What happened to summer? I wrote a blog post for the B² Interactive blog about using the Shopify plugin for WordPress back at the end of July. I went on a quick working vacation and dived head on into a giant web project that I’m just now wrapping up. It took up so much of my time that I hadn’t had a chance to post until now.
Last time I wrote about how using WordPress for your professional cartoonist website was the best option for most people. I was able to implement the Shopify plugin into a recent client site and saw some great opportunities for cartoonists who were using WordPress. I know a lot of cartoonists use Big Cartel and, well, hate it. Shopify is a good option for you to explore. You just need to sign up for the Lite plan at $9.99 a month. Unlimited products, ability to sell on Facebook, and you can use their point of sale app to accept credit cards at conventions. It’s simple to integrate with your existing WordPress site using the Shopify plugin.
There are several ways to develop an e-commerce store for your WordPress website. But there are a lot of details to manage with many of the existing e-commerce plugins, and you may need to buy more add-ons to get your store to work right. Not to mention, some of the interfaces are downright clunky. Shopify’s new WordPress plugin, however, is a great solution for integrating e-commerce on your website.
There are some drawbacks which I get into in my blog post, but I think for nearly every cartoonist out there, this is a solid option. Sell your original art and books right off your own site with Shopify’s secure platform. It’s not free, but you get what you pay for. I’ll be looking to Shopify for some of my own future plans.
Illustration by Katie Kassel