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Integrating WooCommerce with Thesis 2 – Part 2 – Install & Setup WooCommerce

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Now that we’ve introduced the WooCommerce Thesis Integrator Plugin, in part 2 of this special seminar on Integrating WooCommerce with Thesis 2 we’ll show you how to install and setup WooCommerce. We’ll begin by installing WooCommerce and then we’ll set up some basic settings in it. I was going to skip over this part initially but as I was reviewing the material for presentation, it seemed to me like it was really necessary. So I’m going to go ahead and do that here. I have a site that’s set up, this is essentially a blank site, thesiswoocommerce.com.

Installing WooCommerce

Right now, it is showing the TwentyTwelve theme and we’re in WordPress 3.5.1 and the very first thing I’m going to do here before anything else is just install WooCommerce. So, we’re going to come over here to the dashboard of this and to plugins and add new.

WooCommerce is a free plugin that you can get off of the wordpress.org and so I’m going to search for WooCommerce and this is it here, WooCommerce-excelling eCommerce. We’ll just install it, we’re going to activate the plugin and then it’s time for us to set up.

Now, you could skip this installation of WooCommerce pages but we’re not going to, we’re going to go ahead and click install WooCommerce pages and what that’s going to do is create a whole bunch of pages.

If we come over to our pages you’ll see the difference. Before this there was a blog page, a home page and a sample page but now, there is the cart, checkout, a couple of different checkout pages. Then my account and change password, edit address, logout, password lost, view order and then the shop.

So these pages were all created by WooCommerce when we clicked that button and not only were they created but they also had WooCommerce shortcodes added to them so they’re all set up and ready to go now at this point.

Setting Up WooCommerce

We’re going to come back over here then to WooCommerce and go to settings now. We’re just going to start off in general. I’m going to set up my base location as United States and actually, it’s Washington in the United States and the currency is going to be US dollars and the country, I’m going to select a couple of specific countries. I’m going to pretend I’m only going to ship to the US and Canada.

I’m going to leave these things checked as they are, Allow registration on the checkout page, Prevent customers from accessing WordPress admin, I’m going to choose. And I think I’m just going to leave the rest of those options as they are. We’ll go ahead and save those changes.

The Catalog

Then we’re going to come next over to the catalog. The catalog has some stuff about sorting and what different pages are going to display and that sort of thing but we’ll talk about that a little later on. It also has stuff like showing an SKU as stock unit for products and weight fields and dimensions and so on. All we’re going to do here is set up our weight units as ounces and the base unit is going to be inch.

At the moment, we’re going to enable ratings on reviews so we’ll leave that checked. We’ll use our currency position as left, a thousand separator, number of decimals, we will not remove zeros after a decimal point and then we’re going to leave these image sizes the way they are at the moment, just hit save changes. What we’re doing is just setting up sort of the bare minimum here.

The Pages

We come over here to pages and now what we have are the pages that Shop created and then it’s putting this information on those pages. Now, if you already had pages set up for this, you could go ahead and delete this page and then put that shortcode on the page you already created. So you don’t actually have to let Shop create these pages, you can go ahead on your own if you’ve already got pages like this.

Say you’ve got another store set up and you have those pages already configured, you can just come along and select those pages here instead. But that’s about all we’re going to do here with this at the very moment except that we’re going to create an initial menu.

Create the Main Menu

So, we’ll come back here to Appearance and Menus. I’m going to create a main menu and then on the main menu, I’m going to add Home, Blog, Shop and I think for the moment, I put My Account on there and add to the menu.

So Home, up at the top, Shop, My Account and Blog and we’ll save that menu. Since we’re still on TwentyTwelve, we’re just going to tell this theme location which menu to use there for the primary menu. Now let’s come over and take a look at the site and you can see we have the Shop page but there aren’t any products currently.

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