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can externally hosted shopping carts be used to sell on wordpress.com?

  1. nogoodclothing
    Member

    as the title suggests, can externally hosted shopping carts be used to sell on wordpress.com? For example, if i listed a product on wordpress.com could that be linked to an externally hosted shopping cart? i don't seem to be able to add a donation button, every time i hit update after pasting the code wordpress omits it.

    The blog I need help with is nogoodclothing.wordpress.com.

  2. nogoodclothing
    Member

    oops, didn't explain that too well, my second statement related to adding a paypal donation button for an item on the blog, seems to me like wordpress sees the code when it's being updated and cuts it.

  3. Theoretically, but staff have suspended blogs whose sole purpose is to direct people to an off-WP website. You should run it by them first.

    WP strips out the encrypted version of the Donation button.

  4. nogoodclothing, here are detailed instructions for using PayPal Donate and Buy Now buttons on WordPress.com:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    The article explains how to get around the problem of WordPress stripping out the PayPal code.

    Best wishes,

    Fred Chapman
    I.T. Consultant

  5. Here is WordPress.com Staff's answer:

    macmanx
    Happiness Engineer
    Apr 19, 2012, 3:17 PM

    While you can sell your work on your blog, no blogger initiated advertising, retailing, or reselling of work created or services provided by other people is allowed on WordPress.com.

    This link will give you instructions for using a Paypal button on your blog:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

    If you require e-commerce/shopping cart functionality beyond this, you might be interested in a self-hosted (WordPress.org) installation. There are no restrictions on e-commerce if you set up a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a WordPress.com blog, but there are some added responsibilities.

    Please see this link to learn about the differences:
    http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    We have hosting recommendations at the following link if you are interested:
    http://get.wp.com/hosting/

    From: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/can-i-open-a-page-with-a-shop?replies=12#post-868358

  6. enfleurageevents
    Member

    Hello,

    When my Pay Pal button code gets generated no Email window options appears for me to click on. Anyone have any idea how to get around that?

  7. Please read number 6 and 11 in this guide > http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

  8. @enfleurageevents, I was experimenting with the PayPal buttons last night and discovered that you won't get an Email tab for the link if you customize the button to heavily (for example, by adding a drop-down menu with options). This comprehensive guide to working with PayPal buttons confirms that customization isn't available for email links, which you need to use PayPal buttons on WordPress.com.

    What you can do is create a separate button for each option instead of combining a number of different options into a single button. That will work fine on WordPress.com.

    All the best,

    Fred Chapman
    IT Consultant

  9. *customize the button too heavily

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