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Has anyone used Cartpress before that could give me some pointers?

I've installed the plugin but struggling to find all the templates it uses to display everything. I'm using the default theme in WP and have set everything up in that. Things I want to include are:

  1. Display 3 top products on the homepage.
  2. Adjust the look of how all the products are displayed.
  3. Tailor the look of checkout process.
  4. Display a basket.

I've tried using Dukapress and wpStoreCart but Cartpress seems the easiest to adjust. It's easy enough to change to a different plugin as I'm only just starting out.

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So basically, I've never found an ecommerce solution yet that just works.

And I've tried a lot of them.

They often require the cusom creation of templates, as the shops css and the theme css never seem to play right. Everything always looks pretty crappy for me.

Now that being said, the easiest I've dealt with is eshop. Well, the easiest in terms of appearance. It just works through the normal post interface. I set up a custom post type and used it for my shop. I like it, but wasn't 100% sold on the back end. Some things were a bit confusing to me, but I'm not an e commerce expert.

I've recently began experimenting with jigoshop which has an easier to understand backend, but I'm having trouble with appearance. This plugin sets up its own custom post types for you, and sets up pages for your cart, and shop, etc. It seems pretty solid and thorough, but again...appearance on the front-end. It allows you to turn off the css for the plugin, but my shop seems to be busting right out of my theme.

So basically what it comes down to is figuring out the mechanism for your ecommerce plugin. Is it custom post type based? If so it's pretty easy to creat custom templates. But to get what you are after, you'll need to use a combination of templates most likely, maybe custom queries for displaying the right number of products, and custom css.

Sorry I can't be more specific. I've just found that every plugin/theme combination is different. And every one of the ecommerce plugins requires a fair amount of customizing through the theme to get right.

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  • Is that due to css or markup in Jigoshop? Aug 29, 2011 at 0:25
  • I'd have to think markup. Maybe some css. You can turn off the css for jigoshop, but I still couldn't get it right. Custom templates are going to be required to make it work within most themes. Aug 29, 2011 at 11:10
  • Hm, what theme are you using? Aug 29, 2011 at 12:54
  • Umm.... custom theme, arras, and startbox I believe were the ones I tried it on. Aug 29, 2011 at 16:39

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