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April 13th, 2011

e-commerce made easy

The WordPress developer’s universe is continuosly expanding and the quality of the latest community releases, as the Bravenewcode vs. Jakob Nielsen case demonstrates, are capable of competing at the same level of professional products, which often cannot rely on the same ease of use.
The WP E-Commerce extension plugin disclosed infinite possibilities for turning a blog into a full featured online shopping site.

To improve User Experience, add new functions and simplify the checkout process, while solving some issues of the originary 3.8 version, I’ve made:

  • a “Buy Now” button compatible with the PayPal Express payment method (not only Standard), checking whether user registration is required to proceed
  • a new Paypal Express merchant gateway, capable of transmitting a detailed product list and automatically pre-filling some form fields

UPDATE: since version 3.8.3, the WPEC plugin implements a Paypal Express payment gateway updated to API version 71 and to many of the features introduced by me. However some further improvements are still possible, such as pre-filling forms in Paypal with data submitted to the site, or a detailed list of items in the payment receipts.

Take a look to the additional patches and fixes that I made available to the WPEC community on the official support forums


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