How to Set Up WooCommerce for WordPress in 2023

31 March 2023


WooCommerce is a popular open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress websites. It allows users to easily set up and manage online stores, including product listings, shopping carts, and payment processing. With WooCommerce, users can sell physical or digital products, offer various shipping and payment options, and customise their online store to suit their brand and business needs.

1. Step 1: Install the Plugin

There are two ways you can install WooCommerce on your WordPress site. You can either download it from the WordPress repository, or install it through your WordPress dashboard.

Downloading the WordPress Plugin Downloading the WordPress Plugin

To install from the dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New. Search “woocommerce” in the search bar, and click on Install Now once you have found the right plugin. Its author should be named as Automattic.

Installing WooCommerce Installing WooCommerce

Wait for a moment for the plugin to install. Then click on the Activate button:

WooCommerce Activation WooCommerce Activation

Now that you have installed and activated the plugin, two new tabs will appear on your WordPress side menu. Congratulations, your plugin should be up and running now!

WordPress Plugins Bar WordPress Plugins Bar

2. Step 2: Access the Setup Wizard

After the setup, you will be prompted to fill up details in a setup wizard. It is optional, but it is recommended to go through it to configure key settings.

To access the Setup Wizard, click on the WooCommerce tab and go Help > Setup Wizard. The first page of the WooCommerce setup wizard should look like this:

WooCommerce Setup Wizard WooCommerce Setup Wizard

Fill up all the details and click Let’s go!

3. Step 3: Payment Method

In this step, you can select one or more payment methods you offer your customers in your WooCommerce store.

You can always add additional payment methods later!

WooCommerce Online Payment Options WooCommerce Online Payment Options

Besides online payment methods, you can also activate offline payment methods by clicking the drop-down Offline Payments button. You are given access to a range of options:

WooCommerce Offline Payment Options WooCommerce Offline Payment Options

4. Step 4: Shipping Details

Once you have set up your payment options, it is time to configure the shipping details for your WooCommerce store.

Through this step, you can select the metric you use for both the dimensions and weight of the package. Our advice is to choose metrics that are commonly used in your geographic location.

WooCommerce Shipping Options WooCommerce Shipping Options

5. Step 5: WooCommerce Recommendations

Though optional, the wizard is going to suggest additional themes/plugins to make your WooCommerce site even better!

WooCommerce Recommendations WooCommerce Recommendations

6. Step 6: Ready to Sell

You have made it through all the steps to set up your WooCommerce store!

Complete the wizard setup Complete the wizard setup

Learn more about other popular e-commerce plugins for WordPress here.