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Why WordPress Is A Great Website Platform For You! (Part 12)

Written by Mark Steinbrueck

person-731479_1280We have only 3 more weeks of our current series about why WordPress is a great website platform for you. We have discussed all kinds of benefits, from general topics like “It’s Free” and “Easy to Use” to more specific features, like Easy Calendars, Photo Galleries, and Online Event Registration. Below is a list and links for the past 11 blog posts discussing the benefits of WordPress websites:

  1. It’s Supported World Wide
  2. It’s Free!
  3. It’s updated on a regular basis
  4. It is easy to use
  5. Image Sliders
  6. Easy Calendars
  7. Staff Directory
  8. Easy Contact Forms
  9. Photo Galleries
  10. Online Event Registration
  11. Custom Online Forms

This week we are going to discuss a functionality that is often overlooked by many organizations. The 12th reason that WordPress is a great website platform for you is: Full Feature Online Store

Most of the websites that we build at OurChurch.Com are church websites, ministry websites, and school websites. And when speaking with these organizations, they often pass over having an online store.  Most churches, schools, and ministries think, “I’m not a business, I don’t need an online store.”  However, typically all of these organizations sell things from time to time: Books, Bible study materials, shirts & other apparel, and other items for fundraisers.

We have found that the best online store plugin to use is WooCommerce. The basic version of WooCommerce is free, however, there are many extensions (add-ons) that are fee based but well worth the cost.

Some of the benefits of WooCommerce are:

  • Easily add products with descriptions and images
  • Ability to offer discounts and coupon codes
  • Categorize products for easy sorting
  • Connects with PayPay, Authorize.net, and many other payment processing services
  • Integrate shipping charges
  • Regular updates and responsive support

WooCommerce comes standard with our Custom Premier website package or can be added to the Express or Pro website.

Do you sell items on your website? What are you currently using? Please post your comments below.

To discuss this and other options for your website, please contact us here!

About the author

Mark Steinbrueck

Mark Steinbrueck is President and Co-founder of OurChurch.Com. He is a member of Generations Christian Church, a husband and father of 3. He is a huge Cardinals baseball fan and bleeds Garnet and Gold. Find on Google+.

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