The best way to ensure your website remains safe is to follow a few simple steps:
- Use strong passwords for all user accounts.
- Take backups of your WordPress website (here’s a helpful guide on how to backup WordPress).
- Update your WordPress installation, themes and plugins (though we do recommend testing updates on a localhost installation or on a staging site first). And if theme or plugin you’re currently using hasn’t been updated in the last couple years you might want to consider switching to a new one.
- Don’t install illegal downloads of premium themes and plugins, which almost always include malicious code (virus, spam, hacker backdoor, etc).
- Only use plugins and themes from trustworthy websites. We don’t recommend downloading from forums or third party sharing sites (torrents). If you aren’t sure of a website’s trustworthiness check customer reviews, item ratings and social accounts.
You can add a variety of features and functionality to you WordPress site with plugins. A WordPress plugin is essentially an add-on for your website. Plugins typically add new features or functionality to your WordPress website with little effort on your part. Just install and configure the plugin settings.
To install a new theme log into your WordPress website and navigate to Appearance > Themes > Add New. From here you can either browse free themes that are available via WordPress.org or you can click on the “Upload Theme” button to upload the zip file for a theme you’ve downloaded or purchased elsewhere.
When working on a post, click the link to “Products” in the “Product Image” meta box. This will open your media library. Either select an image or upload a new one and save.
Typically your image will be displayed using the image’s default dimensions, but depending on your theme there may be additional cropping (which cuts the image based on the height/width of the theme design) or display (stretch, cover, etc) options. Reference the documentation for your theme to locate these settings, though they’re often in the Customizer or a Theme Panel.
SEO is short for Search Engine Optimization. This effects how you rank in search results on search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. There are many factors that SEO takes into account including content quality, backlinks, structured data, sitemaps and more.
What is WooCommerce? Woocommerce is a free ecommerce plugin for WordPress that allows you to sell anything from your site. It comes with an easy installation process and tons of features that will help you succeed in online sales, including:
- Ease of use – the setup wizard makes it easy to get up and running in just a few minutes.
- Mobile Friendly – Responsive themes and a site based on WordPress will help your store welcome people using mobile devices.
- SEO Ready – WooCommerce works beautifully with the most powerful SEO tools available with WordPress.
These are three significant reasons to use WooCommerce. Now, let’s dig into some more info about how you can get started with this popular ecommerce store builder.
WordPress is a popular content management system (CMS) that you can use to power your website on your own hosting plan. WordPress makes creating a blog, landing page, online store, forum or other website possible for users around the world.
Shopify is the biggest competitor for WooCommerce. Shopify is a completely different platform. It has a different approach as well. Shopify does not require any coding and has a drag-and-drop interface.
Shopify is more expensive, coming in at $29/month for their basic package while WooCommerce starts at $0/month. So it’s really up to you what platform suits your needs best!
WooCommerce also offers extensions that make the site even more customizable than Shopify does with all of its themes. Pricing depends on which extensions are chosen but they’re not as pricey as some other ecommerce platforms such as Big Commerce or Magento (which can cost anywhere from $199-$699 per month).