The global expansion of eCommerce platforms is contributing immensely to online businesses, in building their customer base and boosting online sales. Online stores are growing at an exceptional rates and making trillions of dollars every year by attracting over 40% of the people globally. If your online business is still chasing the howling success, then strive no further and clinch the deal by becoming another winning story of the Woo-commerce platform.

Why WooCommerce:

​This free and full open-source eCommerce plugin is designed to integrate with websites powered by WordPress seamlessly. The fully responsive and secure platform gives the owner and store developers convenience and complete control to flourish their online store successfully. Using the finest coding practices and being audited by industry leaders, Woo-commerce assures you of maintaining the confidentiality of your business information, including customers’ data.

Using the finest coding practices and being audited by industry leaders, WooCommerce assures you of maintaining the confidentiality of your business information, including customers’ data.

Why Woo-commerce is one of the Best eCommerce platforms among All ?

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    ​Sell both digital and physical goods along with offerings like product variation, instant downloads, and multiple configurations.
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    Take advantage of premium and free extensions to include bookings, memberships, subscriptions and much more to your website.
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    Ship your products worldwide without much of a hassle as you can, customize, make real-time calculations and even limit your shipment as per your needs.
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    ​Accept payments at ease by offering payment options like PayPal, major credit cards, BACS and COD. Also with the provided gateways - unique to 140 regions – you can avail an easy integration of Amazon payments, Authorize. Net and Stripe.
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    ​Capitalize on Woo-commerce compatible themes and hundreds of extensions to scale your business and to encompass your brand’s look.
With WooCommerce, you can effortlessly;
Capitalize on WooCommerce compatible themes and hundreds of extensions to scale your business and to encompass your brand’s look.
Installation and Activation:

Installation & Activation Of WooCommerce Plugin

To download and install the Woo-commerce plugin Go to your WordPress dashboard menu and navigate to Add New option. Now search for the Woo-commerce plugin. You will also be prompted to run the Woo-commerce Setup Wizard. By this, you can easily create web pages required for Woo-commerce to operate which include Shop, Cart, Checkout and My Account. You can rename these pages later if you want to.

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After you install and activate the plugin, two new dashboard menus titled Woo-commerce and Products will be added to your Dashboard and wizard will start for configuring initial settings. This wizard will ask for a few basic things to start off with adding essential pages for example cart, checkout, products etc. Also during this, you will be prompted to enter your location, units, currency, Shipping & Tax and last the payment method you prefer to use. You will be able to change all these afterwards as well under the settings tab of Woo Commerce.

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Settings

Now let's Discuss what all you can find in the settings section of Woo-Commerce and what they actually mean. Please do note that every business is different and that these are just general descriptions of all the fields you will see.

The options include:
The section allows you to control everything regarding your online store.  The WooCommerce configuration settings are available even in the free version of the plugin.
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    ​General:
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    Currency:  Determine the currency that will be used in paying you, or change format of the currency, as well as the separators of decimals and thousands.
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    Store Notice: Write a site-wide notice that will be displayed to all customers.
  • Location:  You can choose the location of your store, or select the countries that can buy your products, as well as an example address with all details to your customers.
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    Products -
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Product Setting
  • Downloadable: Set the delivery method as a file download, although there are some restrictions for downloading which one needs to meet.
  • Inventory:  You can either activate or deactivate the stock management, the duration of holding orders that are yet to be paid, stock thresholds, low –stock notifications and the inventory display.
  • Display: Choose the shop page and decide if you want the categories to be displayed or not. Also, you can change the dimensions of the image, the shopping cart behavior, product order and archive design.
  • General: Here, you can modify the units dimensions and the weight, or set  whether or not  people can leave a rating or product review.
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    ​Shipping
Location:  You can choose the location of your store, or select the countries that can buy your products, as well as an example address with all details to your customers. 
Store Notice: Write a site-wide notice that will be displayed to all customers.
Shipping
  • Local pickup: Determine the clients who can access local pickup.
  • Local delivery: state if you be and where the delivery will be offered.
  • International fixed rate: Configure some fixed shipping rate to foreign countries.
  • Fixed rate: State the fixed shipping rate.
  • Free shipping: State the conditions under which free shipping is provided.
  • Shipping options: Illustrate how one can calculate the shipping cost, and state the shipping locations, means, and billing address.
Shipping options: Illustrate how one can calculate the shipping cost, and state the shipping locations, means, and billing address. 
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    ​Checkout
  • ​BACS:  Activate or deactivate transfers through bank wire, and customize all bank connections and user messages.
  • Options: Decide if you will customize and active your coupons, SSL, guest checkouts and customize the pages with all terms and conditions, as well as defining the payment gateways and check out endpoints.
  • PayPal: Set PayPal as your payment option, with all the credentials, as well as setting the API, debugging, testing and higher options.
  • Cheque: Illustrate the cheque payment instructions and descriptions.
  • Cash on Delivery:  State if you will be accepting cash on delivery, the shipping methods to be used and cash paying instructions to clients.
  • Simplify Commerce: Make the payment gateway to be user-friendly.
  • ​Tax
Simplify Commerce: Make the payment gateway to be user-friendly. 
  • Standard Rates: Set the tax rates that will be used in your shop.
  • Zero Rates: Be applied to all items that are tax-free.
  • Reduced Rates: To apply on all the elements with reduced rates.
  • Tax Options: Activate or deactivate global taxes, decide if you will be using gross or net prices, set the method of calculating taxes, state the tax classes, how total taxes will be shown and how prices will be displayed in your shop.
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    ​Emails:

​Determine who will be receiving emails, the sender names, email address to be used, and the content of email notifications, as well as customizing the email template.

  • ​Accounts

​Decide if users will be checking their accounts information; specify particular identifiers of various actions on the page, activate places where customers can register and determine if passwords and usernames will be generated automatically.

  • ​API Connection:

​Activate or deactivate the Woo-commerce API, create third-party services integration notifications, the endpoints and external applications for accessing the shop's data.  

Activate or deactivate the WooCommerce API, create third-party services integration notifications, the endpoints and external applications for accessing the shop's data. 
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Decide if users will be checking their accounts information; specify particular identifiers of various actions on the page, activate places where customers can register and determine if passwords and usernames will be generated automatically. 
Determine who will be receiving emails, the sender names, email address to be used, and the content of email notifications, as well as customizing the email template. 
Tax Options: Activate or deactivate global taxes, decide if you will be using gross or net prices, set the method of calculating taxes, state the tax classes, how total taxes will be shown and how prices will be displayed in your shop. 
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    ​System Status

​The section shows you the performance and health status of your shop.  If you want some help from Woo-commerce support, you will download your system report in this section. Also, the section features various tools, which you can use in cleaning cached data, as well as debugging. 

  • ​Add-ons

The section allows you to access all the extensions listed above when purchasing in the online shop.

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    Creating and Managing Products with WooCommerce!
Creating and Managing Products with WooCommerce
Now you can create and manage products with WooCommerce.
The section allows you to access all the extensions listed above when purchasing in the online shop.
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Also, the section features various tools, which you can use in cleaning cached data, as well as debugging.
System Status

​The only way of making your online shop favorite is through purchasable products.  Here is how to set up and manage your products with Woo-commerce. Let’s start with Products.

  • How to add a product

​On the dashboard of your Woo-commerce account, click the ‘’Add Product’’ button, which is on the left, either in the menu or at the top, and you will have started creating a product.

On the dashboard of your WooCommerce account, click the ‘’Add Product’’ button, which is on the left, either in the menu or at the top, and you will have started creating a product.
How to add a product
The only way of making your online shop favorite is through purchasable products.  Here is how to set up and manage your products with WooCommerce. Let’s start with Products.

​The basic WordPress editor screen will appear, and there shall be some extra options on the screen.  Just like in normal posts, add the title and some description of your at the top of that screen.  Also, it is at this point that you will add all your media and images.  All the information that you will add here will be on the primary product page.

​Other options that are similar to those on pages and posts include:
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    Product Gallery:  Apart from the image of the product, it is possible to add a picture gallery, which shows variations in different products and their angles among others.
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    Product Tags: Use tags to differentiate various products.
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    Product Categories: You should create and assign subcategories and categories under which your products will be ordered.  But, you should make their browsing easier.
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    Product Image: Your product image plays the role of a featured image.  Thus, the image that you will upload will automatically be shared on shop and product page.

​Up to this point, all the steps are easy, but there are extra and vital options on your product creation screen.  These include:

  • ​Configuration of Product Data

​There is a panel for configuring additional product data just after the main editor. Ensure you add all the data so that your shop can work as expected.

​The initial step in the configuration of product data is choosing the type of product you will be selling. The options include:

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    ​Variable product.
    Variable product.
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    ​Affiliate product.
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    ​Categorized product.
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    ​Simple product.

​Your configuration options will vary based on the product that you will choose. Nevertheless, some of the settings to configure include:

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    Characteristics: Here, you will define the custom features of the product, such as size, color, weight, and others.
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    Differences: After setting up the characteristics, the differences menu allows you to state your products differences.
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    Shipping:  There is where you will configure the shipping classes, dimensions, and weight.
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    Inventory:  You will state if the product is available in your stock, as well as stating if your product is physical.  Also, you should indicate the quantity that is available, and if you will be accepting back orders.
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    Related Products: The menu allows you to add products that are related, which will be recommended as a cross or up sells, as well as building groups for products.
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    State of the product: Indicate if the product you are selling is physical or virtual. If the product is virtually available, the shipping options shall be removed.
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    Downloadable: The button allows you to indicate of your product can be downloaded.  If it can, upload the file, show the conditions and the conditions of downloading.
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    Advanced: Add your custom purchase note, which customers will receive after purchasing.  Besides, you can change your product order in the menu, and decide if you need reviews.
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    General:  Assign your stock a unique ID; provide URLs of your products and the affiliate products text button, the price, and data range of sales that are in line. It is also good to indicate if the tax class of the product if it is taxable.

​The next step in the configuration of product data is moving at the bottom of your screen and adding some short product description.  The information that you will add will be displayed under the title of the product.

​After all that, you will have created your product with Woo-commerce, and you can now find it on the products menu. 

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    ​Additional Settings

​The product menu of other items is a walk over.  Tags and categories should not be a concern if you have been using WordPress, although there is some slight variation when using Woo-commerce because adding thumbnail images to your product categories is possible. Attributes and Shipping Classes are the other settings of product data that require your attention.  The ship classes are vital because apart from allowing you to create shipping groups of your products, you it enables users to calculate the shipping costs as per class. The attributes help in showing the variations in products.

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    How to Manage Orders in Woo-commerce?

​The management of Woo-commerce involves the use of all menus, which are explained here.

Orders

The order screen displays your shop’s recent order status.  However, if you only deal with digital products, you will nothing much, apart from who bought which product and the products that you currently hold. However, if it is physical goods, you can send them to shipping, and change their status, such as failed, refunded, on hold and pending payment among others.  Besides, you can modify the order content, add notes, and resend emails related to orders, or change the shipping and billing addresses among others.
Here is a quick guide on how you can manage Customers orders in your Woo-commerce store. Through this guide, you can easily manage the orders in your Woo-commerce store.

The order screen displays your shop’s recent order status.  However, if you only deal with digital products, you will nothing much, apart from who bought which product and the products that you currently hold. However, if it is physical goods, you can send them to shipping, and change their status, such as failed, refunded, on hold and pending payment among others.  Besides, you can modify the order content, add notes, and resend emails related to orders, or change the shipping and billing addresses among others.
Here is a quick guide on how you can manage Customers orders in your Woo-commerce store. Through this guide, you can easily manage the orders in your Woo-commerce store.

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    Adding a New Order

​The foremost step is to log into the admin area of the WordPress site. Now go to Woo-commerce > Ordersat the left-hand sidebar on your dashboard. To add a new order to the online store, use the ‘Add order’ option available at the top of the page. Once you click on that, a new screen will pop up. At this new screen, you will be provided with many sections, along with options, which you will need to configure. Let us review each of these options separately.

  • Orders Details

​The first section consists of Order Details. Here you will be asked to configure the fundamental information related to the order you wish to add. These features include order status, order date, and customer. You may modify the ‘Order Status’ by choosing from the various choices available in the drop down menu such as processing, pending payment, on hold, canceled, completed, failed or refunded.
To modify the details with regards to shipping details and billing details, use the ‘Pencil’ icon available at the right corner of each option. After clicking the ‘Pencil’ icon, there will be two tables for you to fill out for the necessary, shipping and billing information of your customers.
In the next Item section, you can add products to your order. Just click on ‘Add Item(s), ’ and you can quickly add the product, by finding the name of that product, from the box that will appear. In the case the fee or shipping cost is not already added to the product, you may also attach it to the item at this stage.

  • Custom Fields

​With the use of custom fields, you can add many items to the metadata and can also easily upload them. This may also include links or images.

  • Downloadable product permissions

​If you want to add some downloadable details to your order, you can easily do it by using the download product permission section. The customer can download this product when the status of the order changes.

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    Order Notes and Order Actions

​On the order page - right-hand sidebar - there are additional sections called ‘Order Notes’ and ‘Order Actions’ section.
The section of Oder Actions includes New Order, Re-sending order emails, Completed Order, Customer Invoice, Processing Order and Generate Downloadable Permissions. In the case of making any change to the order, you may save the changes by selecting the ‘Save Order” - a button available on the upper right-hand side.
Moreover, you also may add notes to the existing order by using the section ‘Order Notes’. You may also specify the person for whom the note is added; let’s say Note to Customer or Private Note.

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    Edit Order
In the case of making any change to the order, you may save the changes by selecting the ‘Save Order” - a button available on the upper right-hand side.
Moreover, you also may add notes to the existing order by using the section ‘Order Notes’. You may also specify the person for whom the note is added; let’s say Note to Customer or Private Note.
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Order Notes and Order Actions
If you want to add some downloadable details to your order, you can easily do it by using the download product permission section. The customer can download this product, when the status of the order changes.
Downloadable product permissions
With the use of custom fields, you can add many items to the metadata and can also easily upload them. This may also include links or images.
Custom Fields
In the next Item section, you can add products to your order. Just click on ‘Add Item(s), ’ and you can quickly add the product, by finding the name of that product, from the box that will appear. In the case the fee or shipping cost is not already added to the product, you may also attach it to the item at this stage.
Order Details
To add a new order to the online store, use the ‘Add order’ option available at the top of the page. Once you click on that, a new screen will pop up. At this new screen, you will be provided with many sections, along with options, which you will need to configure. Let us review each of these options separately.
Adding a New Order
Here is a quick guide on how you can manage Customers orders in your WooCommerce store. Through this guide, you can easily manage the orders in your WooCommerce store.
Orders
The management of WooCommerce involves the use of all menus, which are explained here.
How to Manage WooCommerce
Attributes and Shipping Classes are the other settings of product data that require your attention.  The ship classes are vital because apart from allowing you to create shipping groups of your products, you it enables users to calculate the shipping costs as per class. The attributes help in showing the variations in products.
Additional Settings
After all that, you will have created your product with WooCommerce, and you can now find it on the products menu. 
The next step in the configuration of product data is moving at the bottom of your screen and adding some short product description.  The information that you will add will be displayed under the title of the product.
General:  Assign your stock a unique ID; provide URLs of your products and the affiliate products text button, the price, and data range of sales that are in line. It is also good to indicate if the tax class of the product if it is taxable.
Your configuration options will vary based on the product that you will choose. Nevertheless, some of the settings to configure include:
Simple product.
The initial step in the configuration of product data is choosing the type of product you will be selling. The options include:
There is a panel for configuring additional product data just after the main editor. Ensure you add all the data so that your shop can work as expected.
Configuration of Product Data
Up to this point, all the steps are easy, but there are extra and vital options on your product creation screen.  These include:
Product Image: Your product image plays the role of a featured image.  Thus, the image that you will upload will automatically be shared on shop and product page. 
Other options that are similar to those on pages and posts include:
The basic WordPress editor screen will appear, and there shall be some extra options on the screen.  Just like in normal posts, add the title and some description of your at the top of that screen.  Also, it is at this point that you will add all your media and images.  All the information that you will add here will be on the primary product page. 

​Once you complete a new order, it will start showing on the ‘Orders’ page. From there, you may the order easily and at any time, for instance, changing the order status from pending payment to complete. Similarly, if you wish to edit the existing order, you just have to click ‘View’ or ‘Edit’ icon as shown in the below picture. Then, the page of ‘Edit Order’ will appear. After editing and to save the changes, don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Order’ button.

  • Delete Orders

​The last discussion, in this guide, is about removing orders. To remove an already submitted order or an existing order, just select the specific order on ‘Order’ page and with the use of ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down list, choose ‘Move to Trash’ and click on Apply.

  • Coupons

​You will be using this section in building and managing discount codes.  However, it is upon you to determine the type of discount to offer, and the amount, setting up limits on the number of coupons that will be used in total or by every user, set the expiring dates and the usage restrictions.

Everything done in this section is straightforward.
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    Reports

​The report section is not only attractive but also a point where you get all your Woo-commerce highlights.

Detailed summaries of your shop's aspects will be created automatically in this section by the plugin. In this section, you will see the sales you have made over a specified duration, your profit, items that have been purchased, coupons that have been utilized, the shipping costs and the refunds in the same screen.  Also, you will have a view of the taxes, product stock, and customer sales, which you can export from CVS and import in your books. This is all that you need to do to easily manage and utilize the various features offered on the Woo-commerce store. Make the most of the given options and features, and you can manage all of your customers’ orders, quite conveniently. 

Detailed summaries of your shop's aspects will be created automatically in this section by the plugin. In this section, you will see the sales you have made over a specified duration, your profit, items that have been purchased, coupons that have been utilized, the shipping costs and the refunds in the same screen.  Also, you will have a view of the taxes, product stock, and customer sales, which you can export from CVS and import in your books.  
This is all that you need to do to easily manage and utilize the various features offered on the WooCommerce store. Make the most of the given options and features, and you can manage all of your customers’ orders, quite conveniently.
The report section is not only attractive but also a point where you get all your WooCommerce highlights. 
Reports
You will be using this section in building and managing discount codes.  However, it is upon you to determine the type of discount to offer, and the amount, setting up limits on the number of coupons that will be used in total or by every user, set the expiring dates and the usage restrictions.
Coupons
The last discussion, in this guide, is about removing orders. To remove an already submitted order or an existing order, just select the specific order on ‘Order’ page and with the use of ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down list, choose ‘Move to Trash’ and click on Apply.
Delete Orders
Once you complete a new order, it will start showing on the ‘Orders’ page.
From there, you may the order easily and at any time, for instance, changing the order status from pending payment to complete.
Similarly, if you wish to edit the existing order, you just have to click ‘View’ or ‘Edit’ icon as shown in the below picture.
Then, the page of ‘Edit Order’ will appear.
After editing and to save the changes, don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Order’ button.
Edit Order
April 14, 2018

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