1. Choose your hosting provider

To make your WooCommerce journey as easy as possible to get started you can choose a hosting provider that automates the installation of WordPress and in some cases WooCommerce. If you are just getting started we reccomend going with low cost shared hosting with either GoDaddy or Xneelo. If you expect more traffic and want some really helpful features such as automated backups then we recommend looking at Kinsta. 

2. Install WordPress and WooCommerce

If you've used one of our recommended hosts then they will help you get WordPress installed if not WooCommerce as well. For those of you who need help installing WooCommerce check out this video from Woo on how to get it setup.

3. Set up WooCommerce

Follow the video below on setting up WooCommerce. Should need help with this process we've created an extensive directory of WooCommerce experts to help you.

4. Choosing a Payment Provider and Setting up Payments

Choosing a payment provider can be difficult, here's a breakdown of providers in South Africa that support WooCommerce:

Use the video below to help you walk through setting up your payment provider with WooCommerce. Generally payment providers make private and public API keys available to you which you can paste into WooCommerce after installing the relevant plugin.

5. Choosing a Theme

Choosing the right theme is incredibly important for you to create the look, feel and experience that will help you sell. WordPress themes often come with built in functionality as well. Below is a breakdown of the top paid and free themes in South Africa as well as a video on installing your theme.

Top Themes in South Africa

1. Divi 
2. Flatsome
3. Avada
4. Astra
5. Ocean WP

To see real life example of these themes use our store navigator for inspiration.

6. Setup Taxes

7. Setup Shop Currency

8. Configure Shipping Options

9. Create Product Categories, Tags and Attributes

10. Create Products

11. Managing Orders

12. Sales Reports