Over the past week or so, I have been telling you about plans that I have and my goals of what to achieve with my various businesses in 2014. Last week, I revealed these Business Resolutions for 2014:
- Moving much of my computing to the cloud
- Getting more active in eMail marketing through newsletter publishing
- The use of autoresponders to further my eMail marketing campaigns
Today, I’ll tell you about another of my business resolutions for 2014, and it is related to my eCommerce stores. I have a number of eCommerce sites, I guess about 7 or 8 currently. But, this business resolution relates to only 3 of the sites. All three sites are virtually the same, and changing one will make the changes on the other 2 sites very easy.
On these 3 sites, I have been using OSCommerce e-commerce software as the platform on the sites for many years now. Probably 10 years already, or very close to that. I have decided, though, that the platform is getting stale, and it’s time to make a change.
The truth is that over the years, I have done less and less work on these sites, and because of that, I have lost some of my skills in working with OSCommerce. Almost all of the work I do these days is on the WordPress platform. Also, it’s important to realize that WordPress has become much more than a blogging platform. These days, many people are using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) and increasingly, WordPress is being used for eCommerce.
Last year I set up two new eCommerce sites, one for selling electronic books, and another for selling another product. On both of these new sties, I used WordPress as my eCommerce platform in conjunction with the eStore plugin from Tips & Tricks HQ. It is a great plugin that turns WordPress into an eCommerce platform. There are a number of such plugins out there, and I have tried many over the past 5 years or so, but this is the first one that I found which actually works quite well. Really, when I set up these two sites, I considered them as somewhat of an experiment, I did not have huge confidence in using WordPress as an eCommerce platform. My mind, however, has been changed, and I am really happy with the setup.
So, because my OSCommerce skills have gotten rusty, and because I am so happy with the way WordPress can perform as an eCommerce site, I have decided to switch my 3 OSCommerce sites over to WordPress in 2014. In fact, I have already started the work, and an well on my way to completing the first such move. I would say that the work is 70% done, and I expect that the entire move can be completed in the next 2 weeks or so.
I feel really good about making this move, because I am very good at working with WordPress, I know the platform like the back of my hand. I will be able to make changes to my stores very easily and quickly when I am based on WordPress. I’m excited about it!