Installing and Configuring WooCommerce
WooCommerce can be easily installed and uninstalled, just like any other WordPress plugin. However, to fully set up and customize WooCommerce on your website, you can take advantage of the convenient Setup Wizard.
Before you start the installation process, it’s important to review the server requirements. This step will help you avoid any potential issues while using WooCommerce. If you don’t have a suitable hosting provider yet, we recommend checking out our list of recommended hosts that can quickly set you up with WooCommerce.
Once WooCommerce is activated, several essential items will be added to your website to ensure its proper functionality:
- New menu items, custom post types, and taxonomies specifically designed for managing orders, products, and more.
- Additional widgets and shortcodes that improve your WooCommerce experience.
- User roles created for shop managers and customers, giving them distinct access and control rights.
Please note that deactivating and deleting the plugin won’t remove any data from your site’s database. To completely remove all the data associated with WooCommerce, an additional destructive step is required.
Installing WooCommerce with Ease
If you already have an existing website and wish to install WooCommerce, using the WordPress Admin is the most straightforward option as it handles everything for you. Follow these simple steps:
- Go to Plugins > Add New.
- Search for “WooCommerce”.
- Click on Install Now.
- Once installed, click on Activate Now to begin the WooCommerce Wizard setup process.
After activating WooCommerce for the first time, you’ll be guided through the WooCommerce Setup Wizard. This intuitive wizard will assist you in setting up and configuring all the necessary elements for your WooCommerce-powered site.
For a detailed walkthrough of the Setup Wizard, also known as the Onboarding Wizard, please refer to the comprehensive WooCommerce Setup Wizard documentation.
Using WooCommerce on a Multisite Network
On a multisite network installation, WooCommerce functions similarly to other plugins. Although all sites within the network share a common database, each site maintains its own separate tables. This means that every store on the network is considered a distinct setup, with its own specific configuration.
While you can network-activate WooCommerce and its extensions, it’s important to note that product databases, user accounts, and checkout processes cannot be shared across different sites in the network. However, themes and plugins can be shared seamlessly.
Staying Up to Date and Using Previous Versions
To ensure maximum security and take advantage of new features, we always recommend using the latest versions of all plugins and extensions on your website. Each update brings improvements and enhances the functionality of your WooCommerce store. However, we understand that sometimes you may need to use a previous version of WooCommerce. Here’s how:
- Disable and delete the current version of the plugin.
- Restore your store’s database using a previous backup.
- Download the desired previous version of WooCommerce from the Advanced View.
- Upload the previous version by going to Plugins > Add New.
- Activate the chosen previous version of WooCommerce.
Keep in mind that some important changes may occur in the WooCommerce database with each update. Therefore, it’s crucial to restore your database from the previous version to ensure seamless functionality.
For critical software like WooCommerce, we strongly advise having backups in place and utilizing a staging environment to test new releases. This allows you to evaluate any potential issues before implementing updates. For more detailed information, please refer to our guide on Updating WooCommerce.
Uninstalling WooCommerce Safely
When it comes to uninstalling or removing WooCommerce, there are a couple of important factors to consider:
- If you deactivate and delete the plugin from WordPress, it will only remove the plugin files. Your settings, orders, products, and other related data will still remain in the database.
- If you need to completely remove ALL WooCommerce data, including products and order information, you must edit your site’s wp-config.php file BEFORE deactivating and deleting the plugin.
Please note that this process is destructive and permanent. As a result, the ProgramMatek Support team cannot provide assistance with this process or any consequences that may arise from it.
To fully remove all WooCommerce data from your WordPress site, follow these steps:
- Open your site’s wp-config.php file.
- Scroll down to the bottom and add the following constant on its own line above the “That’s all, stop editing” comment:
define( 'WC_REMOVE_ALL_DATA', true );
- Save the file.
- Deactivate and delete WooCommerce from your plugins.
- By doing so, all WooCommerce data will be removed from your WordPress site database.
ProgramMatek strives to provide you with the best possible WooCommerce experience. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates and enhancements from ProgramMatek!