In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a WordPress shopping cart, using the BigCommerce WordPress plugin. We’ll go over the following things (in both video and written format, choose whichever you prefer!):
- What is BigCommerce (and the concept of “headless”)?
- How to download the plugin and create an account
- Setting up the WordPress store
- How to create a menu for the store
- Products on the BigCommerce platform
Watch the Screencast
Read the Tutorial
Let’s begin by answering this question:
1. What is BigCommerce?
BigCommerce is an eCommerce platform which powers over fifty thousand small and medium sized businesses, and over thirty thousand Fortune 1,000 companies (like Ford, Toyota, and Sony). BigCommerce is a SaaS product (software as a service) so is licensed and accessed via entirely online.
What makes BigCommerce different is its “headless” commerce approach. Being headless means that the presentation layer (what is seen by the user) is decoupled from the ecommerce layer. A traditional online store will usually be run on a system where the frontend is directly linked with the backend; everything is served from the same place. A headless system means that the frontend can be located wherever, and talks to the remote commerce layer via an API.
BigCommerce offer a “frontend” just like any other eCommerce service, but thanks to their headless approach you can also choose whichever CMS you’d like to plug your BigCommerce store into. And that gives you the WordPress shopping cart option.
2. How to Download the Plugin and Create an Account
The coupling of BigCommerce and WordPress is made much easier thanks to the plugin,