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WordPress is becoming more popular to power e-commerce sites, I think this is down to people being familiar with it, having access to a huge range of plugins and themes and the fact that its search engine friendly. For small companies and single users wanting to have a cheap online presence for selling online, WordPress makes perfect sense. I previously looked at 25 themes for e-commerce which provide the graphical layer, in this post I’m going to look at the most popular free and premium plugins to power the back-end.

Premium Plugins

Cart 66

The Cart66 WordPress ecommerce plugin makes it easier to make money online than ever before.  Not only can you sell physical products, digital products, and services, Cart66 will also turn your WordPress site into a membership website allowing you to sell subscription access to your content.

Features

  • Sell digital products
  • Sell physical products
  • Sell services
  • Manage orders
  • Promotions
  • Tax by state or zip code
  • Multiple shipping options
  • Custom field for products
  • Products on any page or post
  • Sell internationally
  • Set your currency
  • Customizable email receipts
  • WordPress Affiliate Platform integration
  • Product Variations that change the product price
  • Recurring payments & Subscriptions
  • Membership access features
  • Constant Contact integration
  • Spreedly integration
  • Zendesk integration
  • Gravity Forms integration
  • iDevAffiliate integration
  • MailChimp integration
  • Sales reports
  • Inventory tracking
  • Live UPS shipping rates
  • Support forums
  • Support tickets
  • E-Book of documentation
  • Extra Cart66 goodies
  • PayPal Website Payments Standard
  • PayPal Express Checkout
  • Offline Payments
  • PayPal Pro
  • Authorize.net (AIM)
  • Quantum Gateway
  • Eprocessing Network (AIM)

Purchase Cart 66 – $89 »

Shopper Press

ShopperPress is a turn-key ready “out of the box” shopping cart solution for WordPress. You simply install, select from 20+ shopping cart themes, add products and your ready to start accepting orders. This is the ideal solution for anyone starting their own online store selling their own products or services, affiliate products or even ebooks, music or file downloads.

Features

  • Unlimited Installations, don’t pay more, setup 1 or 1,000 shopping cart websites
  • No Encryption Open source code.
  • Google Adsense / Analytics Ready
  • Built in shipping & tax options
  • Amazon, Ebay, CSV, Datafeedr import tools
  • 20+ shopping cart website designs.
  • Multi Language + articles/blog section
  • Easy to customize and turn on/off content
  • 20+ build in payment gateways ( PayPal etc)
  • Supports 1,000′s of extra WordPress Plugins
  • Multiple currency tools
  • Completely browser based, work from anywhere
  • Built in advertising slots

Purchase Shopper Press – $79 »

Shopp

Shopp is an e-commerce plugin that adds a feature-rich online store to your WordPress-powered website or blog. Get your store up and running in minutes. Then, take it to the next level with the flexibility of Shopp’s customization tools that allow production studios and power users to tailor every aspect of the shopping experience.

Purchase Shopp – Price :$55 »

Free Plugins

WP Ecommerce

WP e-Commerce is a free bolt-on shopping cart that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online. We make setting up shop incredibly easy.

Features

See full feature list here.

Download WP Ecommerce »

eShop

eShop is an accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress. Features include multiple merchant payment gateways; a range of shipping options; sales tax by country or state; featured/sale items and discount options. Compatible with WP Affiliate, WPMU/Multisite capable and translation-ready.

Features

  • Utilises WordPress pages or posts, and compatible with custom post types, to create products
  • Customers can sign up to your site (settable option)
  • Various methods available for listing products
  • Products can have multiple options
  • Upload downloadable products
  • Basic Statistics
  • Download sales data
  • Various shipping options, including by weight.
  • Admin has access to an Order handling section
  • Automatic emails on successful purchase
  • User configurable email templates.
  • Configurable Out of Stock message.
  • Basic Stock Control
  • Google Base Data creation
  • Uninstall available within the plugin
  • Various discount options
  • WPMU, Multisite compatible.
  • Merchant gateways:Authorize.net, Paypal, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay, iDEAL and Cash/Cheque!
  • Now compatible with WP Affiliate for affiliates – see wiki.
  • able to be used as a product catalogue with no sales.

Download eShop »

WPStoreCart

wpStoreCart wpStoreCart is a free, open source, and full featured e-commerce platform built atop of WordPress. It is easy to use, lightweight, heavily supported and constantly updated with new features.

Features

  • Web based “Setup Wizard”
  • Unlimited number of products & categories
  • Product Variations such as size & color
  • Product properties such as weight & dimensions
  • Fully configurable product & category display
  • Search products using default WordPress search
  • USPS shipping integration
  • Multi-language & currency support
  • Works with any theme
  • Includes dedicated high end, Premium WordPress theme for free
  • Optional coupon and discount system
  • Includes several widgets
  • Customizable registration process
  • Guest checkout
  • Run your shop as “Digital Products Only”, “Physical Products Only” or with both
  • Products support limited or unlimited quantities
  • PayPal payments (more payment processors available)

Download WPStoreCart »

The CartPress

E-Commerce plugin to create professional stores with WordPress. TheCartPress is an e-commerce plugin natively integrated into WordPress.

Features

View Full Features here.

Download The CartPress »

Yak

YAK is an open source shopping cart plugin for WordPress. It associates products with weblog entries (in other words, posts), so the post ID also becomes the product code. It supports both pages and posts as products, handles different types of product through categorisation, and provides customisable purchase options (cheque or deposit, basic credit card form, basic Google Checkout integration, standard PayPal integration, PayPal Payments Pro, and Authorize.net).

Download Yak »

Cf Shopping Cart

Cf Shopping Cart is simple shopping cart plugin for WordPress. This plugin be working with Custom Field and more plugins. Thereby website can have flexible design. Can manage stock. Can use select to option different types of products, these can have extra charge or discount. Can set shipping. Support PayPal payment.

Download Cf Shopping Cart »

WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart

WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart allows you to add an ‘Add to Cart’ button on any posts or pages. It also allows you to add/display the shopping cart on any post or page or sidebar easily. The shopping cart shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items. It can be easily integrated with the NextGen Photo Gallery plugin too.

Download WordPress Simple Paypal Shopping Cart »

MarketPress

MarketPress brings you a solid, simple yet extensible foundation for a WordPress-Powered store. The first WordPress eCommerce plugin designed from the ground up for seamless integration with WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress.

Download MarketPress »

Jigoshop

Set up shop in minutes with physical and downloadable products or even services. Jigoshop provides you with the features necessary to set up an eCommerce web site lickety-split.

Download Jigoshop »

Cart 66 Lite

Sell digital products and/or physical products with the Cart66 WordPress ecommerce shopping cart plugin.

Download Cart66 Lite »


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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21 Comments

  1. Nebulas Website Design Essex

    Thank you for the list of plugins. I have used the Zingiri Webshop plugin which is incredibly unreliable. I will certainly try some on the list.

    • Thats a shame – for a free plugin, the WP E-Commerce one looks the best to me.

      • James

        Because it has the most downloads? WP-E-Commerce has a terrible reputation. Steer clear!

      • Anonymous

        WP-Ecommerce is not a bad option. However, it is “messy” in some places. It’s also not the easiest to customize. I’d agree that for Free, it’s the best one, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option. Jigo and Cart66 look like they’re leading the pack here.

    • James

      You should definitely checkout Jigoshop. It’s taking the WordPress eCommerce market by storm :-)

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  7. I’m amazed that noone has mentioned ECWID.  http://www.ecwid.com.  I think it’s excellent I use it all the time.

    Should have a review of it.

  8. WordPress has certainly come a long way. We now have all these top eCommerce plugins to develop fully featured eCommerce websites with. WordPress can do anything EH!

  9. these are amazing and didn’t even know some of these existed

  10. Dana Whittle

    I really love WP EStore but they need to begin offering auto-updating from within the WP backend; other than that, they are very responsive developers and the product works flawlessly on every server I’ve used it on. tipsandtricks-hq.com

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  17. semseogurus

    I tried wp-ecommerce, but i guess that was too much for me..considering i am naive in coding…I did some search and found the one i want-cart66 lite..

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