Terfikir cara buat website jualan sendiri untuk bisnes? Anda telah datang ke tempat yang betul.
Sini, kita akan sentuh aspek-aspek berikut:
- Cara pemasangan dan pelancaran WooCommerce.
- Membuat halaman untuk produk-produk yang dijual.
- Menggunakan tema WordPress yang bersesuaian untuk website anda.
WooCommerce adalah satu plugin ecommerce yang dibuat untuk WordPress.
WooCommerce sesuai digunakan untuk bisnes kecil dan besar.
WooCommerce adalah pilihan yang bagus, tidak kira sama ada bisnes anda kecil ataupun besar.
Mari kita mula.
Pertama, anda perlu memasangkan plugin WooCommerce terlebih dahulu.
Buka papan pemuka (dashboard) WooCommerce dan pergi ke bahagian plugin.
Lepas itu, cari “WooCommerce” dalam direktori plugin.
Pasang dan aktifkan WooCommerce plugin.
Tahniah! Anda telah berjaya menukar website anda menjadi website yang mempunyai fungsi ecommerce.
Akan tetapi, untuk website jualan berfungsi, produk-produk yang hendak dijual perlu dimuatkan.
Penyediaan Website Jualan
Sebelum anda mula menambahkan produk-produk, anada perlu membuat menyiap-sediakan WooCommerce dahulu.
Anda patut dapat lihat pilihan yang baru dipanggil WooCommerce di atas papan pemuka.
WooCommerce > Settings
Mana nak jalankan bisnes anda tanpa alamat, bukan?
Sekiranya anda hendak merahsiakan alamat kedai anda, tidak perlu anda mengisikan ruangan tersebut.
Walaubagaimanapun, pilihan tersebut tidak akan didedahkan kepada pelawat-pelawat laman web.
Jadi tidak perlu anda risau.
Yang penting, anda perlu menyiap-sediakan kawasan penjualan dan penghantaran anda.
Ini adalah kerana ini akan memberi kesan terhadap zon-zon penghantaran nanti.
Buat masa ini, letak pilihan sebagai Malaysia dahulu.
Kita akan sentuh zon-zon penghantaran di bab-bab seterusnya.
Mencipta Kelas Pengiriman
Sebagai laman web jualan, anda akan mula menjual produk melalui Malaysia. Sebelum anda membuat kelas pengiriman, anda perlu memahami bagaimana kurier di Malaysia bekerja terlebih dahulu.
Pada umumnya, negara kita dibahagikan kepada Malaysia Barat (semenanjung) dan Malaysia Timur, yang termasuk Labuan, Sabah & Sarawak. Yuran pengiriman adalah lebih murah apabila anda membuat penghantaran di barat berbanding dengan timur.
Apa yang lebih teruk lagi, apabila produk gabungan menjadi begitu berat dan anda menghantar produk tersebut ke timur, caj yang akan dikenakan memang tinggi!
Kelas-kelas ini akan membantu anda mengenakan bayaran penghantaran yang berbeza, bergantung pada seberapa berat produk tersebut.
Jadi, bagaimana cara kami menetapkan yuran tersebut?
WooCommerce> Settings> Shipping> Shipping Classes
Terpulang pada produk yang akan dijual, anda mungkin ingin membuat kelas pengiriman untuk produk yang paling berat terlebih dahulu.
- Di bawah 0.9 kg
- 1 kg hingga 1.9 kg
- 2.0 kg hingga 2.9 kg
- 3.0 kg dan ke atas
Dengan menggunakan kelas penghantaran, anda boleh menentukan jumlah berat produk pelanggan anda dan mengenakan bayaran dengan sewajarnya.
Mencipta Zon Pengiriman
Sebaik sahaja anda mempunyai kelas penghantaran anda, anda boleh mula membuat zon pengiriman (shipping zones).
WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones
Di sini, kita berada di bahagian zon pengiriman.
Agak menakutkan juga apabila anda melihat pilihan-pilihan tersebut. Khuatir kita akan masukkan info yang salah.
Namun, ia menjadi lebih mudah sekiranya anda menetapkan lokasi jualan dan penghantaran anda lebih awal.
Berikan nama kepada zon-zon anda.
Paling senang kalau namakan zon tersebut sebagai Malaysia Timur dan Malaysia Barat.
Tudingkan tetikus anda ke atas zon masing-masing dan anda patut melihat butang edit.
Shipping methods > Add shipping method
Anda boleh memilih antara 3 pilihan yang diberikan:
- Flat rate
- Free shipping
- Local delivery
Anda boleh mengenakan bayaran apabila anda menggunakan kadar rata (flat rate) untuk laman web e-dagang anda.
penghantaran adalah, baik, percuma.
Anda boleh memilih penghantaran tempatan (local delivery) sekiranya anda membenarkan pelanggan untuk mengambil barangan mereka secara sendiri.
Buat masa sekarang, pilih kadar rata terlebih dahulu dan menetapkan kos yuran pengiriman.
Kalau anda perhatikan, ada senarai kelas pengiriman di bawahnya. Untuk produk lebih berat, anda boleh menambah bayaran tambahan yang lebih.
Sebaik sahaja anda selesai, tatal ke bahagian bawah halaman sehingga anda melihat pilihan “Calculation type”.
Dengan menariknya, anda boleh mengenakan bayaran untuk setiap kelas pengiriman dalam bakul ataupun yang paling mahal sahaja.
Pilihan tersebut terpulang pada anda. Cukup untuk zon penghantaran buat masa ini.
Penyediaan Gerbang Pembayaran
Anda akan dapati ini bahagian yang paling menarik.
Setelah semua, itu adalah perasaan terbaik (pernah) apabila anda mendapat jualan yang berjaya.
WooCommerce menawarkan 4 pilihan pembayaran standard semasa pemasangan:
- Direct bank transfer
- Cheque payments
- Cash on delivery
Secara jujur, PayPal dan direct bank transfer adalah yang paling berguna.
Jika anda menyerahkan barang-barang itu sendiri, tunai pada penghantaran boleh menjadi pilihan yang sesuai.
Tetapi ia tidak masuk akal dalam jangka panjang apabila anda merancang untuk menggunakan kurier kemudian.
Anda boleh menyediakan pemindahan bank langsung dengan mudah.
Kemudian anda mempunyai gerbang pembayaran yang popular di Malaysia seperti:
Terdapat banyak lagi tetapi ini adalah kegemaran.
Dalam pendapat saya yang rendah hati, nilai terbaik untuk wang adalah SenangPay dan Billplz.
SenangPay hanya mempunyai caj kad kredit terendah berbanding dengan yang lain.
Sebaliknya, Billplz tidak mempunyai bayaran persediaan atau tahunan untuk perkhidmatannya dengan penyelesaian hari berikutnya.
Oleh itu, jika pelanggan anda membayar untuk produk anda hari ini, anda akan menerima bayaran hari perniagaan berikutnya.
Sangat baik apabila anda memerlukan aliran tunai yang cepat supaya anda tidak semua terikat.
Gerbang pembayaran lain mungkin mengambil masa 1-2 minggu.
Secara peribadi, saya menggunakan Billplz untuk laman web saya yang lain dan berfungsi dengan sempurna untuk laman web e-dagang.
Anda boleh menggunakan gerbang pembayaran dengan mudah dengan mencari mereka melalui direktori plugin WordPress.
Yang tersedia dalam direktori adalah:
Sekiranya anda ingin menggunakan yang lain, anda mungkin perlu menghubungi syarikat itu untuk mengintegrasikannya untuk anda.
Ingatlah untuk mendaftar untuk gerbang pembayaran pilihan anda terlebih dahulu sebelum anda mula menggunakannya.
Jika tidak, ia tidak akan berfungsi dengan hanya memasang plugin.
Anda memerlukan semua kunci yang perlu untuk berfungsi. Dan apabila ia selesai dan selesai, anda sudah bersedia untuk membuat halaman produk anda!
Mencipta Halaman Produk
Selepas memasang WooCommerce, anda perlu melihat bahagian lain yang dipanggil “Products” di papan pemuka anda.
Products > Add New
Anda kini boleh mula menambah produk ke laman web e-dagang anda.
Anda boleh menambah seberapa banyak produk yang anda inginkan. Langit adalah satu-satunya had anda.
Di sini adalah perkara-perkara yang anda perlu mengisi untuk mendapatkan halaman produk yang berjalan:
- Nama produk
- Penerangan produk
- Kategori produk
- Gambar produk
- Harga produk
- Kelas pengiriman
Ia kelihatan sangat tetapi ia sebenarnya sangat mudah.
Hanya mengambil satu langkah pada satu masa, anda akan berada di sana.
Sekarang, jika anda ingin menjejaki stok anda, anda perlu menandatangani Urus Stok di bawah tab Inventori.
Dengan itu, anda akan dapat menetapkan kuantiti.
Hasilnya, anda akan diberitahu apabila stok anda rendah.
Selain itu, pelanggan tidak akan dapat membeli produk itu apabila ia menyentuh 0.
Anda pasti tidak mahu pelanggan yang tidak berpuas hati mengeluh tentang membayar produk yang keluar dari stok.
Dan, adakah anda mengingati kelas penghantaran sebelum ini?
Ini adalah tempat anda menetapkannya. Anda boleh memasukkan berat dan dimensi produk anda juga.
Kemudian pilih kelas penghantaran yang betul untuk produk anda supaya ia dikenakan dengan sewajarnya.
Pergi ke depan, tweak dengan tetapan lain juga. Anda akan menjadi lebih baik apabila anda mula bereksperimen dengan mereka.
Tema Laman Web E-commerce
Akhirnya, anda telah sampai pada bab terakhir.
Selain daripada mendapatkan segala-galanya dan berjalan di latar belakang, pandangan kedai anda juga penting. Ia harus direka bentuk, bukan sahaja untuk kelihatan bagus tetapi juga mesra pengguna.
Oleh itu, mendapatkan tema WordPress yang sesuai sangat penting. Apa tema yang disyorkan untuk laman web e-dagang?
Kebenaran diberitahu, senarai ini tidak berkesudahan.
Namun, saya akan mengesyorkan kedua-dua ini:
- Storefront (tema percuma)
- Flatsome (tema premium)
Anda pada dasarnya tidak boleh salah dengan Storefront.
One perkara yang pasti, ia adalah percuma.
Dan ia berfungsi dengan customizer WordPress sehingga anda dapat menyiapkan toko anda dengan cepat.
Untuk mengatasinya, tema ini dirancang oleh WooCommerce.WooCommerce sendiri sendiri pangkalan data besar plugins.
Oleh itu, jika anda merancang untuk mendapatkan mana-mana plugin WooCommerce ini, yakinlah bahawa mereka akan sesuai betul.
Sebaliknya, Flatsome adalah tema premium.
Dengan lebih daripada 70,000 jualan di Themeforest, ia adalah tema WordPress WooCommerce # 1 yang paling laris.
Tidak boleh menjadi # 1 tanpa alasan yang baik, bukan?
Apa yang bagus tentang tema ini adalah bahawa ia datang dengan pembina laman seret dan drop.
Benar-benar berguna jika anda tidak mahu mengacaukan dengan kod, CSS, HTML dan barangan.
Juga, satu lagi faktor yang sangat penting.Ia dioptimumkan untuk kelajuan! Siapa yang suka e-commerce perlahan loading laman web? Adakah awak?
Kedai Anda AKHIRNYA SIAP!
Tahniah! Kedai anda kini bersedia untuk menerima pelanggan.
Tetapi, sebelum itu.Ingatlah untuk menjadi pelanggan kedai anda terlebih dahulu.
Dari masa ini pelanggan melawat laman web e-dagang anda sehingga dia keluar, pastikan semuanya berjalan lancar. sistem mungkin kehilangan pelanggan.
Jadi, adakah anda menghadapi sebarang masalah dalam membuat kedai anda sendiri menggunakan WooCommerce?
Apa bahagian yang paling sukar?
To have a great website design is important in creating your own website.
And to do that, it is not expensive and fairly easy to achieve.
All it requires from you is some time and a splash of creativity to make it happen.
In this straightforward website design guide, I will list down the steps you need to create your first one using WordPress.
Decide On A Name
Before you pick a brand name for your site, consider this first:
- Is anyone using the same name as yours?
- Are the social sites available for the name you are using?
- Does it rhyme well with .com, .com.my or .my?
You can easily Google to do a quick search and see if anyone is using the name.
If yes, then it’s advisable to look for another.
This is because:
- You do not want another site competing with you in the search rankings.
- If it’s a registered (®) brand name, even worse. You may get sued.
If you plan to be active on social sites, then make sure the name has not been taken up.
It’s easier for people to find you if the name is the same across all social sites.
Take this site for example:
It’s way easier, isn’t it?
Remember to “chop” them first.
And lastly, you have to find a name that is short, memorable and rhymes well too.
Let’s take this for example:
Which one is easier to remember?
You get the idea.
How To Buy A Domain?
Now that you have a name for your website, you need to get an address.
Without an address, people will not be able to get to you.
To get an address, you need to buy a domain.
Before you buy one, go over to Mynic.my to check whether your domain is available.
Mynic is a Malaysian government agency under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.
This agency is the one that provides you with a Malaysian address:
If the domain is available, you can purchase it through the reseller list on Mynic.
It is advisable to get a reputable reseller.
This is because the reseller will likely be the contractor a.k.a WordPress hosting that you will be working with to build your home.
We will touch on that in another section below.
What Is WordPress Hosting?
Now that you have an address, you need a piece of land to build your home.
A WordPress hosting (also known as web hosting) provides you with that land.
It is a server that stores your website’s information and files.
It is similar to having a home to house pieces of furniture and electronics.
WordPress will be one of your furniture.
The web host will act as your contractor too, to build your website along with you.
This site uses Serverfreak for its WordPress hosting and the team has provided an excellent support in building my site.
As I have mentioned earlier, you can pick a web host from Mynic’s reseller list.
Just remember to read reviews before engaging their services.
It is important to get a managed WordPress hosting.
When it is managed, your WordPress host will handle all complicated technical issues for you.
How To Install WordPress?
Once you have selected your managed web hosting provider, it’s time to install WordPress.
How do you do it?
Just get web hosting provider to install it for you.
You can choose to install it by yourself if you want to.
However, it’s best to leave the technical bits to your web host.
You can log into WordPress after installation is complete.
You can access the login page by going to this page:
Your web host will provide you with the username and password.
Once you have logged in, remember to change your password.
Congratulations! Give yourself a pat for making it this far.
Now you can start creating your own website.
Using A WordPress Theme
Using a theme for your WordPress is like having your home designed.
Both inside and outside so that it looks great.
Your current WordPress comes with a standard theme with basic functions.
This is how can get a new theme by using your WordPress dashboard.
Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New
You can browse through all the themes and download them for free.
A variety of themes are available for:
Pick one that suits your needs.
I use GeneratePress as the theme for this site.
You can download it for free too.
Just search for “GeneratePress” under Add New and you will find it.
If you want high-end themes with drag and drop functions, you can purchase them from Envato’s Themeforest.
The cost of these themes ranges from 40 to 60 US dollars.
Protecting Your Website
Having a great website design is useless if security is neglected.
You would get additional locks for your own home, wouldn’t you?
Same goes for your website.
You have worked hard to build your website.
I’m sure you do not want someone else hacking into your website, taking it apart.
The very least you can do is to use two-factor authentication (2FA) for your site.
I personally recommend using Unloq.
Very sleek and easy to set up.
You can download this for free under Plugins (more on this in the next section).
What is 2FA?
The concept is exactly the same as doing transactions online with your credit card or banking account.
An OTP (one-time password) will be sent to your smartphone to confirm a transaction.
In this case, a link will be sent to your email.
Upon confirmation then will you be allowed to log in your website.
Even if a hacker had guessed your password correctly, he will not be able to enter your website without a link.
There are other security measures but as a starter, use a 2FA first.
The other 2FA plugin that I would recommend is Rublon.
This is another user-friendly 2FA plugin that you may like.
Give them both a try and see which suits you better.
What Are Plugins?
Plugins are enhancements to your website.
Like a home, you buy an oven, a refrigerator, air-conditioners and so on to make it better.
By installing plugins, you make your website design, better.
But not all plugins are created equal.
Some are really great, and some can be really terrible that they can break your website.
To install a plugin:
Dashboard > Plugins > Add New
Search for a plugin that you need, just like Rublon.
After installation, remember to activate it.
You can easily remove a plugin by simply deactivating it, then delete.
Plugins > Installed Plugins > Deactivate > Delete
With everything now in place, it is time to create content for your website.
You can’t be having a nice looking website without content, can you?
WordPress gives you the option to create either a page or a post.
What is the difference?
- Pages are the main pillars of your website design.
- They tell visitors what your website is all about.
- Visitors can’t leave a comment on pages.
- No date and time stamp.
- The main important pages include:
- Homepage (yourdomain.my)
- Shipping and returns (if you run a store)
- Your main bulk of activity will be here.
- It includes all your daily, weekly or monthly writings.
- Your visitors will be able to leave a comment.
- You can interact with your visitors through posts.
- Each post has a date and time stamp.
Therefore, create your main pages first.
You can put these pages in a menu so visitors can access them easily.
Once you have your pages up, start writing your posts.
Graphic designs and website creation go hand-in-hand.
What happens you do not know how to create any graphics?
Not to worry.
There are sites which you can go to for your graphics needs.
Canva allows you to create any designs through drag and drop.
Plenty of templates to choose from.
Not just for your website, but graphics for your social sites too.
Very easy to use even for a beginner.
If you want a unique design, something that only appears on your site then Fiverr is a good option.
The fee for each job ranges from 5 US dollars to over hundreds.
Say, if you need a unique logo for your website.
You can get one designed for as low as 10 US dollars.
Set Up An Online Store
Do you want to sell products through your website?
You know what?
You can easily convert your WordPress website into an online store.
So, how do you do it?
You can easily change your website into a store by simply downloading a plugin.
The plugin is called WooCommerce.
Once you have the plugin installed, you can start adding products to your website.
Dashboard > Products > Add New
Through WooCommerce, you can:
- set up prices for your products.
- adjust payment modes such as bank transfer, cheque or cash on delivery.
- determine the shipping cost.
- keep track of your inventory.
- tabulate your earnings and lots more.
Therefore, have fun tweaking your store to your liking!
More importantly, remember to select a WordPress theme that supports a WooCommerce.
After all, you want a great looking store to get your customers to buy from you.
Now It’s Your Turn
Great! Now that you have all the details in hand, I’m sure you’re ready.
All geared up to create your very first website. Good luck!
Or, you are still not that confident yet?
If you are, feel free to shoot any questions which you have in mind.
I’m more than glad to have them answered.
In this age and era, WordPress security is a necessity, and it’s definitely not an option.
Otherwise, your hard work on creating your website will be in vain.
You can keep your website safe and sound with these easy and actionable WordPress security tips.
Use A Strong Password
This is the basic of all basics.
Never use a password that can be guessed easily.
Always avoid using numerical or alphabets in order such as 123 or ABC.
If you find it hard to remember, then write it down and store it someplace safe.
Although the most convenient way is to store your password in your PC or smartphones.
However, that’s not recommended because someone may have access to your password.
Especially in an unsecured connection, like a public WiFi.
An administrator has the highest level of power over a WordPress website.
That role itself allows you to do almost anything with your website.
If you have too many administrators on your website, you’re just worsening your WordPress security.
Common sense, really.
More users, the harder the environment can be controlled.
Different users have different password preferences and login locations and that’s beyond your control.
Indirectly, you’re just exposing your website to a higher risk of being hacked.
So, if you really need more than 1 administrator account, then keep it to a bare minimum.
Change Your Default Username
If you’re still using WordPress default username “admin”, that’s a big no-no.
You’re just making it easier for others to get into your website.
Therefore, how do you change it?
All you need to do is to create a new user with administrator capabilities.
Dashboard > Users > Add New
Remember to set the role to Administrator.
Then, log out and log in using your new one.
Users > All Users
Then delete the “admin”.
You will not able to delete the “admin” until you have logged into your new one.
Keep WordPress Up-To-Date
This is by far one of the easiest WordPress security tips that can be implemented.
All you need to do is to update WordPress to its latest version.
Dashboard > Updates
WordPress constantly improves its security and fixes bugs regularly through its updates.
Many people are concerned that updating their WordPress website.
That’s understandable because the latest version may not work with older WordPress plugins.
You could possibly break the functionality of your website.
Minor WordPress updates are done automatically.
However, you’ll get a notification when a major update is available.
Therefore, always make a backup copy of your website first before you perform any major WordPress updates.
Better be safe than sorry.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
To beef up your WordPress security, you can implement two-factor authentication (2FA).
Even if someone is able to guess your username and password correctly, they will not be able to get into your website.
2FA adds another layer of security to your website.
What does it do?
It works similarly with one-time passwords (OTPs) sent by banks.
When you want to make a transaction, an OTP will be sent to your mobile for confirmation.
Same goes for 2FA.
When you want to log into your website, a confirmation will be sent to you.
It can be in the form of:
- E-mail link
- App notification
- QR code generator
Personally, I find Unloq very simple to use, with a clean and modern interface.
You can customize the outlook of the login part.
The best part of all, it’s free with all features included out of the box.
You pay only when you have more than a 100 users.
Loginizer is another very popular 2FA in the WordPress directory.
It has 700,000+ active installations on WordPress with a 5-star rating.
Not only does it function as a 2FA, but it has a lot of other security functions that you can do with it.
However, the 2FA comes as an add-on feature by purchasing the premium version of the plugin.
If you’re just starting out and just wants a simple 2FA, go with Unloq.
WordPress Security Plugins
In order to beef up your WordPress security, it’s a must to get a security plugin.
For most regular users, you just don’t know where to begin.
Therefore, these plugins will keep your website secure in most aspects.
Of course, not all security plugins are created equal.
You will have to pick one that suits your needs the best.
The most popular WordPress security plugin is Sucuri.
It allows you to scan for malware and also grants you the necessary security protection for your site.
The downside of the free plugin is that it does not come with a firewall.
You will have to pay for that service.
The other top-notch security plugin that I find really useful is SecuPress.
SecuPress is kind of the underdog here.
Unlike Sucuri, SecuPress allows you to set up a firewall to prevent attacks.
To further enhance its firewall properties, there is a premium plugin for it as well.
However, the free version of SecuPress does not come with a malware scanner.
You can eliminate the need for a malware scanner.
By keeping your site well protected.
If your site has been infected with malware, both Sucuri and SecuPress are able to remove it for you.
That being said, you will not be able to remove it with the free plugins.
You will have to use Sucuri’s premium service to have it removed.
Or SecuPress’ malware removal service.
And from a Malaysian’s standpoint of view, both services are very expensive!
Therefore, it should be your number 1 priority to keep your site well protected in the first place.
Use A Premium WordPress Theme
You should also focus on getting a reputable WordPress theme for your website.
It’s amazing to know that a majority of WordPress websites are hacked are related to themes.
According to an infographic by WP Template, 29% of the hacks are related to WordPress themes.
As you can see, that’s a lot!
It’s very tempting to get a free theme without paying extra.
However, some themes may not have been updated for ages and you might be exposing your website to risks of being hacked.
I’m not saying that all premium themes are great.
But, in all honesty, they are better than free themes in general.
It’s safe as long as the creators keep updating their themes regularly.
Of course, you’ve got to read up reviews about the theme that you are getting first.
Read also: How to install WordPress themes
Secure Your Backend
You don’t really hear this often from websites that write on WordPress security tips.
However, from the pie chart above, a whopping 41% of WordPress hacks are related to your web hosting.
As a matter a fact, there’s a lot of ways a hacker can gain access to your WordPress files.
There are many ways a hacker can enter you can access your files.
Of course, one of it is through WordPress itself.
However, the other way of getting to your files is through your web hosting provider.
If you can log into your web host’s website using a simple username and password, so can a hacker.
Or are you using a web hosting control panel such as cPanel?
Someone can easily access your files if you did not place any security on them.
So what can you get your web hosting to do?
- Enable a firewall (such as ModSecurity) if available.
- Check if 2FA is available.
- Activate hotlink protection to prevent others from linking your files without permission.
- Configure an SSL for your website (may incur charges).
What’s an SSL?
The sign of the green lock indicates that your connection is secure.
That’s an SSL.
Your web hosting provider can set it up for you.
Backup Your Website
The last thing on your to-do list if to make a backup copy of your website.
You can do a website backup using 2 ways:
- Backup manually through your web hosting provider.
- Use a WordPress backup plugin.
When all else fails, and you can’t figure out what’s wrong with your website, you can restore to it to the previous setting.
Of course, you may lose some of the recent updates.
And it depends on how frequent you backup your website.
To be honest, it’s best to backup your website using a WordPress plugin.
- You get to schedule your backups be it hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
- The data is stored in another server such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc.
- If your server fails, your backup survives in another location.
- Backup is just a few simple clicks away.
- There’s no need to mess around with your server’s settings.
UpdraftPlus is a very popular backup plugin among WordPress users.
And with over 1,000,000 over installs, there has to be a reason.
This plugin is very simple to use and it gets the job done, fast.
Apart from that, the basic functions are more than sufficient for normal websites.
And the best part, it’s free to use!
However, if you choose to backup manually through your web hosting provider, be sure to download a copy unto your PC.
At least, if your server goes down, the backup remains safe on your personal hard drive.
It’s Now Your Turn
It’s easy to implement these security tips without needing the knowledge to code or change any of your WordPress files.
Therefore, I hope you will find them useful.
So which one will you use first?
Are you going to start using a 2FA?
Or will you be changing your WordPress theme?
Or are you going to rely on a WordPress security plugin?
Are you planning to get your online business up? Great! Use this WooCommerce (Malaysia) setup guide to reach your goal.
Although it’s for public consumption, it’s made in a Malaysian context hence the (Malaysia).
We’ll be touching on these aspects:
- Installing and setting up WooCommerce (Malaysia) store.
- Creating shipping zones.
- Getting your product pages up.
- Payment gateways.
- Using the right WordPress theme for your site.
WooCommerce is an e-commerce plugin made for WordPress. It is suitable for small and large-sized businesses.
You’ll fit right in nicely regardless of the size of your business. Let’s get started then.
First, you’ve got to install the WooCommerce plugin first. Don’t search for WooCommerce (Malaysia) because it does not exist.
Open up your WordPress dashboard and head over to the plugins section. Then, search for “WooCommerce” in the plugins directory and it should appear.
Install and activate it and you’ve got yourself a nice e-commerce website. Of course, for it to be fully functional, you have to start getting your products up.
Set Up Your E-commerce Website
Before you start adding products, you will need to set up Woocommerce correctly first.
You should be able to see a new option called WooCommerce on your dashboard now.
WooCommerce > Settings
Can’t be doing business without an address, can you?
You don’t have to put in your store address if want to keep it a secret. Even then, this option will not reveal your address to the visitors.
So don’t worry about it.
More importantly, you will need to set your selling and shipping location. As this will affect your shipping zones later on.
Let’s put Malaysia for now.
We will touch on the shipping zones in the next section.
Create Shipping Classes
As an e-commerce website, you will be likely selling products through Malaysia.
Before you create shipping classes, you have to understand how couriers in Malaysia work first.
Generally speaking, we have West Malaysia (peninsular) and East Malaysia, which includes Labuan, Sabah & Sarawak.
Of course, the shipping fees are way cheaper when you ship in the west as compared to east.
What’s worse, when the combined products are so heavy and you are shipping to the east, it’ll cost you a bomb!
Therefore, these classes will help you to charge different shipping fees, depending on how heavy the products are.
So how do we set it up?
WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Classes
Depending on what you are selling, you may want to create shipping classes based on weight first.
- Below 0.9 kg
- 1 kg to 1.9 kg
- 2.0 kg to 2.9 kg
- 3.0 kg and above
By having shipping classes, you can determine the total weight of your customer’s products and charge a fee accordingly.
Create Shipping Zones
Once you have your shipping classes, you can start creating zones.
WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones
So here we are in the zones section.
To be honest, it can feel quite intimidating when you look at the options.
However, it’s really simple once you’ve set your selling and shipping location earlier.
Feel free to give a name to your zones. I find it the easiest just to put them as West and East Malaysia.
Hopefully, your geography lessons served you well.
Hover your mouse over the respective zones and you should see an edit button.
Shipping methods > Add shipping method
You can choose between 3 options:
- Flat rate
- Free shipping
- Local delivery
You can charge a fee when you use the flat rate for your e-commerce website.
Free shipping is, well, free. You can pick local delivery is your store allows customers to pick up their orders by themselves.
As for now, go ahead and pick a flat rate. Again, hover your mouse to edit it.
You can now set the cost of your shipping fee.
Also, if you notice, there’s a list of shipping classes just below it. Meaning, if the product is heavier, you can add an additional fee to it.
Once you’re done, scroll right to the bottom of the page until you see the option “Calculation type”.
Interestingly, you can charge a fee for each shipping class in the basket or the most expensive one only.
In the end, the choice is yours.
And that’s pretty much it for shipping zones. Well done!
Set Up A Payment Gateway
You’ll find this the most interesting part.
After all, it’s the best feeling (ever) when you get a successful sale.
WooCommerce offers 4 standard payment options upon installation:
- Direct bank transfer
- Cheque payments
- Cash on delivery
To be honest, PayPal and direct bank transfer are the most useful ones.
If you’re delivering the items by yourself, cash on delivery can be a suitable option.
But it’s not exactly logical in the long run when you plan to use a courier later on.
You can set up direct bank transfer easily.
Then you have the popular payment gateways in Malaysia such as:
There’s a lot more but these are the favourites.
In my humble opinion, the best value for money would be SenangPay and Billplz.
SenangPay simply has the lowest credit card charge compared to the others.
On the other hand, Billplz has no setup or annual fee for its services with next day settlement.
Therefore, if your customer pays for your products today, you will receive the payment the next business day.
Very good when you need quick cash flow so you’re not all tied down. Other payment gateways may take 1-2 weeks.
Personally, I use Billplz for another site of mine and it works flawlessly for an e-commerce website.
You can easily use these payment gateways by searching for them through the WordPress plugins directory.
The ones available in the directory are:
If you want to use the others, you may have to contact the company to have them integrated for you.
Remember to sign up for your preferred payment gateway first before you start using it.
Otherwise, it won’t work by just installing the plugin.
You need all the necessary keys for it to function.
And once it’s all set and done, you’re ready to create your product pages!
Create Product Pages
After installing WooCommerce, you should see another section called “Products” on your dashboard.
Products > Add New
You can now start adding in products to your e-commerce website. You can add as many products as you want.
The sky is your only limit.
Here are the things that you need to fill up to get a product page running:
- Product name
- Description of the product
- Product category
- Product image
- Price of the product
- Shipping class
It looks a lot but it’s actually very simple. Just take one step at a time, you’ll be there.
Now, if you want to keep track of your stock, you have to tick Manage Stock under the Inventory tab.
With that, you’ll be able to set the quantity. As a result, you’ll be notified once your stock runs low.
Also, customers won’t be able to buy the product once it touches 0.
You definitely do not want unhappy customers complaining about paying for a product which is out of stock. Saves you a lot of hassle, really.
And, do you remember the shipping classes earlier?
This is where you set them. You can key in the weight and dimensions of your products as well.
Then pick the right shipping class for your product so it’s charged appropriately. Go ahead, tweak with the other settings too.
You’ll get better once you start experimenting with them.
E-commerce Website Themes
Finally, you’ve reached the last chapter.
Apart from getting everything up and running in the background, the outlook of your store is important too.
It has to be designed, not only to be nice looking but also user-friendly. Therefore, getting a suitable WordPress theme is very important.
What are the recommended themes for an e-commerce website?
Truth be told, the list is endless.
However, I’ll recommend these two:
- Storefront (free theme)
- Flatsome (premium theme)
You basically can’t go wrong with Storefront. One thing for sure, it’s free.
And it works with WordPress customizer so you can set up your store quickly. To top it all, the theme is designed by WooCommerce.
WooCommerce itself has its own large database of plugins.
Therefore, if you plan to get any these WooCommerce plugins, be rest assured that they will fit right in.
Flatsome, on the other hand, is a premium theme. With more than 70,000 sales on Themeforest, it is the #1 best-selling WooCommerce WordPress theme.
Can’t be #1 without a good reason, right?
What’s great about this theme is that it comes with a drag and drop page builder. Very useful if you do not want to mess around with codes, CSS, HTML and stuff.
Also, another very important factor. It’s optimized for speed!
Who likes a slow-loading e-commerce website? Do you?
Read also: How to install WordPress themes
Your WooCommerce (Malaysia) Store Is Now Ready!
Congratulations! Your store is now ready to receive customers.
But, before that. Remember to be a customer of your own store first.
From the moment a customer visits your e-commerce website until he/she checkouts, make sure it’s all running smoothly. Any glitch in the system may just lose you a customer.
So, did you encounter any issues in creating your own store using WooCommerce?
What was the most difficult part of it?
Are you looking for WordPress themes as you want to change the look of your website?
Then look no further.
Here’s a straightforward guide on how to install WordPress themes for your website.
In this topic, we will look at:
- WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
- how to install these themes.
- the difference between free and premium WordPress themes.
- where to get premium themes.
WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
The first thing to note.
Are you using a WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
If you are using WordPress.com, you will not be able to use a different group of premium themes like WordPress.org.
How do you know which one that you are using?
If you have signed up for a website at WordPress.com, and your URL is:
Then, you are using a WordPress website which is hosted by WordPress itself.
And if your URL is:
Then you are using WordPress.org.
Why is this important?
This is because this will determine which premium themes you can use.
Read also: How To Create A Website Using WordPress
Using Free WordPress Themes
For both WordPress.com and WordPress.org users, you can use the free themes from the WordPress directory.
So, how do you change your theme?
Go to your website’s dashboard.
Appearance > Themes
You will be able to see all the themes available.
However, the most noticeable difference between these 2 WordPress versions:
- You can purchase premium themes directly from WordPress.com.
- There is no Add New option on WordPress.com.
- No option to make a purchase while using WordPress.org.
- Only free themes are available in WordPress.org.
You can preview the theme first before switching to it completely.
Once you have installed it, just activate the theme.
And that’s it.
Also, it’s always a good practice to disable all the plugins first before activation.
This allows you to pinpoint to a particular plugin which does not work well with the installed theme.
Filtering Free WordPress Themes
There is a good nifty trick in which you can do while you look for free WordPress themes.
This is only available if you are using self-hosted versions of WordPress.
The WordPress.com does not come with this feature.
You can actually filter out any unwanted themes and focus on the ones you are after.
As you can see, the subject itself is more than enough to filter down the right WordPress themes for you.
You just have to know what type of website you are actually making.
If you are not familiar with the other features and layout, just leave them out.
At least you won’t be scrolling endlessly while searching for one.
Using Premium WordPress Themes
Here comes the major difference between the 2 versions of WordPress.
For WordPress.com users, you can only install premium WordPress themes provided by WordPress itself.
However, you can upload 3rd party themes if you’ve upgraded to WordPress Business Plan.
The plan itself will cost you 25 US dollars/month.
Otherwise, you will not be given the option to do so.
WordPress.org on the other hand, will not be able to install premium themes directly from the search directory.
However, you may still be able to find the same themes available, and install them differently.
And how do you do that?
Back to your WordPress dashboard.
Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload Theme
As you can see, there is an upload function.
You can upload a theme in .zip format directly from your computer desktop.
But of course, you have to first purchase the theme and download it unto your computer first.
We will talk about this in the next section.
Buying A Premium WordPress Theme
Like I mentioned earlier, WordPress.com users can just purchase it directly from WordPress itself.
Very straightforward and easy.
All you need to do is just, pay.
Now, for WordPress.org (it’s called self-hosted WordPress too) users, this is what you need to do.
The most popular market to purchase these premium themes will be from Themeforest.
These themes are managed by third-party groups.
Meaning, there is a dedicated team that fixes and updates each theme on a regular basis.
Once you have purchased a theme, sign up with the respective theme’s site.
You will be given a license key to get theme updates through your WordPress dashboard.
If you have purchased a theme from Themeforest, you can get it from the Downloads section.
Download the PDF and get the license key.
It’s also important to do so because you’ll need the support for the theme.
What kind of support?
For many reasons:
- The theme is not working with plugins.
- Regular updates.
- To report bugs and hopefully, to get a fix.
- For new features that could be added in future updates.
The Best WordPress Theme
Like everyone else, we want to get the best theme out of everything.
If life was that easy, you wouldn’t be living it.
Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all theme.
Of course, premium WordPress themes have more functionality compared to the free ones.
That’s given, considering you are paying for the theme.
However, the best theme is considered a theme that suits your needs.
For instance, I like a fast loading website.
So does Google too.
And GeneratePress (the theme that I am using now) is considered one of the fastest loading WordPress theme.
Therefore, I use GeneratePress.
Simple as that.
Although GeneratePress is a free theme which is available through the WordPress theme directory, I needed more functionality.
Hence, I upgraded GeneratePress to it’s premium version.
This website was tested with GTMetrix without any cache plugin.
A cache plugin helps to speed up your website.
Nonetheless, as you can see, the loaded time is remarkably fast.
And the fact that the size of this theme (less than 30kb) is very small.
So, ask yourself this before you install a theme.
Don’t just only go for just how it looks but consider these factors:
- Is website loading speed your priority?
- Do you need more functionality such as e-commerce capabilities?
- Does it come with a drag-and-drop function?
- Any issues with commonly used plugins?
- Is price a factor?
- How long is the theme support (lifelong or renewable) given?
- Are you a minimalist or a completionist?
Once you have a clear idea of your priorities, you will be able to get the best theme for yourself.
Also, not forgetting, read reviews of WordPress themes are very important.
It gives you a better insight on which theme works best.
How To Delete WordPress Themes
After you have installed a new theme, your old theme has become rather useless.
Like it or not, you’re more likely of not using it in the future anymore.
You can remove these themes as they hog up precious space in your web server.
Also, when you are trying out new themes in the beginning, you will need to download these themes.
It tends to slip our minds of having of removing them.
Therefore, it’s always a good practice to delete WordPress themes which you are not using.
First, go back to your themes directory.
Open up the WordPress theme which you are not using.
You should be able to see a Delete option at the bottom right corner.
However, if the delete function is not made available:
- You have only 1 WordPress theme left.
- A security plugin may be preventing you from deleting it.
Now It’s Your Turn
With this, I hope you will be able to change your theme with ease.
And of course, to get the best theme of the so many themes available.
So which theme did you pick in the end?
Was there any difficulty in installing the theme by yourself?
As usual, I’m always glad to answer any questions, if you have any.
Are you looking for an affordable payment gateway in Malaysia? Then, you’ll enjoy reading this Billplz tutorial.
- Very affordable plans.
- It costs RM 1.50 only per transaction.
- No downpayment fees.
- It makes the checkout process a breeze.
- Supports almost all the banks in Malaysia.
- You can opt to include in credit cards too.
I am a WooCommerce user.
Therefore, I will be focusing mainly on how to set up Billplz from WooCommerce point of view.
Now, before you start signing up for it, this is what you need:
- A registered company.
- A business registration number.
- A company bank account number.
If you are an individual with a personal savings/current bank account, then you are out of luck.
As as result, Billplz will not approve your application.
Once you have all the details stated above, it’s time to sign up!
You will be greeted with this at the registration page.
Just fill up the required details and that’s it!
All you need to do is to wait for your bank account to be verified.
Verification will take a couple of days so just relax.
You can log in to check the verification status under Account Settings.
Once you are verified, you are good to go!
Installing Billplz Plugin
As I have mentioned earlier, I will be focusing on WooCommerce.
Therefore, it is important that the WooCommerce plugin is installed first.
To use the plugin, simply head over to the plugins directory on your WordPress dashboard.
Plugins > Add New > Search “Billplz”
You will notice these 3 categories, Billplz for:
- Easy Digital Downloads
Well, no brainer here.
Install the one for WooCommerce.
Once it’s installed, remember to activate it.
All you need to do now is to set it up correctly to receive payments.
Setting Up Billplz
In order for the plugin to work correctly, you have to key in the right details.
Now, back to your WordPress dashboard first.
WooCommerce > Payment > Billplz > Manage
You will be greeted with this page.
Before you enable it, make sure you fill up all the required details first.
More importantly this 3 columns:
- API Secret Key
- Collection ID
- X Signature Key
What are all these?
The API Secret Key is meant to connect your Billplz account to your plugin.
The Collection ID is for you to collect your payments.
As for X Signature Key, it’s meant for your customers to return to your website after making a payment.
Even if a customer cancels a payment, he/she will be returned to your website.
Otherwise, your customer will end up on an odd-looking blank page.
Of course, this is definitely not wanted.
Because you may end up losing a customer if he/she decided to cancel a payment to make adjustments to the shopping basket.
So, where do you get all these keys?
After you have logged into Billplz:
Settings > Keys & Integration
You can get your API Key and X Signature Key from the above.
Also, remember to enable X Signature payment completion.
Otherwise, your customers will not be redirected back to your website.
As for the Collection ID:
Billing > Create Collection
After you’ve created your collection, you will be given a Collection ID.
Enter it into your WooCommerce settings.
You can create multiple Collection IDs but one would be enough for now.
Well, unless you’re running multiple stores at once then you can create as many as you need.
Once you have filled up the necessary details, you can enable Billplz.
Here comes the interesting part.
You want it to be more personalized.
At least for me, that’s very important when it comes to function and looks.
Remember in Chapter 3, you are given the options change the Title and Description.
- Make the title easily recognizable, at least for fellow Malaysians.
- Online banking or internet banking are the more common terms.
- Your description should be short and sweet.
- Do not write an essay.
You can also edit the button itself.
Not many are familiar with Billplz yet compared to MolPay or iPay88.
So if the button is “Pay with Billplz”, some may be a bit hesitant to do so.
Instead, you can change it to “Pay Now”.
This will definitely increase the chances of your customer taking an action.
And lastly, you can change the default payment image.
No offence to Billplz but I find the default image a little odd to my liking.
Therefore, with a little tweak behind the scenes, you can change to an image you want.
This is how it looked like after the change.
It looks more pleasant to the eyes, at least for me.
So how are we going to change it?
This itself is going to be a little tricky as you need to log into your web hosting server to change it.
You will have to it via FTP or a web hosting control panel such as cPanel.
Look for the Billplz plugin folder.
public_html > wp-content > plugins > billplz-for-woocommerce > assets
You will notice a filename called billplz.gif in the folder.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Get your replacement image ready, be it in jpg, gif or png format.
- Upload the image into the assets folder.
- Write down the filename of your new image.
- Keep the original file.
public_html > wp-content > plugins > billplz-for-woocommerce > billplzWoo.php
Now, look for the billplzWoo.php file.
Open up the file using an editor.
Use the search function (Ctrl+F) to look for the line that contains billplz.gif.
Replace it with the filename of your new image.
And that’s pretty much it.
Double check and see if your new image has replaced the default image.
If it has, well done!
You have successfully customized Billplz.
Finally, it’s time to start using Billplz.
Apart from the slightly complicated customization part, it is a relatively straightforward process.
To start using, you’ve got to pick a plan first.
For a start, you can go with the Standard plan first.
You can feel at ease since there’s no additional monthly charges involved.
Once your sales pick up, you can upgrade to the Preferred plan any time.
Also, if you want your store to feel a little more premium, you can add in the Premium option.
This allows you to skip the Billplz page completely so they will not be seen as the middle-man.
So, it’s just you and the banks involved.
Once your Billplz is up and running, you can download account statements from the dashboard.
Billplz + Credit Cards
If you like to have an option for your customers to pay with credit cards, Billplz can accept payments on their behalf.
One important thing to note.
Billplz does not process credit card payments.
Also, you would need to pay a small fee of RM30/month for credit card payments to be accepted.
Nonetheless, this is completely optional and you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
Personally, I don’t find this entirely useful if you are using WooCommerce.
As you can see, you can use PayPay straight from WooCommerce itself.
And you can download the 2C2P plugin from the WordPress plugins directory.
All you need to do is just to set up an account with either PayPal or 2C2P.
Don’t you think you get no extra benefits by doing the additional work?
Now It’s Your Turn
Yup. That’s pretty much all there is on how to use Billplz for WooCommerce.
Hope you find this tutorial useful.
So, which plan will you be using?
And, was the set up easy?
Or are you having difficulties setting it up?
Let me know in the comments section so we can learn together.