E-commerce websites are everywhere. Just like the dotcom bubble of the early 2000s, we’re seeing what we may call an e-commerce bubble which is expanding day by day. E-commerce (or electronic commerce) in simple terms is doing business online. Buying and selling services or products over the Internet – something that we do now more than ever before is E-commerce.
An e-commerce is obviously going to involve a website. If you’re setting up a portal to sell goods and services, you’re going to need the right infrastructure to handle traffic, route transactions, and basically run the entire thing without a glitch. So what should you start off with? WordPress of course!
WordPress is by far the most popular Content Management Platform on the internet right now. As of March 2014, it is estimated that WordPress powers more than 19.3% of the top 10 million websites. While the general impression is that WordPress is for blogging – this is far from true. WordPress actually makes for a great choice if you’re looking to set up an ecommerce website. Why?
Here’s what an eCommerce website needs:
- The infrastructure to handle large traffic (Scalability)
- Intuitive User Interface
- A solid payment gateway system
- A review/rating system for products
- Backend sales reports, inventory management etc.
WordPress, with its extensive collection of plug-ins and templates meet all these requirements and more. As for scalability, WordPress is built for it. Ask websites like Techcrunch, SmashingMagazine or Gizmodo! These popular WordPress websites handle millions of visitors per day.
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That being said, WordPress has a HUGE community you can rely on. We are explaining now, how to make wordpress ecommerce website using plugins.
So here is a list of top ecommerce plugins for setting up stores on WordPress –
From the developers behind the famous WooThemes, WooCommerce is one of the leading eCommerce plugin available for WordPress these days. With an intuitive UI,WooCommerce helps you sell anything. Beautifully.
You can download WooCommerce for free and set it up within minutes. One good thing about this plugin is the sheer amount of Themes and Plugins available not only from WooThemes but also from 3rd Party developers. Some free and mostly premium.
WooCommerce is a secure and scalable comprehensive store plugin which comes with features like sales reports, customer account area, order management, product and inventory management, coupon codes,control over shipping charges, product filtering and more.
2,761,505 downloads and still counting. Do try it out!
Payment Gateways: PayPal standard, BACS, Cash on Delivery,ccavenue and many more.
Download link – http://wordpress.org/plugins/woocommerce/
WooCommerce Website –http://www.woothemes.com/woocommerce/
eShop is a free e-commerce plugin with around 571,993 downloads to its name. It’s fairly simple to use and is packed with features like multiple merchant payment gateways,basic inventory control,downloadable products, statistics for purchase, Automatic emails on successful purchase, multiple shipping options etc.
It is Multisite compatible and can also be used as a product catalogue without having to sell anything.
Payment Gateways: Paypal and Cash/Cheque, Authorize.net, Payson, eProcessingNetwork, Webtopay, iDEAL
Download link – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/eshop/
eShop Website – http://quirm.net/wiki/eshop/
Jigoshop lets you setup your online shop in minutes with Services, physical or even downloadable products.
Jigoshop comes with a custom dashboard containing sortable sales graphs, incoming order notifications also stats on your stores performance. The store is highly customizable and can be integrated with a huge number of payment solutions.
With a multitude of product types, you can apply detailed attributes and let the customers easily refine your catalog to get to the product they desire in a few clicks.
Payment Gateways: FuturePay, Bank Transfer, Cheque Payment, PayPal standard, Stripe, Google Checkout, Authorize.net
Virtually any kind that you may need with the huge plethora of extensions available on the extensions page – http://www.jigoshop.com/product-category/payment-gateways/
Download link – http://wordpress.org/plugins/jigoshop/
Jigoshop Website – http://www.jigoshop.com/
Cart66 is a rather lightweight application – in the sense that it isn’t a resource hog. It gives you the usual range of features – order management, affiliate marketing, promotions etc. Then it goes a step ahead and offers multiple currency support, customizable reports and more.
It is available in 2 versions – a free lite version and a paid, premium professional version. The professional version lets you sign up members and allows recurring payments. And did we mention you can sell both digital and physical products on this plugin? Cart66 is clearly among the better options if you’re looking for ecommerce plugins.
Payment gateways: Mijireh Checkout – Secure credit card processing, PayPal Website Payments Standard, PayPal Express Checkout, Manual Checkout.
Download link – http://wordpress.org/plugins/cart66-lite/
Cart66 website – http://cart66.com/
Themes – http://cart66.com/themes/
#5 Wp- Ecommerce
Another popular plug-in, Wp-ecommerce has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times. While the plug-in is available for a free download, it includes purchases for certain premium plugins/templates – similar to how we have in-app purchases in smartphones right now.
In addition to providing essentials like coupon availability, and the ability to install over any WP theme – Wp-ecommerce also gives you one-page checkout, multiple currency support, a sales overview, and RSS feeds. WP-ecommerce is among the oldest e-commerce plugins in the ecosystem, and its support for immense customizability definitely gives it an edge over the others.
If you’re a WordPress business customer, WordPress is now letting you connect your online store with your sites, allowing you to sell your products directly.
Payment Gateways: Manual Payment (checks/money orders), PayPal Payments Standard, PayPal Payments Pro, PayPal Express Checkout, Google Wallet (Level 2), Chronopay and more.
Available with Gold cart: PayPal Payflow Pro, Authorize.net, FirstData/LinkPoint, eWay Payment, iDEAL, BluePay, DPS, Paystation, SagePay.
Download link: http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-e-commerce/
Wp-ecommerce link: http://getshopped.org/
While each plugin may offer its own set of payment gateways, this need not be a hindrance to most people. An experienced WordPress developer can help you integrate any kind of payment gateway into your site. No issues there.
If you’ve used any of the above mentioned WordPress eCommerce plugins, let us know in the comments section below!