WooCommerce is an Ecommerce extension for WordPress. It became part of the official Automattic (WordPress Family) last year. Great news for everyone! WooCommerce allows you to use your WordPress setup as an online store. According to WooThemes, the makers of WooCommerce, it now powers 30% of all online stores. This is over 1 million downloads. WooCommerce is free, however the payment gateways, besides Paypal, are not.
WooCommece for Ecommerce
WooCommerce is a brilliant ecommerce solution. If you purchase WooThemes products then you are entitlted to friendly and effective customer support. This is as well as limitless updates and upgrades. As a developer who works with clients who want to publish with WordPress and WooCommerce I have become familiar with how ecommerce with WooCommerce is a perfect solution. If you are trying to get your first internet strore off the ground then you can rely on Woothemes (now) free Paypal Express plugin to process payments. Until recentlly this plugin was available on a subscription only basis.
Payment Gateway Subscriptions
The usual subscription for any kind of payment gateway with a single site license is $79.00 a year. The more websites you have the cheaper the license per site. This subscription entitles you to upgrades and all important security updates. All you need to ensure is that you renew your subscriptions on a yearly basis. Failure to do so may place your customers at risk or leave your payment gateway unnecessarily outdated. My policy at Premier design is to encourage you as customers to take control of you eccommerce venture by having full resposibility for your WooCommerce payment gateways and updates. If you use the Woothemes helper and have an account with WordPress you will find that it is possible to automate this aspect of your business services. As long as your themes and plugins are configured correctly this will always be a seamless affair. Incidently I cannot resell WooThemes licenses in the sense of purchasing my own multisite license and then selling it on as part of individual client packages.
Which Payment Gateway is Right For Me?
If you want to do your eccommerce with WooCommerce my advice is to have a look through the WooCommerce website. This will introduce you to all the possibilities and options available. If you have an SSL you can have the payment gateway integrated into your own website. If however you do not want use an SSL you can redirect customers to an external payment gateway. Payment gateways supported by WooCommerce include Sagepay, Worldpay, Paypal and Realex. All these payment gateways allow you to process credit and debit cards. The payment gateways popularity with customers depends on how much the brand names are trusted. It is advisable to offer at least two payment options with your online store. Preferably a payment gateway such as Paypal or SagePay and a link advertising the ability you have to seurly process credit and debit card payments. For this a gateway such as Realex would be more than sufficient. I am familiar with installing, testing and deploying all of the afore mentioned checkouts.