How to Create an E-Commerce Store Using Joomla, 5 Easy Steps

Creation of e-commerce websites have been a new trend and demand for selling every possible goods online. Nevertheless, very few among these have the time and resources to build websites ground-up using the more basic coding techniques. So, people naturally use the third-party plug-ins that hastens the entire coding process. Joomla is one among the most used third-party plug-ins that creates some great websites at the trouble of working less than half the difficulty compared to the standard coding languages.

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So, a step by step guide in such a process would be great to start working with. Here are the 5 major points which when followed, can create an amazing e-commerce application just as you want.

Step 1

It is wise to get the domain name and a hosting server so that when the website is up, it is easy to implement it and start off right away. After that, go to the website http://www.joomla.org/download and download Joomla’s latest version and the zip package shall be downloaded from the server right away. Using the hosting account, the downloaded Joomla can be uploaded seamlessly using some appropriate FTP system.

Step 2

Once you are all set with the standard installation and setting up, you need to go ahead and set up the database, which is a location and physical memory where all of your data will be accumulated and data transfers happen through this. Using cPanel, the database can be created and the database wizard shall help in setting up the database following the instructions. The name of the database, username and password are a few things are something that is needed to be taken note of.

Step 3

Configuring Joomla comes next after which you would need to download a template which basically contains the blueprint and the design of the website that you are about to set up. This is an important step because it will define the look of your product so spend considerable time to select the right design. After selecting the template, install the template by logging in to the admin and uploading the files of template through extensions and extension manager. Try editing and see if you it works okay.

Step 4

After you have set up all of the standard requirements, download VirtueMart or equivalent Joomla extensions that deal with shopping carts. The extensions are free or paid depending upon the extension you choose. After downloading the extension, you would need to install it in the similar way that you followed for the template. Once uploaded, the extension is likely to start functioning automatically.

Step 5

Visit components and visiting the extension in the control panel you would now need to configure the store accordingly. These usually include the main settings regarding payment through PayPal where you would have to automatically direct the payment to store into your PayPal account.

Once all of this is done, aggressively add the accessories and categories to the store. Don’t keep them blank and hence keep adding more products in each category. Happy business!

Author’s Bio: Kristin is an online marketing specialist, has experience in content marketing and social media. She works for SoftwareVoucher.co.uk, a company that provides software coupons, kernel data recovery voucher, discounts and much more.

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