A friend of mine, Michele Albion, wanted some help updating her website michelealbion.com. We discussed her site and how she wanted the site to look. Based on our discussions, she found a new theme which fit perfectly. We updated her WordPress installation, added a few plugins, and changed over to the new theme.
She has a relatively small number of products to sell but had no online sales. I set her up with the WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart plugin and the UI for WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart plugin. In a few minutes, we had her online store good to go. If she had many products to sell, she would have needed a product with a full-fledged catalog system such as WP E-Commerce, Jigoshop, or Woocommerce. Also, if she needed a payment gateway other than Paypal, this solution would not have worked. In the past, I would usually go to Paypal, make hosted buttons, and copy/paste the code into a post. I think the WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart plugin is a better solution for her going forward because of its simplicity.
Please go to Michele’s site, take a look, and maybe buy one of her books. They make great holiday gifts and she’ll even sign it for you!