It’s incredibly exciting to see WordPress.com offer eCommerce, but a real shame to see the many excellent open-source options snubbed – especially those built specifically for WordPress.
A good sign that there are many great opportunities for a hosted WooCommerce (and hosted Easy Digital Downloads for that matter).
Update: after reading Chris Lema and Brian Krogsgard’s excellent posts on the matter, I now suspect WordPress.com would actually prove to be the perfect hosted WooCommerce and hosted EDD. As I mentioned on Chris’ blog:
With the exception of WP e-Commerce, none of these WordPress plugins have an official hosted service yet. I think that’s because their greatest selling point is in being fully integrated with your WordPress site …. A hosted WooCommerce alone wouldn’t do that and ultimately, wouldn’t add that much more value than Shopify or Bigcommerce.
WooCommerce inside WordPress.com is a whole other story.
If you’re already a WordPress.com Business user, or are thinking of becoming one, here’s how the ecommerce feature will power your WordPress.com site.
A simple, hassle-free connection
Users with the WordPress.com Business upgrade already enjoy great features like live-chat support, unlimited storage, and free access to all our premium themes. Now, you can turn your site into a sleek online storefront, and let visitors shop from any post or page. The partners we’ve teamed up with — Ecwid, Shopify, and ShopLocket — all provide a smooth and secure ecommerce experience for you and your customers.
Connecting to your store is…
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We have one service here in Brazil offering hosted WooCommerce, http://maxistore.com.br.
I knew they had plans to use their own forked version starting at WC 2.1, but have not confirmed it.
Anyway I do agree with you, it is exciting to see WordPress.com offering ecommerce.
Hi Gabriel, cool thanks for letting me know about it. 🙂