October WordPress Meetup at Paper Street Motors

The topic for Ferndale WordPress Meetup in October was e-Commerce (shopping cart) options for WordPress. Tim Aten presented on his experience with 2 major plugins, WP e-Commerce (also known as GetShopped) and Shopp.

October WordPress Meetup

Below is my quick notes from the presentation.

WP e-Commerce

  • One of the oldest WordPress e-Commerce plugins
  • The plugin is free; paid upgrades and community plugins are also available for additional functionalities
  • Paid upgrades: “Gold Cart”, affiliate management, CSV feed generator, enhanced store animation effect, FedEx shipping option, members only site, downloadable products, product gallery, etc.
  • There are some third-party themes
  • PayPal (incl. Pro), Google Checkout, Chronopay gateway and manual payment options for free version. Authorize.net and other gateways are available with the paid version (more info)
  • Experienced slower and less frequent tech support compared to Shopp
  • Very easy to setup
  • Flash uploader does not always work 100%

Shopp

  • Paid plugin ($55 for single site or $299 for unlimited # of sites)
  • Additional gateways: $25 for authorize.net, manual payment, PayPal Pro, etc.
  • Very fast (1-2 hours) and better support overall
  • Set up only takes 1-2 hours; professional looking out-of-the-box
  • Some issues with download packaged item (hard to group them together)
  • You can view receipts in the admin dashboard
  • Shopping cart widget available
  • Shipping address capture is required (not ideal for download product)
  • Product editor = similar to WordPress post edit page
  • Theme integration is relatively easy

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Author: Deborah Edwards-Onoro

Deborah Edwards-Onoro is a front-end web developer focused on user experience, accessibility, and WordPress. Founder of Lireo Designs, I create usable, attractive websites for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. In addition, I offer WordPress site maintenance services, training and consulting. Organizer for Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup and Refresh Detroit. Former co-leader of Detroit User Experience, officer of Michigan Usability Professionals Association.