I’ve been creating websites for a long time, such a long time in fact that it scares me that it is that long. Back in the day we didn’t even have broadband, a meagre 56K modem was all we had. It was the same for the tools of the day too, Dreamweaver didn’t exist, Frontpage was the order of the day and php wasn’t even a twinkle in anybody’s eye. As for web applications, well they didn’t exist either!
Fast forward a few years and WordPress pops out from Automattic, it goes through a few iterations and gets better with every one of them. As with about half of my projects that get to my desk, half of them are powered by WordPress, and this is a good thing, as for many tasks, it makes things so easy, especially when it comes to content management, and training clients to use it!
One of the things that I’ve been working on lately is WooCommerce, a plugin for WordPress, it essentially add ecommerce functionality to your existing WordPress site, and I can easily say it’s one of the easiest ecommerce systems that I’ve used, it’s also one of the easiest to customise too, I found that working with the templates very easy to understand. I’ve even written my own custom shipping plugin, it calculates shipping rates based on the total value in the cart, great for small items. Once such website I have been working is Morrow Foods.
On the Morrow foods website, there is a small selection of products with different product variations, with each one of the variations having it’s own values. Adding the custom product data was quite straight forward, even adding complex products was easy, though I opted to give each variation it’s own product for stock keeping reasons, which the woocommerce system will also handle. If you are looking for an ecommerce platform that is easy to use and customise yet offers great flexibility out of the box, you’d be in good hands with WooCommerce.