Probably the biggest name in WordPress stuff besides Automattic (the WordPress development company) is WooCommerce. That’s largely because so many people looking to use WordPress also want the opportunity to sell their product lines on their websites. Not only that, but many of us use WooCommerce in conjunction with Prosociate to offer Amazon products to our customers as I do on the DFE Bookstore.
As Matt Mullenweg explains, many of us have been wondering when building a store in WordPress would be as easy as building a blog. Well, now they’ve inked the deal that brings Woo and Automattic together for the first time. And you can bet that means big changes for both WooCommerce and the WordPress core in the next few years:
For years, we’ve been working on democratizing publishing, and today more people have independent sites built on open source software than ever before in the history of the web. Now, we want to make it easy for anyone to sell online independently, without being locked into closed, centralized services — to enable freedom of livelihood along with freedom of expression.
It’s not a new idea: at a WordCamp a few years ago, someone stood up and asked me when we were going to make it as easy to create an online store as we’d made it to create a blog. Everyone applauded; there’s long been demand for better ecommerce functionality, but it’s been outside the scope of what Automattic could do well.
Many of my clients use WooCommerce in one way or another. And eCommerce is what HolisticNetworking knows best. Are you ready to start selling on your WordPress website?