eCommerce for Site Owners

Confused and frustrated by the number of different (and sometimes complicated) e-commerce solutions that exist today? Curious about what the three leading WordPress ecommerce plugins have to offer? Then this session is for you!

Join Mika Epstein, Justin Sainton, Patrick Rauland, and Benjamin Bradley for an informative and detailed walkthrough of Easy Digital Downloads, WooCommerce, and iThemes Exchange. By the time they're done, you'll know exactly which plugin is right for your needs AND how to configure it.

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Each of our sessions are digitally broadcast live and feature 3 separate presenters each focusing on a specific aspect of some WordPress topic. Each presenter will have roughly 30-40 minutes allotted for instruction and 15 minutes allotted for Q&A at the end. This means that, typically, the session will run three hours start-to-finish.

About This Session

This session we have four presenters. Mika Epstein, Justin Sainton, Patrick Rauland, and Benjamin Bradley are here to show off each of the most popular ecommerce plugins for WordPress. During this session you’ll get a detailed overview, walkthrough, and demonstration of Easy Digital Downloads, WP e-Commerce, WooCommerce, and iThemes Exchange. By the time the session is over you should know exactly which plugin is best for your needs, as well as how to get started using it.

Session Schedule

This session features one small twist: Mika Epstein will be presenting on Easy Digital Downloads on Thursday, April 10. The other two presentations will be on Saturday, April 12.

April 10, 7pm ET – Using Easy Digital Downloads – Mika Epstein
Are you only going to sell digital products? How about memberships with privileged site access? You’ll want to hear all about what Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) can do for you. Mika has a lot of experience running it on her own shop, and she’ll walk you through the lessons she learned getting started.

April 11, 7pm ET – Using WP e-Commerce – Justin Sainton
Get ready for a deep dive into one of the longest-running WordPress-powered eCommerce solutions available. Learn why WPEC has been able to maintain a massive market share for so many years, and see if it is a good fit for you. The landscape has changed quite a bit in the last 5 years, come see what’s new!

April 12, 1pm ET – Using WooCommerce – Patrick Rauland
Get an inside look at the biggest ecommerce platform on the market. Patrick is one of WooThemes’ own support ninjas and, as such, has a deep and intimate knowledge of the software. No matter what you’re looking to sell, there is probably a good way to do it with WooCommerce

April 12, 2pm ETUsing Exchange – Benjamin Bradley
Far and away, Exchange is the simplest ecommerce plugin you will ever use. Let “The Professor” Benjamin Bradley take you through basic installation and setup and selling your first product. Then, with the other 35 minutes he’ll have left, you can learn about all the cool features and benefits of working with such a simplified (and feature rich) tool.

About the Speakers

Mika Epstein

Mika Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the Half-Elf Support Rogue. Working for DreamHost as a WordPress Support Specialist and Manager (aka ‘WordPress Guru’). A self-taught guru on Multisite and .htaccess, she has a passion for writing and technology and blogs about them whenever possible.

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Patrick Rauland

Patrick spends most of the work day slicing and dicing code to help out WooThemes customers. He also organizes the Appleton WordPress Meetup and regularly speaks at the Web920 Meetup. Patrick loves to be outside, to run, and to practice yoga. His ultimate goal is to figure out a way to code websites while in a headstand or biking around town.

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Benjamin Bradley

Benjamin is best known as “The Professor” at He is constantly cranking out high-quality WordPress training for the community over there. When he’s not behind the microphone on a webinar, you can find him at the Dunn Loring Fire Department working as a volunteer firefighter.

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Justin Sainton

Justin Sainton is the founder of Zao and #BeachPress, a web firm based in Portland, Oregon. As a core contributor to WordPress and a core developer for the WP E-Commerce project, Justin believes passionately in the philosophy of open-source software. Justin also likes long walks on the #BeachPress.

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