We’ve heard it all before, WordPress is an incredible piece of blogging software. Heck, it may even be a decent CMS. But If I need to run a business and sell products then I just have to look elsewhere. Wrong! WordPress is an incredible CMS that boasts one of the most vibrant communities of developers and designers in the world. Please believe me when I tell you, WordPress has the what it takes to power your eCommerce website into sales nirvana!
While other CMS like Magento and OpenCart absolutly have their benefits, and if your only goal is to run a shop, then they just might be exactly what you need. By using these incredible plugins, you can harness the publishing power of WordPress and couple it with incredible sales tools that will take your business to the next level.
Jigoshop boasts that users of its plugin will be able to “set up shop in minutes”, and you know what…? They are exactly right. Jigoshop offers an elegant solution for any WordPress site owner to begin selling products quickly. It doesn’t matter if you are selling t-shirts or the latest edition of your digital book; Jigoshop is a simple solution for anyone.
If you simply need to sell digital goods, I have just the plugin for you. Easy Digital Downloads by Pippin Williamson makes selling digital goods easy. Providing a cart system to purchase multiple goods at once, Customizable purchase receipts and more, Easy Digital Downloads could power any digital store.
WooCommerce is the new kid on the block but not as new as you might think. The very smart guys and gals at WooThemes made the decision to fork the Jigoshop eCommerce plugin and make it all their own. Featuring some impressive and innovative features, WooCommmerce has quickly become the go-to eCommerce solution for a wide swath of web designers. Users are able to easily integrate the plugin into an existing theme and reap the benefits immediately.
MarketPress? Hey We know those guys! MarketPress is a high quality eCommerce plugin created by the WordPress ninjas at WPMUdev. Touted as the “easiest to use, best designed and most powerful ecommerce / shopping cart plugin available for WordPress today,” MarketPress certainly lives up to its reputation. What’s better? MarketPress is 100% ready to integrate into your Multisite network or Buddypress community.
Need to simply accept a few donations without all of the muss and fuss of a full commerce solution? No problem, the PayPal donations plugin will allow you to place an elegant widget or simply use a shortcode to add a donation button directly to your page.
Ecwid is a free full-featured shopping cart and an e-commerce solution that can easily be added to any blog or Facebook profile. It offers the performance and flexibility you need, with none of the hassles you don’t. Incredible AJAX effects provide for an easy user experience that makes setting up your cart a snap!
Cart66, formally PHPurchase, is a cart ecosystem for WordPress that offers a deep featureset, beautiful themes and a few other really neat features. “Not only can you sell physical products, digital products, and services, Cart66 will also turn your WordPress site into a membership website allowing you to sell subscription access to your content.”
The core needs of the common website owner are rapidly changing every day. WordPress already powers over 54 million sites worldwide. What does this mean for you? Designers and developers are flocking to WordPress by the truckload. Using incredible eCommerce solutions like those listed above can provide for a well-known and tested environment for web creators to craft awesome sites.