Plugins and Tips for Setting Up an Ecommerce WordPress Site

Selling your products online has never been so straight forward- blogging has empowered ordinary people to start up their own businesses, all from the comfort of their own home with just their laptop! With the rise of the Internet, social media pretty much dominates the media landscape as we know it today – so make sure you’re taking advantage of the vast amount of potential customers out there, by making your ecommerce WordPress site the best it can possibly be! There are loads of wordpress e-commerce websites templates for you to select from. Select any one and get started!

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eCommerce industry has risen many-a-fold in past couple of years, with scope for even more. This has surely prompted a lot of business owners and new entrepreneurs to start looking at online shopping at one of the most valued asset. Many have started putting up their businesses and products online. With WordPress getting a lot of attention in the recent years, the developers have started leveraging the plugins system of WordPress and started coming up with smart outcomes for online shopping. These plugins have everything for business owners to start selling their products online effectively and efficiently.

In the meanwhile you may want to read some of our eCommerce related articles

WordPress e-commerce plugins and Tips

Quick Shop Plugin

The Quick Shop Plug-in is best suited to WordPress sites, which have sidebar widgets installed. With the Quick Shop Plug-in, customers are able to view what they have in their carts, as well as being able to easily update them.

eShop

eShop comes with a long list of great features which make it a favourite amongst bloggers. For example, eShop lists multiple products, is compatible to a large proportion of gateways, various zone settings as well as much more. If you want to see what eShop can do, they have a cool collection of websites using their plugin on this forum.

Payment Gateways & Visa Signs and Logos

Authorising payments online for businesses, a secure payment gateway takes care of the complex and technical side of the transaction. It’s important to consider whether it’s compatible with your shopping cart however before your make your choice of which one to go for. Different payment gateways suit different businesses, so make sure you take time in choosing the right one for you. The larger payment gateways include companies like SagePay and WorldPay, you should also look for good integration with the bank that you use for your business.

Having signs on your website to indicate that it is a secure website will also help give customers the piece of mind that their credit card details are safe, so you’ll want to include the logos and marks of trust they give you. Here is an example of how it may look:

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If you’re looking for a plugin to help, you can take a look at eWAY Payment Gateway.

YAK WordPress Shopping cart Plugin

YAK for WordPress is ever so simple – making it a great option for those who are new to WordPress. It’s creates products from posts and pages, whilst being able to handle various different purchase options- whether it’s with a basic credit card form, a cheque or a deposit. You can integrate YAK by using simple short codes within the content of your page:

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WP Auctions E-Commerce WordPress plugin

WP Auction Plug-in allows users to set up an auction on their site to sell products. This easy to use plug in takes minutes to set up and allows you to register your plug in with the WP Auctions live page. It is very easy to manage your auctions from within the plugin interface:

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SSL Certificate

Having an SSL Certificate is a necessary in terms of security and protections. When installed on a web server, it confirms the identity of a website or a server, activates a pad lock to ensure a secure connection – making it perfect for a credit card transaction.

You can get an SSL certificate from companies such as Thawte, GoDaddy or Verisign.

Market Theme

Market Theme comes with an inbuilt shopping cart system – simplifying your job so much more. With Market Theme just about anyone can set up an ecommerce website, with no hassle and no fuss – no technological knowledge required. You can also see examples of other websites built using Market Theme in their gallery.

eGoods

Available through Theme Forest, eGoods is another great theme to keep your eye on and consider. In addition, this plug in also comes with three different child themes to help with your website development.

WP e-commerce WordPress Plugin

WP e-Commerce is easy to install – so if you’re not rich on experience this is a great plug in for you. Compatible with other plug ins, WP e-Commerce makes use to template tags and short codes. It’s also completely customizable too.

This article is by Danny Cooper who is a part-time designer, movie fan and WordPress fan. He also writes for Print Express who are a UK supplier of print supplies such as business cards, flyers and posters.

Danny Cooper – who has written posts on Artatm - Creative Art Magazine.


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