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.

 

Installing WordPress

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.

 

Installing WooCommerce

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!

Digital Mums Directory – WordPress Website Developers

Sticky
Australia Online Only

I'm a professional web & graphic designer with nearly 20 years of experience. My ♥ is with helping and supporting Mums in small business grow online!

Sticky
Australia Online Only

Specialising in Website Design, Social Media Management and Marketing and other Business Design and Assistant requirements, The Island Creative is a one stop shop for both new and existing business requiring assistance navigating the online world!

Sticky
Australia Online Only

We cater for 'all things web' - branding, websites & digital marketing, working with mumpreneurs, small business & medium enterprise to get their brand in front of their target audience. We offer affordable PAYG packages to suit every budget.

Sticky
Australia Online Only

Looking for honesty and transparency in an industry that can often leave business owners confused and overcharged? Then Naked Digital Marketer is for you. I work with you to develop the simplest and most effective digital solutions.

Sticky
Western Australia

Hi, I'm Kate - a freelance digital marketer that helps businesses with their online presence! Areas of expertise include: Websites, graphic design, social media management & online marketing.

Sticky
Western Australia

Hey I'm Kristy! WordPress is my thing - so let me solve your technical issues so you can focus on what you really love about your business. DIY and done for you options to suit all. Coffee optional.

Sticky
Queensland

I'm Belinda, I am a boutique web designer specialising in website design and virtual assistant services.

Sticky
Australia Online Only

Improve business performance, expand online reach, create engaging marketing, and grow your business efficiently. From DIY to done-for-you online marketing, SEO, content marketing and business automation.

Sticky
New South Wales

We help create digital and social strategies, manage workflow and training for you and your staff, develop ideas and campaigns, build websites and, most importantly, let you focus on your core business.

Sticky
Victoria

Wild Fox Creative are small business specialists. I offer a range of services including website design, maintenance, domain and hosting, social media, email campaigns, directory setup and website troubleshooting.

Sticky
Queensland

Our small business marketing consultants tailor smart marketing solutions to boost your brand, whatever your budget. Think of us as your marketing Swiss army knife: versatile, responsive, indispensable.

Sticky
New South Wales

I'm Michelle, your virtual marketing assistant, I can provide support for small businesses as a virtual marketing assistant.

Queensland

We are Courtney and Janelle and we are Little Bird Online Marketing. As digital marketing specialists, we help small businesses succeed in their digital marketing efforts, from social media to website development. We are your partner in marketing.

New South Wales

Website problems, No worries!! We are your humble WordPress design tech whiz and Digital Marketing Consultants.

Helping small businesses take back time & be seen online by assisting them with their administration, email marketing, social media management and website development needs 🌿

Australia Online Only

Let me take care of the systems and tech that will elevate your brand. Specialising in all things online presence for mums in small business.

Victoria

I craft beautiful websites and empower women to take control of their site on completion. I speak in words you’ll understand about the process, and deliver you a website that not only looks fantastic but functions properly as a marketing tool.