatever you do! Remember- keep it simple and keep it fun. People love referrals and sharing of information- they hate to be sold to!