Shopping Cart Widget Suggestion
This is a suggestion to create a Shopping Cart widget for WordPress.com blogs. WordPress could take a percentage of the sales generated through the use of the widget to raise revenue, and allow site users to sell merchandise through their blogs directly rather than having to use sites like PayPal or Amazon.
Blog url: http://hundredgoals.wordpress.com/
Staff have already stated the following here an in other threads as well:
Oh, the buy now button, sorry about that!
I’m afraid e-commerce isn’t possible here at WordPress.com.
You can use a PayPal Donate button, but not a Buy button.
If you require e-commerce/shopping cart functionality, you might be interested in a self-hosted (WordPress.org) installation. There are no restrictions on e-commerce if you setup 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:
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Is there a reason why .com and .org are so drastically different in their options? Obviously one is free, the other isn’t, but wouldn’t it be to the benefit of the .com site to incorporate some features that could generate revenue (such as a shopping cart feature.)
Clearly the reason is to encourage people to use .org so they have to pay, but I wonder if in the process they’re not doing themselves a disservice since many people will use their creativity to find ways of working around the limitations of the .com if they’re not given the options they’d like.
Just thinking out loud.
Yes, there are many reasons they are so different.
WordPress.ORG is optimized for ecommerce: why wouldn’t you use it? Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com and WordPress.org, doesn’t make any money when you download WordPress.org and get independent hosting.
Try and “find ways of working around the limitations of the .com” and you’ll find your blog suspended. Better to just cough up some cash and get an independent host. WordPress.com is for personal blogging and professionals who want to blog to raise their profile, not for ecommerce. Why would you complain that your bicycle isn’t a car? Get a car.
Here’s how to remove the Facebook page you have linked to your WordPress.com username and link it to your WordPress.com blog. Dashboard -> Users -> Personal Settings -> then scroll down to Account Details. Then scroll down to where it says ‘Website‘ select the URL for your primary wordpress.com blog and then save changes.
Also note than in a more recent Staff response from maxmanx that I don’t have time to locate the link to he said the following (bold lettering added by me):
No I’m afraid e-commerce isn’t possible here at WordPress.com, and there are no plans to develop anything for that at this time.
If you require e-commerce/shopping cart functionality, there are no restrictions on e-commerce if you setup a self-hosted WordPress.org blog instead of a free hosted WordPress.com blog. See here to learn the differences
I’m not interested in changing where my name directs you to, but thanks. And I’m not complaining about anything, just offering up suggestions that I think would be nice to have for both user and .com.
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