The best quality of WordPress is truly is versatility. It can go from being a personal weblog to a fully functional online store with the click of a mouse, literally. With all of the options, ranging from Paypal integration to third party eCommerce services, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get exactly what you want out of your WordPress blog whether you are using free or premium WordPress Themes.
Here are my top eCommerce / Shopping Cart plugins for WordPress blogs.
This plugin offers an amazingly comprehensive toolkit that will ensure your online shop is as plug-and-play as possible. It comes complete with different templates, offering you control over how your shopping cart will appear to your customers. Social media is super simple, as they’ve optimized everything using the ShareThis technology, which will absolutely help your products get noticed. As far as payment options – they are plentiful. WordPress eCommerce supports Google Checkout, Paypal, Authorize.net, and several others. While the plugin is free to use, further customization options reveal themselves in the form of premium plugins (plugins for a plugin? I know, it’s crazy), including a FedEx quote generator, Members Only module, and NextGen gallery integration.
YAK For WordPress
This is another surprisingly powerful eCommerce plugin that’s being offered for free, but has some really integral premium options. YAK is an open source plugin, and for about $28, you can get your hands on their comprehensive Handbook, which will allow you further options regarding configuration and customization. This plugin associates new products with your updated blog, so blog posts containing new products have their blog ID, which is also the product ID. YAK supports downloadable products, so any e-books, plugins, or zip files you’re marketing can be easily purchased and dowloaded. Flash-based sales reports are also included. There is an excellent support system for this plugin, including a discussion group.
This is a sleek, hard-working plugin. The plugin site lists a number of sites using their product, which signifies (to me, anyway) that this is a great option. Aside from its ability to create an entire catalogue of products with custom variables (size, color, etc.), a powerful dashboard-based order management system, and a bevy of other features, seeing that the plugin has loyalty and trust from past users is still nice. PHPurchase is a highly organized system that is easy to implement, and easy to use.
The single website license is $49, 5 site license is $199, and the coveted unlimited developer license is $299.
This plugin combines the best parts of a WordPress blog (organization, cleanliness, and search-ability) with a stable online retail platform. It includes all the necessary features, including custom variables, promotion abilities (coupon codes, discounts, etc.), Adsense integration with dedicated advertising slots, and shipping/tax options. You also have the ability to import CSV files, which is a lot more appealing than individual entry any day.
You can get the ShopperPress VIP license (including extra themes and features) for $79 right now, but it’s regularly priced at $149.
Just like the name, this plugin is straight to the point. With a ton of payment options, product options, and affiliate and digital product support, it’s got everything you need to make a fully functional online shop. You may miss some features offered by the more advanced plugins listed here, but rest assured that this plugin will do everything you do to create an online shop.
The single site license for this plugin is $49.99, and the unlimited developer’s version is $249.95.