artist e-commerce site, themes and plug-ins
If my client purchases one of your theme packages, can an e-commerce plug-in be added to any of the themes or only certain ones? Thanks in advance.
WordPress.COM does not sell theme packages. There are bundles of upgrades for sale and one includes premium themes and eCommerce capability. The other two do not and premium themes must be purchased separately if they are desired.
WordPress.com provides free blogs and hosts them free of charge. There are no bandwidth charges. All WordPress.com blogs come with 3000 megabytes (~3 GBs) of space for storing uploaded files and images. Free features are listed here https://en.wordpress.com/features/
See here for details of all 3 plans http://store.wordpress.com/bundles/ offered by WordPress.com.
Premium bundle details http://store.wordpress.com/plans/premium/
Business bundle details http://store.wordpress.com/plans/business/
Note that each upgrade bundle applies to a single blog only and is for a single year only when it is due to be renewed.
Note that separate premium theme purchases apply to a single blog only and are for the lifetime of the blog while hosted by WordPress.COM, and the Premium upgrade does not include any premium themes. http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/premium-themes/ Also note that no premium theme purchase entitles use on any more than a single blog.
WordPress.com blogs cannot be equipped for eCommerce transactions unless they have the $299. per year annually renewable Business upgrade. See here for ecommerce details http://en.support.wordpress.com/ecommerce/
Otherwise, provided you are selling only what you yourself make or a service that you personally provide you have two options.
(1) Know that the only instructions that will work for posting a PayPal donation button on a WordPress.com blog are found here http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/
(2) If you set up an Ecommerce site somewhere else online you can create a custom menu http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/ and include a custom link to that site in it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/menus/#adding-custom-links
Some bloggers create a contact form and after the people have made a PayPal donation they provide the link to a private page for downloading files. Maybe that will work for you.
Advertising outside of WordAds at WordPress.com is not allowed.
http://support.wordpress.com/advertising/ Here’s what gets a blog suspended:
1. WordPress.com allows bloggers to insert text affiliate links within post and page content to most third-party affiliate programs, provided they are not the primary content of the site in question.
2. Image affiliate links in posts and pages and any banners, affiliate links in sidebar or footer widget areas, are still considered to be advertising and are not allowed on WordPress.com blogs.
NOTE: Aside from the plugins I linked to for Ecommerce blogs with the Business upgrade only, there is no FTP access and no blogger installed plugin capability on any free hosted WordPress.COM blogs, and there is no upgrade you can purchase here that changes that reality.
WordPress.org offers free software that you can install on a web server. You can upload and install themes and plugins, run ads, conduct ecommerce and edit the database. Read the differences here. http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ and get web hosting here http://wordpress.org/hosting
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