WooCommerce multi-vendor setups

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On a few occasions I’ve heard of multiple shopping cart sub sites, sometimes powered by a WordPress Multisite Network that supports multiple WordPress sites within one via URI path, subdomain, or domain name. Examples of this include: business product lines, departments, or clients of a solution provider.

Each sub site has some base requirements to sell online in addition to their normal online store contents, including:

  • Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions, Contact Information, and one or more payment gateways that approves.
  • Site administration, security, maintenance, and support.
  • Sub site operators having specific needs:
    • designs and templates
    • marketing specials and adjustments
    • accounting service integration
    • inventory control (open, stock management, third party controller)
    • custom business rules
    • web service integrations

While that solution may fit some scenarios, it could be too much for most. There’s several more popular set-ups that can support multiple vendors of products in your online store more quickly and easily. Popular examples are:

Most of my clients have dabbled into one or more of the above. These require planning and prototyping. Contact me if you’d like to collaborate on one of the above solutions or a combination thereof.

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