Prodigy Commerce

Description

Prodigy Commerce provides WordPress Developers with an eCommerce platform that leverages the benefits of WordPress and eases the pain points that come from entirely self-hosted eCommerce solutions. Prodigy’s platform is free at any scale, not freemium, and satisfies a majority of use cases.

WHAT’S INCLUDED AND WHY IS IT FREE?

We’ve tightly integrated ShipEngine, TaxJar, MaxMind minFraud, Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, abandoned cart recovery, and a handful of payment processors into our platform. We are never going to be the platform that integrates a dozen vendors that all do the same thing, because frankly, there are never that many that meet our definition of excellence.

We make money through partnerships with the payment processors on our platform, just like Shopify does with Store Owners who use Shopify Payments. Prodigy, however, does not charge a subscription; it really is free. For high-volume stores, we can negotiate lower rates and match the rates of any other payment processor. We are perfectly aligned with a Store Owner’s primary goal, generating sales.

INCREASE SECURITY AND SPEED

Prodigy’s platform is more secure and runs faster than stores that are built with other popular WordPress plugins that often require many additional plugins for full functionality. Prodigy does not require any additional plugins, add-ons, or extensions, which create points-of-vulnerability. In addition, we provide an SSL certificate, and the checkout process is PCI-compliant. Our platform was custom-built for speed and is hosted on AWS, which benefits SEO, sales funnel conversion, and brand reputation.

PUSH BACK AGAINST DIY STORE BUILDERS / WEBSITES-IN-A-BOX

Prodigy enables WordPress Developers to compete with DIY store builders / websites-in-a-box like Shopify and BigCommerce since Prodigy is also a hosted system but with a unique business model (free). Our platform is entirely merchant-branded as soon as you upload a store logo. You have full control over the look-and-feel so that your Store Owner clients’ customers have a seamless shopping experience from start to finish. We always prioritize the Store Owner’s brand over our own.

GET PAID TO LEARN TO USE OUR PLATFORM

We do not spend money on affiliate marketing but rather incentivize developers to learn to use our platform. For new stores, the maximum payout is $2,400 and for new stores migrated from another platform, the maximum payout is $3,600.

New stores earn developers $150 upon store activation with the possibility of additional payments of $500, $750, and $1,000 if the store generates $100,000, $250,000, and $500,000 of Gross Transaction Volume (gross sales) at any time during the life of the store. All four incentive payments are increased by 50% for new stores migrated from another platform. To qualify for any incentive payments, the store must be activated on or before October 31, 2021.

DIRECTLY CONTACT OUR EMPLOYEES FOR SUPPORT

Prodigy Commerce is the opposite of many other eCommerce solutions. You will never find us hiding behind a support forum and pretending that is customer service. We provide free phone, email, and online chat support from California. The only way we can achieve our goal of becoming a great company is to be in constant communication with the users of our platform and respond proactively to the feedback we receive to continuously improve our product. Of course, a support forum is available via this plugin page and DIY support can be found via the help center documentation on our website.

USE YOUR FAVORITE WORDPRESS THEME

Prodigy is compatible with a wide variety of WordPress themes, but you may need to do some styling to make it fit perfectly. As a starting point, we recommend you choose a cross-browser compatible WordPress eCommerce theme since the theme options included will better match what an online store requires.

OWN AND CONTROL YOUR STORE DATA

It should go without saying, but a Store Owner’s data is their property. If a Store Owner wishes to migrate to a different platform, we will export all their content free-of-charge.

PRODIGY’S PLUGIN FEATURES IN A NUTSHELL

Our plugin allows you to synchronize the product catalog and customize the storefront using WordPress conventions.

  • Synchronizes an unlimited number of products from the Prodigy platform as a custom post type
  • Synchronizes product categories and tags from the Prodigy platform as custom taxonomies
  • New and updated products are automatically synchronized when the site is on an accessible production server (manual synch available for development environments)
  • Templates for catalog pages, product detail pages, and cart page that you can easily override and customize to meet your client’s needs
  • Utilize powerful product search and attribute filter widgets in the store sidebar
  • Products and Categories shortcodes allow you to create custom lists of products or categories on any page
  • Optional product ratings and reviews that can be moderated through the standard WordPress comments functionality

PRODIGY’S PLATFORM FUNCTIONALITY IN A NUTSHELL

You can create a free developer account and an unlimited number of stores and manage them all in one place. You can work on stores in test mode and then seamlessly transfer ownership to your Store Owner clients when they are ready.

  • Secure hosted checkout that can be customized to match the website’s design
  • One-click checkout for logged in customers
  • Merchant-branded customer account portal for customers to manage orders, track shipments, etc.
  • Manage the product catalog, attributes, and categories; including inventory management
  • Create and manage coupon codes that can be applied during checkout
  • Use cross-sell and up-sell functionality to increase average order value
  • Manage abandoned checkouts and send automated recovery emails to capture sales
  • Free shipping calculations from the major carriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL)
  • Free tax calculations that can be configured with multiple nexus addresses
  • Securely accept credit card payments (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover)
  • Manage payment statuses (configure to authorize only or immediately capture upon order completion)
  • Manage returns, refunds, and order cancellations
  • Comprehensive order fulfillment process that includes free printing of shipping labels
  • Free fraud analysis on every order to protect from losses

In terms of user experience, we believe your Store Owner clients will find that the logic and navigation of Prodigy’s platform is exceptionally intuitive, making the daily management of their stores more pleasant and more efficient. We currently only support Store Owners located in the United States that transact in USD.

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Installation

Minimum Requirements

  • PHP 7.0 or greater is recommended
  • MySQL 5.6 or greater is recommended

From your WordPress dashboard (recommended)

  1. Navigate to Plugins > Add New from your WordPress dashboard.
  2. Search for Prodigy Commerce.
  3. Click the Install button.
  4. Click the Activate button.

Manual installation

  1. Download the plugin zip file and unzip.
  2. Upload the prodigy-commerce folder to the /wp-content/plugins directory.
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins screen from your WordPress dashboard.

After installation

After activating the plugin, you will be directed to the Prodigy Setup Wizard. The first step of the wizard will prompt you to connect a Store on the Prodigy Cloud Platform.

If you do not have a Prodigy Cloud Platform account, you will have the opportunity to create a free account during this process. After creating your account, or logging in to an existing account, you can select an existing Store or create a new Store to connect.

The next step in the Prodigy Setup Wizard will give you the opportunity to install our demo store data. If you are trying our plugin and platform for the first time, this is a great way to experience a basic working example.

FAQ

Where can I find Prodigy Commerce documentation and user guides?

Please visit our Help Center. If you have any questions, please call, email, or initiate an online chat.

Does Prodigy Commerce use or sell Store Owner or their customer’s data in any way?

No.

Does Prodigy Commerce compete with WordPress Developers in any way?

No, we do not undertake any website development work, frontend or backend, for Store Owners. We only interact with Store Owners to help them set up their merchant accounts and answer any questions they may have about the running of their day-to-day operations on the Prodigy platform. If a Store Owner asks us about website development work, we refer them back to the WordPress Developer.

Do WordPress Developers have an ongoing role after a Store Owner’s store is up-and-running?

Yes, WordPress needs to be hosted, maintained, and updated just like any website. In addition, as we add additional functionality to the Prodigy platform, Store Owners may need assistance with activation, setup, and implementation.

Why does Prodigy Commerce focus exclusively on WordPress?

Because 40% of all websites run on WordPress. Store Owners love using WordPress for blogging and content creation and WordPress Developers love using it to develop/design storefronts.

What sets Prodigy apart from other eCommerce solutions that are currently popular with WordPress Developers?

The main thing that sets us apart is that we are free at any scale, not freemium, for both WordPress Developers and Store Owners and Prodigy’s platform is more secure and runs faster.

Reviews

January 16, 2020
I’m impressed with the out of the box features provided by Prodigy Platform. It will reduce a lot of time to bring to market new products and e-commerce websites.
January 15, 2020
I heard about Prodigy Commerce's upcoming product about 6 months ago and I've been waiting... At first use, it looks as strong as hoped. WP e-commerce can be particularly insecure if close attention isn't paid. Prodigy is the real deal here. Can't wait to implement a solution for a customer now...
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Contributors & Developers

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Changelog

2.0.0 – 2021-02-17

  • Product management moved to the Prodigy Cloud Platform side
  • Updated WordPress admin panel after moving product management to the Prodigy Cloud Platform side
  • Updated logic of displaying store data on Storefront after moving product management to the Prodigy Cloud Platform side
  • Implemented product synchronisation process between WordPress Prodigy plugin and Prodigy Cloud Platform
  • Adjusted Prodigy plugin to Astra theme

1.2.1 – 2020-10-15

  • Updated sale price default value for draft orders
  • Fixed cart page style
  • Add check param nonce in wp_ajax
  • Add check for actions performed by roles

1.2.0 – 2020-08-19

  • Create related products shortcode
  • Create feature products shortcode
  • Add prodigy_categories shortcode
  • Update shop page hooks
  • Added demo content products
  • Added demo content variants
  • Added demo content menu
  • Added demo content with astra theme
  • Refactoring templates and hooks

1.1.1 – 2020-06-26

  • Add Google Analytics
  • Add multiple choice categories in admin product part
  • Add setting link to plugin details
  • Rename cart shortcodes
  • Remove description filed validate in product
  • Update tabs anchor in product page
  • Fixed upload images for categories in admin part
  • Fixed datapicker behavior in admin product part
  • Fixed page and post creation in admin part
  • Fixed image uploader for category in admin part
  • Fixed product description in admin part
  • Fixed notices

1.1.0 – 2020-04-24

  • Add shop filters for mobile devices
  • Update install wizard
  • Change “thank you” page
  • Fixed db migrations
  • Show message after delete order item
  • Adding product removal notification

1.0.10 – 2020-04-10

  • Add migration for new version

1.0.9 – 2020-04-10

  • Fixed shop page error

1.0.8 – 2020-04-07

  • Added delete product logic for cart
  • Improvements for logic with deleted products for products with variants
  • Update migration logic
  • Fixed featured products widget
  • Fixed product validation on admin part
  • Fixed comments review logic on product page
  • Fixed generate variants logic
  • Fixed product page for mobile devices
  • Fixed cart items amount
  • Fixed 404 page
  • Fixed slug for tags

1.0.7 – 2020-02-19

  • Fixed update version logic
  • Fixed update data products after content synchronize
  • Added reset permalinks after update plugin
  • Update DB migration logic

1.0.6 – 2019-12-04

  • Added sending product on json format
  • Added sending content to API
  • Added DB migrations mechanism in plugin
  • Added validation for unique product sku
  • Added SEO friendly URLs
  • Added cart page shortcode
  • Added creating default slugs for category/tag/product
  • Update store info
  • Updated store connection
  • Update widget settings
  • Update product review
  • Update product comments behavior
  • Update creating order behavior
  • Fixed product page
  • Fixed SKU validation
  • Fixed cart widget behavior

1.0.5 – 2019-12-04

  • Cart errors improvements.
  • Add mysql check version notification
  • Added notification for check db version.
  • Updated scripts for latest wp version.
  • Add mysql check version notification.

1.0.4 – 2019-11-21

  • Adding shortcode templates.
  • Added showing categories tree structure.
  • Set default weight “lbs”.
  • Fixed validation field “price” by create product.
  • Fixed retry link for synchronize product.
  • Fixed shipping data by create variant.
  • Fixed work with gallery for product and variant.

1.0.3 – 2019-11-04

  • Fixed showing title My Account widget.
  • Fixed showing screen option on menus.
  • Fixed show range price widget.
  • Added new logic showing (creating, deleting) attributes in widget filter.
  • Fixed showing url setting prodigy
  • Fixed showing drafts prodigy products
  • Fixed the work of multi attributes AND, OR.
  • Fixed variants images update.

1.0.2 – 2019-10-23

  • Fixed product synchronization.
  • Fixed wizard steps.
  • Fixed opening product on checkout.
  • Fixed variants selecting on storefront.
  • Fixed Prodigy Product Filter widget query condition.
  • Fixed My Account widget.
  • Fixed Active filter widget.
  • Changed creating category entity.
  • Changed product comment review behavior.
  • Changed price format.
  • Added new product tax category on admin part.
  • Added related products on the “Thank you for your order” page
  • Updated Product Categories widget.
  • Updated breadcrumbs behavior.
  • Updated up-sells cross-sells widget functionality.
  • Updated gallery on product page.

1.0.1 – 2019-10-09

  • Fixed bug causing timeout errors on product update.
  • Fixed bug causing retry synchronize product to fail.

1.0 – 2019-09-10

  • Initial commit.