WordPress is hosting more and more websites every day. It accounts for 18.9% of all self-hosted websites and 37 million blogs on its free platform. It has proven to be the most popular platform for business websites. Naturally, with numbers like these and with WordPress’s many benefits proven through the years by business owners, ecommerce businesses also use this platform as it is familiar and convenient for building their site. With new plugins being constantly developed, WordPress is now the go-to solution for ecommerce sites.
Whether you are thinking about starting your ecommerce business or simply want to move your existing one to WordPress, here are a few of the most popular ecommerce plugins that you should consider using.
WooCommerce is definitely the most popular ecommerce plugin currently available and for good reason. This plugin helps you sell anything, integrates with WordPress and gives the store owner complete control. It allows developers to modify the code depending on their needs. Not only does it allow you to sell anything anywhere but also helps you organize shipping for your products, accepts all major credit cards, PayPal and bank transfers and its strong, robust framework allows you to scale your store from basic to high-end. Plus, these days there are over 300 extensions available that let you enhance the plugin’s features according to your specific needs.
The best thing about a plugin with so much potential? It is FREE. You need only pay for the extensions necessary for your business.
2. Easy Digital Downloads (EDD)
EDD provides the easiest way to sell digital products with WordPress.
This plugin includes features such as: cart system for purchasing multiple downloads at once, promotional code system, multiple payment gateways, complete payment history, bundle products, detailed purchase logs and it is developer friendly.
Its functionality can be increased by adding some of the available extensions. For example, the MailChimp extension will help you grow your mailing list while making you money at the same time.
An added bonus is the fact that this plugin is available in more than two dozen languages.
3. WP eCommerce
WP eCommerce is another free and powerful plugin that allows you to sell anything online, quickly and easily. You can customize this plugin with CSS and HTML, integrate it with different payment gateways and other WordPress plugins and checkout securely with SSL.