So, you want to launch a WooCommerce blog?
And you should. It’s the perfect platform if you want to sell products and offer your audience valuable content they can use to solve their problems. In this way, you’ll build trust and relationships with your customers. Blogs, in turn, leads to more sales.
There is so much information out there that it may be difficult to find out where to start.
Luckily, we’re here to help. In this short guide, we’ll show you how to launch your WooCommerce blog.
What You’ll Need
Like a recipe needs ingredients, you’ll also need certain things to create your WooCommerce blog.
The three things you’ll need are:
- A domain name idea. This is the name of your blog or website.
- A web hosting account. This is where you’ll store your website content.
- A bit of time. In as little as 30 minutes, you can launch your WooCommerce blog.
Setting up your blog
When you have all your ingredients, you’ll be ready to set up your blog. Let’s look at the steps you’ll need to follow.
Step 1: Buying a domain name
The first thing you’ll need to do is to buy a domain name. Often, though, you will get a domain name when you open a hosting account. Remember that this depends on the provider. If you didn’t, you’d be able to buy a domain name from any one of the domain name providers available online.
Now, this domain name can be anything. Keep in mind, though, that it’s usually better to choose a name that is relevant to your blog or website.
The next step is to link your domain name to your hosting package. Linking the domain will allow visitors to visit your site if they go to your domain name. Remember, if your hosting provider gave you a domain name, this might not be necessary.
If you bought a domain name separate from the hosting provider, the hosting provider usually instructs you on linking it to the hosting platform.
Step 2: Installing WordPress
Once you have a domain name and linked to your hosting provider, you’ll have to install WordPress. Luckily, this is easy to do. For this, you’ll use your hosting provider’s control panel (cPanel) to install WordPress. Like with linking your domain name, this can vary by provider, so you’ll have to look at your provider’s resources.
Keep in mind, though, that many hosting providers install WordPress for you automatically.
Once it’s installed, you’ll be able to log in to your WordPress site, usually through a link that you’ll find on the cPanel. If there’s no link, you can use your site’s URL, followed by “/wp-admin” to go to the login screen.
Step 3: Choose a Theme
When you log in for the first time, you’ll see that the site already has a theme.
This theme, however, is not very appealing. So, you’ll need to customize the look and feel of your site. To do this, you’ll use one of the thousands of available WordPress themes there are.
To install a theme, you’ll go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Appearance, and then on Themes. From here, you’ll then click on the Add New button, and you’ll be able to search through the available themes.
Once you’ve found a theme you like, you can preview it. If it’s the one for you, you can install it on your blog.
Once the theme is installed, you’ll see that the theme is applied to your blog. From here, you’ll be able to customize the theme just the way you like it.
There you go, now your blog is set up, and you can write your first post. But remember, you want to launch a WooCommerce blog, so there’s one extra step you’ll need to take.
WooCommerce is built on WordPress, and to get it working, you must install the plugin. To do this, you’ll go to your WordPress Dashboard, click Plugins, and then on Add New.
You’ll then be able to search for the WooCommerce plugin and install it by clicking on Install.
Once you install the plugin, it creates shop, cart, and account pages for you by default. You’ll be able to change these pages and set the default pages you want to use for these instead.
To change any of the pages, you’ll go to your WordPress Dashboard and then click on Advanced under WooCommerce > Settings. From here, you’ll be able to make the changes you want.
The Bottom Line
There you go. Now your WooCommerce blog is set up and ready to go.
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