How the eCommerce Plan Builds a Strong Online Store

While there are plenty of clever ways to make money from your website, sometimes a business just wants to sell its products. If that’s the case for you, building a strong eCommerce platform is crucial.

There are countless plugins you could use to make the online experience as easy and helpful as if you were holding the shopper’s hand, or you could dive in with a eCommerce plan.

Keeping it simple

For bloggers and smaller operations,’s Simple Payments feature lets you accept payments or donations, or even monetize your site with ads. You can add a payment button through the Pages menu in My Sites, or by adding a payment option to a widget.

Adding an online store to your website

Taking it one step further is the Store feature. This is only available to users in Canada or the US who are on a Business plan and who have previously installed a custom plugin or theme.

If you fit that bill, you’ll see a Store option appear in your website settings. Clicking this will automatically begin the Store setup.

Once you’ve created your store, you just need to add products, set up shipping and payments details, calculate your taxes, and create some promotions to get selling. The Store works with WooCommerce extensions, too, for advanced customization.

Everything eCommerce for online businesses

Speaking of WooCommerce, did you know it’s part of the Automattic lineup of products? Those are the people who run — meaning WooCommerce seamlessly integrates with your site for easy online selling.

WooCommerce powers roughly 30 percent of all online stores and has had more than 30 million downloads, according to CodeinWP. Its integrations mean your online store works alongside your content, rather than driving people out of your ecosystem.

Totally customizable, WooCommerce has more than 400 official extensions that power payments, shipping, marketing, accounting, and more. Built-in payment processing options include Stripe and PayPal, or you can accept credit cards, direct bank transfers, checks, or cash on delivery. Woo was built for WordPress fans, so you can’t really ask for a better, more aligned system to power a strong online store for your website.

Whatever your product, don’t be afraid to take your first steps toward online selling and get started with a eCommerce plan.

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