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Creating an Online Magazine or E-Commerce website with wordpress

Andre recently blogged about how many people are using wordpress as more than just a blog engine, they’re using it as a full blown content management system (CMS). I’m pretty well versed in WordPress and what’s available for it and today I was looking around today for new themes and plug-ins we could integrate with the AppliedI One-Click WordPress installer and came across a couple items that caught my attention, Mimbo an online magazine theme by Darren Hoyt and WP e-Commerce, an e-commerce solution for wordpress by Instinct Entertainment.

Creating your online magazine with WordPress

image thumb1 Creating an Online Magazine or E Commerce website with wordpress Mimbo is a magazine-style WordPress theme that makes use of the WP template tag system to create a very non-traditional layout. You can see a live demo of mimbo here to get a feel for just what it does out of the box.

On Darren’s blog you’ll see many posts of sites that are based on the Mimbo design. Here’s a few links to some of the sites that are mimbo powered:

So with wordpress, a theme like mimbo and a little creativity you should be able to launch a pretty impressive online magazine yourself.  Mimbo isn’t the only magazine style wordpress theme out there as there are a number of commercial solutions available too:

And that’s just a sampling of the vast number of magazine style themes out there for wordpress. Not to mention the thousands of other themes available.

Creating your WordPress powered online store with WP e-Commerce

Let’s face it, the Internet has completely changed the way today’s consumer shops and has made virtually every brick and mortar store with an online store an International business.  E-Commerce is here to stay and as technology changes and evolves so does E-Commerce.  Enter, the Web 2.0 era of E-Commerce, blogs/CMS applications merging with shopping carts.

WP e-Commerce is a new plugin for wordpress that allows you to e-commerce enable your wordpress powered website.  WP e-Commerce is available as both a free version (for personal use), an upgraded version (GOLD version, $15) and a business class solution ($250).  For the features you get, even at $250, it’s a reasonably priced product.

Here’s a quick run down of the features:

  • New – Search Engine Friendly URLs / Permalinks (latest RC)
  • New - Marketing options under shop options (latest RC)
  • New - Members Only Module
  • Customizable pagination for product listing
  • Unlimited products & categories
  • AJAX powered Sliding Shopping Cart
  • Shop front highlighting for newly added products
  • AJAX powered Web 2.0 DropShop – additional gold module
  • Grid View – additional gold module
  • Fancy AJAX Alerts on Add to Cart
  • Purchase history for logged in users
  • New and improved Audio Player Module for selling MP3 files
  • Chinese Language file
  • Share this / Digg Product social networking promo tools
  • Downloadable CSV files
  • Detailed Purchase Log & Filters
  • Configurable Tax settings including USA & Canada
  • PayPal IPN
  • URL linking to products and images
  • – Next version
  • RSS product feed widget
  • Google Cart

Best of all, WP e-Commerce can integrate into your wordpress based site as either separate pages or widgets and the available widgets currently include:

  • AJAX Shopping Cart Widget
  • Categories & Brands Widget
  • Donations Widget
  • Product Specials Widget

A few sites based off of WP e-Commerce include (this list was taken from their website and may change at any time):

Best of all, the installation of WP e-Commerce couldn’t be easier, upload the plug-in, enable it and configure it. That’s it.

I can see WP e-Commerce being used by people selling online e-books or audio files, subscription based services, donations, merchandise (it includes the ability to assign attributes like size, color, etc to products) and any number of simple e-commerce needs. So if you’re looking for a low cost, easy to use e-commerce solution and already have a wordpress enabled site or plan to use wordpress, give WP e-Commerce a peek. It may not have the features and functionality of the larger, more expensive solutions but for the price, it packs a pretty nice punch.

I encourage you to visit the WP e-Commerce site and experiment with it today.

About Jess

Experienced as a Web Developer and Web Server administrator since 1994, in 1999 Jess set out to start a Web Hosting Provider that would leverage the latest in cutting edge and innovative technologies and make them available to businesses in a way that was easy to understand, easy to use and affordable. Today Applied Innovations is a recognized leader in Windows Hosting and specializes in ASP.NET, E-Commerce and Advanced Web Application Hosting.

8 Responses to “Creating an Online Magazine or E-Commerce website with wordpress”

  1. This is great! I will look more into your offerings for wordpress on the IIs for my other clients. Right now though I have a client (redink.biz) who is hosted by AI.net, using wordpress and needing the spell checker feature to work -we cannot get it going. Any thoughts?

  2. Brian, have your client publish using windows live writer instead of wordpress's built in WYSIWYG editor. It has far better editing controls and the spellchecker in it is great!. It's a free too. you can get it here: http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/

    In the meantime, I'll see why the spell checker isn't working and verify it works on our own blog.

  3. Just wanted to bump my question about the native spell checking in wordpress at AI for people who do not want to use WLW or wbloggar, etc. Any info? Thx.

  4. Brian, There is no easy fix available for this currently. Only solutions I found required an EXE to be called from DOS and that required the cmd.exe executable to be executed by the website user. We lock this down for security (and it's a bad bad bad thing to not lock down) so it's not possible. I'm still looking for alternative solutions but I haven't found any unfortunately.

    If you or any other readers happen to come across something we'll be more than happy to look into it.

  5. Yeah, it seems crazy that for something like wordpress or any blogging software to not have a spell check on the IIS server should be addressed by MS.

  6. Just wanted to say that both these items will definately make an awesome site. Thanks for suggesting them.

  7. Hey Jess,
    Long time no talk! I agree that WP is a fantastic tool for building a nice site and with the addition of a user-friendly e-commerce plugin… well that’s hard to beat. While I do use WP for my Websites-NOW site, I do find that WP can be a bit overwhelming for the novice user so I generally suggest other options if they have zero HTML experience. The active WP community and helpful WP hosts like yourself make it less daunting but generally best suited for someone with at least a 4/10 skill level.
    Garret

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