Building Online Store With WordPress

In this article we will be looking at building  online store with WordPress. If you are new to web design please read website setup tutorial to understand what you need to setup a WordPress website. We will to use Woocommerce  plugin and MaxStore theme for this article. Woocommerce plugin is a powerful tool in setting up your eCommerce website with WordPress. It is an all in one solution for your online store. It handles all transaction, products, coupons, payment gateway etc. We will look at some important tools we will need.

Plugins –

Woocommerce plugin

YITH WooCommerce Wishlist

TWP Shortcodes

Woocommerce shortcodes

Woocommerce Stripe Gateway

Interswitch WebPay Gateway

WooCommerce Menu Extension


Theme : Storefront or Maxstore theme (there are many other great themes). For this article , we will be looking at Maxstore theme. The premium version has a lot of good and responsive templates out of the box. Installing the theme and looking looking at some the templates. You can download their theme from their website. 

Go to pages, choose template for your home page

choosing a template

To add product categories that will appear on your site , you will have to use TWT shortcodes.  Select TWT shortcode generator on the page

Go to Shop

Choose category you want displayed, for our example, we chose items on sales

Set up number of items to display and number of columns


Setting up Woocommerce Plugin

The setup is quite straightforward . Add your location, currency etc

Here you add units of products you wish to ship

Checkout page – Decide whether you will use coupons on not. Coupons can be generated from Woocommerce tab on your website dashboard. Here you can decide if you will enable guest checkout for unregistered buyers.

This is where you activate payment options


You can play around your theme and plugins to get what works best for you. Adding products to your store will be treated in future article .

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