Now that you’ve decided you need an online store, you must make a few decisions. What will it look like, how will it work, and how will you collect money? This article will focus on WordPress plugins for running your store and discuss a few important items you need to consider. The eCommerce websites I’ve worked on all need three things. A way to show what you are selling, a place to keep the products they want and a method of payment. These three things are referred to as a catalog, a shopping cart and a merchant gateway. Let’s look
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Is it possible to open an eCommerce website using WordPress as the foundation? Yes it is, but it depends on your needs. The plugins fall into several groups: basic, some are broader in their features, with a few providing for a full-scale eCommerce experience. History of eCommerce Plugins In 2007, the choice of eCommerce plugins for WordPress was grim. My research revealed two true alternatives. The features were limited, and the options were shallow. I was building an eCommerce website to sell flags, and because of my previous experience with WordPress, I wanted to use it to build my store.
In early 2004, I dreamed of a single device for computing. I carried a cell phone, Palm T5 PDA and a Dell laptop for “on the go” access and had a desktop computer at the office. No matter what I wanted, it was on one of the other devices. I wanted one piece of hardware to be all that was needed. I thought it happened in early 2005 when a customer came by the office to show off his OQO Model 1 computer. It was larger than my Palm with its 5” screen, but was still a handheld computer running
Most people are familiar with Google’s Gmail application. It is lightweight, easy to use, and accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. It has redefined the word webmail for those of us using it daily. Some reasons: Conversation mode, search, and labels are a few of the tools that make it the killer web-application for most businesses. Gmail might be the application that launched Google into the web software business, but is certainly wasn’t the last. With more than a baker’s dozen of applications, Google has jumped into this market completely. A few applications overlap with the Zoho list
The word technology means different things to different people. To some, it refers to a specific item, like a cellular telephone or a computer. Others use the word generically to describe an industry, equating it with the steel or farming industry. It really is both. Early Technology One of the earliest technologies was the lever. It completely changed the way people moved and lifted objects, regardless of size. It allowed one person to do the work of many, thereby increasing the efficiency and productivity of a single person. Later, applied to many people, huge stones were placed just right, forming the
Moveable Type to WordPress In 2004, I was ready to learn the art of podcasting and hit a snag. I was using Moveable Type for my blog, which at the time didn’t include audio wrappers. Writing a podcast was doable, recording a podcast was doable, uploading a podcast via FTP was doable, but access to the podcast, … not so doable. Without wrappers, the process was much more difficult. Audio Wrappers Research revealed that WordPress included the wrappers for audio files, so uploading and making a download available was handled within the code. That’s when I switched to WordPress
ZOHO introduced a new web-based database program today. If you thought an online application couldn’t do pivot tables and sql web queries, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this addition to the product line. Here is an eleven minute video showcasing the features of the new offering.
Over the next few weeks, this website, LarryHendrick.com will morph into my consulting business site. I will have much more information available in the near future. I will also be trying out several themes and many WordPress plugins as I round out the site. Don’t be alarmed if you see lots of interesting looks over the next couple of weeks.About LarryHendrick.com
LarryHendrick.com is composed of four blogs currently. This blog is the entry blog and is here to direct visitors to the desired blog. The three main blogs are: Motivation on the Run Business Unusual Letters to Mom Motivation on the Run is about motivation, leadership, management, goal setting and goal acheiving. It is a topic of great interest to me and I have spent years reading books and articles and listening to cassette tapes on the subjects. I have read and listened to Brian Tracy, Tom Hopkins, and Zig Ziglar to name a few popular speakers and a bunch you