It often happens that people create a website before they decide to launch an online store. Ecwid allows anyone to keep their existing website and add a full featured online store to the website in minutes.
Ecwid has special plugins and extensions for WordPress, Joomla and other content management systems (CMS) as well as popular site builders like WIX and Weebly that simplify the setup process.
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WordPress was originally made to create and manage blogs, but soon developed into popular CMS for small business websites.
WordPress comes in two versions:
- WordPress.org — downloadable software that you can install on your own web server;
- WordPress.com — a cloud based version hosted by WordPress.
No matter which one you use, Ecwid integrates beautifully into both.
If you have a WordPress.org site, here is a guide on how you can install the Ecwid plugin for WordPress.org.
If you run a blog at WordPress.com, follow the guide on installing the Ecwid plugin for WordPress.com to open an online store.
Wix.com is a cloud-based website builder with an intuitive interface that is based on drag-n-drop tools. It offers a variety of beautiful design templates that allow to create stunning, fully functional websites without any coding experience.
You can install Ecwid online store into your Wix site with the help of the Ecwid application from Wix App Market. See the detailed instruction on how to add your Ecwid store to your Wix site.
Joomla is another popular CMS that lets you create and manage your website without any programming expertise. Check the guide on the Ecwid extension for Joomla for setup instructions.
Weebly is a popular site builder that hosts more than 40 million websites and is remarkable for its no-frills approach to website design.
Ecwid seamlessly integrates with your current Weebly website in minutes, matching your existing website design. Learn how to install your Ecwid online store into your Weebly site with step by step instructions.
Squarespace is another easy to use tool with a variety of design templates that allows you to build and launch a compelling website with a customized online store in a matter of minutes.
The information on installing Ecwid to Squarespace is available in our Help Center.
Check out the list of Ecwid installation guides for various website builders not listed in this article.
If you run a website built on a platform, which Ecwid doesn’t have a plugin for, you can add your Ecwid store to the site manually with the help of widget codes — main store widget, Horizontal Categories, Minicart and Search Box.
- Go to your Ecwid Control Panel → Dashboard.
- Scroll to Installation Wizard.
- Click Yes, I have a website.
- On the next screen select Other platform.
- Here you can switch the tabs and copy widget codes for pasting them to the source code of your website page.