Meet the Ecwid Plugin for Kirby Websites

Oct 19, 2017 by Matt Kuritsyn, Ecwid Team
Meet the Ecwid Plugin for Kirby Websites
Posted Oct 19, 2017 by Matt Kuritsyn, Ecwid Team

There’s only one step between being online and selling online — just add an Ecwid store to your existing website as a piece of HTML code, a widget, or a plugin.

The family of Ecwid plugins recently welcomed its newest member for Kirby websites. There’s now one more way to sell online with Ecwid.

Kirby is a content management system that is particularly popular among web studios, bloggers, and people with portfolio websites. Now all those websites can get an online store installed in minutes.

Other ways to sell with Ecwid → 

What is Kirby?

Kirby is a file-based CMS, which means it doesn’t require a database. All the content is stored in files and folders which are uploaded directly to the server. That is why file-based websites are very fast.

Kirby admin

Building a website on Kirby

Additional functionalities are installed as plugins. There is a number of beautiful themes for Kirby, priced between free and $45.

Konstruct

Click on the image to view more theme examples

Kirby is the perfect solution for small businesses that want a simple and permanent website structure (web studios, blogs, or local restaurants).

The bottom line is that a Kirby website will be great for you if:

  • Your website has a simple structure that you don’t need to change all the time
  • You need a handful of pages for showcasing your business
  • Seeing or touching code doesn’t scare you.

If all you need is a one-page website with an online store, check out the free Ecwid Starter Site.

Learn more:

Sell on Your Kirby Website

With Ecwid’s plugin, you add your products, set up payment and shipping settings, and Ecwid displays the catalog, cart, and checkout widgets on your site so that your customers can find and pay for your products.

Here’s just a small part of Ecwid’s features:

  • Ability to sell physical and digital products: a forever free plan allows to sell up to 10 items
  • 40+ payment options including Stripe, PayPal, Square, and AuthorizeNet
  •  Support of popular shipping carriers to calculate shipping rates at checkout (USPS, UPS, FedEx, CanadaPost, and others), plus an in-store pickup option
  • Promotional tools: discount coupons, wholesale discounts, membership-based discounts, abandoned carts management.

Ecwid demo store on Kirby

Ecwid demo store on Kirby

Take a tour around an Ecwid demo store → 

How to Install an Ecwid Online Store on Kirby

To add an online store to your Kirby website, you need to have a website first. Try Kirby or buy a license to create one. Then follow these steps:

  1. Create an Ecwid account if you haven’t yet. It’s free.
  2. Add the Ecwid plugin to your Kirby website. How to do it → 
  3. In the Ecwid widget in your Kirby Admin Panel, click the Connect button to connect your Ecwid account to your site.
  4. Connect Ecwid to Kirby

  5. Once your account is connected, the plugin will automatically try to create a new “Shop” page on your site. If a page is not created, you can create a Shop page yourself: just create a page and choose the “Ecwid” template in the page creation dialog.
  6. Ecwid shop page in Kirby

  7. To manage your store, click the “Dashboard” button in the Ecwid widget in your Kirby admin panel.

Ecwid Control Panel on Kirby dashboard

Ecwid Control Panel on Kirby dashboard

Helpful resources for running your store

The real fun begins when you have created your store and start selling. Bookmark these links to know how to use your Ecwid store’s potential:

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What is the best way to build a website, in your opinion? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

About The Author
Matt is a product manager at Ecwid. He works with the Ecwid dev team and helps them shipping the right features for Ecwid merchants. Outside of work, Matt likes travelling and climbing the mountains.

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