Just because your business has a physical store or retail front, doesn’t mean it’s convenient for your customers to shop there. We are all leading busy lives, with fulltime work schedules and fulltime home schedules. Perhaps the easiest way for your customers to buy from you, is via your website.
Wordpress has built up its reputation, as being a user-friendly, update-yourself, SEO-friendly content management system. And now you can take all these benefits, and introduce online shopping to your customers as well.
There are a range of plugins to choose from, and picking the right one may be a bit difficult. So here 10 options to get you started:
From the Creator: 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.
Feedback: This plugin is so new it was difficult to find recent independent reviews on the web. But so far 2 people had voted on the WordPress site, giving it 4 out of 5 stars. I would love to hear some real independent feedback on this. 5,061 downloads.
2. WP E-Commerce
From the Creator: The WP e-Commerce shopping cart plugin for WordPress is an elegant easy to use fully featured shopping cart application suitable for selling your products, services, and or fees online.
Feedback: “The WP e-Commerce is my favorite e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is by far the most complete and powerful e-commerce plugin you will find for WordPress. This plugin is a Web 2.0 application designed with usability, aesthetics, and presentation in mind.” (Jasmine from Rinf.com). Rated 3 out of 5 on WordPress with 922,095 downloads.
From the Creator: eShop is an accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress, packed with various features. Including:
- Utilises WordPress pages or posts, and custom post types, to create products
- enhanced for WP3.0 users – 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, and a lot more…..
Feedback: “Overall eShop has a lot of pros and can benefit a first time user allowing them to sell some of their products online. An important aspect that I believe they need to improve on is to offer more payment gateway options.” (Tyrone from Tyroneshum.com). Rated 4.25 out of 5 on WordPress with 199,672 downloads.
From the Creator: E-Commerce plugin to create professional stores with WordPress. TheCartPress in an e-commerce plugin natively integrated into WordPress. Design and look of your store whith native WordPress ability to manage themes and templates. You can create new WordPress plugins to extend the functionality and fit your needs.
Feedback: Currently rated nearly 4 out of 5 on WordPress, with 815 downloads.
5. Image Store
From the Creator: This plugin was created because there was a need in the WordPress community to have an images store that did not required the installation of multiple plugins.
Comment: This type of store is a great option for anyone selling art, photos, pictures, or anything similar with a very strong visual requirement. Rated 4.5 on WordPress, with 4,916 downloads.
6. Zingiri Web Shop
From the Creator: Zingiri Web Shop is a WordPress plugin that brings together a great content management system with the fantastic FreeWebShop ecommerce solution.
Feedback: Currently rated 4 out of 5 on WordPress, and 34,478 downloads.
From the Creator: DukaPress is open source software that can be used to build online shops quickly and easily. DukaPress is built on top of WordPress, a world class content management system. DukaPress is built to be both simple and elegant yet powerful and scalable.
Feedback: Currently rated on WordPress nearly 5/5, with 7,043 downloads.
8. Quick Shop
From the Creator: Quick Shop supports any WordPress that has the Sidebar Widgets installed, really. It adds a SideBar widget that shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to remove the items, not to mention a TinyMCE button to easily allow you to add products to your posts/pages.
Feedback: Rated on WordPress nearly 4 out of 5, with 57,581 downloads.
9. YAK for WordPress
From the Creator: 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).
Feedback: Currently rated 2.5 out of 5, with 33,847 downloads.
From the Creator: WordPress Shopping Cart
- Sell digital and physical products
- Memberships, subscriptions, payment plans
- Track inventory
- Real-time UPS shipping rates
- Use PayPal, Authorize.net and more
- The most customizable WP Ecommerce plugin
- Great documentation and support
Feedback: Not available on WordPress plugin site, due to cost required. “The first thing that I noticed about PHPurchase is that it’s really easy to use. You simply upload it to your wp-plugins folder, activate it from the Plugins dashboard, and start adding products to sell.” (Cosmin from ThemeDigital)
Pricing from $49. For more information please visit The PHPurchase Website.
I’d love to hear your feedback. Have you used these Shopping Carts on your WordPress site? Do you know of any other good ones?