An online shop allows your customers to buy your products or services at a time that suits them. You can then delivery your products to your customers or allow then to collect them from your premises.

In this easy-to-follow step-by-step guide I’m going to walk you through the process of adding an online shop to an existing WordPress website.

What you’ll need to get started

To follow this guide you’ll need a WordPress website.

If you don’t have one of those you can set them up by working through the following step-by-step guide:

Install WooCommerce plugin

Navigate to your WordPress Dashboard / Plugins / Add New and type “woocommerce” in the search field. You’ll see WooCommerce as the first search result:

Click on the “Install Now” button.

The button will change to say “Installing…” and then it will change again to say “Activate”.

Click on the “Activate” button.

What you’ll see next…

Click on the “Yes please” button.

Fill in your details and click on the “Continue” button.

You’ll be presented with this screen…

Decide whether or not you want to opt in to WooCommerce usage tracking and click on the “Continue” button.

You’ll now be presented with a screen asking you what industry you operate in. I have absolutely no idea what purpose this serves as it doesn’t seem to affect anything meaningful in the setup of your WooCommerce shop.

Fill it in as you see fit and click on the “Continue” button.

You’ll be presented with this screen…

This appears to be a blatant attempt to sell you something you may not need! The wizard is going to set up your shop the same way if you tick “Physical products” or “Downloads” or both so tick both boxes and click on the “Continue” button.

You’ll now be presented with a screen asking you about your business.

Again, how you answer doesn’t seem to affect anything meaningful in the setup of your WooCommerce shop so answer the questions as you see fit and click on the “Continue” button.

The screen will now update to offer to install a number of plugins. (The plugins suggested do not seem to be based on how you answered the questions!)

At this stage you don’t want want your installation being cluttered with plugins you might not need (and you can always install them later if you find that you do need them) so I recommend that you turn all of the switches off.

Click on the “Continue” button.

The next screen allows you to choose a theme.

Click on the “Choose” button in the Storefront box.

The Storefront theme will be installed and configured on your site and you’ll be taken to a new screen offering to install two more plugins.

As before, you don’t want want your installation being cluttered with plugins you might not need (and you can always install them later if you find that you do need them) so I recommend that you click on the “No thanks” button.

Your basic WooCommerce installation is now complete and you’ll see the following screen:

Click on the “Continue” button and the following screen will appear:

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