Economic meltdown is global, financial terms for starting a new business are tough but there is always a but and an open source solution to help you turnaround the game. One suggested solution is WordPress, a more than a trusted blogging platform, a CMS (Content Management Solution) powered by thousands of developers and hundreds of plugins. Best of all, it’s free.
Now, if you can setup and run a WordPress powered blog on your server you can definitely install a plugin and create your own eShop and Cart system within minutes. The official WordPress Plugin Directory hosts the following 6 plugins:
WordPress Cart – This plugin add a shopping cart system to wordpress
DaWanda shop plugin – If you have an account at DaWanda and also a shop, you’ll be able to include your products from DaWanda in (e.g.) your sidebar
Quick Shop – QuickShop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed, really. It adds a SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items, not to mention a TinyMCE button to easily allow you to add products to your posts/pages
eShop – no description available other than the change log
WP e-Commerce – The WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress is an elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online
YAK for WordPress – YAK is a simple shopping cart plugin for WordPress, associating products with weblog entries — thus the post ID also becomes the product code. An options screen is used to configure settings for the shopping cart. There are 3 pages in the WordPress Management screens; one for showing & fulfilling orders, another for product management, and basic sales reports
Now, WordPress is not meant to be a panacea for all the eShop and Cart problems, neither is looking to be the next Amazon. Instead it’s open source, free software enabling very low cost e-commerce and cart solutions on top of the trusted foundation of the blogging / CMS platform. If you’re looking for a quick and low cost setup of your next eshop, consider WordPress 2.7 and one of the plugins above. Happy shopping and blogging!