There are plenty of tools to add an online store feature to your existing website that vary in simplicity of use, ease of setup, and price. But the abundance of existing tools is not an obstacle for developers of new ones, who frequently roll out even more convenient, powerful, and easy-to-use tools with which they hope to carve out their own piece of the pie.
The creators of X-Cart, one of the leading ecommerce platforms in the world, have introduced an exciting new opportunity for operators of the millions of Wordpress websites worldwide. Just like Wordpress, X-Cart works on a powerful bundle of MySQL and PHP, is very flexible, can be easily edited, and loves customization. All these similarities make these two engines a great combination for integration together, and X-Cart’s engineers have made it easy to do just that.
X-Cart widgets inside your existing website
X-Cart’s new integration module helps you build ecommerce blocks into your existing WordPress-based website. In other words, you can show either a category with a list of products or a detailed product page, and a minicart widget. Your visitors can not only browse the goods, but also add them to cart and place the order.
Adding X-Cart blocks does not require any programming skills. You just create a new post, as usual, and insert a string like this:
[xcart widget='categorymenu'][xcart widget='productgrid' category_id='2' grid_size='5']
You do not even need to think of a correct string format: it’s copied from the corresponding page in X-Cart (category or product management in X-Cart admin back end).
What you need to start:
- WordPress of version 4.2.2 or higher
- “X-Cart Integration” plugin for WordPress
- X-Cart of version 5.2 or higher with free module REST API enabled
- “WordPress Integration” module for X-Cart
We have easy-to-install Bitnami stacks for both X-Cart and Wordpress, and all you need is to mutually connect them. By the way, downloading and installing X-Cart in September, you automatically participate in Apple Watch prize drawing!