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It has been said more than once (I’ve even said it myself) that one could launch an online store using WordPress as the back-end in a matter of minutes, but the truth is that extra time should be taken for each product added to the store. Even up to 30 minutes per product could go a very long way, but I recommend even more than that. Sure, the entire site from the ground up can be built in 30 minutes, or perhaps in less than 3 hours for absolute beginners with the proper manual in hand. Here’s the break down of the time to “build” the site:
- Buy/prepare the domain/hosting for the store’s web site – 7 minutes
- Setup WordPress and install the proper theme/plugin for the store – 13 minutes
- Configure the store and payment gateways – 3 minutes
- Add a few products with name, price and basic description – 7 minutes
If my math is accurate, the above should amount to approximately half an hour to setup an eCommerce site with WordPress ready for sales. But, there are many ways to give the store more conversion potential out of the gate. One such way is to focus on each product. [Read more…]
The WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart plugin by Tips & Tricks HQ allows customers to buy products via a WordPress blog/site with just a few clicks. On a basic level, it is an interface for including PayPal’s “Add to Cart” buttons into posts or pages (using shortcodes) that are about specific products.
The product details are tied into each button. It uses the a streamlined checkout process through the PayPal web site. There is no need to store customers personal and financial information freeing the shop owner from having to put in place the necessary security and privacy information. Naturally, PayPal profile based shipping is supported.
Setting up a web site to sell products on the Internet is a lot simpler to do than days of past. And it doesn’t require custom software in order to get a custom look. Like any task or project that is commonly done on the Internet, developers find ways to make them a lot simpler and faster for end users to implement.
In this article I’m going to discuss setting up an online store using a self-hosted WordPress option with freely available e-commerce plugins.
Getting into the web site selling business can be very lucrative. It can also account for a very long term means for an income because as long as there is Internet, there will be web sites. And as long as there are web sites, they will be bought and sold.
Just like real estate, web sites, i.e. virtual real estate, can be a long or short term investment for many an entrepreneur, or a second (or even a first) income for a family. [Read more…]
Improving conversions, i.e. making more sales in the eCommerce world, is a general goal for any virtual store front owner. If only one person out of every 100 visitors makes a purchase on a given site (a conversion rate of 1%), it might be safe to assume that getting 200 visitors will double that number. And while that may be true, there are a number of changes that could be made to the site that could increase that rate without increasing the traffic. [Read more…]
Are you planning to list an alumni group on your WordPress blog? In this tutorial I am going to walk you through a few simple steps to set up a WordPress alumni site in no time.
Easy WP SMTP is a user-friendly SMTP plugin for WordPress. It allows you to send emails from your WordPress Site via one of your preferred SMTP server. This will improve the email deliverability from your server.
Did you ever think about…
- Why do we people go online?
- Why do we check sites and forums and blogs?
- Why are you doing it yourself?
I assume because you are looking either to entertain yourself or find specific information and articles of interest, or perhaps both.
NextGen Gallery is a popular WordPress plugin that allows you to create beautiful photo gallery on your site. However, some of us who have been in the photography business and wish to sell photos from their WordPress sites might be interested in e-commerce functionality i.e. being able to sell photos that you display using NextGen Gallery plugin.