What if you become able to earn while you sleep? How would it be if you earn while you virtually have no products? And how would it feel when you earn while you are on leave or hanging out with friends and families?
Well, you can effortlessly start earning in these ways if you only possess an online multi-vendor marketplace. And guess what, you can start earning just like the way the successful entrepreneur, Leisa Papa is earning from her Little Kids Business.
In this article, I will be showing you the ways to create baby products online marketplace with the help of the Dokan multivendor marketplace.
Now, let's begin!
- WordPress Website
- WooCommerce (Free)
- Dokan (Free)
We assume that you have your WordPress site up and running and you have installed WooCommerce on your store.
However, if you do not know how to install WooCommerce, you can take help from this documentation.
Step 1: Configure Basic Settings
Now that you have installed WooCommerce, you have to configure some basic settings. Follow these steps:
Make sure to check the “Anyone can register” option from the WP Admin > General > Settings > Turn anyone can register on.
Next up, set some product categories like lotion, soap, diaper, apparel, etc. from the WP Admin Dashboard > Products > Categories.
Save your newly created categories.
Step 2: Install & Activate Dokan Plugin
Navigate to the WP Admin Dashboard > Plugins > Add New:
Now, search for “Dokan“. Then click on “Install Now“:
Hit the ‘Activate‘ button to take an effect:
Step 3: Set Selling Options
For each sale, you can earn from commissions. To set a commission, you need to go to the WP Admin Dashboard > Dokan > Settings:
By default, the selling option is set to 10. However, you can set any amount you want.
Step 4: Install & Activate Dokan Theme
Now, to get the best appearance of the Dokan plugin, you have to use a professional-quality theme. Fortunately, you can avail of the Dokan theme for free!
Click here to get the free Dokan theme right now!
However, there are many more premium themes in the market. Check out some of the most popular Dokan themes from here.
To install the Dokan theme, go to the WP Admin Dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Add New > Upload theme > Choose the Zip file. That's it!
Register as a Vendor
You can either register vendors manually or vendors can also register on their own. Now, let's get registered as a vendor:
Now, it's time to upload some products. To upload products, as a vendor, you need to navigate to the vendor dashboard > Select “Product” > Add new product. You will get a popup like this:
Finally, hit the Create Product button to add the product.
Unfortunately, in the free version of the Dokan theme, your vendors can not publish products on their own. Therefore, you will need to publish them manually.
To publish the products of the vendors, you will have to go to the WP Admin Dashboard > WooCommerce > Products > Edit > Publish.
Advanced Tips: Adding Slider
If you want to run a campaign on some certain products or if you want to showcase the best selling products on your home page then the Dokan slider can take you to the rescue.
To add Dokan slider, you have to navigate to the WP Admin Dashboard > Appearance > Slider > Add New Slider.
Here, you will have to give a name to the slider. Next up, add two or more slides.
Please note that when you are uploading images for the slider make sure to click on the “Insert into Post” button.
However, the slider will not show up automatically. Thus, you have to go to the WP Admin Dashboard > Appearance > Customize > Theme Settings > Now, select your newly created Dokan Slider.
From the same theme customizer location, you will also have to check the “Show the Slider on the home page”.
Voila! The slider will now take an effect like the following:
How the Customers Will See
When you have vendors and their products up and running on your website, customers can sign up and purchase from your store.
As a customer, you need to sign up like the following:
After registering on your website as a customer, you will be able to see the marketplace like this:
Now, you are all set to make money from your marketplace. As far as the payment system concerned, you may use any payment system that WooCommerce supports. You can find the payment methods from the WooCommerce > Settings > Payments.
You can also set the shipping rate from the WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping > Shipping Zones > Add Shipping Zone.
You can also set the shipping charge from the dashboard.
This is how Dokan can help you create baby products online marketplace for free! However, with the pro version, you can extend it's functionalities very easily.
If you are new to online business, we suggest you primarily use the free version. After that, when you gain a good number of vendors, you can go for the premium version.
Finally, if you are already using Dokan, let us know your experience in the comment section below.