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    Suzanne
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    Hi I have a shopify shopping cart on my site already and am looking at changing over to a wordpress website. Does anyone know how well (or not well!) WordPress links up to Shopify? Thanks, Suzanne

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    Greg_M
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    You may need to clarify a bit.

    Sounds like you have a website that stands alone, plus a Shopify site.

    I’m not a Shopify expert, but my understanding is you can’t “embed” it within an existing site. You can certainly link to and from, but that’s quite different and simple to do.

    Shopify, is a Ruby on Rails enterprise level application, on a secure, managed and self hosted platform.

    Wordpress is a free bundle of code that anyone can download, it was originally designed for blogging, and the raw version is pretty much that … a blog engine.

    Courtesy of thousands of plugins and hacks it can do a lot more, including run an online store. In the hands of someone that knows what they’re doing it’s great … how you access their skill is another matter … certainly don’t rely on visual design to judge (that’s a very minor part if everything else stinks).

    Web designer/developers often get over keen about their tool box of choice and WordPress is a very common one, often they can’t work with anything else, so they over sell it.

    If your business is making, or wants to make serious money from online sales, go with a big one like Shopify, and pay a developer to theme it, if necessary. All the better carts will have specialists that can do this at possibly less cost and risk than starting from scratch with WordPress.

    Visual design has little connection with how a site functions, it’s only a skin that covers the machine underneath like a coat of paint, if the machine isn’t maintained and secure, paint doesn’t help.

    All of the serious Ecommerce platforms will have some protection built into their code, to limit how the innards are fiddled with. This is not necessarily the case with open source stuff like WordPress.

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    UTX Training
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    Last time I did this I set it up with shopify as a subdomain and made the theme of the wordpress blog and shopify site identical. So it was pretty seamless but rather than the link being to myblog.com/shop it was shop.myblog.com. It does mean you have to do a little bit of extra config for the analytics.

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    oxynic
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    UTX Training, post: 154524 wrote:
    Last time I did this I set it up with shopify as a subdomain and made the theme of the wordpress blog and shopify site identical. So it was pretty seamless but rather than the link being to myblog.com/shop it was shop.myblog.com. It does mean you have to do a little bit of extra config for the analytics.

    +1 for that, i think having you main site on your domain.com and the shopify site on sub domain would be the way to go as they are 2 different systems. Downside would be you will need 2 seperate hosting accounts.

    Regards,
    Mike
    oxynic.com.au

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    Tony Pfitzner
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    I don’t like the idea of having the blog and the shopify site on separate sub domains as you are splitting your content and SEO effort into two completely different websites.

    Sure you CAN import blog content into shopify and embed shopify content on your blog but this is not really integration – just messy.

    I share some of the reservations in previous replies about WordPress ecommerce solutions, but I think that for most online vendors something like a WooCommerce plugin -of course fully integrated with WordPress – would be a much better option than running two websites. Better for SEO, better for admin, and way more flexible.

    If you need a really full featured cart it would be best to go for a self hosted cart solution and install WordPress in a subfolder of the main domain e.g. myshoppingsite.com.au/blog. Although this is not true integration, at least the domain isn’t split.

    An effective publishing platform is VITAL for ecommerce in 2013.

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