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Multi-Vendor Online Marketplaces have been around as long as the internet, the oldest and probably largest example is eBay. A marketplace is a website that brings together buyers and sellers and they can work in many different niches. With the eBay examples, the marketplace is for physical goods, recently we have seen a lot more of these types of sites for digital goods - Envato sites like ThemeForest and Codecanyon for themes and plugins, Creative Market for photos, photoshop resources, ODesk, Freelancer for online work and so on.

Creative Market

These types of sites are great for everyone involved - sellers can add additional income streams, buyers can find goods they want in one place and the site owner makes money by taking a percentage of all the sales. If you run a popular marketplace site in can be an extremely lucrative way of earning money but up till now these types of site would have been hard to create with lots of custom coding required.

Luckily, they can now be created using a combination of WordPress themes and plugins - take a loot at today's post where we will list the best Marketplace WordPress themes and the plugins required to create them.

Marketplace WordPress Plugins

To provide the functionality for your marketplace website, you will require some plugins to handle things like commissions, payouts, uploading of files and so on.

Easy Digital Downloads

If you want to create a marketplace for digital goods, the best plugin to use is EasyDigitalDownloads which is free to use, to create a marketplace though you will need the MarketPlace bundle which is a collection of add-ons for the main plugin to power this type of site.

Easy Digital Downloads

The addons included are as follows :

  • Commissions - This add-on allows you to easily record user commissions when a sale is made.
  • Wish Lists - Give your customers the ability to save and share their favorite products on your site.
  • Reviews - Product Reviews allows visitors and customers of your website to review the downloads offered on your website.
  • Recommended Products - Allows you to show a cross sell of recommended products when viewing downloads or the checkout screen.
  • Points & Rewards - The Points and Rewards extension allows you to reward your customers for purchases and other actions with points that can be redeemed for discounts on future purchases.
  • Front End Submissions - Frontend Submissions provides a full-featured package to allow users to submit products for review from the frontend of your site.
  • Social Login - Allow your customers to login and checkout with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Windows Live, VK.com and Instagram.

If you bought these separately they would cost $340, but you can buy the bundle for $159 here.

WC Vendors

WC Vendors is an add-oin designed to work with WooCommerce. It allows you to create your own marketplace and allow vendors to sell just like etsy, Envato, eBay, or Amazon type sites. This allows other sellers/vendors to sell tangible products, virtual products, or downloads on your site. With this plugin, your vendors receive commissions you set on products they sell from your store.

You can download this plugin for free from the WordPress directory here. There is also a pro version available from $149 here.

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  • Instantly pay vendors their commission as soon as an order is placed using PayPal Adaptive Payments or Stripe.
  • Or, pay commission on a schedule. Weekly, biweekly, monthly, or manually using any payment provider you choose.
  • Vendors can submit products for admin review, or send new products live to the site immediately.
  • Vendors can view live sales and reports for their products
  • Vendors can comment on their orders (eg, to inform customers of a tracking number)
  • Vendors can export their orders to a CSV file
  • PayPal Adaptive Payments gateway included for FREE ( Parallel & MassPay )
  • WPML Compatible
  • Vendors can sell all product types
  • Vendors manage their own media gallery/library
  • Customizable Vendor Pages
  • Global, Per Vendor, or Per product Commission Rates
  • Notification to Vendors of new orders
  • Vendors have their own individual storefronts, and blend in with the site through your categories
  • Advanced Product Management
  • Customizable Vendor Headers
  • Front-End Vendor Registration and Back-End Vendor Registration
  • Vendors have their own user accounts and a Vendor Role
  • Tons of shortcodes
  • Translated in over 9 languages and growing!
  • Shipping Management through Per Product Shipping and Multiple Packages (and more coming soon!)
  • Tax Management to give or not give vendors tax for each order
  • Test Checkout Gateway included for testing your store before it goes live

Marketplace WordPress Themes

Once you have the functionality in place you will need a theme to provide the interface for your customers and sellers, here I will list the best marketplace themes along with which plugins are required.

Checkout

With Checkout and Easy Digital Downloads, you can create your own digital goods store to sell stock photography, audio files, eBooks, video and more. Checkout also includes several beautifully-designed templates to help you create a professional and elegant business or portfolio website. Create a Team page, add pricing tables, testimonials and more.

Checkout Marketplace Theme

Plugins Required: EasyDigitalDownloads Marketplace Bundle

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Social Marketplace

Social MarketPlace is an outstanding theme, that integrates with the wildly popular WC Vendors plugin, for WooCommerce. It’s a beautiful theme, with a large amount of great functionality. The theme integrates with BuddyPress, giving it an advantage over other MarketPlace themes. With this integration, you are activating the social aspects of your MarketPlace, allowing buyers to contact vendors, via the messaging component, and a lot more interaction between members.

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Plugins Required: WC Vendors

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Marketify

marketify

In combination with Easy Digital Downloads (a free plugin), the Marketplace extension bundle (Plugin bundle sold separately), and our theme is all you need to create a variety of digital marketplaces.

  • You can create a marketplace that just sells photographs.
  • You can create a marketplace that just sells fonts.
  • You can create a marketplace that just sells audio files.
  • You can create a marketplace that just sells videos.

Plugins Required: EasyDigitalDownloads Marketplace Bundle

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Makery

makery

Makery is a perfect theme for any martkeplace website. It’s not just a theme, but application with awesome built-in features, such as unlimited shops, multiple carts, shop comissions and more.

Plugins Required: WooCommerce

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Marketica

marketica

Marketica v2.0 allows you to turn your store into a vendor marketplace. You can assign existing products to vendors, or they can add and edit their own ones. Every vendor will have a dedicated vendor page on your site where they will be able to list all of their products, but they will also show up in your normal shop pages so you can sell your own products alongside those of your vendors.

Plugins Required: WooCommerce

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Stocky

stocky

Built on WordPress and Easy Digital Downloads, Stocky allows you to sell your photos just the same as any giant online marketplace. Not only can you sell your products, but with the available extensions in the Marketplace Bundle you can allow anybody to upload their photos and sell through your site.

Plugins Required: EasyDigitalDownloads Marketplace Bundle

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SquareCode

squarecode

This hand crafted, bloat-free, theme was built specifically for you to open your own marketplace online at a very low cost. Utilizing the power of the FREE and very popular Easy Digital Downloads plugin, you can sell anything digital including items such as videos, music, digital art such as icons, filters, templates, themes, or photos etc.

Plugins Required: EasyDigitalDownloads Marketplace Bundle

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Motor

motor

Motor is a proffesional responsive vehicle marketplace WP theme. It also can be used for other kind of marketplace (like real estate, boats and ships, cars, trucks, machinery) or agency like for real estate or turist agency, or catalogues and standard shops.

Plugins Required: None

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Freelance Engine

freelance

A WordPress Freelance Marketplace theme beautifully crafted with simplicity in mind. Get your site up & running in minutes. Monetize easily.

Plugins Required: None

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HireBee

hirebee

HireBee is a freelance marketplace theme for WordPress. Employers post projects and freelancers start the bidding. You setup the pricing plans and take a cut of each project. It’s easy to monetize any niche by providing a crowdsourced project matchmaking service!

Plugins Required: None

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Taskerr

taskerr

Taskerr connects people needing jobs done with others willing to do them. Those sellers offer their services at a set price and customers buy them. You profit on each transaction.

Plugins Required: None

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LeCrafts

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Are you looking for a powerful WooCommerce WordPress theme to set up your multi-vendor online store ? LeCrafts, a stunning, fully customizable web solution designed to take your online store, marketplace, portfolio, or blog to the next level.

Plugins Required: WooCommerce

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Handy

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Handy – Handmade Shop WordPress WooCommerce Theme is a stylish responsive and easy to use WordPress theme. Handy Shop WooCommerce theme is a great start for any one who is looking to start his one handmade online shop or looking to create a handmade goods marketplace.

Plugins Required: WooCommerce

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Pasar

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Pasar is another WooCommerce WordPress Theme from TokoPress to help you building your online store quickly with powerful WooCommerce WordPress plugin. Pasar also supports WC Vendors plugin that allows you to turn your store into a vendor marketplace. You can assign existing products to vendors, or they can add and edit their own ones.

Plugins Required: WooCommerce

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

One thought on “How to Create an Online Marketplace: Marketplace WordPress Themes & Plugins

  1. It is very well known that plugins add more functionalities to theme and ultimately to site . The options like commissions, payouts, uploading of files and so on is used on your site . So to provide the functionality for your marketplace website, you will require some plugins to handle this options . The plugins for this purpose shared here are very arranged and will be very much tonic . I convey thanks author for sharing such nice and effective themes and plugins here

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