Not all WordPress stores are the same so why use the same WordPress ecommerce plugin for all WordPress stores? Let's take a quick look at the major differences between WooCommerce and Cart66.
Cart66 has been at the heart of WordPress ecommerce since 2008. It all started when I was found some noise reduction headphones that I wanted to sell online. I started to hand-roll another e-commerce site when I thought maybe I could build an ecommerce site on WordPress. At the time, there were only about three WordPress ecommerce plugins available. This is the story behind Cart66 and the unique approach we have taken to WordPress ecommerce.
Getting Started With Cart66
Cart66 was one of the first WordPress plugins for ecommerce. It is a little different from other WordPress e-commerce plugins because you get a suite of hosted services that take e-commerce beyond what you can do with a plugin alone. The goal is to use the tools provided by WordPress, the most powerful and popular content management system, to design your store to deliver the most customizable ecommerce storefront. Then use the Cart66 WordPress shopping cart plugin to power your online shopping cart and your secure hosted checkout page.
Custom Product Page Layouts
Cart66 comes with a custom post type for products. The Cart66 Product post type serves a couple of purposes both for presentation and some behind the scenes stuff. By default, the product pages are presented with an image gallery in the top left, the Add to Cart button in the top right, and the page content below. This provides a really nice, clean layout for your product pages without requiring any additional plugins or coding. Sometimes, however, you want to layout the page yourself. We just released a new feature to make Cart66 product pages even more flexible. You can now choose the default layout that shows the built-in image gallery and product form, or you can turn all that off and lay everything out exactly like you want it. Let’s take a close look.
Customize Receipt Text For Specific Product
Sometimes you sell a product where you want to include some special instructions or information in the email receipt. For example, if you sell a WordPress theme, you might include a link to PDF with instructions. Or, maybe you want to recommend some related products. For example, if someone buys a coat, you can email them about hats that go nicely with the coat. Whatever the reason, it’s nice to be able to send customized information to your customer based on what product they just bought from you. Here’s a quick demonstration of how to include product specific content in your email receipts using Cart66.
Kustrix Theme Demo
The Kustrix WordPress Theme is premium theme available on TemplateMonster. Also available through TemplateMonster is the free, Kustrix Lite version of the theme. The free theme does not have quite as many features as the paid version of the theme and it doesn’t come with support, but it’s still very flexible and capable theme. In this review, we’ll look at how to set up the theme, configure some navigation menus, and – perhaps most exciting – set up a secure online store with Cart66. Let’s get started!
Cart66 Secure Site Seal
One of the major benefits that Cart66 brings to the table is security and PCI compliance for your WordPress store. You can use any WordPress theme, host your site anywhere on any server and you don’t even need your own SSL certificate. Simply install Cart66 and you’ve got all the security and PCI compliance you need to deliver a safe and secure shopping experience for your customers. It’s as easy as using PayPal and you can accept both credit card payments and PayPal payments. Also, with the Cart66 Cloud secure hosted checkout page you get built-in support for over 100 payment gateways. Perhaps best of all, with the Cart66 page slurp, your secure, hosted checkout page is skinned with your WordPress theme so it will look exactly like the rest of your WordPress site. That means you keep consistent design and branding throughout the entire checkout process. Now you can show your customers that your site is secure and protected by Cart66 with the new Cart66 Security Seal. Here’s how it works.
When To Use Cart66 (and when not to)
There is a wide variety of WordPress ecommerce plugins available today and they each have different situations where they are best used. Let’s take a look at when Cart66 is a good fit for your ecommerce site and when you might want to choose a different plugin.
How To Earn Money Blogging
This article is a great resource to show you how to earn money blogging. We’ll cover both the technical side of how to actually sell something from your blog. I’ll also introduce you to Amy Lynn Andrews. She’s got a gold mine of information on how to earn money blogging. Let’s start with my first blogging success story because it shows how you can take a simple blog and turn it into a full-time, money making business. It’s also how Cart66 got started.
Customer Portal Using WordPress Theme
The Cart66 secure customer portal has gotten an update! The sign in page is now skinned with your WordPress theme. This makes for a really nice, seamless experience for selling access to content on your WordPress site.