It has finally come to this, you have made up your mind that you need a website in order to compete or even function as a business in today’s ever changing technological landscape — however, maybe you don’t want to hire someone to build one for you [web developers usually charge~50$ an hour for 25-50 hrs], nonetheless keep them on the books for site maintenance, updates, etc.. ‘i don’t have time for that’ — No worries, we are here to help teach you and guide you through the steps to make a fully functioning e-commerce website for your business, right here. right now… And the best part?!? You dont have to learn any programming.. in a few hours or less, you will have your very own credit card accepting website with your own unique domain [yourdomain.com] before you get up from this computer. So hold onto your attention span..
In this step by step tutorial, we will learn how to use WooCommerce for WordPress, and how to utilize the many tools and plugins therein – enabling you to manage a successful e-commerce website. We will also explore various merchant services for Bitcoin, Darkcoin, Dogecoin & +30 other cryptocurrencies!
In order to accept bitcoins, you need a bitcoin wallet. Similar to a bank account – the wallet is where bitcoins are stored. I recommend Coinbase for multiple reasons. First off they allow you to convert BTC to USD and deposit directly into your bank account; secondly they offer ‘cold storage’ – sort of like your own personal Fort Knox.
Domain Name: $11.99 / yr [free domain credit with bluehost]
Hosting Service: $4.99 / mo
SSL Certificate: $49.00/ yr
Dedicated IP address: $3.33/mo
Step 1: Hosting
Finding the right hosting service is vital for the vitality of your website. I cant be any more redundant. The hosting service is truly the cornerstone of your operation. There are many many services to choose from, its a big ocean out there – with some mighty hungry sharks. Make an effort to choose wisely. It is important to note that the hosting service will be the primary cost for your website; we use bluehost and we love it. The most important aspect for a hosting service – in our opinion – is customer service and support. My favorite thing about bluehost, is that you can call them on the phone!! Their support is awesome, they really do go out of their way to help you – and of course we always return the favor by giving them 9/9 on their service surveys. Starting at $4.95/mo, it’s a pretty fair deal for their level of support, easy to use interface, one-click installs, one free domain, unlimited email accounts, unlimited domain hosting, as well as some neat perks — 100$ Google Ad Words Credit, $25 Bing credit, $50 Twitter credit, $50 Facebook advertising credit, and a free yellowpages listing.
Step 2: Domain Name
Purchasing the right domain is essential for your brand. From effective marketing strategies to search engine optimization, having a good domain name will prove your rite of passage on the internet. The name you choose for your website can literally make or break your online business.
The domain you register will be known as the primary domain on the hosting account. Any additional domains you purchase will have to be assigned as either parked or an addon. An Addon Domain is a domain name that points to a different subdirectory on your account. This gives you the ability to make it look like an entirely different website. A Parked Domain (or pointed domain) is a domain name that points to the same directory as your Primary domain. This means that the website of the parked domain will be the same as your Primary Domain.
Step 3: Installing WordPress
Now that we have our hosting service and a clever domain name, we are ready to install WordPress. Bluehost has a one-click install to conveniently and easily install WordPress for you. Go to the cpanel and navigate to the website builders section. Click on the wordpress button to be transferred to the Mojo Marketplace. From there, click the install button and choose the domain for the install. Once installed, use the link http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin to access the administrative tools. Use your username or email and the password generated to log in. In the top right, hover over your username/email and click ‘Edit My Profile’, from there you can change your password to something less cryptic.
Step 4: Installing WooCommerce
On the left side of the wordpress admin page for your site, click on the ‘Plugins’ tab and press ‘Add New’. In the search box type in ‘WooCommerce’. Find the plugin ‘WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce’[should be the first option] and press ‘Install Now’ — this will automatically install the woocommerce, and redirect you to the installing page where you can can activate the plugin by pressing ‘Activate Plugin’. You can also activate and deactivate all plugins at the ‘installed plugins’ page.
Step 5: Select a Theme
There are an impressive amount of themes to choose from. An extensive amount of free themes exist, likewise there are some very well created and responsive themes – depending on your budget – some of the more sophisticated themes can cost from $55 up to $120. Consider it an expense that is going to make your website stand out by looking more professional, sleek and modern. Many themes are created for specific types of business, and some other themes are more versatile – with lots of flexibility. Again, the theme you’re looking for is subjective to the type of business and e-commerce site you’re operating. Thankfully, there are many developers out there who have created an array of woocommerce specific themes.
For Free themes check out woothemes.com
If you are looking for a more developed themes with more functions and options, ThemeForest and Mojo-Marketplace have a good list to choose from — Fashion Merchandising, News and Magazines; there is something for your niche and needs.
When you install the theme, chose a drive to install to [ex. downloads, or desktop]. On the wordpress admin panel, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload and from there you can upload the theme.
Step 6: Plugins, Appearance, and Widgets
The great thing about wordpress and woocommerce is the near unlimited open source plugins and widgets created by independent developers. The following is a list of useful plugins you can install from the tab on the left side of the wordpress admin panel Plugins > Add New
Woocommerce – All In One SEO Pack — or — Yoast SEO
Digirite [auto copyright]
Google XML Sitemaps
NGFB Open Graph+
WooCommerce – Store Toolkit
WooCommerce Print Invoices & Delivery Notes
To replace the logo of the theme with a graphic of your own, go to Appearance > Theme Settings. Cooltext.com is a free graphic generator, deviantart.com and the paint application on your desktop are useful do-it-yourself options. If you have photoshop skills, that would be ideal, however if you don’t have a knack for design or don’t know any graphic artists – 48hourslogo.com allows you to host a contest where you set a prize limit [$29 min] and you pick the best entry.
Step 7: Merchant Services
Bitcoin Merchant Services
Vault of Satoshi
Coinpayments.net allows you to accept many other alternative currencies other than bitcoin. Such as litecoin, darkcoin, blackcoin, dogecoin and about 30 other unique alternative – crypto-currencies.
To start accepting the various crypto currencies or ‘altcoins’, create an account with both Coinpayments.net [Your merchant service API] and Cryptsy [multi coin wallet/day trading platform]. The benefit of having the cryptsy wallet is so that you can have your various altcoin payments instantly put up for a sell order, converting to BTC or LTC. From there you can transfer your bitcoins to a secure online wallet ie Coinbase, you can choose to convert BTC to USD and auto-deposit into your business account.
On Coinpayments, find the tab on the menu bar that says Merchant Tools >> Shopping Cart Plugins and scroll down to the WooCommerce (WordPress) plugin and press install. On your website dashboard go to Plugins >> Add New and click upload at the top menu bar.
On your dashboard go to WooCommerce>>Settings, Under the Payment Gateways tab, press the Coinpayments link next to the listed payment gateways. Enable Coinpayments.net and rename the title and description if you would like. Enter the merchant ID for Coinpayments found under My Account >> Account Settings. The IPN Secret is at the bottom of the account settings page, and is essentially a cryptic password you create that gets input on both the coinpayment account settings and payment gateway.
To enable which cryptocurrencies you will be accepting, on coinpayments go to My Account >> Coin Acceptance Settings . Enable the coins you wish to accept, and switch the payout mode from ‘To Balance’ to ASAP. Next step, enter the payout address for each unique coin you generate from Cryptsy.com. To get the payout address go to Balance and find the coin you want to setup and press the correlating xxx Actions Tab >> Deposit/ Auto Sell xxx and press ‘Generate New Deposit Address’ copy and paste that address into the corresponding field in the ‘Coin Acceptance Settings’ on Coinpayments.net, in that window you can also set up instant conversion to BTC with the ‘Auto Sell’ on Cryptsy.
Credit Card Merchant Services
Step 8: Shipping, Taxing, and Store Policies
Step 9: Advertising & Search Engine Optimization
Step 10: Profit
Do not forget to pay your taxes, do some meaningful philanthropy and invest in the future..
Thank you for creating with us!!