Simple E-Commerce Shopping Cart Plugin to sell digital/physical products from your wordpress site through PayPal.
This is a great plugin but the 'lite' version is limited and you will be strongly encouraged by the author to buy the 'premium' version when you ask for support. In fact, you will NEED the 'premium' version to do anything other than really basic stuff.
The 'premium' version (which, confusingly, has a different name) is inexpensive to purchase and works really well but is missing a few bits of core functionality (like merchant emails for the manual payment gateway, for example) and you will end up paying the author extra to supply the code unless you're pretty handy with PHP and SQL. That said, if you end up paying an extra $50 or so to get it fully functional it's still a reasonable buy.
The author (Niaz) is very friendly and replies promptly to support emails but often with requests for extra payment for code revisions or with slightly confused messages. So, patience is required but you should get there in the end!
Summary: The 'premium' version is a really fantastic, straightforward shopcart with plenty of functionality but you will have to be prepared for a bit of work and/or extra payment when needing modifications.
I have a client who is a professional musician, and she wanted to sell CDs on her new WordPress site that I created for her. I looked around for a plugin to do this, came across this one, and installed it. It was so easy, and it works great! She has already started getting orders.
There was an issue in the checkout process where the shipping charge would somehow end up as double what it should be. I contacted Niaz, and he helped me figure out where the trouble was - with Paypal. There was a setting in the client's Paypal account that told it to add a shipping charge to any orders, so that is what Paypal was doing. I changed that in the Paypal account and now it works 100% correctly.
This is definitely the plugin I will be using for any websites that sell products. If you want to see this one in action, check out
BonnieWhitehurst.com (professional harpist in the Tampa Bay area).
I'm using the FREE version, and the PayPal integration has yet to function properly. I click checkout and the page refreshes but never redirects to PayPal?!?!? I sent an email to the author on 8/27, and I received a pretty quick reply, but no resolution. He offered to assist, and I never heard back. I'm hesitate to upgrade because my issue with the free version is yet to be resolved.
P.S. I am, however, happy for the people who are able to successfully use this plug-in. :)
P.P.S. My site is running on the Genesis framework. I'm not sure if that will mean anything to the author.
Avoid this free plugin and the premium version, WPShopCart, at all costs. The plugin is broken on the backend and will not function. If you contact the programmer, he will tell you that it can do all these great things, but none of them are true. And all he will offer in the way of help is one sentence answers sent from his iphone. I don't know how I'm going to fix my store or get my money back, but don't make the same mistake I did.
This Premium WPShopCart turned out to be pretty much exactly what I needed to have my digital files paid for by clients, and then delivered quickly and efficiently.
I was able to set up 90% of what I needed by myself, and then I paid a little extra to Niaz to quickly help me customize a couple final but important steps that I wanted done.
I was also able to speak to Niaz on the phone just to make sure he knew exactly what I was after, and then between a few e-mails over 20 minutes or so back and forth, everything was sorted. Beautiful!
Also, I should make a point to mention that it does deliver large files via Amazon S3 as well if that is what you are looking for.
Without putting anyone through my sales funnel, you are welcome to look at my final sales page that I change around pretty often with different specials, and click the "Add to Cart" and input one of the coupon codes if you want to see a working example. Niaz helped customize this a little for me the way I wanted it.
I'm new to WordPress and don't have a lot of development experience. I had a little trouble with the installation and contacted Niaz. He responded in less than 24 hours and was very helpful. We exchanged a few e-mails and finally realized it was my error in the installation.
The plugin works perfectly. In retrospect it was simple to setup, I was making it more difficult. It works great with Paypal and e-mail notifications. Order processing is a breeze. It's simple - I like simple. I'm very pleased.
Initially I had some trouble with the plugin working correctly so I emailed the developer who got back to me quickly and now it works as advertised. I tried other e-commerce plugins but all required much more complicated set up. I just needed something simple and easy to configure, so, I'm very satisfied.
Url of it in action below:
I used the free version on a couple sites. I have since gone back and used the upgraded version. Very worth the purchase. Niaz also offers excellent, prompt support if you have purchased the upgrade. I love this plugin, and will definitely be using it on every eCommerce project I work on.
Free version will work ok, paid version rocks!
Support is top-notch, questions were answered in minutes, not days.
Poor reviews are a result of WordPress newbies, support is there guy's.
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