8 best WordPress Ecommerce Plugins
So you developed a website based on WordPress CMS to represent you or your company? In the start you never thought you will be selling products online so WordPress was your first choice and you never took ecommerce platforms (OpenCart, Magento, osCommerce, etc.) into consideration. Your site developed tremendously since then and you would like to expand your site and start selling products online but WordPress just doesn’t support that.
First option is to completely rebuild the site and make an online shop based on of the Ecommerce platforms. This is very expensive and will also take quite some time before it will be ready to go live. The other option is to use one of the WordPress Ecommerce Plugins that will create a convenient online shop within your WordPress Blog. This way you can keep your existing website and add functionalities of an online shop. This is especially convenient if you do not have a lot of products or you sell articles on the side. Below is a list of some of the best WordPress Ecommerce plugins.
PayPal File Download WordPress is a plugin with which you can sell digital content to your visitors / customers. Do you have e-books, PDF files, ZIP files, images or any other files that you would like to sell on your site? If the answer is yes, then this premium wordpress plugin is a perfect solution for you. It has a built in IPN, email delivery and dowload expiry date. Seamless integration with Paypal will allow your users to click Buy Now, check out and then have your goods instantly delivered to their mailbox.
WordPress Auctions is not exactly an ecommerce plugin but brings a different type of selling to the table. It will allow you to host auctions on your WordPress website. It is perfect if you are in some kind of flee market business. Some of the included features are:
- Create, Manage and Edit unlimited auctions from your WordPress admin panel
- Choose from nine currency options accepted by PayPal
- Delete fraudulent bids
- Get email notifications of new bids
- AJAX powered
- Create products with wordpress posts and pages
- Sign up form for your customers
- Various methods for product listing
Readers have kindly reminded me that there is one premium WordPress Ecommerce Plugin missing from our list. WP e-Commerce is a brilliant ecommerce solution suitable for anyone who wants to start selling products, downloads or services online. It is robust and very easy to manage. WP e-Commerce Plugin boasts more than 1.7 million downloads – that’s quite an achievement. There are numerous payment gateways available like Paypal, Google, Authorize, BluePay, SagePay, ChronoPay, etc. Security is well managed also and you can even buy a SSL WordPress Plugin. And if the core functionality is not enough there are several community and premium Add-on Plugins available that will optimize, tweak and redesign the look of your WordPress Store.
Cart66 is another among the premium ecommerce plugins for WordPress. You can add articles by simply placing a product on any page or post on your WordPress website. Cart66 also enables you to sell your digital goods (even videos and MP3 files). It includes Paypal integration which will make shopping a breeze. A single site license will cost you $89, multi-site license (up to 5 domains) $179 and a developer license that allows unlimited number of sites will cost you $289.
WpStoreCart is one of the latest released WordPress Ecommerce Plugins. It is a full featured e-commerce platform built atop of WordPress. It is easy to use, lightweight, heavily supported and constantly updated with new features. It supports all the neccessary features that make up for a good Ecommerce plugin. To see how the store works, check the video presentation on plugin’s home page.
There are many premium and free WordPress Ecommerce plugins out there and the ones listed above will definitely get the job done. Try them out and find the perfect one that fits all your needs and is easy for you to use.