Starting an Online Boutique? Here’s What You Need to Know - Growth Freaks

Starting an Online Boutique? Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you are new in the world of business and you just got accustomed to it, you should know that starting an online boutique is not as hard as you imagined. Even if developing an online store might seem terrifying to some people especially if they are not tech specialists, you need to be confident. In what follows, we will provide a guide containing everything you need to know when launching an online store.

When developing an online boutique, you will need three things:

  • To focus for 30 minutes;
  • A web hosting account;
  • The name of your online store.

If you use WordPress, you can start your online boutique faster than you have ever thought. Let’s see what steps you need to follow to successfully start an online store.

Set up your online store platform

Choosing an appropriate platform for your online store is very important. The best and most popular e-commerce platforms are WordPress + WooCommerce and Shopify. WordPress + WooCommerce offers flexibility. However, it requires more setup than Shopify, but it is totally worth it for the long run. The largest eCommerce platform is WooCommerce.

To use this platform for developing your online boutique, you will need to have an SSL certificate, web hosting, and a domain name. A domain name represents the address of your website on the Internet. Web hosting represents the ‘house’ of your website on the Internet.

An SSL certificate offers your website more security, using sensitive information like credit card numbers and other data. To obtain all these, you can confidently use Bluehost. This is a popular hosting provider recommended by WooCommerce and WordPress.

Set up WordPress

After creating your Bluehost account, you will see that it automatically installed WooCommerce and WordPress. You will need to select a type of website you want to set up. First, use Settings to establish your WordPress site description and title. The WordPress hosting package contains the SSL Certificate. Your WordPress site needs to be configured. Therefore, you need to access Settings to change the Site Address and the WordPress Address.

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Make sure you find an appropriate name for your online store.

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Set up your WooCommerce store

You need to set up data like shipping information, payments and currency. Click on the ‘Run setup wizard’ button after you see the ‘Welcome to WooCommerce’ notification. In this way, you will be able to use the setup wizard. Press the ‘Let’s go’ button to get started. You will need pages for checkout, shop, account, and cart as well as establish your store’s location and which unit measure and currency you want to use. Then, choose the payment method and finish he WooCommerce setup.

Add products to your online boutique

You need to click on Products and then Add New page to add another product. Describe the product and provide a title for it. Fill in information in the Product Data box and add a picture of the product.

Summing up

WordPress can really help you when starting an online boutique. You just need to be patient and fill in all the information needed to launch your online store. Add all the products you want to sell and hope for the best when it comes to your online business.

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Author: Amanda Knowles