Why WordPress Ecommerce Hosting is right for your next online store

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Create your online store with WooCommerce

Online is the new normal. Having a website that works for you around the clock and connects your business to your customers is important, now more than ever. Your website needs to be more than just a brochure, it needs to be a way to generate revenue for you or your clients.

Our new WordPress Ecommerce Hosting plan comes with WooCommerce preinstalled, plus a variety of WooCommerce premium extensions including USPS Shipping Method, Subscriptions, Follow-Ups and more. These premium extensions are absolutely free for the life of the plan.

All this combined with our new onboarding experience with professionally designed templates makes it the easiest way to create an online store using WordPress.

Why a WordPress Ecommerce Hosting plan?

Building a successful online store can be a daunting task, even for web designers and developers. It’s complicated and time consuming almost every step of the way.

You’re running a business and understand the importance of saving time for yourself and your clients.

Our new WordPress eCommerce Hosting plan dramatically simplifies the process. We believe it’s the easiest way to build a powerful and highly-customized online store.

Here’s how it works.

We started with WordPress.

WordPress is the world’s most popular website builder. It’s the top content management system (CMS) powering over a third of all websites worldwide. For comparison, the next largest CMS powers under 3%.

WordPress dominates, and for good reason. It’s open-source software built by tens of thousands of developers around the world. That focus and community effort has resulted in the most flexible, feature-rich website platform available.

As the world’s #1 web host, powering over 5 million WordPress sites around the globe, we see WordPress used every day by tech-savvy everyday entrepreneurs alongside web designers and developers.

We partnered with WooCommerce.

WooCommerce is the #1 eCommerce solution for WordPress. It has unmatched functionality and usage, powering millions of online stores around the globe.

On October 22, 2019, GoDaddy and Automattic (the parent company of WooCommerce) announced that we joined forces in a formal partnership.

Together, we’re delivering an exciting new hosting plan that makes building a highly-customized online store easier than ever.

WooCommerce is now featured on our GoDaddy WordPress Hosting page

Now it’s easier to launch & manage an online store.

Start customizing in 70% fewer steps

It takes 4 steps to set up a typical WordPress online store:

  1. Choose a hosting plan
  2. Install WordPress
  3. Install WooCommerce
  4. Install eCommerce plugins (add-ons that enhance the functionality of your online store, such as the ability to auto-populate USPS shipping rates into your cart)

This doesn’t even take into account choosing a theme and design for your website.

We took those 4 steps, added selecting your design, and combined them down into just 1 simple onboarding flow.

 

It not only makes the process easier but also lets you begin editing in 70% fewer steps than leading competitors.

mwp Template Gallery

GoDaddy’s new onboarding wizard and template gallery

 

Guided to success

The GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Ecommerce plan includes an “Action Center” that helps guide you to success. It will prompt you to complete key tasks as you build your site and set up your online presence. Some of these tasks include activating your custom domain, optimizing SEO, utilizing Google marketing credits, or setting up a business email address.

Free SSL, configured and automatically maintained

The Ecommerce plan includes an SSL certificate that is 100% hassle-free. Once you assign a custom domain to your site, the SSL certificate will automatically deploy and from there.  The maintenance of the certification is 100% automated, including https redirects to ensure the lock symbol shows instead of a not secure warning.

WordPress updates done for you

Ensuring that your site uses the latest version of WordPress helps keep your site secure and running its fastest.

As part of the GoDaddy WordPress Hosting experience, we will automatically complete WordPress version updates. No work is required by you.

Automatic backups and malware removal

We understand the time, energy, and money that goes into an online store. That is why every one of these plans includes a 90 day rolling backup with the ability to download a local copy. We’ve also bundled in our Website Security Essentials malware removal and hack repair to clean up any malicious attacks to your website.

Caching and CDN to speed up your website

Website performance is an absolute must. The slower a website is, the more likely that visitor is to leave and never return. The WordPress eCommerce Hosting plan comes with caching and a CDN built-in.

Caching creates copies of a web page to serve to a visitor vs going through each and every request to deliver a page to a visitor. This improves your overall page speed which also leads to better SEO scores and visitor satisfaction.

A Content Delivery Network (CDN), is a network of servers that deliver content. The purpose of the CDN is to cache and more quickly serve static content based on the geographical location between the origin server and the user making the request. This means when someone in Japan visits your website hosted in the United States, it will load just as fast as a website hosted in Japan.

Staging site to avoid editing a live site

A staging site is increasingly important with an eCommerce website. Having the ability to make edits to a website without impacting a live online store can help save a few sales. Then when the edits are done, you can click a button to push those changes to the live site with ease!

GoDaddy and WooCommerce bring unmatched value

You can create an amazing online store without breaking the bank. With the GoDaddy WordPress Hosting eCommerce plan, you’ll get free access to over a $1,000 of WooCommerce extensions.

These extensions allow you to add unique functionality to your site such as the ability to sell subscriptions, sell personalized products, allow payment plans, and offer rewards.

Is the new WordPress Ecommerce plan right for you?

DIY Small Business Owners

WordPress is the most-used website builder tool in the world. It offers an incredible amount of freedom and flexibility, making it the tool of choice for tech-savvy DIY entrepreneurs and website designers and developers.

But with that flexibility comes complexity.

If you’re already familiar with WordPress and WooCommerce or are somewhat tech-savvy and willing to learn, our new WordPress eCommerce plan will be a great fit.

If you’re looking for a quicker, easier solution and don’t need the highest level of flexibility, GoDaddy Websites + Marketing might be a better option.

Web Designers and Developers

Setting your clients up on a Managed WordPress solution sets them up for long term success. They get all the benefits of having their website backup, secured, and optimized for eCommerce while you have a few fewer things to worry about.

You will also have the same type of access to a file manager, FTP, and database as you would with a standard cPanel hosting along with everything you love about WordPress.

Working with a client? You can use GoDaddy Pro to manage client’s hosting accounts, send product recommendations, earn rewards and more absolutely free.

Ready to launch your online store with WooCommerce?

Start creating your online store today — plans start at $15.99 per month.

woocommerce landing page

 

Getting started with WordPress eCommerce Hosting

Launching a new eCommerce WordPress store is easier than ever with our new onboarding experience. You have the option to choose from beautifully designed templates to expedite the building process or the standard WordPress experience.

You can look through various categories and even see how the templates look on different devices. All of the templates were designed using the native WordPress block builder editor and CoBlocks.

template gallery

 

WooCommerce quick start wizard

Once you launch into the WordPress dashboard, your next step will be to go through the quick start wizard for WooCommerce. This will get your store address setup, shipping info, payment options, and more set up for your store. The wizard will also set up the necessary pages your store needs such as checkout, product listings, and a cart.

WooCommerce Quick Start

 

Accessing your free premium WooCommerce plugins

WordPress eCommerce Hosting with GoDaddy gets you access to a large library of premium WooCommerce plugins you can install for free on your site.

The plugins can be accessed by visiting the WordPress dashboard, mousing over WooCommerce on the left menu, and then click Extensions.

From here, you can go down the list of plugins used to extend the functionality of your store. Simply click Install Now when you find a plugin you want to be added to your site!

WooCommerce Plugins

 

Setting up your first product

Now the exciting stuff! Time to get your products live on your website. You can add a new product to your store by navigating to Products on the left menu and then clicking add new. From here, you’ll be met with various settings to fill out.

It might seem like an overwhelming amount of info to enter in but we’ll take it step by step for you.

 

Product name and long description

product setup

This is usually the first step taken on a product. Every product will have to have a name associated with it but the description box below is not always used.

This description box is typically used when there is a lot of info needed to describe the product. If all you need is a short description, this area can be left blank.

 

Product Data

product data

When adding a product, you also have to define what type of product it is. There are various product types available depending on your needs. Here are the descriptions and links for additional information from WooCommerce.com:

  • Simple – covers the vast majority of any products you may sell. Simple products are shipped and have no options. For example, a book.
  • Grouped – a collection of related products that can be purchased individually and only consist of simple products. For example, a set of six drinking glasses.
  • Virtual – one that doesn’t require shipping. For example, a service. Enabling this, disables all shipping related fields such as shipping dimensions. A virtual product will also not trigger the shipping calculator in cart and checkout.
  • Downloadable – activates additional fields where you can provide a downloadable file. After a successful purchase, customers are given a downloadable file as a link in the order notification email. This is suitable, for example, for a digital album, PDF magazine, or photo.
  • External or Affiliate – one that you list and describe on your website but is sold elsewhere.
  • Variable – a product with variations, each of which may have a different SKU, price, stock option, etc. For example, a t-shirt available in different colors and/or sizes.
  • Other types are often added by extensions. For example, WooCommerce Subscriptions adds new product types as does WooCommerce Bookings.

 

Setting up a simple product

Creating a simple product starts with setting your prices and choosing whether the product is physical or virtual.

simple product

 

Inventory

WooCommerce gives you the ability to track inventory, allow backups, and set the Product SKU.

inventory

 

Shipping

You can set shipping dimensions for each of your products. The shipping dimensions should be set on how your product will fit into a box. For example, you won’t measure the full width and height of a shirt because it can be folded and fit into a smaller box.

shipping

 

Attributes

Attributes are used to assign details to a product such as size and color. You can apply as many attributes as you’d like. Custom product attributes can be created on the fly or you can set global attributes to be used by multiple products to save time and energy.

attributes

 

Product Short Description

The product short description will usually show up directly next to the product. Use this area to grab a visitor’s attention and turn them into a buyer!

Product short description

 

Product Photos

Pictures help products sell! These photos should captivate a visitor into wanting to learn more. If you don’t have any product photos, the WordPress eCommerce Hosting plan comes with stock photos you can use.

 

Product Categories and Tags

Categories help keep your products organized and make it easier for visitors to navigate throughout your website. You can create subcategories to set up a hierarchy with your products. The more organized, the better!

categories

 

Publish!

Once this information is entered, all that’s left to do is hit publish! A notification will appear at the top of your screen to view your product live on the website.

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This is just a glimpse of what you can accomplish with WordPress eCommerce Hosting powered by WooCommerce. Each additional premium plugin extends the functionality of the website making it more robust and versatile to you or your client’s needs.

Ready to get started? Our plans start at $15.99 per month.