Are you looking to build an online storefront for your business? A new ecommerce feature from WordPress.com Business can make this happen — quickly and easily.
WordPress.com Business Users: eCommerce Has Arrived!
We’re thrilled to announce that, starting today, WordPress.com Business users can connect their sites to their online stores. With three leading ecommerce partners to choose from — Ecwid, Shopify, and ShopLocket — you can showcase, promote, and sell products to your customers directly from your site.
If you’re already a WordPress.com Business user, or are thinking of becoming one, here’s how the ecommerce feature will power your WordPress.com site.
A simple, hassle-free connection
Users with the WordPress.com Business upgrade already enjoy great features like live-chat support, unlimited storage, and free access to all our premium themes. Now, you can turn your site into a sleek online storefront, and let visitors shop from any post or page. The partners we’ve teamed up with — Ecwid, Shopify, and ShopLocket — all provide a smooth and secure ecommerce experience for you and your customers.
Connecting to your store is quick and easy — you initiate the process on your Dashboard, by going to eCommerce Plugins, where you can select the desired service:
After activating the service you’d like to use, you can go to the service’s Settings page to complete any necessary account details — from your Dashboard, go to Settings → Service Name (i.e. Ecwid Store, Shopify, or ShopLocket). In case you don’t already have an online store, you’ll be able to create one from the Settings page. (If you’ve ever used Publicize to connect your site to any social media platform like Facebook or Twitter, this process, which is very similar, will be a breeze).
Turn your site into a tailor-made storefront
Once your WordPress.com Business site is connected to your online store, the possibilities are endless. Each service is slightly different, but you can feature your products by simply embedding a link to your product into the editor, pasting in a shortcode from the services’ dashboard/admin, or, in some cases, just copying over the embed code into the editor. Regardless of the method you choose, we’ll automatically convert each link into a sleek, professional product image.
If you’d like more control over your site’s visuals, you can tweak your products’ appearance even further. You can modify the look and feel of the products on your page by customizing the shortcode, from image size and background color to “Buy” button text. Depending on the ecommerce service you’re using, you can add products to your sidebar with a designated widget, or even have a shopping cart on your page.
Feb 25th at 7:55 pm
This is exciting news for businesses!
Feb 25th at 8:05 pm
Do you need to be premium to have the plug in option? Reblogging as well!
Feb 25th at 9:14 pm
That’s great….maybe I’ll move my store over to Shopify!
Feb 25th at 9:18 pm
I use Ecwid and find it so easy to use and integrate – would recommend it
Feb 25th at 11:19 pm
This is a pretty big deal.
Feb 26th at 12:02 am
This is great — now I have a place for my business clients to grow.
Feb 26th at 12:19 am
Cool! … and timely … thanks WP
Feb 26th at 12:20 am
I love it , now I can sell items from my boutique here also, thanks WordPress !
Feb 26th at 2:04 am
It’s incredibly exciting to see WordPress.com offer eCommerce, but a real shame to see the many excellent open-source options snubbed (including those built specifically for WordPress).
I understand the many very good reasons why it makes sense to partner with existing hosted services, but I hope that one day, we’ll see WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) and other open-source eCommerce options alongside these initial launch partners.
Matt has long said “WordPress.com is a gateway drug for WordPress.org”.
It’s an asset to the platform that if a blogger outgrows the limited features available on WordPress.com, they can seamlessly move off to create their own WordPress.org site and be free to do whatever they can dream of with their site.
Choosing these 3 partners for eCommerce means WordPress.com users will not have that same freedom once their store out-grows the service they started on.
Feb 26th at 2:49 am
Great opportunity for a lot of people!!!
Feb 26th at 6:08 am
This is exciting news! I am looking forward to learning more about how to use this feature.
Feb 26th at 6:21 am
Excellent addition, keep up the good work!
Feb 26th at 6:35 am
Definitely interesting for my next e-business lecture.
Feb 26th at 6:48 am
Wonderful News for all small businesses! Tnank you, WordPress!
Feb 26th at 9:39 am
This is big news for WordPress.com users!
Feb 26th at 3:10 pm
Reblogged this on Jenia on WordPress.com and commented:
Long-awaited e-shop option now WordPress.com! Congratulations to the teams who have made it a reality!
Feb 26th at 4:28 pm
This is great news. Well done, Min Wei — ecommerce sites are becoming more and more popular, let’s hope they can compete and offer the necessary things on site to attract views.
Feb 28th at 1:36 am
Where can I find pricing for the ecommerce? Or is it included with the $299 business upgrade?
Mar 2nd at 11:04 pm
I’m looking for a solution to give a no-profit blog readers the opportunity to make donation or pay for services and goods using directly their credit card. Could this be a solution? Sorry to ask, I’m not technical savvy, I already have the codes for a bank, but I’d like much better to remain with WP, at least I learned enough to blog…
Mar 3rd at 11:24 am
Awesome addition, let me try for my new business. Thanks much for the sharing .
Mar 3rd at 1:09 pm
I’m really excited about this news, thanks a lot WordPress.com!
Mar 3rd at 11:21 pm
This is a great development. May be I will consider using it later after securing my domain name and making my blog more popular.