May 19, 2014
As an artist who is interested in turning my passion for art and photography into a small business, I've been trying all sorts of online e-commerce solutions. None of them have felt like they fit with what I had envisioned. Many were pricey and the quality was not up to par. I felt very discouraged.
In a sense, this feeling of inadequacy in regard to my shop, had slowed me down. A lot of time and effort went into posting items for sale. I listed items in one venue, then relisted them in a second venue, then a third and then...you get the picture. I felt I needed to find a good solution before I continued spinning my wheels on things I was not satisfied with. I decided to stop listing items to shops until I found the perfect venue. I spent a lot of time researching every option I could find.
Over the weekend, I added a new shop to my website. The perfect venue for me turned out to be a free Wordpress plug-in. My shop is now fully contained on my website. I do not have to pay listing fees or commissions. I am in total control of everything. Payments will go through Paypal and I have the capability of adding other options when I am ready to do so. There is no longer an expiration date on my listings. Keywords and tags are now limitless.
I finally feel I have found a fit for me and I can move forward with my aspirations. Please check out the few items I have listed in my new shop. More will be added in the next couple of weeks and then I will send out a newsletter announcing a grand opening sale with some coupon codes. Sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss out!
I would love to hear what you think of my new shop.
August 24, 2017
Thank you, Iris! The plugin is called WooCommerce. I found it fairly easy to use. The one thing I would like to be able to change, is the related products section is a little to large for my liking, but I can’t find it anywhere in the settings.
That’s awesome! The shop looks great and I think it works really well to have a shop that is integrated into your own website. If you don’t mind sharing I’d love to know what the plugin is called. I’m currently doing things manually on my blog (and using Etsy for prints) but would love to have everything on my website in the future.
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