How to Create a WordPress Website (With WooCommerce)
This guide has been developed for Australian Business Mums who are looking to start an online business and want to understand how they can create a WordPress website with a WooCommerce online sales platform.
Is WordPress free?
This can be a little confusing and the reason is that while WordPress is a free platform, unlike website systems such as WIX and Shopify you will need to host your website somewhere. Don’t worry we cover that off below and at less than $10 per month you’ll come to see why people love WordPress websites so much.
Purchasing a Domain name (www.yourbusiness.com.au)
Like any website you will need to buy a domain name, as you are an Australian business I would suggest purchasing a .com.au domain so that people know you are an Australian business (you can still promote and sell internationally under this domain). I would however also suggest purchasing the .com domain and redirecting this to your .com.au domain (this means that when someone enters the .com website they will still come to your website).
How much do domains costs?
Domains cost between $10-$20 per year, I would suggest purchasing your domain through VentraIP (no affiliates here, I just love their service and support, plus they are an Australian company).
Hosting Your Website
So now you have a domain address for people to visit, you need a place to house your website, this is known as Web Hosting and you will be looking at around $6-$15 per month. My preference for hosting is to keep it in Australia and I have been using VentraIP for over 2 years now and love their customer service. For customer queries you can send an email and expect a response back within a few business hours – its honestly the best service I have received and being in the same country it means I don’t have to wait til midnight for them to start work.
OK, so now you have a domain address and a house/place for your website to live – you need an actual website. If you took my advice above and hosted with VentraIP this next step is easy as you simply click one button ‘Install WordPress’ and this is all done for you.
Look of your Website
This is where WordPress can differ from the likes of Shopify and WIX – Setting up the look and creating pages is not a simple process (but I wouldn’t say it’s hard either). So here is where you have 2 options
Option 1: Find a Digital Mum below to design the website (maybe you have a design or website in mind that you love), they can also install the Woocommerce plugin and provide guidance on how you can manage your own site moving forward. Depending on how much work you want them to do, you would be looking at between $300 to $1,500 for a complete WooCommerce website that will last you for years.
Option 2: Find and Install a Theme (a website design template). Design is such a personal thing and everyone will have different views here, however one thing most will agree on is that you need to buy a template, free versions can crash, might not be updated regularly and are a pain to work with. You can find themes for $50-$150, my personal preference (and the theme used to build this site) is DIVI*. I personally LOVE DIVI* and install it for my own clients are it allows them to easily manage the site themselves afterwards. If you are not familiar with creating a website then DIVI* has many page templates available and is regularly updated to keep on top of the latest trends.
WooCommerce is a FREE plugin and is available to install via your WordPress Plugin menu (this term will make sense once you setup your WordPress website), this will allow you have online shopping with payments taken by Paypal, Stripe or Afterpay.
If you are still confused, then please don’t hesitate to contact us with your needs and we will put you in touch with a Digital Mum who can assist you further in your business.
*Please note DIVI is the only Affiliate Link in this article and I happily promote this WordPress Theme as I love it!
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