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Ecommerce and CRMs (4 posts)

  1. Cregy
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi All

    I am looking for some answers and direction. As you might or might not know I have for several years been developing shop software and crm material. However, developing the software has proved difficult - particularly an upgrade cycle.

    I have now built a standalone shop and will be developing some crm software to go with it.

    I want to know whether it is worth building a plugin to either:
    a. Provide a frame in which the backend of the shop software could be managed through wordpress
    b. Direct access with built in menus, etc.
    Or whether it is worth me scrapping integration with WordPress and building my own very simple blogging/cms that will provide some pages facility for the shop software.

    Thanks

    Rich

  2. leftcolumnnet
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Maybe do both: provide the ability to build basic pages etc, you probably already have a front controller mechanism, view templates etc so it's within reach. Then make a plugin that allows integration and control from within wordpress. That way the wp upgrade issue (theoretically) only affects your plugin.

    ...but i don't know anything about your software so I may be way off!

  3. Adam W. Warner
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Yes, a plugin is certainly worth it. I have been using WordPress for several years now and creating a shop with WordPress has been a rocky road to say the least. There are some plugins out there that work for some simple shops, but a full featured WordPress-(based or integrated) shop just does not exist yet.

    Building a plugin to control your stand-alone shop software would be my preference because if I install the stand-alone shop, then I can forget that once it's installed and manage everything from within WP. Not only is that convenient for the blog admin, but also for other members of that same blog to have easy access to the shop functions.

    Of course, all of this is theory because I haven't seen the actual shop yet, so I have no idea of how extensive the options are, whether it will be a paid option, etc. I also develop with WPMU and would be very interested in seeing how this might integrate with it.

    I look forward to further discussion...

  4. Davidsdesk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Rich - Do you have any plans to update the Cregy CRM plugin so that it is compatible with more recent versions of WordPress, in particular WP 2.7? If not I will probably be hiring a developer to create a similar plugin or upgrade Cregy CRM.

    Thanks.

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