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The first step in setting up your WooCommerce-powered online store is to install WordPress and the WooCommerce plugin itself. But before doing so, you should check your hosting environment. As a guide, we recommend:

You should also check WordPress requirements.

PHP version less than 7.2+ and MySQL version less than 5.6 no longer receive active support and many versions are at End Of Life and are therefore no longer maintained. As such, using outdated and unsupported versions of MySQL and PHP may expose your site to security vulnerabilities.

Optional Items

Other optional things that may be required include:

  • CURL or fsockopen support, used by WooCommerce and by several of our integrations, e.g.,  PayPal IPN
  • Some extensions require SOAP support
  • Multibyte String support if you’re running a non-English store.
  • Additional requirements listed at Codex: Using Permalinks, if you want WordPress “pretty” permalinks.

After installing WooCommerce, check if your server has the items listed using the System Status page.

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