While many bloggers are cashing in on paid advertising and affiliate fees, the options for setting up small shops is limited by â€œpluginâ€ store solutions. WordPress is great for building community, the ideal way to target your customers, but when it comes to adding a simple solution you are limited to the three main options available now:
by Owen Winkler (RedAlt) which is currently down. It is the shopping cart I use on Websitetology. Current link: http://www.websitetology.com/wp-content/uploads/microshop.zip
Paypal or checks only, it has some issues with data entry in the phone field, and has limited tax, shipping, and notation options.
Note: June 08 This solution was pre WordPress 2.0, it’s highly unlikely that it still works.
Last time I installed this, there was no payment gateway. It was the nicest integration of the three, but without checkout, it was worthless. Since I havenâ€™t tried to use it since June, I canâ€™t tell you what the status is now.
UPDATE: June 08, this plugin seems to be abandoned.
WP e-commerce lite
Weâ€™re using this on www.londonbaystationery.com. It has no way of setting tax per order, or shipping charges. The only included gateway is PayPal, for a fee you can add authorize.net and dps.co.nz
UPDATE: Jun 09 This plugin broke again with 2.8. It’s been a constant headache.
We broke down and purchased the Shopp plugin http://shopplugin.net/ it works flawlessly with 2.8.
We also looked at e-shop, http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/eshop/ but, we failed to rename the product page, and were in limbo for a while. It requires a page per post, which may or may not be a graceful way to handle things.
E-commerce with a WordPress shouldn’t be that difficult. While most of these solutions are limited to using WordPress with a PayPal solution, the ability to use other payment processors like 2checkout.com or google checkout should be available. WordPress is the easiest way to build a community- so shouldn’t it be just as easy to sell to your community?
A more complex option is to build a ZenCart site and add a WordPress blog to it with this module:
JUNE 08: Another open source option that looks good for a cart is Magento: http://www.magentocommerce.com/features
There isn’t a WordPress module- or integration- but, it’s getting rave reviews as a well written piece of code.
There must be other shopping cart plugins out there- but this is what we’ve found. If you have any others, please leave a link in the comments.
UPDATE: Jun 09 found this link with 10 shopping cart tools for WordPressÂ http://speckyboy.com/2008/10/23/10-powerful-shoppingecommerce-plugin-solutions-for-wordpress/
UPDATE: Apr 8 2010: Here is a comparison chart of carts: http://www.briggs.net.nz/log/2009/09/13/warts-and-all/