Developing a online shopping cart for the first time
Posted 27.06.2012 @ 2.22PM
This is something I have never attempted before and am currently looking into wpecommerce, magento and a range of options. Just wondering if anyone has ever done this and have any advice, warnings, recommendations or links to useful sites. Basically I'm setting up a small site to sell some artists prints from (need my own site, not etsy). Should I rely on wp/magento, or code my own site?
::Right tool for right job, in any situation. If you're using the wrong tool to build a site for your client you are doing your client a disservice.::
Very interesting. I spent yesterday trawling forums and sites and a lot of people have different opinions. In short: a lot of people are claiming that wordpress is now something more than a blog site and that the ecommerce plugin makes it a definite contender. It's very handy to hear from you guys with real world experience vs a forum intending to promote the product.
I am now in agreeance with the replies on this thread and have definitely decided to use opencart or shopify. Wordpress seems a bit clunky and Magento seems like it needs to be simplified.
::I spent yesterday trawling forums and sites and a lot of people have different opinions. In short: a lot of people are claiming that wordpress is now something more than a blog site and that the ecommerce plugin makes it a definite contender.::
There are many "developers" (I use the term loosely) who only know WP, and hence would like others to believe it's the best solution for every type of site.
Don't be one of those people. Learn a range of tools suitable for specific jobs, or else create a network with other developers/contractors to cover your areas of weakness.
I've used wordpress afew times and have found it to work great as a CMS system. Most of my clients are familiar with the easy to use interface so makes it easy for them to update the content.
The shopp wordpress plugin has worked well for me in the past too. I had explored afew of the other solutions like oscommerce, magenta etc but they didn't really offer the simple customisation I was after and also seemed abit too full on for the simple stores I needed to create.
I think it depends on the size of the online store, if I was to make a larger commerce site I would look into the more robust and dedicated ecommerce platforms because I know they will be able to deal with the large volume. But for my needs, wordpress ones worked perfectly.