WordPress has grown into a powerful ecommerce platform. While there are a ton of done-for-you ecommerce solutions like Shopify and BigCommerce, WordPress is still the go-to choice for a majority of shop owners.
A lot has changed since we last wrote about ecommerce plugins for WordPress. In fact, WooCommerce didn’t exist. Now, they are the #1 ecommerce platform and was recently purchased by WordPress’s parent company, Automattic.
This updated article features the most current WordPress ecommerce plugins and resources so you can launch a powerful ecommerce store using WordPress.
Please Note: All prices were correct as of this posts publishing date.
Woocommerce is the most popular ecommerce plugin for WordPress. It can easily be added to almost any theme. Just plug and play. The beauty with WooCommerce is it can scale for larger online stores that need additional functionality.
Payment Gateways Supported: Amazon, PayPal, Stripe, 2Checkout, Mijireh and a ton more.
- WooCommerce Homepage
- WooCommerce Downloads and Purchase
- WooCommerce Plugins and Extensions
- WooCommerce Documentation
- 12 Great Examples Of WooCommerce Store
Shopp Plugin is a premium shopping solution plugin for WordPress with a rich and polished feature list. It is easy to install and manage, and is compatible with almost all WP themes. Some of its important features are support for physical & digital products, order history, email notifications, fast product search, shipping rate calculations, discounts and promo codes.
Payment Gateways Supported: 2Checkout.com, PayPal and Google Checkout. Available as an optional add-on: Authorize.net, PayJunction, FirstData/LinkPoint, HSBC ePayments and eWay Payments.
Price: Free for personal use without support. For a single site licence it costs $75, and for a full developer licence it costs $299.
Shopp Plugin Resources:
- Shopp Plugin Homepage
- Shopp Plugin Downloads and Purchase (It requires WP 3.5 or higher to work)
- Shopp Plugins and Extensions
- Shopp Plugin Documentation
- Examples of Shopp Powered Sites
WP eCommerce claims to be the original eCommerce plugin for WordPress. There are mixed feelings about the WP eCommerce plugin, some people say it is only for a handful of products, but I’ve seen sites with larger inventories. WP eCommerce has umpteen free and premium themes built using its code, and its seemingly infinite list of features, it really is an essential powerhouse of a plugin.
Payment Gateways Supported: Authorize.net, DPS, Chronopay, Paypal and more.
Price: The Free version is limited in terms of payment gateways and features. The Gold Cart version is $100.
WP eCommerce Resources:
- WP eCommerce Home Page
- WP eCommerce Purchase and Downloads
- WP eCommerce Plugins and Extensions
- WP eCommerce Documentation
- Examples of WP eCommerce Sites
Over the years, this premium WordPress shopping cart plugin has evolved to focus more on bloggers looking to sell digital products and services.
Price: This premium plugin costs a flat rate of $49.
Payment Gateways Supported:PayPal, 2Checkout, Google Wallet, Authorize.net, BitCoin, Braintree, Offline (payment via cheque, cash or bank transfer) and a premium module to add more if needed.
WP eStore Plugin Resources:
- WordPress eStore Plugin Homepage
- WP eStore Plugin Download and Purchase
- WP eStore Documentation
- Examples of WP eStores
Originally PHPurchase, Cart66 has evolved into a cloud based WordPress ecommerce solutio and a standalone plugin (Cart66 Pro). You can sell services, memberships and physical products with ease. Cart66 has a powerful dashboard-based order management system, simple system to track your orders, you have the option to offer discounts and provide shipping options. Cart66 really has everything out of the box. No add-ons needed.
Price: Cart66 standalone plugin is $98 for a single site and $300 for unlimited sites. Cart66 Cloud is $95 per site.
Payment Gateways Supported: The standalone plugin supports 2Checkout, Authorize.net, eWay, PayPal, Stripe, offline payments and more. The cloud version of Cart66 has a massive list of over 70 payment gateways.
- Cart66 Home Page
- Cart66 Pro Features & Purchase
- Cart66 Cloud Features & Purchase
- Cart66 Documentation
- Examples of sites using Cart66
ShopperPress is an open source fully featured shopping cart theme for WordPress, that is perfectly suited for selling all types of merchandise, services, and digital downloads.
It is packed with all of the features you would expect from an ecommerce, with a few extras added in. It allows for Adsense integration with dedicated advertising slots and you also have the option to import from Amazon, Ebay, CSV and Datafeedr.
Price: ShopperPress has a flat price of $79, which has been recently reduced from $200.
Payment Gateways Supported: ShopperPress has integration with an awesome 20 payment gateways all of which are easily activated via the admin area, they include: PayPal, PayWeb.ca, PayFast, 2C0, Google Checkout, Sage Pay… and many more.
ShopperPress Essential Resources:
- ShopperPress Plugin Homepage
- ShopperPress Download and Purchase
- ShopperPress Documentation
- Examples of sites running ShopperPress
eShop is a completely free, very easy to setup and accessible shopping cart plugin for WordPress, packed with all of the required features for setting up a small personalised online shop.
Payment Gateways Supported: PayPal and offline payments. Merchant gateways still included but no longer supported: Authorize.net, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay, iDEAL
Tribulant developed this plugin to be super easy to set up. With its fairly easy to use interface, you can set up your multiple products and categorize/organize them into multiple product categories. Add additional images to showcase your products so that users know what they are buying and add digital downloads to products if needed so that users can securely download paid files from your website.
Price: It costs $69 for a single installation and $325 for an unlimited licence.
Payment Gateways Supported: PayPal (Standard), 2CheckOut, MoneyBookers, First Data (Linkpoint & YourPay), Realex Payments (redirect), eMatters (HTTPS), Ogone PSP (Basic), Authorize.net (AIM), eWay (Shared), credit card (POS) and wire transfer.
WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin Resources:
Jigoshop was started in 2011 by a UK based development firm. Jigoshop is actually very similar to WooCommerce. Jigoshop’s original developer helped build Woo. You can read a good head to head comparison here. One thing to note is the Jigoshop themes tend to cost more.
Price: Free, but most of the themes start at $35 each.
Payment Gateways Supported: WorldPAy, FuturePay, Bank Transfer, Cheque Payment, PayPal standard are included free. But you can add more.
- Jigoshop Home Page & Download
- Jigoshop Plugins and Extensions
- Jigoshop Documentation
- Examples of Jigoshop Sites
Ecwid was founded in 2009 by the same guy that started X-Cart. Ecwid now has over 800K stores online. The integration with social media is awesome. You can sell your products directly on sites like Facebook and Tumblr. Ecwid caters their product to small businesses looking to get started quickly.
Price: Free for 10 products, but their most popular business plan is $35/month.
Payment Gateways Supported: The free version supports PayPal. The paid version has over 40 payment gateways including 2Checkout, Authorize.net, ClickAndBuy, iDEAL, Payleap, iPayment, Stripe, and more.
MarketPress eCommerce is created by WPMU DEV. It comes with everything you need to sell and deliver physical or digital products. One of the big advantages of MarketPress is multi-site integration. This means you can create an Etsy-like store network that you control.
Payment Gateways Supported: 2Checkout, Authorize.net AIM, Bitpay, eWay shared payments, eWay Rapid 3.0 Payments, iDEAL, Manual Payments, Skrill Moneybookers, PayPal Payflow Pro, Paymill, PayPal Chained Payments, PayPal Express Checkout, PIN, Simplify Commerce by MasterCard, Stripe and WePay.
Did we miss any plugin or awesome theme? Let us know in the comments. For more resources on building and marketing an ecommerce WordPress site, check out, this guide.
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