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How to Start an Online Store the RIGHT WAY (Step by Step)

How to Start an Online Store the RIGHT WAY (Step by Step)



Want to start a online store but not sure where to begin? We have helped 130,000+ users start their sites successfully. Watch this video to learn more.

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 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.

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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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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We wish you best of luck with your new store.

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37 thoughts on “How to Start an Online Store the RIGHT WAY (Step by Step)

  1. Miri Nada

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    Very good video until the subtle " then you fill out your credit card information " and voila: $167 vanished from your bank account ! FYI Bluehost does not charge monthly for their hosting plans. You have to pay at least 12 months upfront.

  2. ADVICE 101

    If customers choose a product they like on my website , does bluehost have something where it allows the customer to purchase , put their information in ? & will bluehost automatically send the products out to the customer ? Or how will that work?

    – Thank you

  3. leadbyleon Way

    Yes I accept what you said – definately not straight forward than it sounds to make money online shops and you could easily lose more than you make.
    Be cautious and take advice from others who can prove they have made money. I looked round a few sites and found some expert advice by searching google on sites like Ecom Turbo Tactic. Good luck and hope you make some cash!

  4. A J Lofthouse

    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.

  5. Connie Kessinger

    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?

  6. FLOODOFSINS

    Thanks for the video. I don't need a store right now, however I am having a problem trying to figure out the best way to do affiliate programs and links. I'd like to make sale pages that list the best products and prices for the week from all the different affiliate programs I'm on. However if my shoppers wants more than one item, it may or may not go to the same place such as Amazon. And even if it did, it would open two tab windows or more and they would have a tough time adding to cart and checking out I think. So for example, I make a page of the hottest new smartphone for this month. The page is nice but each product links to a different affiliate program or different affiliate network. I don't know how I could make easy for my visitors. I can easily make a single product review post in a blog and link to whichever affiliate program I feel is best at that time, but it would be nice if 1) the link could redirect to another affiliate ptogram if the price happens to be better at a later time.

    I just got Google AdSense approved for my site, so yay to me. I'm having trouble getting people to buy anything using my affiliate links. I can get them to click the link, but no one ever buys. I hope to start a youtube channel soon, which will take even more time away from me to figure out trying to setup my website right. As you can tell, it's just a one person team here.

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