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A Step-by-Step Guide to Set up Your Own Online Marketplace with WordPress

Do you want to start your own marketplace online with WordPress? Users can buy and sell items by establishing their own small stores in an ecommerce website. Here’s we are going to show you how to set up an online marketplace with WordPress?

Getting Started

First of all, it is important to ensure that you have the right platform. WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different types of WordPress. One is simply a blog hosting service and other is self-hosted WordPress.

It is better to use WordPress.org as it gives the freedom and access to all the features of WordPress. You will need these things to start an online marketplace –

  • Domain name (like wpeasier.com)
  • Domain hosting (where your files are stored)
  • SSL certificate (for safe online transactions)
  • WooCommerce (best ecommerce plugin for WordPress)
  • An online marketplace add-on

It takes up to 50 minutes to complete the process. You may also want to use responsive WooCommerce theme, DeerSmart for WordPress.

Set up Your Ecommerce Platform

First of all, buy a domain name and hosting. You need a service with WooCommerce hosting as it is used as ecommerce platform. A domain name usually costs around $15 per year, hosting $8 per month, and SSL around $70 per year.

It seems you need to invest a lot just to start out. Luckily hosting sites like Hostgator and WPEngine are best as they provide best prices for their WordPress hosting.

After buying hosting, here is our step by step guide to set up an online store.

Now you have WordPress site with WooCommerce installed. WooCommerce, by default, feels that your site is single vendor portal. So other users cannot add their products. So, it’s important to change it.

Turn Your WooCommerce into Online Marketplace

  • Install and activate WC Vendors plugin. Go to WooCommerce > WC Vendors to configure settings.
  • Set a rate of commission to pay to each vendor. You can even change the rate for separate vendors or products.
  • By default, it will work for most sites. But you can change it when needed.
  • Click “Save General changes” button to save settings.
  • Switch to products page and choose what to hide from vendors.
  • WC Vendors lets you set up vendor permissions and capacities. Go to Capabilities tab under WC Vendors.
  • Setup pages are the next items on WC Vendors.
  • Plugin will create pages for shop settings, vendor dashboard, and orders page. You can use shortcodes under each page.
  • You need to create terms page by adding terms and conditions in text and describe what vendors can sell, payment mode, and how to resolve disputes.
  • Payment is the final item which is most important. PayPal Adaptive Payments is used to pay vendors.

Activate Accounts Management

Go to WooCommerce > Settings and click “Accounts”. Check boxes next to registration option and save changes. To make price quotes even better, you may also use Cost Calculator plugin.

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