WooCommerce – How to Set Up Pages

0
506

Ok. You have successfully installed and activated WooCommerce. Now let’s go through the few initial steps to build your unique online store.

To help you familiarize the process, WooCommerce has a Setup Wizard.

Where do I find the Setup Wizard?

The Setup Wizard usually will be automatically displayed after the activation process. If it is not displayed automatically, you can always run this from the Help section.

First, go to WooCommerce → Help.

Navigating Setup Wizard
Navigating Setup Wizard

Click Help to open a menu tray and click Setup Wizard.

Running Setup Wizard
Running Setup Wizard

To run the wizard, click the blue Setup Wizard button.

Running Setup Wizard
Running Setup Wizard

A welcome screen is displayed as below.

Setup Wizard
Setup Wizard

Do I need to always use the Setup Wizard?

It is not mandatory to run the Setup Wizard at the start as you can later manually update all the steps done through the wizard.

You can choose from either of the buttons – Not right now or Let’s Go!

Continuing with the Setup Wizard
Continuing with the Setup Wizard

Though it’s not mandatory, there is one step that the Setup Wizard can help you with to simplify the process at the initial stages. That is, creating pages.

Creating the foundation of your store

WooCommerce needs to create a few default pages for your store to function properly. These are:

  • Shop
  • Cart
  • Checkout
  • My Account

Let’s see how to create these pages with the Setup Wizard.

Click Let’s Go! button to go to the Page setup.

You can read brief descriptions of each of these pages here.

Now click Continue button to create pages.

Creating base pages for the store
Creating base pages for the store

You can skip the next few steps till you get ‘Your Screen is Ready!’ screen.

Now your WooCommerce Store is ready for setup.

Completing Setup Wizard
Completing Setup Wizard

What’s the significance of these pages?

If you go back to the dashboard and open an automatically-created page, you can see it has a shortcode in the content section that helps WooCommerce to identify the specific purpose of that page. This actually makes the page unique.

Click Return to the WordPress Dashboard.

WooCommerce pages
WooCommerce pages

Go to Pages.

Navigating WooCommerce pages
Navigating WooCommerce pages

Let’s look at one of these pages, for example, the Checkout page.

Opening checkout page
Opening checkout page

When you open the Checkout page, you will be able to see a shortcode – [woocommerce_checkout] in the content section of this page. This shortcode makes the page unique.

WooCommerce default page for checkout
WooCommerce default page for checkout

Is there a way to create these pages without using the Setup Wizard?

If you prefer to not use the Setup Wizard, or you want to re-install the essential WooCommerce pages, follow the below procedure.

On the admin panel, go to WooCommerce → System Status

 

Navigating System Status
Navigating System Status

On the System Status page, you have to open the Tools tab and click Install pages.

Installing WooCommerce pages
Installing WooCommerce pages

You don’t have to worry about creating duplicate pages while creating pages this way, as WooCommerce create pages only if any of the essential ones are missing. Already created and setup pages will not be affected by this step.

Once the pages are successfully created, you can see a message on the top of the screen.
You can verify this by going to Pages on the admin panel as well.

Installation complete message
Installation complete message

There is also a setting which tells WooCommerce how to use these pages correctly. Read more about that here.

Now you can start with Settings one-by-one. Let’s get on to checkout options first.

LEAVE A REPLY