WordPress is indeed a blogging platform, so many people think that it is under par when it comes to being able to handle eCommerce. This is simply not true. WordPress has extensive plug-ins that connect to any API what in the world, including any shipping or payment. That was standing, you can code your own solution for an API if it is not a WordPress plug-in yet. You can also subcontract this out for someone else to code for you to make eCommerce for WordPress across any solution.
The extensibility of eCommerce for WordPress
WordPress is at its core, very basic. It has a lot of tools, but the infrastructure is simple. It has a system of templates that render according to information inside a database. This is also how all eCommerce websites work in the world. So, we can VERY easily customize WordPress to allow perfect eCommerce functionality. Under any circumstances, as the functionality is already mostly built in, we just have to access/build/extend it.
So how does eCommerce for WordPress work
It’s really quite simple. WordPress is a content management system before a blog, it is only a blog if you want to be. You are able to customize the post types of WordPress infinitely to the point where you could have individual post types for say lost animals on a shelter website. This, of course, includes making a product post tape, which most plugins employ. WooCommerce implores post types to create “Products” and “Orders”.
Once you have a product tape as a post, it is simply a module to hold your data for the “post”, but in this instance, it would be a product or in the last example, a lost animal. WordPress is extremely extensible end it was built on this foundation. As I said before the WP post tape was made to be customized and custom post types are built into the word price if you are able to code PHP. WooCommerce and other WordPress eCommerce solutions implore this strategy. By making a product type when you install the software for the first time, it registers the types in your database.
This makes it extremely simple to manage your products as if they were just normal items. They have associated feels like price, image, as he, variations if applicable. You can also register custom fields within the WordPress/WooCommerce API, such as custom engraving settings if you did woodworking, you could allow people to provide a reference image in their order as a product type itself. This is extremely intuitive because you can manage everything from a product level and in order from there. You can take orders through normal payment APIs like PayPal Apple Pay stripe and more. You can also implement your own custom merchant solution API that they will provide for you or you can contract out someone to make for you for this purpose.
This as a package allows a full eCommerce solution, all in one backend dashboard. You have your products, which can be adjusted as easily as you might edit a word document. When it comes to images, prices, descriptions, ETC, it’s all so easy. The orders come in the very same way. You see when an order comes through as it’s own separate entity. It then uses technology to relay when the person has paid if you are using electronic payment. Or you can mark it as paid if you’re taking checks, Venmo, money orders, ETC.
Some extra options are things like, receiving a text message upon order, of course, an email, currency conversion, and possibly the most support for any payment API on the net, in WooCommerce!
For all solutions, WooCommerce is the way to go.