With 24 states having enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, the industry is booming and dispensaries need websites. WP Dispensary, released five months ago, is the first WordPress plugin to target this underserved market.
After creating Leafly Reviews, a plugin that displays dispensary reviews from Leafly using a widget or shortcode, Robert DeVore decided he wanted to make more solutions to help dispensary owners build professional websites. WP Dispensary and Dispensary Coupons soon followed on WordPress.org.
Many marijuana dispensaries post their product menus on a board, printed on paper, or displayed on a tablet. The WP Dispensary plugin makes it easy to enter products, with all their relevant details, into a menu for display on a WordPress-powered website. This makes it easy for the dispensary owner to create, edit, and maintain a master list of products, which can also be displayed in the store.
The plugin creates custom post types for flowers, edibles, concentrates, pre-rolls, and topicals. It also includes custom taxonomies for aromas, flavors, effects, symptoms, and conditions. This allows visitors to easily sort available products.
Entering a new menu item is as easy as writing a post, so dispensary owners will have no problem keeping their menus updated:
Dispensary owners can also enter product prices for flowers and concentrates based on weight, from 1/2 gram to an ounce. Edibles and pre-rolls allow you to enter the THC and CBD percentages.
Today’s version 1.4 release, in honor of the 4/20 holiday, adds topicals to the existing custom post types, with extra product information options for unit price, unit size, and THC mg and CBD mg.
When used in combination with DeVore’s free Dispensary Display theme, products are displayed beautifully on the frontend with images for each menu item. After updating it to be compatible with the 1.4 release, DeVore plans to get the theme ready for submission to the official WordPress theme directory.
WP Dispensary is 100% open source and available for anyone to download for free from WordPress.org. Full documentation is available for the plugin on the WP Dispensary project website, which includes instructions for setting it up, information on add-ons, and additional plugin suggestions. The plugin is also available on GitHub if you want to contribute bug fixes or improvements.