Configuring Store Currency, Location, and Appearance in WooCommerce
The next step in the guide to setting up an ecommerce website via the WooCommerce WordPress Plugin is to look through the general options of the plugin, where you can configure location, currency, appearance, and more.
Step 1) On the left-hand sidebar of the Dashboard, scroll down until you find “WooCommerce”. Give that a click, and end scroll down the dropdown until you find “Settings”. This will automatically direct you to the “General Options” page.
Step 2) There is a navigational bar which concentrates on different options for the plugin. For now, we will concentrate on the General ones, before focussing on the others in future steps of the guide.
The General options begin with setting your base location. If you are based in a particular country, find your country from the dropdown provided and choose it. You can also specify where you will be selling too. Leave it as the default setting of “Selling to all countries” unless you are selling to specific locations only.
Step 3) You can set a site-wide store notice by ticking the box, ensuring that all your customers will see details of your store at the top of every page.
Step 4) Enabling the API will enable your developers to access your store data from outside of WordPress (from an external app, for example) and is useful if you are not the developer but you need to give access to them.
Step 5) The currency options begin with setting a frontend currency. If you are a UK website, you are likely to have your products displayed in £’s rather than $’s. Adapt this based on where you are located.
Step 6) Choose how you would like your currency displayed on the frontend (e.g. Left or Right, or either with a space after the currency) by choosing from the options on the dropdown provided.
Step 7) You can alter the way your currency is displayed in your store by altering the decimal point (which will therefore round up prices unless you have 2 decimal points – the default option). There is also the option to have a thousand separator (e.g. 1000 to 1,000).
Step 8) The styles and scripts can be altered by playing with the colour and style codes provided. This will alter the way your product pages look, and you can preview them as you edit.
Step 9) You can alter your scripts using two options provided, which are: Enable Lightbox – Product gallery images will open in a lightbox, which is a pop up window in the browser. Enable enhanced country select boxes – This will enable a script allowing the country fields to be searchable. The country fields can be found when your customer goes to checkout.