Creating a Marketplace with Multisite

Hey Everyone

So, I am interested in the possibility of creating a marketplace on Wordpress Multisite. But not a traditional one, so let me explain a bit.

I have Wordpress multisite set up and will have users sign up for User accounts (not admin accounts) in which they can post items for sale using a front end form plugin I found. However, I wish them to be able to accept payments via PayPal and would hope to also take a percentage from it.

Now, I do know you have MarketPress but when I tried using this with my particular theme, adding "products" did not become "posts" on my site and to top it off it isn't compatible with WP User Frontend plugin im using for members to post with. I dont want members in the admin area.

Does anyone know if this type of thing is possible or if Marketpress could be made compatible to use with the front end posting form from WP User FrontEnd? Thanks in advance. Oh and FYI I am using Snapshot Premium theme.

  • Brian Purkiss
    • Smushie Pies

    What you're describing, to get in its entirety would require some custom development.

    It isn't possible to have different individuals sell on the same MarketPress instal and each get the cut from it.

    And there isn't currently a way for users to post new products from the frontend. That would require custom development as well.

    However, I do have a potential solution for ya.

    With WordPress Multisite and MarketPress' global cart, this can be accomplished. You can let users setup sub sites where they can set up their own little eCommerce site and you can get a cut from the sales.

    This tutorial will show you how to do that: http://youtu.be/1QMaf5FDrWg

    I hope that helps.

    If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask. We're happy to help!

  • Mike Price
    • The Incredible Code Injector

    Hey Brian

    Thanks a lot for the tip and video, I will definitely take a look. Would definitely prefer to think about it longer and find a possible solution to front end posting of products. I really hate Wordpress Admin back end even for my own personal use.

    Thanks again :slight_smile:

    Mike

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