How to Setup WooCommerce Blog and Contact Pages
If you've been following this series on how to build a professional eCommerce site with WordPress, WooCommerce and the WooStore theme then you know that we're building WorldCupTees.com from start to finish. In the last couple tutorial videos we showed you how to setup the home page featured image slider as well as how to setup the WooCommerce widgets. In this WooCommerce tutorial we'll show you how to setup your Blog and Contact Us pages.
Setting up your Blog page with WooCommerce
An active blog is an essential component of a profitable eCommerce site. A good blog will help to accomplish a number of important things such as…
- A blog will keep your site updated with fresh content which is great for SEO and organic search traffic
- It will allow you to interact with your customers and keep them up-to-date on your latest products
- It will potentially open additional passive income streams via affiliate marketing and/or Adsense
WooCommerce makes it very easy to build a blog into your eCommerce site. In fact, setting up a blog is as easy as creating a new Page in the WordPress admin. Here's how to setup your Blog page…
In the WordPress admin go to Pages > Add New > give the page a title such as “Blog” > on the right hand side of the page in the “Page Attributes” section select “Blog” from the Template drop-down box > click “Publish” > a “Blog” page will show up in the top navigation of the site and each new Post you create will automatically show up on the Blog page.
Creating your Contact page with WooCommerce
Another essential part of an eCommerce site is the “Contact Us” page. The Contact page makes it easy for your site visitors, potential customers and active customers to reach you for whatever the reason may be. Like the Blog page, WooCommerce makes it easy to setup your Contact page. Here's how to setup your Contact page…
In the WordPress admin go to Pages > Add New > enter “Contact” for the page title > on the right side of the screen under Page Attributes select “Contact Form” from the Template drop down box > click Publish > go to WooStore > Theme Options > Subscription Settings > in the “Contact Form E-Mail” field enter the email address that you want the contact form to send emails to > click “Save All Changes” > the Contact page has been created and configured.
Other Recommended Pages
In addition to creating a “Blog” and “Contact Us” page, it's a good idea to also create a “FAQ” (frequently asked questions) and “About Us” page. The FAQ page is commonly used with eCommerce sites and will help reduce the amount of time you spend answering simple customer service related questions. The About Us page is a place to tell your story and give potential customers a background on who they are buying from and why they should buy from you.
Organize your eCommerce Pages with the pageMash Plugin
pageMash is a free WordPress plugin that allows you to control some important aspects of your site pages. For example, pageMash makes it possible to hide any pages that you do not want to show up in the site navigation. Also, it allows you to control the order in which pages display in the site navigation. When you install and activate the “pageMash” plugin, the pageMash management page will automatically show up under the “Pages” section in the WordPress admin. On the pageMash management page you'll be able to control the page order via a simple drag-and-drop interface as well as hide any page from showing in the navigation. We highly recommend using the pageMash plugin with all of your WordPress sites.
The Upload WP tutorial video below shows you how to setup your WooCommerce Blog and Contact pages…