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The Best E-Commerce Plugin for WP3 (22 posts)

  1. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello,

    We are asked to build e-commerce sites by our customers, but they can afford a solution like Magento. For low traffic sites and no more than 100 products seems logical.

    Which is THE BEST e-commerce plugin for WordPress 3 currently now?

    We are considering these plugins (in no particular order):

    http://getshopped.org/
    http://shopplugin.net/
    http://www.phpurchase.com/
    http://quirm.net/wiki/eshop/
    http://www.ecwid.com/

    We want the best. Also for us SEO optimization is a must.

    Any suggestions? Please let us know why you are using one of them, and why do you like it. If you have used one of them in the past, also your opinion is important.

    Thank you all.

  2. Rev. Voodoo
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    that's going to be pretty subjective

    I started at wp e-commerce (which I believe is associated with your first link)

    I got fed up (hard to configure well, lack of support) with it and moved to eshop, which I really am happy with

    You may have to try out several, but if you are trying to do something specific, you may have to get your hands dirty with some code. You can only get so much for free.

    That being said, the devs of eshop have been very helpful for me, and are quite active around here

  3. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you Voodoo, Why did you fed up with WP e-commerce? Just curious.

  4. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    We have tested all solutions, or, when possible, checked the online demos.

    Maybe we are used to Magento, but we haven't been able to set up a working online store for physical products using Twenty Ten theme and WP 3.0.5.

    Even using it as a catalog, the visualization of products and categories is extremely complicated and confusing.

    Maybe there are good solutions for virtual products, but no for physical ones.

    Thank you for reading.

  5. elfin
    Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    eShop specifically works with any theme, and products are added to pages/posts. So you decide the layout etc.

  6. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello Rich,

    eShop is the best solution so far. The documentation you provide is useful and what we liked most is that products are created in the same posts and/or pages, no extra custom post types.

    For the moment, we haven't been able to show products in categories, using a simple grid. Seems that, or at least we haven't figured out how to, show pages with categories.

    On the other hand...

    WP e-commerce has a lots of bugs.
    Phpurchase seems more focused in virtual products.
    Ecwid is not SEO optimized.

    Thank you for reading.

  7. elfin
    Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    check the shortcodes page on the wiki, you add panels='yes' to the listing shortcode.

  8. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you Rich, this page is really useful: http://quirm.net/wiki/eshop/shortcodes/

  9. tango
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    there is also this new entry: http://cart66.com/ (evolution of phpurchase), but did nt tried

  10. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Cart66 should provide a demo... purchasing without seen the app is dangerous. Also we need support for WP MU, and for the moment, is not available.

  11. reality66
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Cart66 Lite is now available in the official WordPress repo. It's a great way to get started and see how Cart66 works.

    @tradiart: Cart66 Professional has a 60 day 100% money back guarantee. So if Cart66 doesn't meet your needs for any reason you can get all your money back.

  12. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you reality66 for letting us know.

    But at this moment, we need to set up a network of wordpress sites, each with its own checkout, country and currency, installed in different subdomains.

    For the moment, seems no e-commerce wp plugin supports that.

    Cart66 Lite runs very well by the way.

  13. elfin
    Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    that isn't what you asked for in your initial post. Several of the plugins you mention work in Multiuser mode of WordPress.

  14. tradiart
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hello Rich,

    No, I was not exactly asking for WP MU functionality, but as we are considering how to develop the project, we need also this feature.

    As Rev. Voodoo said, is very subjective to choose a plugin as the best, always depends on what you need, and which ones requires less customization.

    We have tested all plugins, and all are great, except getshopped.org, which has a lot of errors. And believe me, I don't like to say this, because I usually respect someone else's work.

    As always, I really appreciate your opinions and suggestions. :-)

  15. BigBangThinking
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi!

    Forget WP-commerce is full of bugs. Bought the goldcart, the Dropshop and even a template from them. Did´nt work at all.

    cart66 is very limited for outside the USA

    I'm Still looking for a proffesional WP commerce plugin

    Its incredible there is not even one good plugin.

    Cheers

  16. BigBangThinking
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi!

    Forget WP-commerce is full of bugs. Bought the goldcart, the Dropshop and even a template from them. Did´nt work at all.

    cart66 is very limited for outside the USA

    I'm Still looking for a proffesional WP commerce plugin

    Its incredible there is not even one good plugin.

    Cheers

  17. Justin Sainton
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'd encourage you guys to take a look at the 3.8 version of WordPress E-Commerce. I'll be the first to recognize the bugs in the 3.6 and 3.7 branches of WPEC, but literally hundreds of them have been fixed over the last 15 months in the work of WPEC 3.8. Check this link out and give it a try.

    http://getshopped.org/getshopped-news/wp-e-commerce-rc3/

  18. wildebees
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have used WP Ecommerce on three sites, and although it is much improved - it still has usability and performance issues.

    In the past though it used to be FULL of bugs. So it its much better.

    I just used Eshop on my first site and it is in my opinion much better. No bugs, fast and better UX.

  19. ronatws
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'd avoid WP E-Commerce, after conuntless hours I found that the tax options do not work correctly. Maybe this is a problem in the USA only. Also support is non-existent.
    I'm testing cart66 and will try eshop. Does anyone know of a shopping cart that offers a customer pick up option while using UPS as a shipping carrier?

  20. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    eShop does not support UPS.

  21. John
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I'm in the middle of this process myself. Started out with e-commerce by Get Shopped. Paid for the Gold Cart plugin. Adding products and setting up was pretty easy BUT styling the pages is nearly impossible for a non-technician. I currently have 5 postings on the forum that have no comments. Clearly the weakness of that solution is styling and ton's of issues around image handling.

    Then I tested eshop on my local host. I dismissed it because of the product entry methodology but to be honest, am not sure I gave it a proper testing and need to revisit. If I recall correctly, I needed to create a page for each product. [I cannot clearly recall if this my reasoning for rejecting eShop. I will re-test to give it a fair shake.]

    I then purchased Shopp. The layout is clean, product pages and grid are straight forward but there is a java conflict that is keeping me from getting it fully installed. I have had some feedback from their forum and I DO NOT want to pay for higher level support. Hopefully I can get it installed for a full trial. If not, I'll be asking for my $$$$ back.

    MY CRITERIA: Our retail store is a small boutique. The owners don't want to pay me [their semi-technical friend] to maintain content including product addition. We want a clean, simple grid display and an even cleaner product page. We need the sidebar widget's for the grid and product pages to be ONLY store related (ironically I couldn't do this with e-commerce as the widget control for the product page was hidden somewhere deep in a css and I couldn't find it.) I need the store owners to easily add new products and have Images come in without corruption (cropping). We also use NextGen gallery on our hope page and in the blogs so can't have a conflict there either.

    Will report back when I find a solution that works.

    Final note. I know you get what you pay for. I don't expect to have everything for free and will pay for a plugin if it's solid. What I really want is a good clean store at a reasonable price.

  22. kevin heath
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi

    I like the wp ecommerce 3.8 now that it's moved over to custom posts types it's so easy to mod and give it real power.
    do a few mods and you really will like it. I've added a tinymce to the additional descriptions field to help with the styling of my products. I've also done a mod to allow me to add shortcodes to the product page so I can use loads of different plugins such as nextgen. I've also done a quick mod to allow microkid related posts plugin to work.

    If you want to blur the lines between shop and blog and get close integration then wp ecommerce is the way forward - but you will need a few tweaks to the code to release it's power.

    Kevin

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