wooCommerce configuration is organized under 7 different tabs making it an exhaustive list. This is only to give you all the flexibility while creating a site. To begin with, however, you don’t need to worry about them all. Most of the default values work perfectly well.
wooCommerce’s configuration settings are easy to understand at the very first glance without having to go through pages of documentation.
The fields under General and Product tabs can be left unchanged except for the Redirect to the cart page after successful addition option. Though an optional step, it is known to improve your conversion rates.
Setting up the Tax Rules
So you’ve set up your product catalog and ready to market your products online. An important part of sale is the taxes associated with it. Each region has different laws pertaining to how you should tax your products. It’s best to have a complete understanding these laws to ensure to that your ecommerce site is 100% compliant.
wooCommerce has a dedicated section for taxes. You can specify options such as the following –
if the product’s price is inclusive of tax
if tax should be calculated based on shipping or billing address
tax class that is applicable
if should taxes be included while displaying the price in the shop and checkout pages
Make sure you check the Enable taxes and tax calculations option before you change anything else.
This is only half job done. You still need to add the tax rules for all the regions that you sell to. wooCommerce supports 3 different classes – Standard Rate, Reduced Rate, and Zero Rate. Apart from setting the default class in this tax section, you can also assign these classes in the add product page.
wooCommerce offers a comprehensive list of payment options for your eCommerce site – Net Banking, Cash on Delivery, PayPal, Cheque, and Credit card. Each of these payment types has a separate form reserved for it. Remember to check the enable option right at the top of each section before proceeding with the other settings.
The shipping methods that you set up for your store depends on your eCommerce model. Do you support international delivery? Do you offer local pickup in case of returns? These are some of the questions that you’ve got to answer while setting up shipping.
wooCommerce’s shipping methods include free, flat rate, local and international deliveries. Each can be set up using a dedicated form just like the other settings for tax and checkout. You can also associate shipping methods with payment options. For example, you may want to enable cash on delivery only for local shipping.
Want more details about shipping? Read our tutorial wooCommerce Shipping Options.
With this we come to the conclusion of the second part of the series for setting up a wooCommerce site. In our next part, we’ll look at the other benefits of using this plugin – Tracking, Analytics, and Customization.