A weblog authored by Carthik about the latest in the WordPress world.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Hack for using WordPress as a CMS

Filed under: — Carthik @ 11:59 am

~davos announces a hack for WordPress as a CMS, by which he means using WordPress for both your blog, and for a few static pages. The method involved using “include” to construct pages. All the pages (static pages if you will) are stored in one directory, and the navigation links are in a small file, and the hack goes about constructing your website by including bits and pieces as and when required.

The hack home page has links to what looks like useful documentation too. I wonder, though whether a more elegant solution to the problem of adding static pages is not being worked out right now, using the “static” post option that has been around in the latest WordPress code.

In any case, this hack should be useful for new users, who want to extend the capabilities of their v1.2 install. A small problem with extensive hacks like this is that the author of the hack may have to rework some parts when a new version of WordPress comes out.

PayPal Shopping Cart Plugin

Filed under: — Carthik @ 1:10 am

From the backwaters* of the WordPress World, here’s a PayPal shopping cart plugin. You can run a store, simple and easy, with WordPress.

In just the second post in his new WordPress blog, Eoin, the author, has the following to say :

What it does: Prints PayPal “add to cart” and “view cart” buttons, so you can use WordPress to sell stuff.

Why and how: I was working on a full-on shopping cart plugin for WordPress, when I got bored and decided it’d be much faster to just tap into PayPal’s free Shopping Cart. You’ll need a free PayPal account (sign up at PayPal.com). You can customise the look and feel of the shopping cart a little from within your PayPal account using custom “tempates”.

*I say “backwaters” since this plugin, like many others (unfortunately) is not listed at the wiki plugins page. I urge all plugin authors to add their plugins to that page, for maximum visibility, and to promote the use of their plugins. It’s the closest we have a comprehensive listing of plugins for WordPress. Plugin users can help by adding plugins that are not already listed on that page, so that someone else will run into them, and find it useful.


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