How to Add Products to a WordPress eShop

Written by richard kalinowski
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How to Add Products to a WordPress eShop
You can sell products online using the WordPress eShop plug-in. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

WordPress provides users with free point-and-click Web editing software. Without any advanced HTML knowledge, you can create a blog, business website, online photo album and more. The basic WordPress dashboard is customisable with optional "plug-ins." These downloads let users access custom WordPress themes, track website traffic, embed Twitter feeds and create virtual storefronts. The WordPress eShop plug-in helps users upload a virtual storefront, but there is a bit of a learning curve for adding new products to the virtual shop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Log on to your WordPress dashboard.

  2. 2

    Click "Add page" to create a brand-new page for shopping, or click "eEdit page" if you want to add a product to an existing WordPress page. You may only add one product per page in WordPress, so you'll need several pages if you sell multiple online items.

  3. 3

    Enter the product name in the "Page Title" field.

  4. 4

    Type a product description in the text field below the title, or click on the image icon to insert a product image.

  5. 5

    Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the "Product Entry" section. With the eShop plug-in installed, a Product Entry section appears on all pages, but you can leave it blank to hide the option on any published Web pages that do not contain products.

  6. 6

    Enter a SKU number into the "Product ID" box. This number can be random, but the eShop plug-in requires that you number all products.

  7. 7

    Enter a price for the product and any shipping charges into the field provided.

  8. 8

    Click on the check box labelled "Stock is Available." You can uncheck this box later if the product sells out but you still want to keep the page online.

  9. 9

    Click "Publish" to upload the product page. Unless you used custom payment settings while installing the plug-in, customers who click on a product will send you money via PayPal. You will receive a notice at your default WordPress e-mail account whenever a sale is made.

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