Ecommerce WordPress Q & A

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Nancy asks…

Looking for the best eCommerce for wordpress?

I’m looking for advice on what shopping cart is best to use with wordpress? eCommerce I have been using WP for years now and know it really well but I have never added a shopping cart to a site so any advice would be a HUGE HELP…

Simon answers:

WordPress e-commerce plug-ins are very powerful!  If your leary using an separate e-commerce product for the shopping cart, you can run on the same domain with the existing WP site on a sub-domain (shop.yourdomain.com) or in a sub-directory (www.yourdomain.com/shop).

Carol asks…

Im going to start a ecommerce shop on wordpress

I have a wordpress blog and I’ve started to think about opening a eshop for t shirts related to my blog. I was wondering if anyone had a blog with a eshop that they could share, so I could see how it may look if I choose to do so. Also, some have told me it’s hard to setup the eshop. What do you think? Hard or easy?
Thankssss for any help you can give!

Simon answers:

I’ve worked with many e-commerce platforms before, and all of them can be a bit involved to set up – but think about what it’s doing. It’s displaying products, running a charge for items, applying taxes and shipping, controlling inventory, etc.

So sure, it takes a little bit of time to set up, but thats the case with any shopping cart. As for WordPress and e-commerce I recommend using the plugin WooCommerce

If you wanted to set up a separate shopping cart you could install OpenCart in a subfolder of your blog. Then create links to it. OpenCart is free and open source too. It takes me about 4 hours to set up and configure a fully functional shopping cart with OpenCart.

I hope this helps!

Sandy asks…

What is better for a noob creating an ecommerce website – Joomla, WordPress or just an osCommerce cart?

I have limited skills. Will be selling hot sauces, approx 10 products max

Simon answers:

I would use WordPress and install the WooCommerce ecommerce plugin.

Ruth asks…

How capable is wordpress when it comes to Ecommerce?

I have made small stores with it via plugins but was wondering if it has the potential to scale to moderate sizes (1000+ products).

Simon answers:

Hi Ruth,

I would say it depends on the plugin and how well it scales with large catalogs.

MYSQL, the database behind WordPress, is certainly capable.

According to their FAQ, WP Ecommerce can handle thousands of products:

Thomas asks…

What’s the best hosting service for a WordPress blog and ecommerce site?

Simon answers:

We can offer you an account to host several websites. Excellent service with low prices. Unlimited bandwidth and more webspace than you’ll ever use. Hosting can include web design and online marketing tools with tons of extra options for site add-ons. Check out our hosting packages. Was highly recommended by the UK Webmaster site below…

Chris asks…

Is WordPress any Good for Ecommerce?

I have just started using WordPress for CMS and wondered whether it was any good for ecommerce?
Are there any disadvantages – or limitations – of WordPress as a cms/ecommerce site?

Simon answers:

There are no disadvantages to using WordPress to host your ecommerce store.

Helen asks…

Can you recommend a good WordPress ecommerce plugin?

Hi guys can you recommend a good WordPress ecommerce plugin?,
something that’s easy to use and maintain

THanks
please dont recommend the wp-ecommerce,, any commercial or open source , will do

Simon answers:

Jigoshop or WooCommerce are excellent plugins.. They are both very easy to set up and can handle custom attributes such as different sizes and colors for your products

 

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