WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online.
Justin Sainton, it really is great that you and others work so hard to make Open-source software available and I appreciate this. The thing is the developers of this plugin should really take note of the stars and reviews. Labelling them (gonna hate) is neither fair nor productive, Instinct are receiving these reviews for a reason and these will result in the platforms success or failure, no matter what you name them. I think most WordPress users are aware of the need for continued development of software platforms and the support that goes along with it but the Instinct system seems disjointed and not user friendly.
I have used WP e-commerce for a long time and have paid for the Gold Cart plugin that extends it's use. With the continued release of updates to the core, that are frequently buggy, I often just have a simple question that could be answered by a developer in one sentence. Paying $47 dollars each time seems well over the odds. I understand that answering over 2 million users for gratis is not feasible. Maybe a tier system that could separate the level of assistance required would be a solution. Perhaps making each release a lot more stable would also be an option. I know this would mean longer development times and this might mean making the core files purchasable.
WP E-commerce will always be compared to Woocommerce as they are the nearest competitor. At the moment they are considered by many to be the superior. I for one agree, having used both, I hope that Instinct can rectify these problems before it makes a serious impact on the platforms usage.
Sure, WPEC works, and well from what I can see, but dealing with it is irksome. It lacks a certain intuitiveness and to me the fact that you have to pay $47 bucks for the presentation options in Gold Cart, though they throw in some payment gateways as well, just seems weak.
On the topic of Payment options, WPEC does not offer a PCI compliant Payment Gateway, unless you count PayPal Standard. Their Mijireh plugin costs $69 bucks for what is a "Free" Service (Mijireh takes a cut of your sale as payment). WooCommerce packages both PayPal Standard AND Mijireh in it's plugin.
There are just to many little annoyances in WPEC that seem to not be an issue with WooCommerce, not to say WooCommerce is perfect. However, it does seem that WPEC users are very much left to their own devices for things that would not be an issue in a more polished plugin.
It seems that if you're a coder, WPEC may be for you. If you like getting down with PHP, CSS, and whatever else go for it. I'm sure you will find a way to work out the kinks. If you want something that works and is more polished, look elsewhere.
I installed this plugin and it loaded in fine to chunk theme by automatic. When I logged into my dashboard however I got server errors when I clicked on anything. I am using wordpress 3.6. Would love to use the plugin though...
WP E-Commerce offers possibility to override templates in your theme. But the templates customization is difficult because the code is messy and dirty, and many parts of HTML are hard-coded in the plugin core.
You must log in to submit a review. You can also log in or register using the form near the top of this page.