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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

Getting ready to deploy

The first thing we need to consider is the current state of our site. Are we happy with the way it looks and runs right now? Naturally, we can continue to make additional changes once the files have been transferred to the production server, but there's no need to complicate what is meant to be a straightforward process. If there are any remaining visual or functional tweaks, go ahead and complete them before uploading your site to the server.

Otherwise, there are only a few quick adjustments we need to make within WordPress before we can upload everything.

Necessary WordPress adjustments

There are only two slight changes to WordPress that you should make before you can continue the deployment:

  1. Disable all WordPress plugins

  2. Change the URL

The first step is to disable all plugins within WordPress. Yes, this includes the WP e-Commerce plugin. To do so, the quickest way is to browse to the Plugins section, select all of your plugins, and choose Deactivate from the Bulk Actions...