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The Best Shopping Cart Plugins to Sell With WordPress

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WordPress has always been versatile enough to be used as an ecommerce solution but now there’s more shopping cart plugins than ever it’s even a viable alternative to the many eCommerce CMS tools such as Shopify or Magento. Adding cart functionality to your WordPress install makes it easy to build simple online stores with the familiarity of the WordPress template system. Let’s take a look at the best shopping cart plugins available, with some examples of how they’re currently being put to use on live sites.

WooCommerce (FREE!)

WooCommerce

WooCommerce from WooThemes has grown to become the number one eCommerce tool for WordPress. It has been comprehensively developed and tested and is backed by a solid collection of developers. The core WooCommerce functionality is free but it can also be built upon with various paid-for extensions.

Live Examples

JOCO Cups

JOCO Cups

SHULTZILLA

SHULTZILLA

Jigoshop (FREE!)

Jigoshop

Jigoshop is a feature packed eCommerce plugin built upon WordPress core functionality. One of the enticing features of Jigoshop is its ability to support various product types, including physical goods, downloadable products and variable sizes (S,M,L etc).

Live Examples

Little Lost Land

Little Lost Land

Antique Clothing

Antique Clothing

Cart66 ($99 per year)

Cart66

Cart66, formerly known as PHPurchase is a premium WordPress plugin available for $99, although its array of features does include some functionality only available as a paid extension to other alternatives such as WooCommerce. Cart66 covers every base when it comes to selling digital goods and services, allowing you to collect payments as well as recurring subscriptions or membership fees.

Live Examples

Bardsley

Bardsley

Illumiz

Illumiz

GetShopped.org / WP e-Commerce (FREE!)

WP e-Commerce

GetShopped.org, also known as WP e-Commerce is one of the original WordPress cart plugins by Instinct. While its core functionality is free, some crucial cart features are reserved as premium extensions. Still, some of its boasted features such as 100% customisability keep it competitive against the new school options.

Live Examples

Paper Whistle

Paper Whistle

City Surf Cardiff

City Surf Cardiff

Shopp ($55)

Shopp

Shopp is another fully loaded premium shopping cart plugin for WordPress. It seamlessly integrates with WordPress to provide unbranded functionality that makes use of WordPress widgets, post types and shortcodes.

Live Examples

Scout Books

Scout Books

Retrobaby

Retrobaby

Easy Digital Downloads (FREE!)

Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Downloads, as the name suggests, is an easy solution for selling virtual goods via WordPress. While other cart solutions often combine the ability to sell digital goods alongside physical goods, the lack of bloat and specialised features are particularly useful for anyone looking to sell digital goods.

Live Examples

Organic Themes

Organic Themes

Mint Themes

Mint Themes

Worthy mentions…

I couldn’t find live examples for all the ecommerce solutions available, but some of them looked like they had great potential. Here’s a few more that are definitely worth a look if none of the above cater for your needs. These options might not have as much popularity, but they certainly seem to be getting good ratings from the WordPress community.

Ready! E-commerce WordPress Plugin

Ready! E-commerce WordPress plugin

eShop

eShop

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Written by Chris Spooner

Chris Spooner is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. Check out Chris' design tutorials and articles at Blog.SpoonGraphics or follow his daily findings on Twitter.

16 Comments

  1. Beautiful Plugins collection! They are all really cool. Thank you for sharing!

  2. John Madge says:

    Bookmarked and thanks for sharing, theres many here I’ve not yet tried.

  3. Sü Smith says:

    The WP ecommerce plugins have definitely matured over the years. I’ve been considering giving woocommerce a whirl for a client. It appears to have a lot of extensions/addons in relation to shipping and payment gateways.

  4. Bookmarked for future project. Thanks Chris!

  5. Manuel says:

    Thanks for these good examples Chris! And yes,
    I just want to add (our) two extensions called “WooCommerce German Market (WCGM)” and “WooCommerce Role Based Prices (WCRBP)”.

    WCGM started as an extension for WooCommerce shops, by adding sides for the special legal requirements in Germany. By now it grew up to a powerful tool with editors for: delivery time, shippping, taxes and measurment units, and many more.

    WCRBP: New roles for customers can be set up, and to each role, a specific price can be assigned. This offers great opportunities for shop owners who wants to sell to retailer, end consumer, regular customers, association members, students or other special roles.

    Both extensions ara available in english and german. (http://marketpress.com)

  6. Steven says:

    Chris, you’re blog(s) have become go-to resources for me. Thanks so much for the time you put into your round-ups!!

  7. Marto says:

    Thanks for the blog!
    I just needed to create an online shop for a client and this post will be very useful.

  8. In my opinion WooCommerce gets the first price. Selling online has become complex and many features, core elements, and payment method capabilities are important. WooCommerce is highly flexible and we have used it to accomplish a few complex task in the past without any problems.

  9. Great find. I was looking for a list of shopping cart plugins. Thanks.

  10. Great extension showcase!These themes are clean, clear and modern design layouts but you didn’t mention about product details and features which the details will help to your readers!!!

  11. Never thought there’s e-commerce plugin for WordPress websites also. Learned new thing. Thanks!

  12. Sashi says:

    I have a great trouble with Jigoshop, the basic is free but rest are not so please suggest which one is good for more payment gateway support?

  13. Saathvik says:

    Hi I am a designer please suggest which free plugins gives me more payment gateways and security without hidden money.

  14. Tag list says:

    This is a topic that is near to my heart.
    .. Take care! Where are your contact details though?

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