Start selling online, it is the only way left to keep yourself, your family, and your customers safe. It is the only way left to overcome the losses you are facing in your business. If you are in the selling business, it is important for you to bring your business online, accept orders from your website, and deliver them in a safe and healthy way to your customers.
eCommerce shipments have increased by the time and now more people are shopping online to keep themselves and their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. WordPress Ecommerce provides you an easy way to start your online store, add products, and get them delivered safely into buyers’ hands. So start selling online, it only takes a few minutes to start up your online store website. Simply register your domain name, subscribe to WordPress Ecommerce, and you are ready to sell your products online.
Not all small businesses and local stores are capable of delivering products at doorstep, subscribing to a logistic service for nearby customers is also not a good choice and not all your customers will want the products to be shipped at their door. So enabling store pickup on your eCommerce website can be a great option for your business.
This way, you would be able to accept orders online, pack the baggage for each customer, and let your customers pick it up from your home or store without crowding your place. This is a great solution for nearly every kind of business that sells physical goods such as grocery stores, departmental stores, restaurants, electronics, and every shop that serves nearby and local people.
If you want to make things simpler then you may also leave the option of subscribing to a third party payment gateway service and simply enable bank transfer or UPI payment or pay on delivery or a wallet service such as Google Pay on your eCommerce website to start taking orders. WordPress Ecommerce facilitates you every option configurable from the admin panel of your website. So simply register your domain name, subscribe WordPress Ecommerce, and start selling online.
WordPress Ecommerce lets you start a fully functional eCommerce website yourself in minutes, to sell your products online. To enable store pickup you simply need to login to the admin panel of your website and follow the given steps.
Navigate to WooCommerce -> Settings -> Shipping
Select a Shipping Zone, and click the + icon to add a shipping method
Select Local Pickup, and click Add Shipping Method
Here, you can click Local Pickup again to change the way it displays during checkout
Select tax options, choose a price, and save your changes.
That’s it. Your customers can now place their orders online and pick it up from your home or store when the package is ready.
WordPress Ecommerce is your one-stop solution for all types of online selling through your website. To start, you simply need to register your domain name, subscribe WordPress Ecommerce, and then start adding products by following the given steps.
How To Add A New Product In Your Ecommerce Website?
Simply log in to admin panel of your website by typing yourdomain.com/wp-admin in a web browser and then –
Navigate to Products -> Add New page
Enter your product Title and Description.
Go to the Product Data panel, and select the product type such as a physical good or a downloadable product (for a downloadable product you will be prompted to upload the file you want to sell).
You should know that your online store allows you to sell multiple types of products. Most shop owners just need to sell their physical goods, that is easy, you can simply select product data as ‘Simple Product’ without checking the ‘Virtual’ or ‘Downloadable’ product option, as shown in the given screenshot.
The above-given image shows you the product data section which you can easily find on your new product page, just below the product title and description box.
On the right side, there is a Featured Image box that lets you upload your product image.
That’s All. You Are Ready To Go
Now as you have entered product title, description, and pricing so simply click the ‘Publish’ button and your product will go live on your website. In case you like to know about more options then continue reading the post.
Sales Option (Optional)
The section allows you to enter product price and sale price as well, the sale price is the one which offers your customers the discounted price of your product. For instance – When you put a regular price plus a sales price lower than your regular price, the customer will know the discount you are offering on the product. The discounted price can be scheduled for specific dates and times.
Tax Details (Optional)
For those who are not using the simple flat-rate on products – The section also allows you to enter tax details, so you can make use of it if you are charging tax separately or simply ignore it if you are using flat rates i.e. MRP on your products.
WordPress Ecommerce is not just limited to physical goods but you can sell anything such as services, downloadable products such as files, images, and digital books, etc. Everything is in there, simply start exploring to learn about new things and when you face any problem, use the following comment form.
Instead of first receiving and then refunding the amount on orders which you cannot fulfill, you can follow a policy of first approving or disapproving the orders and then allowing your customers to complete the payment process on your WordPress Ecommerce website.
The feature is very useful for small business owners such as local grocery and departmental stores, especially during this time of pandemic when they quickly run out of stock and new stock takes more than usual time to come.
How To Approve or Reject Orders?
Simply install and activate the new WooCommerce plugin, Order Approval for WooCommerce on your WordPress site. Once the plugin is activated, move to your admin area dashboard WooCommerce -> Settings -> Payments Tab and turn on WooCommerce Order Approval.
This will enable you to manually approve orders made by customers on your eCommerce website.
How WooCommerce Order Approval Works?
The customer places an order on your website
The order is taken as a request and no payment is processed.
Shop owner manually approves or rejects the order and the customer is automatically notified via email
On approved orders payment link is sent to the customer whereas, on rejected orders, a cancellation mail is sent
Hence, your customer would be able to preorder things on your website and when their orders are approved, they will receive a payment link to complete their purchase. Currently, the plugin works with all default payment gateways of WooCommerce, there are no complex settings.
Bringing your business online is no more an option and seeing the present pandemic time it has become important to prepare your business as per the new requirements of the people.
Although, with WordPress Ecommerce you can start an advanced online store with pickup and home-delivery options. But this pickup-only store is very good for small businesses who don’t want to depend on third-party logistic services and are not interested in hiring someone personally for that.
You can make your store yourself, add products, payment methods and start serving your local clients with store pickup options so that they can browse your products online, preorder from home, and pick up their parcel without crowding your place.
How To Start An Ecommerce Store?
Simply start by registering your domain name and then subscribe to WordPress Ecommerce. Once you are subscribed to the service, the automated process will guide you in connecting your domain name with your store website and set up the basic options to make your store website ready for the customers.
How To Enable ‘Local Pickup’ Option?
Local Pickup is a shipping option that can be enabled on your WordPress Ecommerce website from your admin area Dashboard -> WooCommerce -> Settings page.
Click the ‘Shippings’
Click ‘Add Shipping Zone’ button
Select the region you are serving
Click ‘Add Shipping Method’
Select ‘Local Pickup’
Save your changes and you would be able to use this shipping method on your products. If you have multiple outlets, you can select more regions on the third step.
Once the order is picked up from your store, you can mark the order status as ‘Picked Up’ and send another email notification to the customer.
The given plugin allows you to handle pickup orders more conveniently by extending the default WooCommerce local pickup functionality with more options:
You can mark orders as ‘Ready for Pickup’ and send email notifications to your customers
You can mark orders as ‘Picked up’ and again notify your customers
You can set pick up instructions such as location name, address, work hours and special instructions
You can customize the order status emails subject, heading, and content
You can customize the pickup instruction display on the order status emails
You can add pickup location & details to the processing order email and the order received page
You May Either Make A ‘Pickup Only Store’ Or Use It With Other Shipping Options
Local Pickup option can be enabled with or without other shipping methods you have on your WordPress Ecommerce website. The given plugin simply helps you to conveniently handle orders marked for pickup. It does this by extending the default ‘Local Pickup’ functionality you get with your WordPress Ecommerce website.
The new WordPress plugin Set Minimum Order Amount for WooCommerce enables you to quickly set a minimum order amount. Simply install and activate the plugin then navigate to the WooCommerce Settings page and set your minimum order amount.
If in case you need to set both minimum and maximum order amounts then you may use another plugin called Order Minimum/Maximum Amount for WooCommerce (instead of the above-mentioned plugin) to set required minimum and maximum sum with quantity for orders in your website. This plugin provides you more options such as:
You can set the minimum & maximum sum for orders
You can set the minimum & maximum quantity for orders
You can set different order amounts on a per-user role basis
You can exclude shipping and discounts while calculating the total sum of the order
You can display customizable user messages on cart and checkout pages
You can optionally disable customer from reaching the checkout page if in-case requirements are not met
Just as the first plugin, Order Minimum/Maximum Amount for WooCommerce settings can also be managed from the WooCommerce Settings page on your admin area dashboard. This way you can easily define the minimum and maximum order quantities for general and sales orders on your website.