Take a look at Paypal. They have "buy it now"-type buttons that you can embed in your website. Here's an introduction to how it works:
You can't process credit card payments on an un-secured, non-encrypted web server for security reasons. There are boat loads of credit card rules and regulations with respect to on-line payment transactions that small business owners are not equipped to deal with. And even if you could, you wouldn't want the headaches. I second the recommendations for PayPal and Google Checkout. These services will allow your customers to make safe, secure credit card purchases.
I looked into Paypal. The only problem I found with it is working out the shipping info. There's a section you fill out in your profile for that, so they will know what shipping to charge for each product. But, I don't really have the means to figure out the shipping before hand. Shipping is based on weight and destination, so there is no way I can know the shipping before a product is even sold. But, Paypal wants you to set this up first, so that they will know what to charge your customer. I would like something more along the lines of a shopping cart that can integrate with the usps.com at the time of checkout to automatically determine the cost of shipping. I will have to keep looking.
I would recommend the Shopp plugin for WordPress, it's pretty simple and works quite well. Another option would be Magento if you wanted to go all-out. It's an enterprise level shopping cart application with every bell and whistle you could possible imagine.
Just about any solution outside of Paypal (which sucks) or Google Checkout (also sucks), is going to require extensive configuration from a back-end and front-end point of view. You're going to have to be really good at CSS/HTML to even make a dent in changing how these applications look.
Another option I just thought of is JCart - it would allow you to integrate a cart into your existing HTML, as opposed to modifying a cart applicaiton to look like your existing HTML.
Hi Joey (and anyone else thats used shopplugin.net),
Have you used shopplugin.net much
Are there any downsides that you have come across?
Ive been thinking about working more with Wordpress,but thought I would need to be on the lookout for some sort of shopping cart service.
Id be interested to hear any comments/'reviews on this.
Or if you have any suggestions of a better shopping cart for Wordpress.
Cartweaver will give you the most flexibility and comes in ASP, PHP and CF...
There are so many shopping carts in the market and all of them claiming they are the best or they have the best features. But we all know that not all carts are the same. One cart might be perfect for others but not for you. Check this shopping cart program comparison chart. You can check carts features and compare it to others. And you might choose witch cart has features that is relevant to your business. I hope this could help.