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5 Essential Ecommerce Plugins for WordPress

Setting up a website for selling your products is easy now.  You can change the color and size variations of your product and set it up for online sale. What’s more is that, there is absolutely no need to obtain a custom based software to get your outlook customized. Thanks to WordPress, that selling has reached the next big level.


5 Minutes to Get Away With the Best Online Store

WordPress provides the gateway to a large number of websites and online storefronts.  Getting online store can be quick and easy. All you need to do is just install WordPress (which hardly takes 5 minutes to install) and a good ecommerce plug-in.


Plug-In With the Best

If you do not have the right plug-in, things might get tough while setting up your online store. It is indeed a difficult hurdle to surpass.  A wise decision would be, to make a list of the important requirements you need to have for your business. Pay attention to all the minute details.  The number of products you are going to put up depends on – whether it will be 10 or 100 products or whether you want promotional features for your product (promotional codes and coupons).

While you have a list of all the important business needs, look at some of the popular e commerce plug-ins that has scaled up the popular chart list.


1.  WP e–Commerce

This is the first Word Press ecommerce plug-in. For the past five years, WP e-commerce has remained one of the popular choices with over 2.5 million downloads and a large collection of themes on ThemeForest and its own website.

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It is rated to be the most polarized with multiple star reviews than any other plugins. The best thing about WP e-Commerce is that its standard feature includes multi tier pricing made for quantity discounts.


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2.  WooCommerce

WooCommerce runs second in the line when it comes to the number of download made per year.  WooThemes created this feature rich plugin. You can avail it free and there are other free themes specifically designed for the store plugin integration.

WooCommerce will work on any themes, although WooTheme provides you with a purchasing theme and plugin to get a premium support.  The maximum number of themes and plugins are directly made available from WooThemes and other sites like ThemeForest and CanyonCode.


If you have simple products to sell and you do not require a customized theme, then WooCommerce is the ideal plugin to work with.  However, with premium plug-ins, the cost can scale upwards.

Good amount of development is needed to create pages for custom products. This is a downslide feature of WooCommerce. However, they provide a good availability of interesting features like offer coupons to help them promote on social networking sites.


3.  PayPal

This plug-in is the simplest one developed by Tips and Tricks HQ. This is fast and is a simple way to start receiving payments through credit cards, once you open a PayPal account.  It takes only a slight cut for every transaction.  What is good regarding PayPal is that everyone is familiar with it.

With PayPal, you can freely transfer the money to bank accounts, obtain a debit card; which will take from the PayPal balance and spend the money earned with other PayPal merchants.



PayPal was originally developed to automatically deliver purchased digital files to customers.  Physical products are also sold through PayPal.  You can get hold of a particular customer’s shipping information during a checkout here.

The PayPal button can be used to provide a particular URL on your website.  This is to verify and to process the transaction, thus providing customers with digital downloadable product.  Doing this requires skills like bug testing, programming knowledge, etc. However, if you do not have that knowledge, no need to worry since the software eradicates all those problems and makes it available free.


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4.  Jigoshop

This is considered the predecessor of WooCommerce.  Jigoshop has one of the largest ratings one can find on

You may find only a small selection of themes and plugins on sites like ThemeForest and CodeCanyon. However, large number of premium themes can be found on sale from Jigoshop’s website.


5.  Cart66 Lite

You may find that the number of downloads made per year is small. However, it is a good option to consider if you are looking for something simple for your business to start. This is available only on the page.

Advanced integration system like Gravity Forms and other additional gateways require the professional version of Cart66 Lite, which is of course a paid one.


Time To Start

Having read some of the best plug-in options, it is now time for you to decide which plug-in would be best for your business.  There are other plug-ins, which might turn up suitable. You have to do a little bit of research for that. Once you are done with that, start building up your online store. Best of Luck!


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  1. Hi Nisha,

    WordPress directory is full of plugins but it’s hard to choose plugins which can work great for you.

    The list you have summed up is really helpful for man bloggers to use.

    PayPal is an intermediate source to transfer money from ad companies to bloggers.
    It’s an amazing plugin to be used by WordPress users.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your day.:)


  2. Hi Ravi,

    Yes, you are right. There are lots of plugins and hard to choose the better one.

    I am glad that you liked the list. Paypal has used by several blog/website owners. It is really very helpful.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Hello Nisha,

    Since I didn’t know anything about these plugins, except Paypal, I found this article very informative. And if you don’t mind I wanted to add another one in my opinion very important plugin it’s Amazon’s.

    Thanks, Tomas.

  4. Great article. Thanks for sharing the information

  5. Hello Tomas,

    Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by here.

    Yes Tomas, paypal is amazing. i am agree with you that i forgot to add amazon here. I will add it on my another post for sure.

    Thanks again for coming by. keep visiting.

    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Thanks Jennifer for stopping by.

  7. Hi Nisha,

    Thank you for introducing me to these great plugins. I didn’t know they existed. The only one I’m familiar with is Paypal which I use all the time.

    This has given me so much food for thought!


  8. I’m not affiliated with EDD, but would love to see it in the list. Another eCommerce plugin I highly recommend.

  9. Hi Donna,

    Thanks for your kind words. Paypal plugin has amazing feature and used by several people.

    Have a wonderful day ahead!

  10. Hi Rudd,

    Thanks for stopping by. I will add more such plugins next time.


  11. When it comes to business, you ought to be all out if you want a triumphant journey. In ecommerce, when you use WordPress, plug-ins are known, it adds flare to your site and of course useful.

    PayPal is IMPORTANT. Shopping without PayPal is like “Whaaaaat? Seriously?” it’s easier for customers around the globe to use PayPal in my opinion, so I think it’s wise to install this plug-in.

    To wrap it up, the list you put forward are all awesome and they have different things to offer. We can choose one or two, depending on our needs. It’s a great roundup of plug-ins, John. Useful and informative!

  12. Hi

    Thank you for sharing very useful WP plugins, I have used some of from the list which you have mentioned but some of are new for me.. let’s try to work on it..

    Keep sharing.

    Thank you

  13. Hi John,
    I am all for WooCommerce. I have seen it used successfully. I also admire the simplicity of adding images and carts. At a point in time I tried it and it worked great. For the rest of the plugins, I guess they work effectively. Sure, it would be wise to test each and compare with what I am used to 😀
    Thanks for the list!

    I left the above comment in where I found this post.

  14. I will Nisha 😉

    Quick idea.
    Could you make a post about in these days acceptable backlinks by Google?
    They’re saying, you CANNOT comment blogs anymore, it’s to spammy, you cannot guest blogging, profiles… etc., etc., etc.

    What you think about that? How to make white hat backlinks in these days? Because in any event millions of websites from all over the world gets about 55% traffic from Google! From social media only 5%!! Absurd.

    Thanks, Tomas

  15. Hi Tomas,

    Yes sure, I will do this.

    I am not agree with you. Blog comments and guest blogging is a natural way to create backlink.

    We can make white hat backlinks through blogs, forums and though guest postings. I will soon publish an article about this.

    Hope this will be helpful for you.

    keep visiting.

    Have a nice day!

  16. Hello Metz,

    Welcome to my blog.

    Thanks for your kind words. This is a guest post submitted by John at my blog.

    I am agree with your point. Paypal is really great source to pay and get money by other countries. It is easy to use and popular around the globe.

    There are large no. of wordpress plugins. That we have to use according to our needs. but, paypal is a must use plugin for ecommerce websites.

    Thanks again for stopping by.

    Have a great day ahead!

  17. Hello John,

    Welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by here.

    I am glad that you liked it. Keep visiting.

    Have a great day!

  18. Hello Sunday,

    Thanks for your kind words. This is a guest post submitted by John at my blog. It sounds good to me that you have good experience with WooCommerce plugin. The all plugins are excellent. You can make a try.

    Have a great day ahead!

  19. Hello Nisha,

    As said Ravi, There is little difficult to choose right plugin for any WordPress site. He is right. Without experience we can not say something about any plug.
    Now I am using WordPress SEO by yoast. Now I can say that this is really great SEO Plugin.

    But you described here great plugin with their feature. Now we can judge easily.

    Thanks for sharing Nisha

    Areesha Noor!

  20. Hi Areesha,

    Yes, you are very true. Without using the particular plugin, we can’t predict which is good one and which is not?

    “WordPress SEO by yoast” is really a nice plugin with best features in free version itself. Most of the bloggers recommend this.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  21. Thank you for sharing this Article…

  22. Hi Nisha

    This are very nice plugins for eCommerce. . . But right now I need few plugins for integrating my product with google maps.

  23. That’s really nice, But don’t you think zencart is better then wordpress for ecommerce ??

  24. Nisha Pandey

    Hello, Gaurav
    you are right that zencart is better WordPress for ecommerce but you can create ecommerce websites on WordPress also as WordPress is easier to use and is much more SEO friendly than zencart
    thanks for your feedback

    Hope to see you around soon..