WordPress and Mexican Silver

There’s more to WordPress than blogging. It has become a great CMS platform for non-techies and web developers. The fact that you can extend it as much as you like, makes it a candidate platform for any project.

I recently decided to create an e-commerce site for one of my passions: Mexican Silver Jewellery. I wanted to build something very simple and easy to navigate for the customer. I know it can take a few weeks to get something up and running from scratch, so as my time was limited and I needed to create the content for the site, I decided to use the twenty twelve WordPress theme, which I love. I prefer simplicity over heavy design and the twenty twelve theme doesn’t disappoint. It has everything I need.

It was just a matter of finding the right plugin for the shop. I opted for JigoShop, as it has been recommended to me in the past. Once I started adding products, I realised how well developed the plugin is. Although I did spend many hours entering products and searching for answers to the questions I had – I was grateful for the documentation.

One of the most time consuming parts was getting the SSL to work. I decided to make the entire site secure, as JigoShop only has one page that can be made secure – the ‘checkout’ page. This was an issue for me, as I wanted to make sure customers felt confident creating an account and going back to the site anytime and be able to update their profile securely.

As I already had a Paypal account, I got the transactions working nicely. Although I did have some issues with Paypal sandbox and in the end I was forced to make a live transaction during the development process.

I’m very pleased with the result… now all I need are customers!

WordPress for businesses

Lately, I have been developing blogs and web sites using the WordPress open source platform. My clients love the easy to use back end admin interface where they can make any updates they wish without having to rely on a technical person to help them.

Most of the projects I have worked on have been carefully customised, and for any clients new to WordPress, I offer a couple of hours training where they can get comfortable with uploading their own graphics, videos, audio and other content.

WordPress 3.0 gets my vote

WordPress continues to set the standard for small businesses and sole traders who need a cost-effective website that is relatively easy to maintain.

I’ve just installed WordPress 3.0 for a new business and I’m looking forward to exploring all the new features myself. I’m pleased to see a new default theme – Twenty Ten 1.0 – in the latest release, 3.0. I guess it was about time! Continue reading