How to Create a E-Commerce Website? in 5 Easy Steps? There are many people asking me how to create a e-commerce website, well I have put together a simple to follow 5 easy step guide on e-commerce website creation. After reading this step-by-step tutorial on how to make a website, you’ll have everything you need to get your professional business website running within hour in no time.
In order to create a website you will have to find a domain name and a professional web hosting service. A domain name is your main address for your website and is also called a URL, for example www.your-own-domain-name.com. It’s an easy to remember name to point visitors to your web hosting service.
Your web hosting service is where you are provided with the web space and other tools required to support your websites content, images, etc. There are tons of providers out there and you’ll need to carefully select the provider as it can impact the overall performance of your website, such as speed, stability, up-time, etc.
Step 1 – Choosing your domain name.
When you choose a domain name you have to be careful and there’s good reason for this. First impressions are everything and if your domain name has nothing to do with your website content, it negatively impacts your website’s purpose. You want to make sure that use the following criteria when selecting a domain name:
# Is related to your website’s content.
# Is relatively easy and simple to pronounce/spell.
# Is as short as possible
# Has the correct TLD extension (.com, .net, .org, etc.)
Selecting the right domain name can help you achieve better rankings in the search engines. For example, when someone searches for “lingerie”, a website with the domain name containing those words will likely rank higher than those domains that do not. It’s also known that visitors are more likely to click on search results with domain names that closely match their search query.
Step 2 – Get a Web Hosting Account
There are a lot of web hosting companies out there, some great, some okay and some down right horrible. It’s easy to weed out the fly-by-nights by following two simple rules:
# Avoid too good to be true offers.
# Choose an established host.
Look at it this way, you can get a hosting account for RM120 a year, the likelihood of you actually getting the service is next to none. Web hosting is inexpensive, plain and simple. Selecting the wrong host can kill your website before it’s even created.
I would like to recommend an inexpensive, well established and well respected web hosting provider called Exabytes. Exabytes has been around since 2001 and has an excellent reputation not only for its outstanding service & customer service. They offer unlimited web space and disk space, perfect for your growing web site.
That’s it! Once you signup and paid a hosting service, your web hosting account has been created. It will usually take an hour to get your account active and ready to use. You’ll be sent an e-mail containing all the information that you need, such as your login information, DNS, server names, etc. Print this out or save the e-mail.
Step 3 – Installing WordPress
Now you’ve setup your domain name and web hosting service, it then comes down to actually configuring your website. I will introduce you to WordPress, WordPress is a free content management system that has been used for bloggers and developers since the year 2003. Currently the most popular blogging system being used on the Web, powering over 60 million websites worldwide. It allows you to create websites with ease and no knowledge of HTML. It’s highly customizable and a very powerful tool for creating professional e-commerce websites.
Tools such as Themes allow you to select free themes widely available on the Internet to help you make your site look professional, without spending a dime on designers. It’s also great for cool plugins that make your life easier, for example “Yoast WordPress SEO”, which does all the required work to ensure that you get maximum visibility to the search engines for your site.
Exabytes offers a tool called Softaculous under powerful CPanel, which offers a built-in, one-click automatic WordPress installer. Fill in a few things and click install, pretty easy i must say.
Installing WordPress with Softaculous
Log into your account at Exabytes, usually at https://www.your-own-domain-name.com:2083/. Once logged in, make sure you’re in your hosting account’s CPanel.
This is where you’ll be able to manage all aspects of your account, I suggest looking around to get yourself familiar with the tools that are available to you for your hosting account.
Scroll down to find the Software/Services category and click on Softaculous as seen below:
You will be asked to fill in information regarding the install, such as your e-mail address, wordpress username/password, and other basic configuration things. There will be a field called Install in Directory, leave this blank. Otherwise it will create a sub-folder and that’s not what you want. Once you’ve filled out all the information, click on Install. That’s it. You’re done.
Now you got yourself a fully functioning WordPress-powered website, complete with the default theme which can be changed easily later on.
Step 4 – Configuring your Website
You’ll be able to see your site by going to http://www.your-own-domain-name.com/. You’ll more than likely see the default, which is a “Hello World!” message. In order to configure your website, you’ll need to log into the configuration area which can be accessed at http://www.your-own-domain-name.com/wp-admin/
This page is called WordPress Dashboard. You should make yourself familiar with the interface, you’ll be using it quite often. Anything and everything that you do to your website will be done from the Dashboard.
How about themes for woocommerce? There are plenty of free woothemes on http://woothemes.com/ such as mystile, wootique, artificer and etc. Go to the website and download it. You can install it by going to the wordpress’s appearance->themes->install themes->upload->browse the file and install now. Simple as it gets!
Now that you’ve set up your site, let me give you a few pointers of how to get your add products. But, before that you need to set up product categories and tags, add and configure shipping classes, and manage product attributes. You can read it all at http://docs.woothemes.com/document/managing-products/
Step 5 – Getting your website Indexed on the Search Engines
What’s the point of building a website if no one is ever going to find it. I’ll walk you through an easy method of getting your site listed on Google, Bing and Yahoo.
It doesn’t require much work at all, all you have to do is go to a single link at http://www.submitexpress.com/free-submission.html.
That’s it, you’ve set up your domain name, web hosting account, installed WordPress, Woocommerce and wootheme, configured it and got your website indexed on the search engines. You may now start your online business now.