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02 June 2016

Top 10 WordPress Plugins Essential for Ecommerce Sites

Top 10 WordPress Plugins Essential for Ecommerce Sites
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By Manmeet Anand

WordPress Plugins for Ecommerce Sites

WordPress started out as a bloggers paradise, it stayed and evolved as one of the best stops for bloggers for years, and has now slowly and steadily enticed the business bigwigs to sell their products through it.

And why not, its accessibility and user interface is much more easy and interactive than its many competitors. Moreover, its hands-on services are like no one out there! All you would need to do is get yourself some bang on plugins and you are on! And if this seems like a big task to you, simply hire a WordPress developer.

What these plugins are, really? Let us check out the best ones.

Best WordPress Plugins for ECommerce Sites

1. WooCommerce

WooCommerce Plugin

WooCommerce is a simple, powerful and extendable e-commerce platform for WordPress. It promises to woo your customers when they visit your online store. It has been rated at 4.1/5 by WordPress and has nearly 2 million downloads in its kitty, It surely looks like the plugin that is capable enough to boost up your store in a good way.

WooCommerce is flexible in a way that it allows you to customize your store based on your products and business nature. It has the strength and advantage to be built around WordPress best practices.

The plugin offers a very user-friendly interface that allows you to keep up with the performance of your online store without much hassle of clicking and coding, as it is all available on the dashboard.

The plugin is entirely customizable, compatible with WordPress themes and also offers a PayPal Gateway for easy shopping and payment. Apart from these, it allows credit card payment options, cash on delivery and all other payments being secured by Mijireh.

It is even tied up with ShareThis and ShareDaddy to allow you to socially link your store.

2. WP E-Commerce

WP eCommerce Plugin

This Plugin may race ahead of WooCommerce where the number of downloads is concerned, but it lacks in ratings from WordPress. This is due to the fact that it is far behind WooCommerce where functionality is concerned.

Nevertheless, it is compatible with WordPress, fully customizable, and provides priority support for privileged members. Like WooCommerce, WP e-commerce also offers PayPal integration and various other payment options making it a likeable tool by store owners.

cThe plugin is workable out of the box and provides multiple options that make your store market-ready. These include Google sitemaps, new product widget, flexible coupon rules, Bulk purchase discounts, Google base integration etc.

This plugin offers a drag and drops option to users which makes the whole shopping experience blissful for your customers. The plugin makes your store SEO ready, offers SSL certificates and catalog management.

It may not match up to WooCommerce where functionality is concerned, but with its unique features, it gives a good fight.

3. Cart66 Lite

Cart66 - WordPress Plugin

Cart66 is touted to be the easiest plugin to install for WordPress. The plugin is integrated with PayPal and also Amazon 3 which allows you to manage orders, promotions, shopping options, etc.

That is not all; Cart66 also allows you to do your taxes without breaking a sweat. You can send customized currencies, and email through this plugin to add a little oomph to your online experience.

The plugin is available for free download, but it is just better to configure it so that you have the whole package and your online experience does not get bottlenecked just because there is a certain feature that is not available for the free download.

4. MarketPress

MarketPress Plugin

This plugin is, of course, easy to use, and also provides the standard features any e-commerce plugin would provide such as being compatible with other WordPress themes; it is based out of AJAX and provides various payment options such as PayPal, Google Checkouts etc.

This Plugin offers internationalization options that can make your store go global. Loaded with features, and compatible with WordPress, this plugin is just what you need to take your online store to the next level.

It does not only allow you to customize the store but also provides shipping options which make this a global platform. This plugin was developed to offer its users a good interface and a state of the art user experience, the awful experience that other plugins offer inspired WPMUdev to work on MarketPress. A plugin made just for the user has to be something, right!

5. Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Plugin

This plugin caters to a specific market. It allows for easy digital downloads. If your business is all about the digitized era and your store sells digital media, then this is the go-to plugin for you.

This plugin is not like others that are loaded with features. It is more character-specific and focused on catering to a very specific market. All its features are integrated to help make that experience better.

It boasts 200,000 downloads and a 4.8 ratings. Having said it is not loaded with the whole bag of features, it still does come with the basic ones that are needed to get your store online. Easy digital downloads include various payment gateway options – Obviously – Promotional code system if you happen to have offers and things, option to download multiple files, bulk purchases, etc.

Even though this is not a plugin for all, it does cater to your needs.

6. Ithemes Exchange

iThemes Exchange Plugin

Developed by iThemes, and a rating of 5/5 the plugin is well worth your time. It has a very simplified interface that makes it a breeze to work with. Apart from this, it is fully customizable and compatible with WordPress.

It is packed with features that would help you get through the hassle of setting up an e-commerce site unscathed. Ithemes Exchange is compatible with WordPress, fully customizable, and provides priority support for privileged members.

Like WooCommerce, WP e-commerce also offers PayPal integration and various other payment options making it a likeable by store owners.

7. Jigoshop

Jigoshop plugin

This is the big guy, built by an experienced set of designers, for the big brands, of the big people. This plugin offers superb functionality and customizability with a whole load of features that suit almost any and every platform of the online store.

As we said, this is the big guy; this plugin offers the features of Easy digital download and WooCommerce. So you can have a store selling some fancy products while giving your customers the option to download media files at the same time.

This plugin will also allow you to offer affiliate products, group products, and other products. Jigoshop also provides the required sales reports to keep you updated with the performance of your store while keeping track of the stocks available.

This plugin is internationalized offering various shipping methods, is fully extendable and has a strong support community.

This plugin is free with nearly 300,000 downloads with a user rating of 3.9/5.

8. Shopp

Shopp Plugin

Shopp adopts a very professional front. The plugin offers a secure cart that is integrated within the plugin which means you don’t have to have security add-ons.

It has catalogue management, Discount feature, and multiple image options and is super SEO friendly. It has JavaScript enabled a very responsive design, which makes the user experience all the more special.

The plugin does have a lot of features, and when we say a lot – it is more of an understatement, and it is free with a package available for starters and go pro versions.

9. Eshop

eshop-ecommerce-plugin-for-wordpress

Very simply, Eshop is an online e-commerce store plugin for WordPress. This plugin not only allows you to sell your products but create them as well. Every e-commerce success story has strong customer relation behind it, this plugin allows you to create customer sign ups to help you build and stay in touch with your customers on a regular basis.

This plugin also allows you to offer downloadable products and for the physical kind, it offers various shipping methods.
Where the money is concerned, multiple gateways for you to receive the money are provided, and options to calculate taxes are provided so you can ethically run a respectable business.

The plugin boasts a user rating of 3.8/5, fairly good, maybe not the best but it does have 500,000 plus downloads, and we don’t think so many of them will go for a product which is not worth their time.

10. Quick Shop

Quickshop plugin

Quick Shop plugin has the bare basics and is so simple; it is just the right thing for a beginner. With emails and PayPal integration you can start earning money about 10 minutes after you download.

The plugin is customizable, compatible and oh so simple to use.

And if any of the above plugins fall short of any of the functionalities, even though they have the whole online store, shopping cart, money matters covered, you can always use extra plugins or customize the existing ones by hiring a WordPress developer.

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