Quick Guide for Creating Business Website or Online store in Nigeria

schoolmax business website guide

Getting an online presence or space for your website is absolutely important and necessary.
Whether you’re a company owner, local shop owner or just someone who delivers Products online.
Its absolutely important to get a Website for your business.
However, if you sell retail products like perfumes,watches,shoes etc. You might want to use some multi-vendor e-commerce store
that connects you with buyers and allow you sell your product by giving them a little percentage.
Example of these Multi vendor e-commerce sites are: jumia, Jiji, Olist.

How to sell on these multi-vendor stores:

  • Create a vendor account account.
  • Publish your product title,description and some images.
  • You might consider paying for advert to get your product at visible on home page.
  • Reply to customers and watch your sales grow.

Alternatively, you can setup your own online store with your business name with Woocommerce.

If you cant undergo the stress of creating an online store from scratch, Contact Harmonweb and get it for a fair price.

What is Woocommerce?

Woocommerce is the third leading eCommerce platform designed for businesses of all sizes to build an online store for marketing and sales purposes. Last year alone, the overall number of merchants operating on the platform peaked 1.7 million in over 175 countries and the overall number of active stores is as high as 900K. 

Why Wocommerce?

  • no considerable resources are necessary to open up a store
  • installation process takes up to an hour
  • over 100 customisable templates for eCommerce website design
  • Free to use
  • 24/7 support via many communication channels email, live chat, and phone)

Setting up Woocommerce

Below, we will teach you how to install woocommerce and get your eCommerce site running live.

Hosting & Domain Name

A domain name is simply the name your website will bear, It should be your brand name and should be easy to remember and pronounce.

Since you’re planning on creating an online store, you’d have a brand name in mind right?, now your brand name should be your domain name.

For example, Lilian sells female wears, She could pickup a brand name such as: LilianApparels or LilianConcepts.

And her Domain name should be: LilianApparels.com or LilianConcepts.com.

A hosting is like a land where your house is built. Its Simply the server where your website data’s will be stored.

You can Purchase both Hosting & Domain at Harmonweb (recommended).

Whereas there are many other hosting Company you could buy from.

Installing WordPress

Yes, to get your store running you need Woocommerce, But Woocommerce itself is a plugin based on WordPress.

WordPress installation is so easy .Harmonweb hosting have one-click WordPress installation available, so be sure to look for this option or ask if it’s available. Otherwise, you can download from WordPress.org and then install by following instructions at: Famous 5-Minute Install.

Pick a theme

Themes are the life of your website, when I say life, it is the design and layout of your website or blog, the look and feel.

Normally, to build a website, one needs to code the templates to use to beautify it but in this case, it’s not necessary.

There are hundreds and thousands of ready-made E-commerce compatible themes, both free and paid.

That’d give your E-commerce website a Professional and Standard look!.

Recommended free eCommerce themes you Should Checkout are: Shopping Cart, eStore, Easy E-commerce.

Activate Woocommerce

If you follow all these Steps correctly, Grab a Coffee and relax your back. Because you are few steps away from Starting up your online Store.

With your website up and running, it’s time to install e-commerce functionality with WooCommerce. There are three ways to do this.

  • Create a free account on WooCommerce.com
    • Sign-up for an account on WordPress.com and WooCommerce.com
    • Select from:
      • A pre-installed solution with a trusted host
      • Auto-installing WooCommerce if you have a WordPress site already
      • Download the zip file and do it yourself
  • Download the WooCommerce plugin
    • Download the plugin
    • Go to your website
    • Go to: Dashboard > Plugins > Add New > Upload
    • Select the downloaded plugin
    • Install
    • Activate
  • Search for the WooCommerce plugin from within your website
    • Go to your website
    • Go to: Dashboard > Plugins > Add New > Search Plugins
    • Search for “WooCommerce”
    • Install
    • Activate

Its now time to Grow your website by adding a secured online payment Gateway.

What is a Payment Gateway?

A payment gateway is a merchant service provided by an e-commerce application service provider that authorizes credit card or direct payments processing for e-businesses, online retailers. For this, I strongly recommend Paystack

Paystack is an African payment gateway service, Based in lagos, Nigeria.

Paystack is a simple software which allows you to receive payments through debit cards easily.

Since you’re going to be receiving online payments on your store, you’d need paystack.

Now, how do you go about it?

  • Visit the website – Paystack
  • Register
  • After you’re done with your registration you can ‘Add a business’
  • Add your business, giving them the necessary details
  • You’d have to verify the business before it can go live
  • For verification, you’ll need a means of Identification.
  • You’d verify your BVN and also Identity using ID Card

To learn more on how to verify your paystack account – https://support.paystack.com/hc/en-us/articles/360009972779-How-do-I-activate-my-Paystack-Starter-Business-

After you’ve been verified, the next thing is to connect your paystack account to your online shop to receive payments.

First, you have to install a ugin. ‘Paystack For WooCommerce‘ after installing and activating,

Navigate to WooCommerce settings

Go to Payment Gateway and Enable Paystack Gateway.

There are also other gateways like Bank Transfer, PayPal etc, you can enable them (especially bank transfer) to enable multiple payments methods.

Enable PayPal Payment Gateway only if you have PayPal account.

Now after enabling paystack, click on manage and it’d take you to another page where you’d configure it.

Go to your paystack account and find settings, click on APIs and Web Hooks.

Copy the live secret key and public secret key and paste them into the suitable fields in your paystack payment gateway settings on your online shop.

Don’t forget to disable ‘Enable Test Mode’ and then save your settings.

Boom!!! Your payment gateway is set!

If you enable Bank Transfer method, you need to set it up, Go back to the payment gateways and click on manage next to bank transfer.

Fill in the right details and save!

This way, the money for orders paid for through debit cards on your store would reflect on your paystack dashboard and after 24 hours, it’d be sent to your bank account.

Paystack charges just about 0.5%.

ADDITION: You can Consider Creating a Schoolmax Business account on the social site, Create an Ad and engage with your clients.

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