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WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce

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WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce

Overview of this book

WordPress is easily one of the hottest platforms for building blogs and general web sites. With the addition of the WP e-Commerce plug-in, it's also a competent platform for easily creating and running an online store, capable of selling physical items as well as services and digital downloads. WordPress with e-Commerce offers every feature that a seller and a customer may need. You can build an online store that makes it easier for the customers to find and buy products.WordPress 2.9 e-Commerce focuses on the integration of WordPress with the WordPress e-Commerce plug-in, covering all aspects of building and developing an online store from scratch.This book provides a simple, step-by-step approach to developing an effective online store. It guides you through your initial planning and first steps, plug-in installation and configuration, building your catalog of products to sell, accepting payments for your orders, and dealing with taxes and shipping. You will also learn how to promote and market your new store, handle customer accounts and staff roles, and deal with essential store security.As you work through each chapter, your online store will grow in scope and functionality. By the time you finish this book, you will have a complete and working store, ready to release your products to the world.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
WordPress 2.9 -Commerce
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Free Chapter
Getting Started with WordPress and e-Commerce
Getting Ready to Sell
Configure Your e-Commerce Settings
Managing Your Product Catalog
User Accounts: Customers and Staff
Checkout and Payment Setup
Shipping, Taxes, and Processing Orders
Setting Up a WAMP Testing Platform


As you can see, WP e-Commerce has plenty of competitors, but it is competition that drives these products to become better. Though we are fond of WP e-Commerce, we welcome these competitors and congratulate them on their success. We all benefit as a result.

Chapter 10 covered:

  • YAK (Yet Another Kart)—an odd name for an e-Commerce plugin, but an impressive product, for free.

  • eShop—another open-source plugin. Very user-friendly and for free.

  • Shopp—powerful and elegant, yet commercial-only.

  • WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart—simplicity epitomized. It's short on features, and it's supposed to be that way.

  • Market Theme—a theme to the extreme, and not an actual plugin. It is commercial only.

No matter which plugin you use to power your new online store, we still have one major issue left to consider: how to bring customers through our virtual doors. In Chapter 11, we will cover marketing your new shop.