Business Blogging and Shopping

A recent article How to Turn a Normal WordPress Installation into a Working Online-Shop discusses how to turn a normal WordPress installation into a working online shop.

Business Blogging and Shopping

A recent article How to Turn a Normal WordPress Installation into a Working Online-Shop discusses how to turn a normal WordPress installation into a working online shop.

Although the article is very thorough and well written, it is not the easiest method to turn your WordPress installation into a working online shop. The easiest way to achieve this is by downloading and installing the WP e-Commerce plugin.

  1. e-Commerce Install
  2. e-Commerce setup
  3. PayPal Setup
  4. Google Checkout Setup
  5. Conclusion
  6. Business Blogging

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Business Blogging

Why stop there? Business blogging is really starting to take off. More and more people are starting to use WordPress to power their websites – especially now that there are so many powerful plugins. Let's take a quick glance at some of the plugins we use to turn your average WordPress install into a business blogging solution.

  • Static FrontPage. You might not want the front page of your website to be your blog. See Creating a Static FrontPage.
  • Forums. Use bbPress or WP Forum depending on the requirements. Both are easy to install and both have a range of useful features.
  • Email Newsletters. Use WP Campaign Monitor because it is simple to install and easy to get the hang of. It also integrates with WP e-Commerce lite.
  • Surveys. Information is power. Use the Survey Fly plugin because it is powerful and easy to use. Administrators can download .csv reports that they can manipulate internally using proper spreadsheet software.
  • Statistics. Use WP SlimStat because it is so easy to install.
  • Google Analytics. Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they interact with your site. Google Analytics for WordPress automatically tracks and segments all outbound links from within posts, comment author links, links within comments, blogroll links, and downloads. It also allows you to track AdSense clicks, add extra search engines, track image search queries and it will even work together with Urchin. The WordPress Plugin repository has other Google Analytics plugins listed under the analytics tag.
  • Search Engine Optimization. Search Everything enables the searching of Pages, Comments, and more. No Hacking or modifications necessary, just install, activate the plugin and configure it under Options > Search Everything
  • Ecommerce & Shopping Cart. Turn your WordPress Installation into a fully functional eCommerce platform. See the available Ecommerce Plugins & Ecommerce Themes for WordPress.