Wordpress is becoming the most powerful CMS in the opensource industry. I have good reason to believe that it's probably just the best CMS, period. WordPress has more users than any other Content Management System available as of 2010. The fact that WordPress allows users to expand upon and manipulate the base, upload and share those alterations with the community, makes the possibilites of wordpress endless. The ability to turn your WordPress Webblog into an online shop has been an option for years now. However, I wanted to take it one step further. For clients who appreciate simplicity and ease. The first thing one must do is of course select the best shopping cart plugin for the job. I either go with eShop or Dukapress. Both are very powerful, simple, clean solutions for a very expansive online store. There are certain aspects of each that I like. For this example, I have used eShop. The main focal point is the cleaned up administrative back-end. I have removed all unnecessary modules from the user dashboard, leaving only the eShop widgets that display orders, coupons, and statistics. I've used CSS to remove the display of left-sidebar links that would only get in my clients way. I've used Custom Post Type UI to separate each store category into its own post type. I've made adding and updating products as clean and simple as is possible. The wysiwyg box has been removed entirely, leaving only the page title and the eShop product entry fields. The point of this administrative re-design is to turn WordPress into the easiest to use eCommerce solution imaginable. On a normal WordPress install, you have a crowded dashboard and links on the sidebar that are simply not relevant to a client who needs a web-shop, such as - 'Media', 'Links', 'Comments', 'Appearance', 'Plugins'.. etc. Not to mention any plugins you've installed and customized for performance. This clean interface takes the confusion out of wordpress completely. It could even be used for clients who are using wordpress as a blogging tool. Simply to detract from the clutter. And not only does it take the confusion out of WordPress, and gear it in such a way that it becomes a 100% eCommerce platform, but in my experience, this solution in the least confusing and easiest to learn period. Take a look at the default zen-cart admin interface: This is the dashboard and a drop down of one category. There are over one hundred different links and probably 10 times that many different configuration options. Sure, it's not so bad for a developer. But this is also where your client is going to be trying to add new products and update their site. It's confusing for someone who has never seen it before, it requires a drastic learning curve.. and there is no way to remove 'fluff' like you can in wordpress. What does this mean? It means that WordPress has officially reached a point where it can be absolutely anything you want it to be. There are no limitations. Anything can be done with the right amount of skill and determination. This is why I love WordPress as a website base. This is why I've made it my goal to become a WordPress expert and guru. The community and platform will continue to grow and evolve in ways that I can't even predict. It continues to impress me and enlighten me, and I can't wait to see what I can do next. - Lynne Kirsch