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    Years ago, I built an ecommerce site based on oscommerce. It worked fine. I eventually changed the platform to a WordPress plugin that was designed for me. I never was completely happy with the second format, by and large because I didn't understand it or the database structure. I would have preferred, looking back, to using Zencart or something else in a subdirectory on the site. I would have had a cohesive site this way rather than one that used the Wordpress tables as well as the plugin tables. I know there are downsides to this approach, but it allows me to more easily add my scripts and makes the site more transportable to a different platform should I decide to do that.

    What are the options today for doing what I described above.

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    I have never used it but WooComerce seems to be the hot WordPress plugin for eCommerce. Shopify is another shopping cart that seems to be popular. I may play around with Woo once of these days on one of my smaller sites just to see if I like it.
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    I wonder why other people so easily changed their mind from ecommerce to wordpress plugins without thinking the consequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turboguy View Post
    I have never used it but WooComerce seems to be the hot WordPress plugin for eCommerce. Shopify is another shopping cart that seems to be popular. I may play around with Woo once of these days on one of my smaller sites just to see if I like it.
    I keep reading about woocommerce. Am leaning that direction. I thought shopify was a whole company not a plugin you can put on your site?

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    I have used woocommerce and it works just fine.

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    One of my complaints with carts is they rarely if ever store product cost. This means you can't calculate profit from your cart database. I also base selling price on product cost. I developed my own work around, but it seems to me that this should be a field in the off the shelf databases. Also, rarely is it clean to do a pricing update. I used to get my product pricing in an excel sheet. I had to write custom scripts to use those to update my pricing. I had 13k products, so this was a big issue.

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