How To Develop A Woocommerce Theme From Scratch?

Themes are one of the top elements that make a good website. In today’s scenario, WooCommerce is one of the most trusted and reliable eCommerce solutions worldwide. Well, instead of an e-commerce platform, I would rather say that WooCommerce is a combination of WordPress and eCommerce. And not just for WordPress it is available for anyone who wants to set up a store. Packed with a bunch of effectual and highly-flexible features, the simple looking plugin makes anyone open an e-Commerce online web store in just a few matter of seconds.

Why Woocommerce?

With a high level of security features, panoramic view of stores to check monthly sales, tax calculations and manage day-to-day store activities, any WooCommerce development company can provide an effective e-commerce solution to their online retailers of every sector. Other key features include:

  • It is an Open Source CMS but you may require paying for utilizing latest features and additions
  • Powerfully secured with robust shopping cart
  • E-commerce owners, as well as online retailers, can add infinite features and product lists under various categories just to extend store functionality
  • Easy customization of the website by the owner due to plenty of themes available
  • Multi-payment and Multi-shipping gateway support

WooCommerce Theme Development

Now making your theme match with the rest of your WooCommerce website can provide a great help in creating more professional and trustworthy shopping experience. Moreover, it extends your brand online. Woocommerce theme development is a kind of functionality integrated within the WordPress platform. When themes are built using WooCommerce custom development, one can receive the end product exactly the way they want. Key benefits included are:

  • Multi download features and products
  • Immediate access to widgets and subroutines, important pillars of scalable and robust online shopping stores
  • Eye-catching appeal for your website
  • Implementation of enhanced product panels
  • Integration of Google Analytics for better tracking
  • Lowest memory usage and quick loading of pages

Perfect when you have:

  • WordPress and WooCommerce installed
  • A good knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Basic understanding of the concepts of WooCommerce themes
  • The quest for learning and to acquire skills

How To Create A Woocommerce Theme?

The following post acts as a short WooCommerce development tutorial that will guide you well in creating new WooCommerce themes as well as how to edit the existing ones.

**Step -1 Declaring WooCommerce support ** Prior to creating any WooCommerce theme, it is important to declare WooCommerce support in the theme. Or else users are more likely to get a popup in the dashboard which says that the WooCommerce plugin development does not support the theme. Although it may look simple but it is extremely important. Next simply add the code to the functions.php file in your theme.

add_action( ‘after_setup_theme’,‘woocommerce_support’ ); function woocommerce_support() { add_theme_support( ‘woocommerce’ ); }

**Step -2 Creating the theme ** It’s time to create the theme. Although it comes with numerous default styles, all you need to do is override them and create the new ones. Now if you edit any original file, all the changes you make will be lost. So make sure not to edit any WooCommerce file. Instead what can you do is, create a new file to override the existing ones in the WooCommerce source theme directory. This can be done in two ways:

  • Create a custom CSS file
  • Create WordPress child theme

Creating custom CSS If the changes required in your WooCommerce theme are going to be on a minor level then the following method is the best:

  • Create a new CSS file
  • Name it as ‘cusotm-woocommerce.css.’
  • Save it in the directory wp–content/themes//css
  • Include this .css file into your theme in the foundation.php

function _woocommerce_scripts() { wp_enqueue_style( ‘custom-woocommerce-style’ , ’get_template_directory_uri() . ‘/css’ } add_action( ‘wp_enqueue_scripts’ , ‘_woocommerce_scripts’ );

  • You can now add your CSS to this file and it will override the default WooCommerce styles.

***Creating the child theme *** As the name implies the theme mainly pursues the functionality and style of another popular theme known as the ‘parent theme’. Child themes are one of the most recommended methodologies to change default themes.

How to Create a Child Theme from a Parent Theme?

  • Create the child theme directory. If you are creating for public use, append it with ‘-child’ to avoid confusion. In order to avoid errors during compilation, do not leave any space in the name of your child theme.
  • Place it under wp–content/themes
  • Create a child theme header which is provided to you as default.
  • Enqueue the parent and child theme stylesheets.

And you are almost done! Go to Administration Panels >> Appearance>> Themes.

Ways to Edit Templates in WooCommerce Themes

The Woocommerce plugin features some front-end HTML templates which can be accessed from wp-content/plugins/WooCommerce/templates. In case, if there is any kind of element for which one wants to change the location or remove it, it is much easy to edit instead of creating a theme from scratch. Follow the steps:

  • Create a new directory ‘WooCommerce’ in your theme directory.
  • Copy the template which you want to edit, from the wp–content/plugins/WooCommerce/templates directory
  • Next is to go back to the ‘WooCommerce’ directory, once you have copied the template and simply paste the copied template here.
  • You can now edit the new template and change its structure.

Conclusion I hope that this tutorial would have given an insight into the Woocommerce development. In case if you find yourself stuck in between of any procedure, feel free to get in touch with one of the most reliable Woocommerce developers of eTatvaSoft in town. Keep watching the space to get a better perspective!

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