The PHPurchase affiliate program is now live. You earn 25% of every sale you send our way. PHPurchase is a WordPress e-commerce plugin that we developed at PHPoet. We’ve been using it on several of our own clients sites and have now decided to offer the plugin publicly.
PHPurchase stands out for several reasons. First, the approach we took to implementing the plugin was to let WordPress manage all aspects of the page layout. There are plenty of ways to implement photo galleries, embed videos, etc. already available for WordPress. PHPurchase simply adds e-commerce functionality. Second, we have placed a strong emphasis on documentation and support by providing screencast tutorials, help articles, and even live chat support embedded in the the “Help” page of the PHPurchase admin panel as well as on the PHPurchase website. Our developers, of which I am one, are also available to help troubleshoot problems, build out an entire WordPress store, or anything in between. Lastly, PHPurchase is fully compatible with the WordPress Affiliate Platform plugin if you wanted to run an affiliate program for your WordPress store. No additional configuration is needed to start running your own affiliate program.
We look forward to seeing how you use PHPurchase. Please send us links to your PHPurchase stores and we’ll tweet them and/or link to them from our website. Thanks!
This is just a quick tip but seems to stump a lot of people, probably because it is not at all clear in the Zend Reference how to do this. So if you want to count the number of rows in a table using SQL you would write something like:
SELECT count(*) FROM myTableName WHERE someColumn='someValue';
But when you are using a Zend_Db_Table it’s a little confusing how to get the “count(*)” part to work because Zend_Db_Table likes to throw errors saying that it can’t be joined with other tables. So, in your Zend_Db_Table class, here is the syntax you can use:
$sql = $this->select()
Your Own Online Store Using WordPress and PHPurchase
At PHPoet, we have developed an e-commerce plugin for WordPress called PHPurchase. PHPurchase adds e-commerce functionality to the popular WordPress platform. So now you can sell products from your blog or you can run your entire website on WordPress and create your own online store. To see PHPurchase in action, take a look at QuietHeadphones.com, an online store selling headphones.
You can use WordPress and PHPurchase to easily set up your own online store. By now, most people have heard about WordPress. If not, WordPress is free web software that you install on a web server and it lets non-programmers manage their own website. You can run your own blog, add/edit pages of your own website, and now you can even run your own e-commerce store.
There are many web hosting companies out there where you can install WordPress with just a couple clicks from the control panel of your hosting account. If you happen to have a web hosting account that does not offer WordPress, you can very easily download WordPress for free and install it on your own. You basically just upload the WordPress folder that you can download from WordPress.org, enter in a couple configuration settings and you can be up and running in about 5 minutes. Once you have the initial installation of WordPress running you may want to customize the look of your website by downloading a theme. WordPress themes let you change the entire look of your website very easily. There are tons of free themes available. There are also “premium” themes that generally cost around $50 – $100. Or you could hire my company WordPress development company to develop the site for you. Then, once the site is developed, we will train you how to manage the entire site on your own.
By default, WordPress does not have any functionality for e-commerce so you will want to get the WordPress e-commerce plugin. PHPurchase let’s you sell digital products like music files, or other types of digital documents as well as physical products that you would ship to your customers. You can also sell services. For example, if you wanted to offer freelance writing services, logo design, or basically anything, you can easily set that up with PHPurchase. PHPurchase will work with PayPal or you can set it up to take credit cards directly on your own website. PHPurchase is very secure and doesn’t store credit card information so you don’t need to worry about hackers or anything.
There are several other e-commerce plugins out there for WordPress, but we were never able to find one that satisfied our needs. They either force you to use fancy grid layouts or organize your products by brand or category. If you are only selling a small number of products then you don’t want to be forced into a layout designed for large stores with lots of products. We designed PHPurchase to let you use WordPress to configure your entire store and use PHPurchase to handle the e-commerce. PHPurchase may be the only WordPress e-commerce plugin with professional level support. It is easy to set up and even comes with some videos showing you how to configure all the aspects of your online store like shipping prices, promotions, etc. If you run into any trouble. PHPurchase is supported by PHPoet a web development company specializing in WordPress. So you can quickly get answers to your questions. We are also available to build your site for you and train you how to manage it once it’s online. So if you are looking for a way to make some extra income or if you want to start your own home based business, WordPress and PHPurchase are certainly worth looking at.