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WordPress Has Lots to Offer, but it Takes Time to Welcome all of its Intricacies

Caryn Kelly in a yoga pose

This is a guest post by Caryn Kelly.

When I started my blog,  I didn’t know much about WordPress. I had to inch my way along, learning this and that before I felt really comfortable.  Thanks to my VA, Kathleen Sullivan, I was able to design a blog that both inspired and captured the true essence of what yoga means to me.  And to bring that message to all yogis out there who eventually would trip over my site and hopefully stay for a while.

While I learned about what WordPress could do for me, I faltered a lot on my journey to make my blog the perfect place for women yogis to visit. Before I became totally immersed in WordPress, I didn’t know what a widget was and therefore was afraid to even learn—or to ask for that matter—because I was afraid to feel uninformed. I think I learned what a widget was quite by accident, and I had my first WordPress “ah ha” moment.

Once I learned what widgets were and what I could do with them, boy did I have fun! I started to add and delete affiliate ads to my sidebars as if there was no tomorrow. I could spend hours creating, moving and deleting ads that complimented my site to perfection, hoping for someone to come along, click away, and be moved to purchase a product or a book that I wholeheartedly endorsed.

Today I wanted to advertise my own handmade lavender eye pillows on my blog. I didn’t quite know how to go about customizing a widget so it was really time to learn. With every nerve I had, I Googled how to add an image to a sidebar and proceeded to capture a beautiful photo of my signature eye pillow, playing with sizes until it fit perfectly into the sidebar space that WordPress allows me with the theme that I chose. Then I played some more.

I needed a “buy now” button and a shopping cart, right? Some time ago I downloaded a plugin called WP PayPal Shopping Cart but never really used it. It was just sitting there unused, so today I resurrected it and learned how it operates. Let the fun begin again!

Learning something new and exciting in WordPress was never my forte, but I decided to finally tackle the inevitable. First I created a page to proudly display my product line, adding eye pillow images and buy now buttons and making mistakes as I went along. I persevered, and finally had a page that I was proud of.  Hopefully would-be buyers will feel the same and take a gander at my lovely
lavender creations.

All I have to wait for now is for emails to start flooding in with eye pillow orders! I’ll probably have to wait a while for that, but at least I got the ball rolling and I got the word out.

WordPress has a lot to offer, but it took me some time to welcome all of its intricacies. I admit that I sometimes let my blog go by the wayside due to a full-time job and other freelance writing assignments. Today, when I resurrected my blog and started featuring my eye pillows as a means to make extra income, I became enchanted with the process. I’m sure my ratings will go up a little with the addition of a new page and two new posts that I spent time mastering. I feel newly inspired and ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead so that I can continue to build a fully-functional e-commerce site.

WordPress isn’t just a blog software. It’s much, much more than that. All you need do is learn, believe and trust that what you’re doing is the best for your blog and turn it into whatever your heart desires.

Caryn Kelly has been a legal secretary for over 28 years, and a hatha yoga teacher for the past five years. She enjoys practicing yoga, freelance writing, hiking, cooking and reading. She was born and raised in New Jersey but now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Brian and her two cats, Tuxedo and Dusty. Visit her blog at

WordPress: 10 Best Plugins for Ecommerce

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There are some cool WordPress plugins for ecommerce that can make your online business effortless. Using the plugins you can boost your ecommerce in a jiffy and that even without spending a hill of beans.

There are a number of revolutionary plugins that can help you in selling anything from digital products to content to arts. To aid your business efforts we had already provided more than a dozen of ecommerce application.


This time we have a well-researched list of 10 best WordPress plugin for ecommerce.

1. eShop

It is an accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress packed with sophisticated features. eShop uses WordPress pages, or posts, to create products. There are various methods available for listing the products. Various methods available for listing products. It allows you to download data and upload downloadable products. The basic statics and sales data provided by the plugin is quite handy. The Admin has access to an order handling section. It sends automatic emails on successful purchase. The emails templates are user configurable. Various discounts options are also available.
eShop offers a number of payments options that include-, Paypal, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay and Cash/Cheque. What’s more it offers several shipping options.


2. Shopp Requirement Check

This plugin has been designed to ensure that the web hosting environment has the technologies to support Shopp. Shopp was a much needed ecommerce plugin solution for WordPress. It provides an online commerce platform that can easily handle larger online store operations without any complexity. For any small online shop owner it’s a great asset. The plugin is simple to use and focuses on balanced, efficient, and stable feature set to provide best ecommerce experience. Further it also extends the powerful flexibility and adaptability required by developers and designers. It offers advanced Thickbox product image galleries with smooth transition

Some of the key features in Shopp include

  • SEO shopping pages with pretty-url permalink support, product and category names in the page title, and more
  • Dynamic categories that highlights new product additions, featured products, on-sale products and bestselling products
  • Product RSS feeds for every category (including dynamic categories) enhanced for Google Bas
  • Run time-limited promotions like price discounts, free shipping or even buy 1 get 1 free support
  • Easy to set up multiple shipping methods with an intelligently simplified shipping rate manager
  • Options for payment through credit cards easily and securely
  • Offsite checkout through PayPal Express and/or Google Checkout


3. WP e-Commerce

This sophisticated plugin for WordPress is a simple and easy to use fully featured shopping cart application that can be used to sell your products, services and fees online. It is a Web 2.0 application designed to offer usability, presentation and aesthetics. WP e-Commerce could be a one stop shop for those dealing with bands & record Labels, clothing companies, crafters & artists, books, DVDs & MP3 files.


4. WP osCommerce

WPosCommerce or the WP.osC  plugin for WordPress is a modified version of the popular ecommerce solution osCommerce. WP.osC allows you to integrate osCommerce with existing WordPress website.
The plugin displays latest products, random products, top 10 best sellers all on your WordPress blog post page. It adds a dynamic widget in your blogs sidebar to display the products.


5. Quick Shop

QuickShop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed. Quick shop adds the SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items. There is a TinyMCE button that allows you to add products to your posts/pages. It offers two widgets – Paypal and other for custom solution. It features both Paypal Subscription and Donation tags. Users can create different product options in a drop-down. It features an inventory listing tied in to TinyMCE and a full range of formating for widget layout in Quickshop. In addition, it provides a checkout page.


6. flshow Manager

This WordPress plugin for ecommerce could be a handy solution for sites developed with static flash galleries, headers, menus and intros. In such case, it is hard to determine which parts of the site can be changed within WordPress, and which cannot be changed. flshow Manager has been designed to manage the  fantabulous flShow Photo Carousel within the comfort of WordPress dashboard. The carousel offers an excellent platform to display the products of eCommerce with attractive header. Else you can simply show off your photography portfolio.


7. WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart

Paypal is one of the most widely used ecommerce applications. This WordPress plugin allows you to add an Add to Cart button on any post or page.  The shopping cart is displayed on any post or page or side bar easily. In the shopping cart users can see what they currently have in the cart. It also allows the to remove any item from the cart, if required.


8.   Are Paypal

It’s a unique WordPress plugin that allows monitizing WordPress blog content using Paypal. That’s a cool way of making money by selling your knowledge. It allows you to set the Post/Page to contain hidden content. To visitor willing to view the content has to perform a given task provided in a message.The content might be set as hidden for unregistered users and visible for registered. In a similar way the content can be set as hidden for unregistered-unpayed users and visible for registered-paid users. The search engines will only see the visible content. The administrator can grant the users access to content for certain payment. These features can be configured using the administrative screens. The plugin uses Paypal IPN – Instant Payment Notification protocol to offer a fully automated payment/content delivery.


9. WP Auctions

It’s one of the most innovative ecommerce plugins for WordPress that allows users to host auctions on their blog or website without any expenditure. It doesn’t require listing fees, seller fees, final value fees, gallery fees or any other type of fee for anything you wanna sell online. Once the auctions is listed, user can register your plugin with the WP Auctions Live page and generate some traffic for your website. Some of its exclusive features include uploading multiple images for each auction; selling items only on Buy It Now basis; RSS feed for your auctions and shows 3rd party ads when there are no auctions. It’s only payment option is PayPal.


10.  ArtPal

It’s a free ecommerce WOrdPress plugin for artists who wanna sell their work online. It allows easy PayPal integration with just the address. Artpal offers real time sales updates as soon as the item sells and disables it so that it’s not sold twice. ArtPal gets more powerful with support from businesses mean business. It’s Digital Sublimity offers commercial support ensuring that the critical application will stay up and running when its needed.