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With all of the available apps and plug-ins and such, the point-click-create a store sounds easy and implies minimal time.  That’s not really the case.  I just spent two hours learning about and setting options in Woocommerce.  While I am certain that is a fraction of the time it would have taken to code the entire thing, I still think advertising is misleading.

What takes time is product listing, setting up sales tax, payments and shipping zones.  I’m still researching exactly what API credentials are and exactly how to go about getting them.  I’ve opted to use Paypal for payments, which I hope will make things a bit easier.  I’ve been using Paypal for years and have never had any issue with them.

The next big test will be to see if I can successfully download photos to my newly upgraded laptop, or if yet another app will be required.  I’ve been using either stored images or royalty-free images from Pixabay up to this point.  I hope to go out to my crochet studio to get some pictures of finished products to upload into the shop this afternoon.

Then I will dive into learning all about web statistics and driving traffic to your website (another app?)  I don’t know if I will get to that today or not.  I have learned that a website is not something you can really put up and forget about.  It’s more of a constantly evolving work of art you hope the world will take the time to look at.