We are going to explain the tools, it’s benefits, whats, and how-tos for setting up your own eCommerce web store using the open-source tools. And those are.
- WordPress ( The core CMS to manage the content and core settings. )
- Woocommerce ( The eCommerce engine to manage the products, categories, orders, etc. )
- Storefront ( The look of the website and placement of each of the design elements in a specific layout ).
WordPress – CMS ( Content Management System )
WordPress (Blog Tool, Publishing Platform, and CMS – WordPress) is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It allows you the flexibility to create blog posts/articles, pages, maintain media files and extend it as you need. With WordPress, it’s easy to build your website without writing a single line of code or knowing anything about HTML.
It has expanded to other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores. Most of the custom features are available in the form of “Plugins” in the WordPress repository, either download them and install the files manually via FTP or through the WordPress dashboard.
There are several free ones and paid/premium plugin, where you need to spend some bucks to get the out-of-the-box features.
Woocommerce – Plugin
Woocommerce is a plugin used to extend the default functionality of WordPress by providing it a full-fledged eCommerce feature.
WooCommerce is a plugin that integrates easily with your existing WordPress site, turning your site into a fully functional WordPress e-commerce website with just a few clicks.
You can manage (create, update, delete) the categories, products, attributes, etc with the woocommerce. The plugin is not only limited to managing the content but capable of scaling itself using a 3rd-party plugin specifically designed and developed for woocommerce.
It makes creating and managing an online store simple, with reasonable levels of flexibility and several important features such as inventory and tax management, secure payments, SMS/email notification, logistics, and shipping integration.
WooCommerce is the most popular and arguably best eCommerce plugin for WordPress, and its integration allows you to include both great SEO value and eCommerce ability.
Everyone knows about store solutions like Shopify or BigCommerce But WooCommerce doesn’t come with a recurring fee or additional costs such as the transaction charges each time someone buys from you.
It’s a lightweight yet strong platform for eCommerce stores as compared to its competitors.
Storefront – Theme
The Storefront is the design/layout for woocommerce and WordPress combination, and it’s referred to as “theme”. It simply defines the look-n-feel, content placement of the website for users end of the site.
The Storefront theme is free and open-source as the other 2 tools. The basic version of it handles each section of the store very elegantly. You can, however, extend it looks, layout and design element by modifying the theme or creating a new child theme out of it. Creating a child theme is a topic for another day.
This theme is dependant on the woocommerce Storefront plugin, obviously, because it was designed and created around the woocommerce plugin. For more details and Installation part to know please read our previous article The Benefit of Storefront.
The main goal of developing Storefront is to provide a rock-solid foundation for your WooCommerce store without extra bloat or features.