How To Easily Turn WordPress Blog Into An E-Commerce Site

00 Wordpress Cart   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce SiteThe topic of making money online is, and will always be, one of the hottest topics of discussion among internet users, and you can’t talk about this topic without touching on the subject of building an e-commerce site – better known as an online store.

There are several nice online store builder services out there such as Goodsie. In general, these services are convenient and allow anybody to build a store with ease. But users are relying so heavily on the service that they don’t have full control over their store.

There’s another alternative though. We can utilize WordPress as the basic framework to build an e-commerce site. All you need is help from a specified plugin (and theme).

The E-Commerce Plugin

I am always amazed at the flexibility of WordPress. It has grown so far beyond just blogging. With the right plugin(s) and theme, you can change it into whatever kind of site you can imagine. Our project today requires a plugin called – I think you’ve guessed it – WP e-commerce.

With the latest generation of WordPress, you can find and install it directly from within your admin area. No FTP required.

01a Plugin Install WP e commerce1   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

The popularity of this plugin has made other people create additional e-commerce plugins to complement the original. You can find a whole bunch of them by searching using “WP e-commerce” as the search string.

After installing the plugin, you can manage various aspects of your store from the “Store” menu at the sidebar.

01b Store Side Menu   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

For example, you can view a list of your available products from the “Products” tab under the store menu.

01c Display Products   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

Another thing that you can do from this menu is add products. The process itself is similar to writing a blog post with additional fields like available units and price.

01d Add Products   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

The best way to learn how to build the store is to familiarize yourself with the plugin and do some experiments.

E-Commerce Themes

After setting up the plugin, you can continue with your store front by complementing the plugin with a matching theme. There are actually WordPress themes specifically designed to accommodate WordPress e-commerce sites that use the WP e-commerce plugin.

You are not likely to find these kind of themes inside the WordPress.org theme gallery (I tried to search but could only find one), so you can’t install the themes using the search and install function of the WordPress admin area.

You can however search for them using a search engine, download them to your hard drive, then upload and install them to your WordPress via the admin area using the “Upload” menu. It’s more steps involved, compared to the plugin installation, but still no FTP required.

02b Upload Themes   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

Here are four of several alternatives of WordPress e-commerce themes that you can try. The first three come from one developer, so they have more or less similar looks and tastes. The fourth one is one that I found from searching inside the admin area.

1. AppCloud

This theme has a minimalistic look and design. The interface is fairly easy to navigate so its easy to turn your future customers into real customers.

03a AppCloud   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

2. Kelontong

This theme is the dark version of AppCloud. I think the round corners and side menu makes it more elegant.

03b Kelontong Theme 1   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

3. Dangdoot

This theme is designed to sell music-related items, but it’s also applicable for general use.

03c Dangdoot Theme   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

4. Crafty Cart

A retro shop theme designed for the WP e-commerce plugin. As the name suggests, the theme is perfect for those who wants to sell hand-made crafts.

03d Crafty Cart   How To Easily Turn Wordpress Blog Into An E Commerce Site

The plugin and themes that I mentioned above are just one of the many alternatives that you can use to turn WordPress into an e-commerce website. If you know more plugins and/or themes, please feel free to share them using the comments below.

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vongolaprimo

Your post is very timely, since were going to build a point of sale system for our project. I could get an idea on how to build one and what features will it have. Thanks!

Aibek

thanks, let us know how it comes out.

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Kerry Latchford

Another one you could look at is ecwid.com. It’s not particularly pretty but if you just want to add a simple payment option on a sales page rather than a full e-commerce site, it’s simple.
cheers
Kerry

Kerry Latchford

Another one you could look at is ecwid.com. It’s not particularly pretty but if you just want to add a simple payment option on a sales page rather than a full e-commerce site, it’s simple.
cheers
Kerry

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