Shop and eCommerce
You can add a product one by one and manually place them in a page called ‘shop’ but these are not full ecommerce sites. For one or two products this may suit.
Payments can be accepted through Square but the biggest problem is that Square do not accept payments in New Zealand – yet. Let’s hope this changes very soon. You would need to add a PayPal button for each item manually.
Read Square’s International availabilty here.
Full capability for eCommerce through plugins such as Woo Commerce. This allows your shop to grow and still be manageable with multiple cart options including Stripe and PayPal connections.
SEO Page Titles and Descriptions
You can add a SEO title and page description by site and page. There is no plugin to help with this or check any technical features
Provides extensive SEO options including Yoast and All in One SEO. This are a serious consideration for those wanting to be found easily on search engines such as Google.
Sign up forms
Easy integration as this is part of your account.
You can embed or link to a sign up form easily or use third party plugins for more advanced options.
The contact area is an area for you to enter your details. There is no form as such, interested parties would email or call directly. You could add a button to link to an external scheduler.
There are hundreds of options here and redirections to pages once an entry has been made. You can keep a record of entries in the back end of the website and tailor your fields to almost anything.
Tracking and validation
You can track on Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel and Mailchimp. There is no area, as yet, for entering validation code.
All tracking and validations are possible as you can enter these in the back end of the website.
For both platforms you could validate your site with Google through your cPanel if you have full access to this when purchasing a domain with Mailchimp. We have not been able to check this as yet.
Membership area and Directories
Neither of these are available on Mailchimp. Plugins can be used in WordPress to create both complex membership areas or paid areas of your site and directory listings.
Migration and moving of a website platform
As with all website builder subscription packages, your website is dependent on the platform you are building on. It cannot be moved from one platform to another easily, if at all. The content can be copied and re-laid out in a new platform but this can be time consuming and redirection of links vital.
WordPress is open source and once you download the software the website belongs to you. This means you have the ability to transfer your website hosting and to keep a local copy of you so wished to. This does require specialist knowledge but you can always ask your web developer to do this for you. This may be something you need to consider depending on your future plans for your website.