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  • Resolved Josh Levinson


    I have an e-commerce project coming up with an unusual product display:

    The number of different products is very limited; the variations for each product are many.

    The sample data I have been provided with has prices that depend on two variations – length and diameter/thickness. These variations are product specific.

    The project should include a method of updating individual products via import (csv, etc.) so the client can update the prices for a product’s variations without having to visit each product’s page and edit the variations manually.

    The project requires live shipping integration (for rates). UPS is preferred.

    I am comfortable with a moderate level of custom programming if necessary to connect these functions/features, but nothing like integrating with UPS or PayPal from scratch. I am adept at working with a pre-built solution, and only ‘ok’ with working from the ground-up.

    I have ruled out Shopp – it only supports product-price variations at the category level. WP-eCommerce is also not an option – I have read many bad reviews of this plugin.

    – Solution doesn’t have to be free, but would definitely prefer that.
    – Solution needs to have PLENTY of developer documentation with it.
    – Solution needs to have an extremely active support forum.

    If you have gotten this far – any advice for a good solution?
    I have been researching for the past couple of days, but everything I have found either supports some aspect but not all aspects of this project or tells me to forget WP and go to Magento or some other CMS more e-commerce focused. Nothing I have found supports the most important feature – the product variation.

    Thanks for reading!

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  • I’d have to agree with your research. For what you want Magento or Prestashop would be a lot better option. WordPress is good for what it does, but it’s not meant to be a full-service e-commerce platform. Magento and Prestashop have bene built as that from the ground up so they’ll do a lot better job of this. Remember, it’s about using the right tools for the job. in a case that has requirements that are as specific as this, WordPress just isn’t it.

    Ended up going with WPEC ( We will see if this was a good idea soon.

    Ended up going with WPEC ( We will see if this was a good idea soon.

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