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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

WP e-Commerce tips

We have covered a lot of ground in this chapter, but before we bring it to a close, here are a handful of extra tips that will help you personalize your site and (hopefully) make it more aesthetically pleasing. These final tips only scratch the surface of what is possible, but should get you started in creating further customizations. For all of these tips, you will make your modifications to either an existing theme or a theme of your own creation inside the wp-content/uploads/wpsc/themes folder:

  • Change the appearance of the shopping cart widget

  • Use a custom Add to Cart image

  • Remove the sidebar Google Checkout button

Change the appearance of the shopping cart widget

Most shop owners are likely to run their shopping carts as a sidebar widget. Those who do will notice that the shopping cart is more functional than flashy. However, the shopping cart is easy to style using a few CSS tweaks.

To do so, open the stylesheet for your particular WP e-Commerce theme. Keep in mind that...