This post is part of e-commerce week, which features e-commerce related content on DesignM.ag and the Vandelay Design blog, as well as e-commerce design inspiration at CartFrenzy.
WordPress is a popular blogging platform and content management system, but it can also be used for powering e-commerce websites. Although its primary purpose is not e-commerce, there are a number of plugins and themes available that will allow you to use WordPress for your online store (some are free and some are premium).
In this post we’ll take a look at some of the resources that can help you to set up your own e-commerce site on WordPress.
WordPress e-Commerce Plugin
An extremely popular plugin that offers a lot of options for setting up an online store with WordPress. WP e-Commerce integrates with PayPal, Google Checkout, Authorize.net and more. Designers will have the flexibility to tweak and customize the appearance as well.
In this post we will provide links to more than 45 resources to help you in your work of designing and developing e-commerce websites. The resources found in this post include shopping cart options, tutorials, template resources, inspiration and more.
Shopping Cart Options:
Choosing the right shopping cart for your site is a critical decision. There are plenty of options to choose from and most designers prefer to get to know 1 or 2 of them very well, rather than having a little bit of experience with many of the options. Here you will find some of the most popular choices, but if you are looking for more, please see 37 Shopping Cart Options for Developers.
The use of texture can be a very powerful technique for web and graphic designers. The possibilities with textures are endless, and they can have a drastic impact on the overall look and style of a design. Equally important, with the right resources it can be very simple to use textures in your own work. This post will serve as a collection of over 80 resources, tutorials and inspiration for designers who want to work with textures.
If you’re interested in creating your own textures, please see the excellent tutorial that Caleb Kimbrough wrote for us, Ultimate Guide for Creating High Quality Textures.
Using paper effects in web design is a current trend (see 35 Amazing Paper Made Website Designs at Spyre Studios). Achieving a paper look can be made much easier with the help of Photoshop brushes. Here we will feature a number of free brush packs for creating paper effects.
Grungy Paper Brushes (12 brushes)