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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

Uploading your shop

Now that we have web hosting and a domain name, it's time to officially transfer from the testing platform to the production server. This process will involve:

  1. Setting up a new database

  2. Importing your WordPress database

  3. Uploading your WordPress files

  4. Editing your wp-config.php file

Setting up a new database

With your web browser, log in to your web host's control panel. Your host may use cPanel, or Plesk, or a custom control panel. No matter the case, navigate to the database section. You may only see a MySQL logo, or maybe a link called Manage Databases as follows:

Within that section, you should be able to create a new empty database as well as a new database user:

Some web hosts may automatically assign user privileges to the database. If your host requires that you manually assign user privileges, go ahead and do so now. The only database privileges required are select, insert, delete, update, create, drop, and alter, so try not to grant ALL privileges to that database user...