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[resolved] Is WordPress a good option for me? (5 posts)

  1. RockyRR
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I have some experience developing web sites, and now I'm looking for software to use to develop a new web site. I plan on transitioning this new site to someone that is less experienced, so I thought maybe I could use WordPress.

    I need the following capabilities:

    - ability to design (via form templates) and include forms
    - ability to insert form data into an MS Access database
    - shopping cart
    - work with PayPal
    - capability to have segmented site (i.e., via password, allow certain users to only be able to update their pages on the web site)

    Is WordPress appropriate for me?

    Thanks,
    Rocky

  2. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Yes, with appropriate plugins I think you can achieve all of that with appropriate plugins

    ability to design (via form templates) and include forms

    ability to insert form data into an MS Access database

    It is easy to create forms with Gravity Forms which also supports csv export of your data (this is a commercial plugin, but free alternatives are also available, however I am not familiar with their features)

    shopping cart

    work with PayPal

    There are several eCommerce plugins available. A lot of people like WooCommerce, but again there are several alternatives. All of the eCommerce plugins for WP I have tried have supported PayPal

    capability to have segmented site (i.e., via password, allow certain users to only be able to update their pages on the web site)

    If you set a user to have the author role, they are only able to edit their own content.

  3. webbrewers
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    I'd only add you'll find it challenging "to insert form data into an MS Access database" directly. Since WP forms submissions are natively stored in a MySQL database, you may find it easier to work with that and avoid the security and connection issues of trying to submit to an Access db running on a server.

  4. Pioneer Valley Web Design
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    MS Access can and will read a MySQL db and populate tables of data (the key is how to parse the data). You will need excellent skills in both to do this. This is actually not uncommon.

    http://dev.mysql.com/doc/connector-odbc/en/index.html

  5. RockyRR
    Member
    Posted 7 months ago #

    Thanks, folks, you have been very helpful.

    Rocky

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