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.
Below is my quick notes from the presentation.
- 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%
- 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
- 15 Resources for Setting Up an E-Commerce Site with WordPress (DESIGNM.AG)
- delicious.com tag (wordpress + ecommerce)