ArtPal — Shopping cart plugin
ArtPal is a free WordPress plugin that was created for a very specific purpose: help artists sell their work by easily creating an online store. But it can be used to sell anything; not just art work. It seamlessly integrates with WordPress and PayPal.
Easy to Use
Using this plugin couldnâ€™t get any easier. The General Options page is simply made up of one screen with a few textboxes and options. Click on the image on the right to see the entire General Options page for the plugin.
The items sold from your store are represented by WordPress posts. So, when youâ€™re creating a post that you want to turn into an item to be sold, youâ€™ll have to adjust a few settings in the post writing page. These settings are the price and the shipping charges for the item.
The great thing about this plugin is that the author, Robby Grossman, understands that users may depend on this plugin, so he provides timely support and answers to users questions on the pluginâ€™s page.
If you use this plugin, hereâ€™s how the buyer experience is going to be. Your WordPress website layout will guide them to an item page (which is a simple WordPress post). If interested, the user will click on the buy button that appears on the page. They will then be redirected to PayPal to make the payment. They will go through the typical PayPal order pages, and then click a â€œReturn to Merchantâ€ button. When they do that, they will go to a â€œThank Youâ€ page that you specify. On the Thank You page. Itâ€™s up to you what you put on the Thank You page.
If the user decides to click cancel at any point while theyâ€™re on PayPal, they will be directed to a pre-designated â€œCancel Pageâ€ that you setup easily just like you did with the Thank You page.
Thatâ€™s it. It will then be up to you to fulfill the order. Remember that you can tell PayPal takes care of collecting the shipping information for you.
ArtPal can be used to create really beautiful websites. Check out this website as an example:
So, Should You Use This Plugin?
Even though at first glance the features of this plugin may seem limited, the plugin fulfills the core requirements of starting an online store.
However, it doesnâ€™t provide the option for automatic order processing.
So, if you have a few physical goods that you want to sell online use ArtPal. You can utilize WordPressâ€™s other features, such as categories and tags, to organize your products. And you can keep track of your inventory some where else, like with a spreadsheet.