Another reason I've been M.I.A., is that the nice gentleman over at ShopperPress.com was sweet enough to give me a plugin to review and test-drive!
I love the idea of blogs + shops in one....and want to be able to offer this as a service to all the mom-blogging, WAHMs out there that are looking to have their own web shop online. So far, it's been great! Installs easy, although I did have to upload myself to the plugins folder; for some reason the upload button wouldn't work for it. It comes with a pretty big selection of pre-installed shop themes, so it's easy to get started, with little customization. It's set up with customization in mind, and makes it simple (through the admin panel) to change the front page (header/logo, layout, widgets, buttons, etc).
Listing items is as simple as writing a post. Has section for 'old' price, and 'sale' price. Can add as many images as one wants. Featuring products is a simple click. Has extra fields for sizing, color choice, etc. And also has a nifty built in feature for anyone that wants to set up an AFFILIATE shop! has fields for amazon ASIN, or amazon "buy now" buttons, buy links, and redirects (that allow a customer to click on your button to give you credit, but check out at the originating store).
All in all pretty simple, and a GREAT solution which is on sale now for $79 (regular $199). I think most people could install this on their own and start a shop (out of the box) within the day....er, next day (after listing products). I'm offering installation of plugin, and customization for $160. That's the best I can do and still make some money after subtracting the $79. But, of course...it's that great hand-holding service I offer...that takes the scariness out of it starting something new. Plus....all the custom graphics!!!!!!!!! Is not a lot if you're wanting your own shop.
IF YOU'RE GOING TO INSTALL AN E-SHOP ON YOUR BLOG...I HIGHLY SUGGEST DOING A SUB-DOMAIN (/shop), INSTALLING A 2ND WORDPRESS BLOG, AND USING THE THEME ON IT'S OWN. UNLESS YOU'RE STARTING A BLOG FROM SCRATCH. THIS IS THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION FOR EXTENDING ANY WEBSITE. I PERSONALLY ALWAYS KEEP THE MAIN DOMAIN ALONE, AND ADD MY BLOGS UNDER /blog, AND SHOP UNDER /shop, /forum, /chat, ETC. THAT WAY YOU CAN ADD NEW AREAS WITHOUT UPSETTING THE MAIN AREA. BUT........THAT'S ANOTHER POST.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT HOW I'M USING THE SHOPPERPRESS PLUGIN HERE. IT'S STILL UNDER A LITTLE CONSTRUCTION, BUT IT'S A LIVE SHOP, SO IF WANT TO HIRE ME TO DO ANY WORK. YOU CAN PURCHASE STUFF DIRECTLY THROUGH THE SHOP LINK IN THE NAVBAR. I'VE ADDED A FEW MORE SERVICES, LIKE PHOTO EDITING & TOUCH UP, SCRAPBOOKING FOR HIRE, SHOPPERPRESS, AND A NEW ONE CALLED eSTORE, WHICH IS ANOTHER WORDPRESS THEME.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, OR WHAT SERVICE YOU THINK ARE MISSING.