Running an Online Store on WordPress
If you already own a WordPress site, you may have developed products and services that you'll want to sell things on.
There are different ways to run an Online Store on WordPress (one of the popular ones being WooCommerce), but if you're not a technical person, I believe that the easiest way is to use Ecwid.
My friends and I have messed around with open source, self-hosted shopping carts, and we have realized that unless you're highly technical, you'll be spending a lot of time, headache and money to set it up, and trouble with maintaining it as new technologies get introduced.
Ecwid is a cloud-based software, and is extremely simple to use.
Why I find Ecwid a great platform:
- Comes with SSL certificate so you don't have to mess with one
- Pre-integrated Payment Methods to easily accept Credit Cards and PayPal
- Continually updated latest Payment Methods
- Manages transaction emails to your customers (invoices, shipping notifications)
- Mobile app to manage transactions on the go
Refer to this checklist any time (click to jump to chapter) during your store building journey. Ctrl + d to bookmark this page.
Step 1: Set Up Your Ecwid Store
Setting up your Ecwid store is extremely simple. There are only 2 steps to do.
1 - Sign Up for Ecwid
Ecwid is free forever to use up to 10 products. Venture plans start at
Since Ecwid has a free tier, I highly encourage you to sign up and see if it suits you.
All you need are the following details:
Once you've signed up, you can log in to the Control Panel, where you manage your store.
2 - Integrate Ecwid into WordPress
On the right hand side of the Ecwid Dashboard area, look for your shop id. Copy it.
in your WordPress Ecwid plugin, simply paste your store id and click save and connect.
That's it! With just a few simple clicks, you'll have a working Online Store on your WordPress site!
Just go to yourwebsite.com/store to check out your 100% working store!
Step 2: Add Products
Adding a product on Ecwid is simply a matter of putting in the Title, Description, Images and Price.
Step 3: Accept Credit Cards and PayPal
In order to accept popular online payment methods like PayPal and Credit Cards, there are some things you’ll need to know:
Once you’ve set up some of the required accounts, you can integrate these payment methods onto your Ecwid store (it’s easy).
Step 4: Set Up Shipping Methods
Easily integrate shipping methods with 3 types of shipping methods:
- Carrier-Calculated: super useful and efficient
- Flat Rate
- Custom Rate
To set up, go to System Settings > Shipping
Example of the super useful carrier-calculated shipping method.
Step 5: Add Features (Optional)
You can also add features to your Ecwid store if you'll like.
Go to System Settings > Apps
Choose the app you'll like to install, and click Install App on its page
Grant permissions to the app by clicking Accept
If you are a paying Ecwid user, you can also make use of the iPhone app to manage your orders on the go! How convenient!
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