Have you been considering setting up your own WordPress Ecommerce?
We frequently get asked questions about adding Ecommerce to a WordPress site by people who want to monetize their content. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to set up Ecommerce on WordPress. You might be a blogger who’s looking to sell their own Ebooks, or an artist wanting to sell video tutorials on creating stunning 3D digital art.
This post will show you how you can set up Ecommerce on WordPress in a few minutes using Selz. In fact in just four simple steps.
For this post, we’ve made the assumption you’ll already have a WordPress site. If you’re just getting started and need to know how to set up a WordPress site from scratch, read more here.
Why using Selz for WordPress Ecommerce is a good idea
Selz is ideal for WordPress users who want to sell digital products like ebooks or videos, services like coaching or have a small number of physical products.
Selz plays nicely with WordPress:
- An easy to use free Wordpress Ecommerce plugin is available
- Quick and simple to set up and use with no coding – you’ll be finished in minutes
- No SSL and no third party payment processor needed – Selz securely handles the payments for you
- Works with any WordPress themes – no having to buy a special compatible Ecommerce theme
- Powerful and simple to use features are built in – discounts, pay what you want, inventory management, analytics
- You can easily customize your store using a range of free and low priced apps – add a shopping cart, buy with Paypal, tax invoices, and product reviews
You can use the free WordPress Ecommerce plugin, or copy and paste a few lines of code. Both will work and are quick and easy to do.
Easy to use free WordPress Ecommerce plugin
Watch this video if you want to see for yourself how simple it is to set up WordPress Ecommerce using the free plugin.
It’s now time to start turning our WordPress site into an Ecommerce website in just 4 steps.
Let’s get started.
Step 1 – Installing Selz WordPress Ecommerce plugin
Login to your WordPress site and go to the Dashboard.
Click on to your Plugins menu button to access the plugins section. Click Add New.
Step 2 – open your free Selz account
We now need to create our products in Selz.
Creating an item in Selz is really simple and quick. It should only take a couple of minutes. New Selz users are always amazed at how easy it is to do.
Open another tab in your browser and go to Selz.com. Open a free account which takes a few seconds.
Step 3 – create your products
To create your new product click on Sell an item.
Now choose the type of product that you want to sell. Choose from digital products, physical products or services.
For this post we’ve chosen to sell a digital item, an Ebook.
You can upload and sell downloads up to a maximum size of 15GB, or stream MP4 videos which is great for selling video tutorials.
Now give your product a name, description, and choose the image or video preview for your product as shown below
Tips: You’ll notice that as it is a PDF ebook we are given the option of PDF stamping. This stamps the buyers name and Selz icon on the front cover when bought.
There are some more options available as shown below. Click on More options to select them.
Tip: You can set an original selling price, or you can choose Pay What You Want – this allows you to set a minimum and customers can choose to pay if they want. It’s a strategy that has worked really well for some sellers. You can learn more about Pay What You Want in this post by Tom Morkes.
Note: If selling physical products, you can set the quantity available
With one click you can sell your products on your Facebook page, Twitter or Pinterest board. To set this up you first need to connect Selz to your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts
The other tabs show the different options for promoting your product on your WordPress site.
You can choose from a link, a Buy Now button, a widget, and for the more technical WordPress user, you can use JQuery to create your own button.
Choose between using a link, a Buy Now button, or Widget
Share a link
Buy Now button
Step 4 – adding your product to your site
Having created your product in Selz your now ready to add it to your WordPress site.
Go to the page or post where you want your product to be shown.
You should see a Selz button in your visual editor.
Click on this and it will show the Selz Shortcode editor.
Click on the display type. You can now choose whether you want to show a Buy Now Button, Widget or embed your online store within your post
To add a Buy Now button
To add a buy now button Click on the Display Type and choose button
Copy and paste the link from the Share a link tab in your Selz account into the Item link. You then personalize the buy button by completing the other options in the editor.
Recommend: Ticking Add payment logos and How buyers interact as an overlay. The payments logos are reassuring, and the overlay keeps your customers on your site during the checkout process.
Click Add Shortcode.
The code has now been added to your post.
And the buy button looks like this on your site
To add a Widget
To add a widget that includes the product image, description and price Click on Display type and choose widget
The widget will looks like this when published
To add an online store
This is a great choice if you want to sell a few products from your WordPress site.
Embedding an online store on your WordPress site is just as easy as adding a buy button..
In Display type choose store
To get the link for your store, you need to now go to your Selz account.
Now Click on Store as below
Go to Share Store
And copy the link.
Go back to WordPress and paste the link into the editor. You’re done.
This is how your online store looks on your WordPress site when published.
Congratulations. You’re finsihed
In four simple steps you now have a WordPress Ecommerce website with a professional looking streamlined checkout.
The checkout has been optimized to make it easy for you customers to use (which means more sales for you). It also works well on different screen sizes and devices (which means customers can easily purchase using their tablet or smartphone). This is what the checkout will look like
It’s that easy!!!!
Now you can focus on promoting your products and tracking sales with the built-in analytics and inventory management in your Selz account.
Extend your new online store
You can extend the functionality of your WordPress store with one of the many free or low priced apps available.
Popular apps include adding a shopping cart or giving customers the option of buying using a credit card or PayPal. Other apps are available for custom receipts, sending tax invoices, or showing product reviews using Disqus or Yotpo.
For many WordPress users, one of the most important assets is their email list. Adding customers to your email list couldn’t be simpler if using our free apps for connecting Selz to your MailChimp, AWeber, or Campaign Monitor.