Adding a store to your author website can allow people to directly purchase your book from your site. It eliminates some of the steps involved when they visit your website, such as clicking on a link to Amazon and following the purchase steps there. The easier purchasing is made, the better.
There are a few simple plugins you can add to your author site – you don’t need to have much (or any) programming knowledge to make it work. Below are some of our favorite basic, user-friendly plugins that you can add to your WordPress author site to allow website visitors to purchase your book.
To install any plugin to a WordPress.org site (which is slightly different from WordPress.com), you can simply navigate to the Plugins panel from your Dashboard and search for them. Alternatively, you can click on the links below and follow the instructions on each plugin’s site.
This plugin is free, so it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles that a professional eCommerce site might need, but it’s certainly enough to get the job done for your author site.
This is one of the most popular eCommerce plugins – it offers you a lot of control over the look and display of your online store.
This plugin is especially easy to install and manage. You can also use it on platforms other than just WordPress (Wix, Tumblr, etc.)
Another free eCommerce plugin for WordPress, MarketPress contains all of the customizations and features you need to create a functional store page for your author site.
Each of these plugins comes with detailed instructions or prompts about how to set up and install them. You should make sure to set up your store on a separate page of your website that is linked from somewhere prominent (like the main menu). The look and feel of the store should match your site’s theme as much as possible in order to keep things looking clean and professional.