If you’re an existing online business or an aspiring entrepreneur you’ve probably heard of e-commerce. E-commerce is all over the internet. Whenever you buy something online, you’re engaging in an e-commerce transaction.
Some websites make this process more fluid and straightforward for the user and others, not so much. WordPress is a platform that makes e-commerce easy. Through WordPress you have access to thousands of plugins, and among these is a multitude of plugins to help you with e-commerce on your site.
Now, depending on your needs, some of the following plugins might be better suited for your store. Some plugins are optimized for selling physical goods whilst others are better for selling digital goods. Below are 5 of the best plugins for e-commerce on WordPress, with some specialised for certain functions.
Not only is WooCommerce the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress, but it is also the plugin powering over a fifth of the top million websites using e-commerce technologies. Because it owned by the same company as WordPress, there is an abundance of add-ons and plugins that allow you to customize and tweak the way your e-commerce works and looks. It is not the cheapest of plugins, but definitely earns its worth as an all in one e-commerce tool. There is a big community behind WooCommerce and with this, big support networks available to help you out.
Easy Digital Downloads (EDD)
Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) as the name suggests, is an e-commerce plugin for WordPress that focuses on digital sales. From e-books, images, pdf files and tickets, Easy Digital Downloads is the optimal choice for your digital trading needs. WooCommerce does offer support for selling digital products, however, EDD makes this field their primary focus and provides all the tools necessary to manage this efficiently. This is also an affordable option for beginners as the core plugin is completely free. If you want to take things further with you e-commerce, you can opt for the yearly subscription.
Developers and beginners alike, Jigoshop is a plugin that is definitely worth checking out. Jigoshop is an e-commerce tool that is less complex than WooCommerce and allows you to layout and style your website with ease. On the other hand, it is also open source. This means that for more experienced web developers, you’ll be able to get into the coding of the plugin and really take customization to the next level. Jigoshop is not as popular as some of its counterparts and for this reason, the plugin is able to offer a more affordable service. Nonetheless, Jigoshop still offers its users a fast and reliable plugin fitted with all their e-commerce needs.
BigCommerce is an established e-commerce company and one of the biggest in the world. The company provides its own hosting and content management system and until recently, has not been compatible with WordPress. BigCommerce has now partnered up with WordPress and offers a plugin that seamlessly blends commerce experiences with WordPress’ sleek content management system. The plugin was designed in conjunction with WordPress experts and designed for the WordPress user, so you can expect smooth functionality between the pair.
WP EasyCart Shopping Cart
This last plugin is a great option for small business owners who want an online store but don’t want to spend an extensive amount of time learning how to use it. This plugin comes with all the e-commerce tools you need such as live shipping calculators and support for unlimited listings. On top of that you can sell both physical and digital goods and even ask for donations. There are several extensions that you can add-on to make your e-commerce an even simpler task, although this is where you will incur a cost. This cost is still cheaper than most charge for extensions and ideal for small businesses.
Depending on your business you might need to use 1-2 of the above on your site. We can work with all of these and many more if required.
If you would like to know more about how we create e-commerce sites, or have a chat about designing a new e-commerce function for your current website, let us know! Call us on 1300 877 503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org