WooCommerce for Swiss Companies
- 6 min read
- Karla Sambolić
In this article I'll talk about why you should use WooCommerce to build your webshop, and I'll also focus on how to use WooCommerce for Swiss companies.
We have received many questions from our Swiss customers about creating webshops and WooCommerce specifically. But even if you're not from Switzerland, I think you'll find this article very useful.
In it you'll learn:
- what WooCommerce is,
- why it's the best option for small webshops,
- several specific things to keep in mind if your company is based in Switzerland.
WooCommerceWooCommerce is a WordPress plugin that lets you sell products or services online. In other words, it allows you to create a webshop on your WordPress website.
WooCommerce is great since it allows you to sell digital and physical products, manage inventory and shipping, take secure payments and sort taxes automatically.WooCommerce is great since it's a WordPress plugin that integrated seamlessly with any properly designed WordPress website.
WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that enables you to easily create a website without creating it from scratch. Although there are many content management systems to choose from out there (Joomla, Drupal etc), WordPress is usually the best choice for most people.
Over 72 million active users are using WordPress. Almost 30% of all sites on the internet run on WordPress. One of the biggest advantages that WordPress has over other CMS', is the plugin library.
WordPress users have access to hundreds of various plugins that add functionality to their sites. Plugins can help boost website's speed, let you create a portfolio, or turn a part of it into an online shop (and many other things).
That's why we at Oxidian love the WordPress+WooCommerce combination. It's a powerful way to create a webshop. At the last count, WooCommerce powered over 42% of all online stores (source).
What makes it great?
First of all, it's free (with some paid options). It's set up to sell both physical and digital products.
It can handle product variations like colors and sizes, offers download functionality for digital products and can even handle affiliate goods.
Apart from that, it sports highly configurable shipping options ranging from worldwide to single countries and is capable of dealing with dropshipping. It supports all major payment gateways, and has built-in reporting features which allow you to monitor your webshop's performance.
Getting started with WooCommerce
Setting up a WordPress WooCommerce website is easy. First of all, you need three things:
- A WordPress website
- The WooCommerce plugin
- A WooCommerce compatible WordPress theme
Once you have your WordPress website up and running, you need to install WooCommerce plugin. To do that go to "Plugins" and then click "Add new". Find WooCommerce on the list and install it by clicking on it.
Once you install the plugin you have to go through a quick and easy setup process. Once you're done with that, you have your webshop. However, you have to make sure that your WordPress theme support WooCommerce. Despite the fact that getting started with WooCommerce is easy, there are still some aspects that require advanced knowledge to set up.
For example, writing compelling product descriptions require copywriting skills, and setting up payment gateways and taxes requires knowledge of local markets.
That's why we offer free consultation to anyone interested in setting up their WooCommerce webshop. Contact us today, and let us help you find the best way to use WordPress and WooCommerce to grow your sales.
Payment gateways with WooCommerce for Swiss companies
A payment gateway in WooCommerce terms is a WordPress plugin for WooCommerce that allows customers to pay for goods and services using a payment system such as PayPal. When selecting and setting up up a Payment Gateway, it’s important to consider:
For businesses in Switzerland, WooCommerce offers the following payment gateways: Stripe, Square, PayPal, Sofort überweisung, 2Checkout.
Shipping is often one of the most important parts of online purchasing process. WooCommerce offers several shipping options:
- flat rate shipping,
- local pickup,
- local delivery,
- free shipping.
Shipping options depend on shipping zones. You will have to set them up when you create your web store. WooCommerce also offers shipment tracking and insurance, to make sure your shipments arrive where they need to.
WooCommerce combined with WordPress platform is a powerful combination. It can be used to create simply, yet effective webshops to grow your sales.
I have covered the basics of WooCommerce for Swiss companies, but if you need help setting up your webshop, we're here for you. Contact us today and request your free consultation to see how we can work together to grow your business.
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