04 Jan Deeper and Deeper
[Converting from Fine Art America, and a portfolio site, to a fully integrated store with downloads self hosted and what happens along the way]
This is for the five people out there who happen to come across this note about a WordPress plugin called WooCommerce and about a theme shop called ShopIsle and how I have (am) using them to put together my ninth online version of the photography store.
That simply is too dry to interest anyone. And I’m a terrible reviewer because I’m not systematic. And I freely admit that I don’t want to see videos (they supply many of them) or even open a web page unless it’s just to get the basic setup going.
When you start, you don’t really know what exactly WooCommerce is, or how it works. What you do know is that if you look at the code behind a bunch of sites similar to the one you’re contemplating – you’ll find WooCommerce in the code.
I wonder whether the founders were sitting around trying to think up a name and one of ’em said, Woo! Commerce! And the others that were pretty smashed at the time all began singing Woo woo woo.
Which is to say, I have no clue as to the origins of the Woo Woo plugin.
Don’t know what a WordPress Plugin is? Stop reading altogether. Stop I tell you. It’s only going to go deeper down the rabbit hole.
Well, to begin with, I’m sure I did a bunch of stuff wrong, and I haven’t completed the store yet – but here’s where I started, and here’s where I’m at:
I had a portfolio online, and no cart. I was doing all my millions (zilch) through Fine Art America. You never heard of them? Well, I don’t know if they’re the biggest photography turnkey system around; but they’re big.
The idea was pretty simple. You give ’em your high res digital file – and let’s face it where else is this going to start – and they’ll take care of everything else, except the pricing and the marketing. That’s up to you.
Part II. Tomorrow.