Wordpress: Store

seph ir oth

Mod'n Dat News Jon
Staff member
Hey guys,

Backstory: helping a friend get a site up n running, told him that for a quick initial website we should use a publishing platform like Wordpress, as a solid portion of the website is geared towards blogging functionality. He also wants a store section, though.

So, as for the store, I honestly have yet to explore options on how to do this. I was wondering if anyone has messed with Wordpress's plugins/addons/whathaveyou to create such functionality, or if I should go out of the way to create my own custom page on the site to get 'er done (some kind of shopping cart JS library, perhaps?).

Basically, I want to create the barebones first, which is the following:
  • Be able to let the site admin quickly and seamlessly add and remove products from the store page
  • Have users purchase items
Whether we do this initially by just having Paypal handle the transactions & have the sales site just be a pretty front to the Paypal links ... well, that's an option.

Future functionality that's preferred:
  • User store accounts (saves shipping address, credit card info, shopping cart)
  • Item stock (when site admin posts an item, tie an item stock # to it, if sold out, disable sales for it)
  • Transactions (be able to handle sales transactions all by itself, without a third party such as Paypal ... this one is probably much trickier
 

Accname

2D-Graphics enthusiast
To me it doesnt sound like a good idea to try to implement a shop yourself. Its always icky business when money is involved. Even slight mistakes can cost you and your friend big time. Just think about all the legal trouble you could get into if there was a security flaw.
 

seph ir oth

Mod'n Dat News Jon
Staff member
To me it doesnt sound like a good idea to try to implement a shop yourself. Its always icky business when money is involved. Even slight mistakes can cost you and your friend big time. Just think about all the legal trouble you could get into if there was a security flaw.
I agree with your sentiments. Anything I set up, even if temporary, will be thoroughly tested locally, even if my credit card company starts hating me for making multiple "transactions" during testing & cancelling them.

I will be exploring this route as a template for now, toy around with it, modify it to my needs ... and if it is not viable I will pull the brake on it.
 

EricLobster

New Member
Hey guys, Backstory: helping a friend get a site up n running, told him that for a quick initial website we should use a publishing platform like Wordpress, as a solid portion of the website is geared towards blogging functionality. He also wants a store section, though.
Dude just download something called a shopping cart. Most of them are free and Ecwid is like the 'wordpress' of shopping carts. It's free and they provide awesome invoicing templates too. Let us know how things turn out. You don't need to find a math expert for it either :) Come to think of it, this was actually being used by a dentist in Orangeville, Ontario. I'm not sure if it's true though but their is a good chance it is. They might have to pull up a medical invoice to prove it.
 
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seph ir oth

Mod'n Dat News Jon
Staff member
Let's not try n bump old threads, eh?

I believe I ended up sticking with some free Wordpress cart / paypal transaction code as a base & threw it on for him. From what I understand he's been doing business for a few years now successfully!

Dude just download something called a shopping cart. Most of them are free and Ecwid is like the 'wordpress' of shopping carts. It's free too. Let us know how things turn out.
 

EricLobster

New Member
Let's not try n bump old threads, eh?

I believe I ended up sticking with some free Wordpress cart / paypal transaction code as a base & threw it on for him. From what I understand he's been doing business for a few years now successfully!
Sorry about that bud - Didn't look at the date at all. Glad to hear he's doing good. Right on!
 
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