Published on February 27, 2017 by WPBeginner
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Starting an online store (ecommerce website) can be terrifying for those who are not comfortable with techie things. Well — you’re not alone. Having helped thousands of our users with their ecommerce websites, we have decided to create the most comprehensive guide on how to start an online store and build your ecommerce website the RIGHT way without any technical knowledge.

The process is straight forward whether you are 20 years old or 60 years old.

To start an online store, you will need the following 3 things:

1. A domain name idea (this is the name of your website i.e wpbeignner.com)

2. A web hosting account (this is where your website lives)

3. A SSL certificate (so you can accept payments online)

4. Your undivided attention for 1 hour

You can get the first 3 items at Bluehost, our recommended hosting provider.

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Only if you use the link below:

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We would strongly recommend using our link above to make setting WordPress site that much easier.

In this tutorial, we will cover:

– How to Register a Domain Name
– How to Set Up Your Hosting
– How to Get an SSL Certificate
– How to Install WordPress
– How to Setup WooCommerce
– How to Add Products
– How to Apply a theme to your site
– How to Install WordPress Plugins
— Add Contact Form using WordPress Plugins
– Resources to Learn WordPress

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We would strongly recommend using our link above to make setting WordPress site that much easier.

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33 Comments on "How to Start an Online Store the RIGHT WAY (Step by Step)"

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Zq Huang
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Zq Huang
1 month 12 days ago

thanks for the easy to understand video

PAWS PATAS
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PAWS PATAS
1 month 18 days ago

Thank you that is a great help, watch this space. We will be selling our 2018 calendar on our website soon.

Júlia Sándor
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Júlia Sándor
1 month 18 days ago

Thanks, this is coming very handy now. I am looking into creating a small online shop for a music management company.

Rhanu Jiwandaru
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Rhanu Jiwandaru
1 month 18 days ago

Really helpful video to start online store

Laverty Creative
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Laverty Creative
1 month 18 days ago

Solid video on starting an online store the right way.

A. Henrichs
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A. Henrichs
1 month 19 days ago

Great video! I used this tutorial to develop my first woocommerce site.

Milton Neves
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Milton Neves
2 months 7 days ago

Hi there. I have a question. If I want to link my product to another email account how can I do?

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
2 months 7 days ago

You would want to check with the support for the ecommerce plugin for the specifics available and they should be able to offer a method to do what you are wanting.

andrew lofthouse
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andrew lofthouse
2 months 11 days ago

Hi, thanks for the helpful video. One question I do have… You unticked the sitelock SSL feature when you checked out with BlueHost and mentioned there were other SSL security items we could find within wordpress… However you don't go on to mention which SSL method you used and your website in the demo has an SSL sitelock on there… Are you able to explain this please? Many thanks, Andy.

andrew lofthouse
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andrew lofthouse
2 months 7 days ago

Thanks for the response… So you get the site lock SSL as part of the package you installed? I'm just a bit confused as I thought that option was unchecked in the video?Thanks

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
2 months 9 days ago

With the package we purchased on BlueHost the SSL was automatically installed for us

Kortia Cousin
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Kortia Cousin
3 months 3 days ago

Is it possible to use this set-up for a membership site? I already have a domain name and site through Click Bank, but want to stop using them!

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
3 months 3 days ago

For a membership site you would want to take a look into: www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/5-best-wordpress-membership-plugins-compared/

Connie Kessinger
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Connie Kessinger
4 months 13 days ago

I am totally ignorant of all this. My son started a website for me a couple of years ago, but it never really got up and going. I have a domain name and am hosted by someone he picked out — I don't know who. Is it possible to change hosts, or is it necessary?

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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
4 months 2 days ago

It is not necessary to change hosting providers if you are comfortable with the one you are using but you are able to change if you like.

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