10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website

Posted on January 14, 2017 by in Resources | 27 comments

10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website

Choosing a shopping cart plugin for your WordPress website is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make. After all, a faulty or poorly designed plugin that delivers a subpar user experience will chase users away. The effect on your bottom line doesn’t bear thinking about.

Fortunately, contemporary cart plugins are more than simply a passive way for customers to hold products while making their final purchasing decisions – modern solutions boast sophisticated, polished features. In this post, we’ve selected ten top shopping cart plugins that all seamlessly integrate with your WordPress site.

If you’re ready to take a look with us, let’s get started!

What to Look For in a Shopping Cart Plugin

WordPress shopping cart plugins are simply a way to enable the sale products through your WordPress website. While the exact features you need are going to be based on your own requirements, there are a few ever-present features that matter:

  1. A slick, easy-to-use interface.
  2. Top-flight support for many of the top payment gateways (such as Stripe and PayPal).
  3. Suitable customization options.
  4. Compatibility with your chosen theme.

Payment gateway support can’t be stressed enough. You’ll want to ensure that your plugin choice supports as many payment gateways as possible, without compromising on features.

As for compatibility and customization, you’ll want a suitable theme that can offer flexibility and power. Divi includes the Shop module out of the box, which offers integration with WooCommerce. In addition, the theme also comes bundled with the Divi Builder – an intuitive front end editor that can help make your website stand out.

10 of the Best Shopping Cart Plugins for Your WordPress Website

Before we take a look at our list, you’ll notice that some popular choices are missing. This is down to the criteria we’ve used to make our selections – some plugins simply couldn’t meet our standards when it came to reviews or ratings, while others hadn’t been updated in a while. What’s left is our pick of ten of the best shopping cart plugins for WordPress. Let’s take a look!

1. WooCommerce

The WooCommerce plugin.

First on the list is our recommended e-commerce plugin, WooCommerce. It enables the sale of digital and physical goods, and shoppers are offered the option of instant downloads. The sale of affiliate goods from online marketplaces is also supported. Flat rate and free shipping options are provided, as is the option to create real-time payment calculations.

In addition, WooCommerce also offers a number of free and premium extensions to enhance both yours and your customer’s experience through features such as recurring subscriptions, memberships, bookings systems, and more.

Key Features:

  • Enables you to sell both digital and physical goods.
  • Offers a number of free and premium extensions to enhance WooCommerce’s functionality.
  • Offers the option for global shipping.
  • Supports bank transfers, cash on delivery, and PayPal.

Price: FREE | More Information

2. eCommerce Shopping Cart

The WP Easy Cart plugin.

eCommerce Shopping Cart is a streamlined shopping cart plugin that slickly integrates with your WordPress website. It’s similar to WooCommerce in that it lets you sell both digital and physical products, along with gift cards.

There are a number of payment options available, and the plugin includes several in-built marketing and promotional tools – such as offering coupons. What’s more, eCommerce Shopping Cart includes baked in analytics and social sharing options for each item.

Although the plugin is free to download, you’ll need to purchase a license, which starts at $50 per site.

Key Features:

  • Supports almost all of the most popular payment services.
  • Offers tiered pricing, B2B pricing, featured products, and more.
  • Supports global shipping.
  • Includes marketing and coupon tools.
  • Integrates c-commerce conversion tracking.
  • Offers social sharing options.

Price: From $50 | More Information

3. Cart66

Cart66 WordPress Plugin

Cart66 stands as perhaps the most secure e-commerce WordPress option available – for a start, it helps to ensure online stores are PCI compliant. It supports both digital and physical products, and enables customers to create accounts when purchasing items.

Cart66 also includes a recurring billing engine that plays nicely with its 102 supported payment gateways, and enables you to include taxes and discounts at checkout.

Cart66 offers a 14-day free trial, but after that, the plugin starts at $9.99 a month.

Key Features:

  • Enables customers to create accounts, including storing credit card information and order history.
  • Offers a built-in email center that keeps you in touch with your existing customers.
  • Includes a recurring billing engine.
  • Supports over 100 payment gateways.
  • Offers incredible security and support, including PCI compliance.

Price: From $9.99 per month | More Information

4. Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping Cart

The Ecwid plugin.

Ecwid Ecommerce Shopping Cart is relied upon by over a million sellers worldwide.  It’s an e-commerce solution with support for more than 40 payment options, and 45 different languages.

This plugin stores your data entirely in the cloud, with unlimited storage, automatic upgrades, and backups. It also offers mobile iOS and Android apps free of charge, which enables you to turn your device into a Point Of Sale (POS) station.

Key Features:

  • Enables you to store your data in the cloud.
  • Offers iOS and Android apps free of charge.
  • Includes support for Facebook.
  • Provides a secure HTTPS checkout, and more than 40 payment options.

Price: From FREE | More Information

5. PayPal Shopping Cart

The PayPal Shopping Cart plugin.

PayPal Shopping Cart is an e-commerce solution that lets you place PayPal branded Add to Cart and View Cart buttons anywhere on your website. Payments are (of course) handled by PayPal via credit or debit card.

While the plugin is free, transaction fees will apply. There’s also a PayPal Pro offering that extends the functionality of the plugin, and enables some basic customization of the buttons, along with more options for setting taxes and discounts.

Key Features:

  • Offers a quick cart button creation feature based on your item’s details.
  • Supports 25 currencies and 18 languages.
  • Includes two button styles, and a choice of shop and payment URLs,

Price: FREE | More Information

6. WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

The WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart plugin.

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart does what it says on the tin – it offers a simple, minimalist shopping cart for your site. The plugin integrates seamlessly into any page, post, or sidebar of your WordPress site. Like some of the other choices in this list, it enables you to sell both physical and digital products including audio files, PDFs, photos, videos, and more.

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart is free, but transaction fees do apply.

Key Features:

  • Enables you to whip up an Add to Cart button with a variety of shopping and pricing options at your disposal.
  • Lets you sell a wide range of media types, along with physical goods.
  • Offers a minimalist approach. It’s light on code, helping to keep loading times to a minimum.

Price: FREE | More Information

7. Ecommerce WD

The eCommerce Shopping Cart plugin.

Ecommerce WD provides a user-friendly setup, paired with some advanced functionality including smart sorting, filtering, and searching of products. It works with PayPal out of the box, and enables you to set tax and shipping to groups of items, rather than on a product-by-product basis. It also offers a guest checkout feature, and social media integration for your products.

Ecommerce WD has a free tier, with premium versions offering additional theme support and other perks.

Key Features:

  • Enables users to create an unlimited quantity of categories and products.
  • Lets you find information via a sophisticated search feature.
  • Enables you to create tax types and shipping methods by group rather than by product.
  • Offers template customization and social network integration.
  • Includes guest checkout functionality.

Price: From FREE | More Information

8. Selz eCommerce Shopping Cart

The Selz plugin.

Selz eCommerce Shopping Cart is suited to the non-coders, and integrates with almost every WordPress theme. It’s a robust, full-featured shopping cart solution for the sale of physical products, services, and digital downloads.

The plugin provides secure download links for all digital items sold, and your store’s functionality can be bolstered via a variety of free and premium apps including PayPal support and MailChimp integration.

Finally, Selz eCommerce Shopping Cart is free, although transaction fees apply – and you only pay when you make a sale.

Key Features:

  • Offers secure download options for digital goods.
  • Supports delivery options for physical product sales.
  • Provides an app store to help enhance your store’s functionality.
  • Supports one-click selling and sharing for Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.
  • Includes a Facebook-specific store template.

Price: FREE | More Information

9. Easy Digital Downloads

The Easy Digital Downloads plugin.

Easy Digital Downloads is an e-commerce plugin solution aimed at – you guessed it – digital downloads only. The mantra of the plugin is to simply offer everything you need and nothing you don’t. It’s minimalism at its finest!

Amazon, PayPal, and test payments are supported right off the bat, and there are numerous premium extensions to help enhance your store further. Finally, Easy Digital Downloads is entirely free – meaning no transaction fees apply to your sales.

Key Features:

  • Includes a test payment feature.
  • Offers users their full purchase history, along with the ability to re-download files.
  • Enables you to set variable prices and multiple price options for each product.
  • Offers CSV and PDF data export options.
  • Includes a robust promotional code system.
  • Lets you offer customizable purchase receipts.

Price: FREE | More Information

10. Jigoshop

The Jigoshop plugin.

Finally, we have Jigoshop. This is a dynamic e-commerce solution, which positions itself as a powerful alternative to WooCommerce. The plugin enables a high level of user control, and the sizable development team regularly cranks out updates and fresh features.

Like WooCommerce, Jigoshop has a large number of extensions to help enhance your store. The plugin itself is free, although some extensions have a cost attached.

Key Features:

  • Lets you sell both digital and physical products.
  • Includes functionality to group your products.
  • Offers affiliate product support.
  • Enables stock management and advanced reporting.
  • Offers over 100 extensions, with more available each month.

Price: FREE | More Information

Conclusion

With so much to lose by choosing the wrong shopping cart plugin, selecting from the myriad of choices available can seem like a daunting exercise, especially when so much of your e-commerce success depends on you choosing the right one.

The ten shopping cart plugins we’ve listed above all provide the basic features you’ll need to get up and running, but each also has their own unique features. If you take the time to investigate the functionality of each solution, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your particular e-commerce needs.

Do you use any of these shopping cart plugins, and if so, how are they working out for you? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to subscribe to the comments so you don’t miss out on the conversation!

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27 Comments

  1. Please i wanna know how effective coult these plugins be for a very new blog

    • Greg. The age of a blog/website has little to do with it. The biggest issue is the number of visitors.

      After that, you’ll need to have a product or service that people want, and are willing to buy from your site.

      • John Hughes

        What Fox said. 🙂

  2. 5 Thumbs up. Perfect timing, thanks!

  3. Jigoshop is a good plugin. I just wish it has integration support for Payu.

  4. I am using the Divi theme with the Woocommerce, and it works perfectly 😀

  5. While WooCommers is the most popular plugin in this list, sometimes people want a simple solution that requires less time setting up and easier to use. I see some plugins at the bottom if the list look very interesting to try. Thanks for sharing!

    • John Hughes

      No problem, Anh!

  6. I would love to know which eCommerce site might be best for me? Needs to support: customers paying for remote sessions with me and then either providing or integrating with my Gets Response autoresponder info to allow customers to book a session after purchase, selling digital downloads, selling courses (multiple digital downloads), recurring membership billing, coupon code flexibility for variable pricing from different campaigns, multiple payment options (due to international customers), with the lowest transaction fees for that type of business. I am a medical intuitive, with website under construction. Any help would be appreciated!

  7. Can you clarify what you mean when you say: “The sale of affiliate goods from online marketplaces is also supported.” when discussing Woocommerce?

    • Christine. It means you could use it to link to your products on an existing marketplace such as amazon, ebay or etsy.

      (Or other products using an affiliate link that generates you a commission for each sale)

      You would put in the product details, descriptions and photos. The visitors would see all of the products on your site, but instead of adding them to a shopping cart, they click a link that takes them to amazon to make the purchase.

      This does usually mean that they only buy 1 item at a time.

      A small section & video explains this at https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/managing-products/#section-15

    • Affiliate goods refers to reseller arrangements. For example, my web host pays me a set fee when someone orders hosting from them via a link on my site. That makes me the affiliate. Woocommerce let’s you manage your own affiliate relationships. There lots of info on their site.

    • John Hughes

      Hello Christine, WooCommerce also supports solutions such as AffiliateWP and Affiliate Pro. 🙂

  8. Future post suggestion; easy ways to customize WooCommerce, Cart, Checkout and Login pages without coding. Wherever I look I can’t find an easy way, e.g. plugin. Thanks

  9. I’m having a blast with woocommerce! Out of the box, it’ll have you selling online in hours. One of my sites is built with Divi. It sells a monthly subscription service. For a couple of years, we managed all the sales (9-5) over the phone with payments handled by invoice and bank transfer Yuck!

    Over the New Year Weekend, I added Woocommerce and the free Stripe (payment gateway). The day after going live, it took 6 orders! I didn’t have to do anything. No manual invoicing, no emails back and forth and no telephone conversations.

    Here’s the best bit. The sales took place ‘Out of Office’ hours! These are sales we would not even know we had missed out on.

    I also built a physical product store for an artist, again using woocommerce.

    NOTE: Woocommerce works well with Divi and it’s FREE. You can sell Physical Goods, Virtual Services and Downloads easily enough, but to get woocommerce to do some advanced things you will need to purchase extensions from Woocommerce.

    Example: The shipping extensions for physical goods are brilliant. These work out the shipping costs and are available for all of the major parcel shipping companies, but typically cost $79 ($39 annual renewal).

    It’s quite easy to find yourselves spending $79 – $300 to get it to do absolutely everything you want it to do.

    The ‘Woocommerce Subscription’ we use on teamsocial.co.uk cost $299 but paid for itself in 5 days.

    Finally a note for developers/designers. The extension costs quoted above are for a single you license. The good new is that for $20 more you get 5 licenses! Spreading your cost across multiple clients. Nice one.

  10. Awsome post! Thank you!

    • John Hughes

      Thanks, Fernanda. 🙂

  11. Great collection. But I use WooCommerce for my website. Its simple and best.

    • John Hughes

      Hopefully we’ve shown you that WooCommerce isn’t the only game in town, but it’s a very good one indeed. 😀

  12. Some of plugins I have heard first time in the list, But I would always prefer to go with WooCommerce. Its is famous and easy to use. Thanks

    • John Hughes

      Indeed – and it’s supported within Divi!

  13. Thanks for this perfectly timed blog topic. I’ve got a new client who is using Shopify with her website (which was built using Muse). I’d like to convert her to a WordPress site from the Elegant Themes suite, but can’t determine if Shopify will seamlessly connect with the template. Can you tell me? Thanks.

    • John Hughes

      While you could try the Shopify plugin, Divi is built with WooCommerce i mind, so making that switch would potentially make your lives easier. 🙂

  14. I’ve used WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart and am very happy with it. For me I was looking for simple and free, and it delivers both.

    I have consider ecwid but right now I don’t have a need for a larger option.

    Thanks for the list and review.

    ernie

  15. I have always preferred WooCommerce and the fact that it’s easily usable with Divi and other WordPress themes makes it the best choice!

  16. Any thoughts on WP Easycart? It’s a major player now, but is rarely mentioned. I like that multiple gateways are supported for life.

    Are there any notable pros or cons? Is it hard to integrate with ET/div? Lastly, how does it compare WooCommerce?

    • John Hughes

      Hi, Lucas. WP Easycart isn’t as comprehensive as WooCommerce, nor are there are as many add-ons and extensions for it. Still, it’s a solid choice with a lot of options, and it integrates easily with most themes.

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