The following are just a few of the more popular eCommerce systems out there, and new ones are popping up all the time, particularly as the WordPress community continues to expand. As you can see, the ability to sell products on a WordPress site has come a very long way. With all of the amazing plugins and frameworks that have been developed in this space, eCommerce on WordPress certainly deserves real consideration for any new online store project.
Just last month, WooThemes released its ecommerce framework, WooCommerce. This is arguably one of the most comprehensive shopping cart solutions available for WordPress. It originated as a fork of the popular Jigoshop plugin, and offers a host powerful features including multiple product types (simple, configurable, downloadable, etc.), inventory management, comprehensive shipping and tax options, marketing tools and powerful reporting features. The admin user experience is powerful yet easy to use. Like everything from Woo, it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
Cart66 is a plugin for WordPress that offers all of the common ecommerce functionality we’ve come to expect, including product configurations, shipping and tax options, and inventory tracking, among a long list of other features.
The thing that sets Cart66 apart from its competitors is its focus on premium membership subscriptions (recurring billing) and selling both digital and physical products. This is a good choice if you’re selling premium web content on a recurring basis, or mailing magazine subscriptions or the like.
The fully functional Cart66 plugin can be licensed for for $89-$399. A “lite” version with limited functionality is also available as a free download.
Then there’s Shopp, another ecommerce plugin for WordPress. This one has been available for quite some time, so you know it’s been developed and improved quite a bit over its lifespan. What stands out about Shopp is its simplicity of design customization.
Shopp is licensed as a core framework ($55 – $299, depending on the number of sites you wish to use it on). Like WooCommerce, Shopp offers additional functionality as premium add-ons, most of which are $25. These include multiple payment gateways and shipping services integrations among other things.
One interesting upgrade available for Shopp are the “Priority Support Calls.” This is an interesting offer since almost all WordPress products go with a typical support forum with a day or two response time. These paid add-ons ($49-$199) give store owners faster response times when they’re in need.
WP E-Commerce :
Also known as GetShopped.org, this long-time ecommerce solution for WordPress takes a simpler approach to selling products on your WordPress site. Again, this one gives you most of the common ecommerce functionality, plus a few stand-out features like its ability to work with WordPress multisite “out of the box.” This one is also highly SEO optimized, though to be fair, all of these solutions are.
Like some of the other solutions, the core version of the WP E-Commerce plugin is available as a free download. Additional features can be purchased as premium extensions. Plus, there is a “Gold Cart” package available, which combines several enhancements such as live product search, some payment gateways and shipping integrations, among other benefits.