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What's a good store that is completely customizable with a WP template I've created?
I've tried a lot of them and most are not up to par, unfortunately. Especially when it comes to handling traffic and specific features, like (1) limit of 1 of a certain product, and (2) people are only allowed to hold an item for a specific amount of time, like 15 minutes, before the cart empties itself.
Or perhaps I should notify the client that a completely integrated and customized store is not going to happen, and we may as well have someone else host it for us or have the look and feel be slightly different from the main site? The client insisted on using WP, and now it's too late to change it. So I'm thinking about getting someone else or a team of people to finish up a store for him.
Thanks for any suggestions.
There's really two options:
They are both okay, but a little clumsy. You could install both and have play.
If they have the budget, we try to convince clients to go with an actual e-commerce CMS such as Lemonstand app.
- I was thinking about Lemonstand. Is it completely customizable?Jaline
- I think it is, but I should try it for myself and see how easy it really is...Jaline
- WP Commerce is shite, I heard. Maybe I'll ask the Shopp developers for more info. Too bad the contactJaline
- info for a lot of these sites is convoluted. They must get a lot of dumb emails.Jaline
If you want e-store use some shop cms. Interspire or Magento or maybe prestashop.
- I don't suppose you know how to integrate WP into PrestaShop, do you?detritus
- You need to make new template for e-shop. I dont have any expereience with Presta myself but I have heard that it is free, dont need super server and better then oscommerce.dpi
- mmcool, ta.detritus
stop using wp for shops. fucking stop it.
WordPress for small shops is absolutely fine.
I built using WP E-Commerce and it's tricky to say the least, and whether it works for you or not depends on your country (tax settings / shipping etc) and your payment gateway.
I got it to work nicely for me... except for coupons.
I did look at Shopp and it seems really solid. They have a new build coming out in September so I'd wait and see what happens as it's supposedly a big upgrade.
If you are going to have a few hundred SKU's then look at something like Magento but it'll need a pretty good server to run smoothly.
Personally, I tell my clients that if they want a full e-Commerce store they're going to have to make some sacrifices if they're going to stay within a desired budget.
I generally insist that they use some kind of 3rd-party storefront that is customizable, but hosted externally. I've been recommending http://www.shopify.com/ because it looks good and I've been hearing good things about it, but I've never had a chance to actually work with it.
I'm afraid of the WP eCommerce plugin based on all the people who have said negative things about it. I'm sure it's totally fine in some circumstances, but it depends on the project.
"Personally, I tell my clients that if they want a full e-Commerce store they're going to have to make some sacrifices if they're going to stay within a desired budget." - nocomply
I've learned my lesson. Won't be trying to fully integrate a shop into an existing WP site while also using that same host. Not only that, but I'm not sure WP is the best option anyway for larger sites (more traffic, more plugins, more bugs, more people wanting to attack it).
WP eCommerce is a huge risk because it works for 50% of the people I've talked to or less. It's shit for the rest of the projects. And we've already had too many bug problems.
I used Shopp on a WP site a few months ago. I was tricky getting things running. Their documentation was sparse and not very user friendly. When you did ask for help in the forums, you were treated like you are a idiot from the mods. It was a frustrating experience, but it did work and worked well.
Do does anyone want to help me set up an ecommerce site?
Wordpress for ecommerce sucks. Its like trying to put a condom on a horses hoof. It doesn't make sense. Just go with paypal or shopify or whatever outfit actually does ecommerce. You don't go to Walmart for everything right? Or maybe you do, lazy wanker. Maybe Modells here, Best Buy there? You are welcome.
^ I'm not saying I disagree with your point, but "...trying to put a condom on a horses hoof" is perhaps the worst analogy I've ever read. Hahahaha.
used Woo on a recent gig, worked fine for our use....
NOTE that we had a client willing to make the trade-off between "take these features for this price, or go really expensive custom" and we spelled this out very, very carefully. expectations management is a huge part of this....
Note that making any e-commerce web project match a client's "analog world" retailing business processes is a good way to bring in a bunch of really high priced consultants and spend 2 years billing up a storm, having lots of meetings, and making something that might even work after the budget runs out.... (on of my previous experiences, don't mean to be cynical....)