WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online.
Well, I have to say at the time I installed it in 2010 it was about the only option that offered the features I needed. Also, I didn't mind paying for the Gold Cart to add even more options. The problems came when I tried to get it working correctly. It did take a bit of battling to get everything working correctly, with some need for a bit of hacking.
There have been improvements made through the years, but still some bugs that never did get fixed (negative tax on discounts), that I still have to work around today. And their original forum doesn't do much to answer problems. In fact most of the help I have received has been from the community that uses the tool. And after all this track record, their premium support asks for WordPress and FTP access to your site (Yikes!), that seem scary to me.
Bottom line, it does almost everything I need it to but it feels like a house of cards waiting to tumble. I just wish it was more stable and problems were identified faster and fixed properly.
There is no URL settings!!!
How can I set my own URL for products without these many subcategories ///
Plugin is good but need wishlist
I like the templating system and shortcodes okay.
Working with variations (e.g., color and size combinations) is tedious and, in parts, broken.
1. When you create a variation and give it a photo, that photo is not displayed in the variations list when editing a product, nor in the shopping cart. (There are plugins to get it to show on product pages.)
2. You can't create a single new variation combination. If you have set up small, medium and large, and black, blue, and gray, you can't create a new black XLarge without also generating blue XL and gray XL. I recently had to delete 62 combinations to get down to the 34 that actually exist.
3. Bulk editing doesn't work.
4. Can't "Empty Trash" of variations.
I developed a website for a client with very, very minimal needs. He doesn't sell anything online - he simply lists products and needed a more structured way to manage them than to edit a regular WP page constantly. Enter WP e-Commerce, the seemingly perfect solution. It's free, and with some editing, it does what he needs.
That said, we still have been unable to make the setting for 'no thumbnail cropping' work properly, so the users must pre-size all images before posting them. In addition, when we had a major issue due to an update installation, the only way to get actual support was to pay $47 for the 'Gold' upgrade, which entitled us to a single support request that took several days to get a response.
So if you're running a smallish business and know how to code, go for it. If you're doing anything that requires heavy lifting or you need serious support options, go for something more robust than this.
WP e-commerce has had a great update, still not perfect but better.
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