Tag Archives: e-commerce

March 2014 Slides: iThemes Exchange

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The main topic at the March 2014 East Bay WordPress Meetup was iThemes Exchange, the most recent e-commerce plugin. Meetup description:

iThemes created Exchange to be easy to use: an end-user’s shopping cart. Chris Lema has heralded it as the simplest shopping cart (or membership system) to set up.  

This is not what you want for your complex custom jobs, but it might be what you want when clients need an easy way to sell a few products. (One of mine found it a lot easier to work with than Shopp, which she replaced with it.)

Let’s take a look at the features and extensions so far available and put them into the context of existing solutions like WooCommerce.

An examination of Exchange and its add-ins revealed one major flaw: no product variations. For anyone selling physical products (mugs, T-shirts, etc), this seems like a deal-breaker. (Product variations are in the development pipeline.)

Other aspects of Exchange are more appealing for instance: separate product entry pages for physical products, digital downloads, memberships, etc. This saves having too many options on one page. The product video field is also a nice touch.

Overall, iThemes exchange seems like a product to watch. It has ease of use in its favor.

Price-wise, it seems much of a piece with WooCommerce: the base plugin is free, but most of the interesting stuff costs money.

[pdf https://eastbaywp.com/wp-content/uploads/iThemes-Exchange-New-Kid-on-the-eCommerce-Block.pdf]

July 2013 Meetup Slides: Fun with WooCommerce

Things change rapidly in the WordPress world. The content in this post is more than a year old and may no longer represent best practices.

WooCommerce is a robust plugin for selling many types of products, but not as intuitive as one might expect or hope. Give yourself plenty of time to configure it the first time you use it, and prepare for a challenge if you need to handle shipping costs or taxes. Once you’ve dealt with the initial learning curve, however, there is a lot to be said for it, and nothing (yet) that’s really easier if you need to do as many different things. (If you just need to sell downloads, try Pippin Williamson’s Easy Digital Downloads, or look at the new Exchange plugin from iThemes.) And if you don’t need your store integrated into WordPress, you can try a hosted solution like Shopify.

Note: thanks to giving this presentation, Sallie got tagged as the “WooCommerce expert” at the Happiness Bar at WCSF 2013. Building two sites with WooCommerce does not create an expert!

Links to e-Commerce Plugins

Things change rapidly in the WordPress world. The content in this post is more than a year old and may no longer represent best practices.

NOTE 7/24/25: Darren DeMatas of SelfStartr pointed out that some of the links below are broken. Specifically, WP StoreCart and YAK are no longer in business. You can see a recent comprehensive list of WordPress e-commerce solutions on Darren’s website.

WP e-Commerce

WP e-Commerce screenshot

Premium (gold cart) version is $40 for a single user, $195 for developers. There are a number of other commercial add-ons to add more functions.

Download the free version from the WordPress plugin repository.

Shopp

Shopp screenshot

Commercial plugin: single license $55; developer license $299.

DukaPress

DukaPress screenshot

Or download from the  WordPress plugin repository.

PHPurchase/Cart66 Pro

Cart66 (PHPurchase) screenshot

Commercial plugin: single license $89; 5-domain license $179; developer license $399, all per year.

Cart66 Lite

Cart66 Lite feature comparison

Download from the WordPress  plugin repository.

WP StoreCart

WP StoreCart screenshot

Pro version is $29.99 for a single license; $119.99 for a 10-domain license; $209.99 for a developer license.

Download the free version from the WordPress plugin repository.

Zingiri Web Shop

Zingiri Web Shop screenshot

Or download from the WordPress plugin repository.

TheCartPress

TheCartPress screenshot

Or download from the WordPress plugin repository.

Ecwid

Ecwid screen shot

Or download from the WordPress plugin repository.

YAK (Yet Another Kart)

(No good screenshot—there is no styling whatever on the plugin home page.)

Be sure to read the FAQ on the WordPress plugin repository for the necessary shortcodes to insert products into posts.

Plugin is free; documentation is $25.

Templatic e-Commerce Themes

Templatic e-commerce theme samples

Commercial themes: $65/year standard license, $99/year developer license.