WooCommerce allows you to set up an eCommerce store on your WordPress website for free. However, you have to pay if you want to add extra features, such as table rate shipping, UPS and USPS shipping methods or Product CSV Import for importing all of your products onto your store more easily and efficiently. That said, however, it still has quite a few features in its free version: several tax and shipping options, search engine optimization, monthly reports per category or per product and coupon campaigns among others.
WP e-Commmerce is one of the most popular free WordPress e-Commerce plugins. By adding this Shopping Cart Plugin to your WordPress website, your customers will be able to buy whatever you sell: products, services and digital downloads, easily and online. For a free plugin, it has quite a few useful features. It works with any standards compliant WordPress theme, it’s very easy to set up and it works with multiple payment gateways, such as: manual (by check or money orders), PayPal (Standard, Pro, Payflow Pro and Checkout), Google Wallet, and many others, and you can also set up your own custom payment gateway if you wish to do so. When it comes to shipping options, they are just as extensive: it integrates with UPS, USPS, Australia Post and Shipwire for real-time shipping rates, it has built-in shipping rate calculators, it can calculate both domestic and global shipping rates and it has three types of shipping rates – flat, table or weight rate.
MarketPress e-Commerce is a paid WordPress plugin, however it is very cheap ($19) and works beautifully – definitely worth the money. It works with any WordPress theme and it offers multiple payment gateways, such as PayPal, Google checkout, Authorize.net AIM and others. The plugin also offers coupons, Google Analytics for reporting, unlimited product variations, and it works with all major currencies. And if you have been using WP e-Commerce until now and want to change your e-Commerce plugin, MarketPress has a built-in complete importer that allows you to import your WP e-commerce store into MarketPress.
You can easily install the Ecwid Shopping Cart on your WordPress website in less than 5 minutes. What’s special about Ecwid, is that you can also add it to your Facebook profile and other social networks and set up an e-Commerce store there as well. Another interesting feature is that it allows you to add your store to multiple sites, and you can easily manage it from one place. Ecwid also integrates with your website to preserve your design, no programming needed on your part.
Ready! E-Commerce Shopping Cart is one of the best of the bunch. It’s ready to work out of the box, and very easy to use. It works with a multitude of payment gates, such as PayPal, Google Wallet, Authorize.net SIM/AIM, pay on delivery, manual payment and many others. There are flat rate and table rate shipping options, as well as FedEx, UPS and USPS shipping extensions. It also accepts sales, gifts and coupons, it has a step-by-step checkout process and you can add the Shopping Cart as a widget or as a single page.
Cart66 is a little pricier than the previous plugins, at $25 per month or $199 per year, but everything is included in the price. You can use Cart66 for selling and shipping physical products using over 50 payment gateways. It also has built-in recurring billing and built-in membership tools, a secure vault where you can store customer data and CDN for hosting and delivering digital products. It can be integrated with MailChimp, Google and Affiliate apps and it allows you to put “buy now” buttons on Facebook, Twitter and email, among others. They also claim to be able to keep all of your sensitive data safe in “your own slice of the ultra secure (Cart66) cloud”, as WordPress sites often get hacked.
What is your favorite e-Commerce platform for WordPress? Please let us know in your comments!
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