I went to a WordPress Meetup in Ft. Collins last night. One of the people there made the comment that he had always heard that WordPress wasn’t really a good option if you need e-commerce. He’s not the only one with that impression. Until now, WordPress plugins have had a reputation for being buggy and unsuitable for serious e-commerce - they are only good for small numbers of products, limited number of orders, limited order management functions, not PCI compliant with Visa and Mastercard security rules. Companies that would otherwise choose WordPress go either to the SaaS providers like Shopify or Volusion or download and install ZenCart or some other on-premise software.
OrderStorm WordPress eCommerce changes the field and makes serious e-commerce on WordPress a reality. OrderStorm started as a boutique e-commerce software company with a proprietary platform for shopping cart, event management, product configuration, form data collection and management, event photographer program, order management and basic CRM. We built custom e-commerce solutions for our customers, automating many tasks and business processes online (like drop shipping) and helped customers build a unique online presence. The OrderStorm e-Commerce plugin brings this functionality to the WordPress website through the back end so it is completely transparent to visitors that data is pulling from the OrderStorm cloud.
OrderStorm also solves the two big problems of the open source framework – the inability to store credit card data in compliance with Visa and MC rules and the inability manage large product catalogs. OrderStorm offers a PCI compliant product that can handle unlimited numbers of SKUs with product import from spreadsheet and batch update functions for price updates.
While online product retailers only need a good shopping cart, many SMBs that need e-commerce solutions need more than just a shopping cart. SMBs are the backbone of our economy. In addition to selling to-go and catering orders, restaurants need to take reservations and schedule their meeting rooms. Flower shops need to take orders, schedule delivery, specify delivery areas and collect the message that appears on the card. Summer camps need to sell t-shirts and hats, take registration online and collect additional data on campers. Yoga studios need to schedule classes, sell clothes and mats plus sell memberships. They all need to manage the data that comes in from contact forms. With OrderStorm eCommerce, SMB can have lovely web pages describing their offerings, blog pages to engage their customers, and the full array of e-commerce functionality they need in a coordinated set of applications. OrderStorm will be rolling out these applications to WordPress to create an SMB management platform.
Watch for updates. We are committed to helping SMBs with the software they need to manage their businesses entirely online. And call any time with your questions. We are happy to consult.