Category Archives: e-Commerce Plugin

BuddPress + Ticketing Plugin

It seems that WP e-Commerce Plugin has a new string in its bow.

By coupling BuddyPress + EventPress + TikiPress you can now sell tickets to your Events. For more information head over to the GetShopped website.


WordPress e-Commerce Site

The WP e-Commerce Plugin for WordPress has launched a beautiful new community site designed to help users of their famous WordPress software.

As a person that develops e-Commerce sites for my clients I must say I am most pleased with their efforts – the WP e-Commerce Plugin works better then Shopp (has a cleaner interface & runs faster), and it has way more features than eShop, Yak & ShopperPress (there is nothing worse than running your business through a theme!!).

The benefits of the new site are tidy new forums, new video tutorials and nice new documentation (that we’ve been told is still under development and that it will be for the next week or so).

Thumbs up to the guys at Instinct. Or is it GetShopped ๐Ÿ˜‰

PayPal Express

The boys who run the WP e-Commerce Plugin website have just published an article on PayPal Express. It does a really good job of explaining what PayPal Express is.

PayPal Express

One of the things we’re working on before launching the next minor WP e-Commerce Plugin update is a PayPal Express Checkout tweak. The user interface was a little tired and in need of a little CSS love.

For those wondering about PayPal Express I just copy and pasted this excerpt from another website.

“PayPal Express takes you from the shopping cart page to PayPal where you enter your address & credit card details; this automatically signs you up for a PayPal account (whether you want one or not), then you are taken back to the seller’s website where you select your correct shipping option. Clicking the confirm order button here will send the shipping details back to PayPal where they then adjust the total amount payable and debit your account.

The good thing about this payment system is that it is fast, easy and does not require the seller to record or store buyer’s credit card details (which would need SSL).

PayPal have also just changed their ‘Express’ payment method so that the customer now has the option of just paying with just their credit card, or saving their payment details with PayPal and opening a PayPal account (the same as PayPal standard). This has made PayPal Express much more attractive as a payment option.”

This is encouraging and while PayPal do not support PayPal Payments Pro in New Zealand perhaps we will explore using this on our own website as an alternative to PayPal Payment Standard.

ยป Read More information on PayPal Express Checkout

ShopperPress Plugin

When you compare ShopperPress next to Yak or WP e-Commerce it doesn’t take you long to figure out the authors of this Plugin are more bark then they are bite. The themes are less then appealing and the features are lacking many fundamental e-Commerce features that are expected in this day and age (for example just compare the shipping options available in each of these Plugins).

One must compliment the authors on their marketing talk. Unfortunately their walk don’t talk. Our recommendation, at least for the foreseeable future is to stick with the Plugins that pack the most punch and takes the biggest bite and for your online business we reccomend you use the WP e-Commerce Plugin or the Yak Plugin.

WP e-Commerce on WP 2.8

Dan Milward from Instinct just sent through this link:

This link demonstrates the WP e-Commerce Plugin working on a WordPress 2.8 + website. We really like how fast it runs and we’re looking forward to the full release. Good work guys and its nice to know that you like the Transformers too!!

Shopp underwhelms

The latest Shopp 1.0.6 update totally underwhelms. We’ve had a play and after a quick look at the full feature list we have nothing really interesting to report back asisde from the obvious and necessary modifications for WordPress 2.8 compatibility.

In order of preference our WordPress e-Commerce Plugin reccomedations are still as follows:

  1. WP e-Comemrce
  2. Yak
  3. eShop Plugin
  4. Shopp

Lazzymonks WordPress Integration 2.61

For those of you with a lot of free time that want to experience an e-Commerce solution that is not true WordPress then you might be interested in this WordPres Plugin. Our experience with Magento is that its too hard to use – true WordPres users will chose a Plugin – but people that use Magento might find this invaluable.

The Lazzymonks Plugin adds the ability to integrate WordPress into Magento.