With more and more people relying on the Internet to buy things, there is a considerable boom in e-commerce ventures. With big names such as Amazon and eBay already doing great business, the internet has evolved to become a great platform for product and business exposure. With the help of WordPress and various plugins available, you can create an e-commerce site for your business quite easily.
The following are some of the best (free) WordPress plugins for an e-commerce site.
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Cart66 lite is an e-commerce plugin for your WordPress blog. Unlike other e-commerce plugins, it is quite light yet powerful. You can easily sell digital as well as physical products with it. With multiple shipping and currency options, it can also help you can give your business an international edge. You can easily place ads in any page and also use affiliate marketing for more profit.
eShop is an easily accessible WordPress plugin. It has simple controls and provides various methods for listing products. Adding products and customizing settings is easy on eshop. Also it has a simple interface for quick browsing and purchase. It also provides multiple merchant payment gateways, statistics for purchase, multiple shipping options (including by weight) etc.
Jigoshop WordPress e-commerce Plugin
Jigoshop provides many features which are essential to host an e-commerce website. It will take only minutes to create your full-fledged online shop with various Jigoshop products and services. You can group your products and provide various attributes for your products, (like S, M, L sizes for clothing) to help your visitors easily refine the items as per their needs.
The Woocommerce plugin comes from the developers of the famous Woothemes. This Woocommerce plugin promises to provide powerful e-commerce facilities as well as elegance. It provides a whole lot of features including a dashboard widget so that you can easily check the progress of your online businesses. It is highly customizable and comes with multiple payment options including Paypal, Cheque, Cash on delivery and many more options. Also you can add multiple extensions to the plugin from a wide range of Woocommerce extensions.
WP e-Commerce Plugin
With over 1.5 million downloads, WP e-commerce is the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin in the market now. It is easy to install and can be easily used with any WordPress theme. It provides a wide range of payment options including Manual (cheques), PayPal etc. It is highly customizable and you can easily change the look and modify the templates to your convenience.
Quick Shop Plugin
Quick Shop adds a sidebar which displays the visitor’s shopping cart along the page. Quick Shop supports built-in Paypal and Email functionality. It also provides the option to add products to your pages with a TinyMCE button. Visitors can also remove any item from their shopping cart.
YAK shopping cart Plugin
The YAK shopping cart plugin associates your products with weblog entries and hence your post ID becomes your product code. You can easily categorize the products and configure settings for the shopping cart. It provides custom payment options like cheques, credit cards, paypal and various other payment gateways. You can configure the shipping option based on weight or a flat rate.
Editor’s note: This post is written by Divya Rawat for Hongkiat.com. Divya is a part time blogger and content writer for SEO firm Inetzeal.com.