Start with WooCommerce
Planning to use WordPress to run your online business? WooCommerce is the most popular and trusted eCommerce platform on the Web.
WooCommerce is a free plugin that turns your WordPress website into a fully functioning online store.
WooCommerce provides advanced store management for both physical and digital products.
So start off by installing the WooCommerce plugin — it’s free!
Choose a WooCommerce-ready Theme
While WooCommerce will work with nearly any WordPress theme we recommend that you start with a theme that has WooCommerce customization built in. You can use the free Storefront theme.
WooThemes developed and designed the Storefront theme to work seamlessly with the WooCommerce plugin. It comes with several layout and colour options to personalize your shop, multiple widget regions, a responsive design and much more.
Free Storefront Plugins
A big advantage of using the Storefront theme is that there are free Storefront specific plugins available.
- Storefront Jetpack: Not to be confused with the Jetpack plugin you’re used to using. This plugin adds a number of features including the ability to,
- Add a site logo
- Add a top bar to display a text message
- Align the menu to the right of the logo
- Remove the search bar from the header.
- A new plugin Storefront Design Customizer Add beautiful layouts into your Storefront theme, without having to write code.
- Storefront Site Logo: Another plugin that lets you add a logo to your site by adding a branding tab to Customize.
- Storefront Top Bar: This plugin adds top widget areas perfect for custom menus, control the styling in Customize.
- Storefront Blog Excerpts: will change the post content area on your archive pages to show the excerpt instead of the full content. Adjust settings in Customize.
- Storefront Footer Bar: Add a full-width widgetized area above the default Storefront footer widget area.
- Storefront Product Pagination: A simple plugin that displays next and previous links on single product pages. A product thumbnail is displayed with the title revealed on hover. Products are ordered chronologically and the display can be customized in Customizer.
- Storefront Theme Visual Hook Guide
- Not a Storefront-specific plugin but with Easy Google Fonts you can change the fonts used in your Storefront theme and add custom theme controls to Customizer.
More Free WooCommerce Tools
- WooCommerce Colors: This plugin adds a new section called WooCommerce on the Customize menu, allowing you to easily change the color of buttons and WooCommerce elements.
- WooCommerce Table Rate Shipping by Mangohour
- Configure Canadian Taxes CSV file by Dandelion Web Design
- WooCommerce Cart Tab Plugin: Adds a WooCommerce cart tab to the top corner of your shop which reveals the cart contents on hover.
- WooCommerce Customizer: customize WooCommerce button text, labels, and more
There are many more free WooCommerce plugins in the WordPress Plugin Repository that we haven’t talked about here. And, in addition to the free plugins, Woothemes also offers other premium extensions.
Do you have a favourite one that we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments below.