WordPress Ecommerce: 30+ Resources

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems for blogs, portfolios, and other types of sites, but with the right plugins and/or themes it can also be used for e-commerce. While WordPress is not specifically intended to be used for e-commerce sites, the quality of available plugins and themes has increased in recent years. In this post we’ll feature more than 30 resources and tutorials to help you get started with e-commerce for WordPress.

WordPress E-Commerce Plugins:

WP e-Commerce Pluign (free with premium upgrades available)

WP e-Commerce Pluign

Shopp ($55)

Shopp

Other free e-commerce plugins:

Other premium e-commerce plugins:

WordPress E-Commerce Themes:

ShopperPress ($79)

ShopperPress

Crafty Cart (free)

Crafty Cart

Viroshop ($37)

Viroshop

WPA Storefront ($32)

WPA Storefront

The Furniture Store ($47)

The Furniture Store

The Jewelry Shop ($47)

The Jewelry Shop

The Clothes Shop ($42)

The Clothes Shop

AppCloud ($35)

AppCloud

Kelontong ($35)

Kelontong

Store ($65)

Store

WP Store ($65)

WP Store

e-Commerce ($65)

e-Commerce

Kidz Store ($65)

Kidz Store

eShop ($65)

eShop

wpShop ($37)

wpShop

eGoods ($32)

eGoods

Ecommerce Theme ($79.95)

Ecommerce Theme

Tutorials for Using WordPress for Ecommerce:

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  • Ivy, August 4, 2010

    Thanks for including the Simple PayPal cart and the Affiliate Platform plugin in this nice list.

  • Lee, August 4, 2010

    Thank you for posting a link to http://www.PHPurchase.com If anyone needs any help setting up a WordPress ecommerce site just let me know. Happy to help any way I can. PHPurchase has some great features including the ability to sell recurring payments and subscriptions as well as digital and physical products.

  • Web Designers, August 4, 2010

    Awesome themes for an online store, some really quite cheap for what they offer. Thanks

  • jonny w, August 4, 2010

    A huge thumbs up for the furniture store theme from Sarah Neuber – the amount of work and attention to detail that has gone into this theme is astounding.

    J

  • David the Web Designer, August 4, 2010

    Nice list, really like the furniture store….

  • Sachin, August 5, 2010

    all are good..but wanted to see more on the free side…

    • Vandelay Website Design, August 5, 2010

      Sachin,
      There really aren’t many good options that are free when it comes to ecommerce on WordPress. A good ecommerce theme or plugin is going to take a lot of development time, something that most designers/developers aren’t going to do for free. You’ll get a much better product if you’re willing to spend a small amount of money.

  • Dzinepress, August 5, 2010

    amazing showcase about e-commerce websites based on wordpress open source.

  • The Perimeter Web, August 5, 2010

    Thank you for the list.

    I have tried most the free ones, and YAK for WordPress was the best one for my needs. They have an active community and it seems to be expanding with each update.

  • iphone news reader, August 5, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this, great stuff, I wish we had more free stuff listed there, I’ll give crafty cart a shot. kudo

  • Chiliweb, August 5, 2010

    very nice congratulations !!!

  • Chiliweb, August 5, 2010

    very nice!!!

  • Charles Terry, August 5, 2010

    I just spent the past 5 days download and experimenting with all the different cart programs for WordPress for a clients website I’m working on. WP e-Commerce Plugun is ok, but it’s missing some real simple basic functions, like being able to do custom meta pulls, that really makes it unusable once you realize it’s gone. After I spent the past week downloading, installing, and testing different cart plugins, I can safely say that the best cart program that I found is PHPurchase. It’s not a free plugin, but if you want to save yourself from having to pull your hair out ever five mins like I did with the other programs, they are the best. What makes the software great is that they actually use WordPress’s built in post and page system to help drive the products, so the cart is truly an overlay for WordPress instead of the Products page being driven by the cart program. For instance, with WP e-commerce, your only allowed to have one custom thumbnail image. If you want to use 2 or more images, you have to upgrade to the “Gold” package which I think is incredibly stupid. That and the no way to put in custom meta and being able to do a custom call from the template is extremely frustrating. With PHPurchase, I can create my products as a post, plugin my images, use my Amazon A3 images using custom meta calls, and about 50 thousand other things because they are using WordPress post functions, then just a the Add to Cart button and your good to go. Try it. If you don’t like it, they do have a 60 day refund. I just purchased it a few days ago and my clients website was cart ready in just 24 hours. It also integrates with PayPal Standard, Pro, and Express. Just plug in your info and go.

  • MBO, August 6, 2010

    Thank you very much for that wonderful presentaion. All are good, I did learn alot. Keep it up! :)

  • MBO, August 6, 2010

    Congrats! more more! keep it up!

  • H Miracle, August 7, 2010

    Thanks for the great resources, very timely as Elegant themes is close to releasing his latest shopping theme!

  • Whitney Segura, August 7, 2010

    Awesome, I was just searching for WordPress plugins and themes for eCommerce, when I came upon this great post. This was really helpful, I will let you know how they all turn out, I am going to try each individually and possibly purchase some of the paid tools.

  • Social Media Fanatic, August 9, 2010

    I am familiar with ShopperPress but this is a GREAT resources! Two thumbs up!

  • Suzanne, August 10, 2010

    I have been researching changing my blog from Blogger to Word Press and it certainly seems worth it, yet it’s a real big project. Thanks for the resources.

  • Joni Solis, August 11, 2010

    Nice article with some much info to check out. I found Charles Terry’s comment very helpful. I really like to hear from someone with personal experience with the shopping carts.

  • PremiumThemeClub, August 11, 2010

    I think Templatic themes rules the market. they have also bigger themes that can be huge source for the e commerce lover

  • Wildreason, August 11, 2010

    Another great resource post bookmarked. It’s crazy that this is the only website design blog I frequently visit. P.S. my footer was inspired by your footer :)

  • Mike, August 12, 2010

    Amazing showcase

  • Petres, August 12, 2010

    Hmm… been looking for nice free plugins like these for WP. Thanks guys!

  • DSM Design, August 18, 2010

    Great post, as usual! Cheers for the great selection! :)

  • Bali Wholesaler, August 20, 2010

    Thank you — I love wordpress and it’s very useful to see a list of reasonable but not free commerce related themes. Thanks.

  • Kelvin, October 2, 2010

    A but late to the party, but I’d like you to try DukaPress – http://www.dukapress.org – lots of people tell us (I’m one of the developers) good things about it, specifically that it is very capable compared to the rest.

    Give it a try.

  • Joompress, November 6, 2010

    I love trade and i love E – commerce.
    Thanks for sharing ;)

  • web design hull, December 8, 2010

    Excellent post, I’m just in the process of looking at the various wordpress e commerce options and this article will really help. Reading Charles Terry’s post I think I’ll take a look at PHPurchase first. Thanks for sharing.

    • Vandelay Website Design, December 8, 2010

      I can also recommend PHPurchase. I bought a copy and it’s simple to use and in my opinion it gives you more versatility than the other popular ecommerce plugins.

  • Swift Creations, June 15, 2011

    This is a brilliant post and some good alternatives to some of the other expensive ecommerce platforms out there.

  • Kari Kenner, January 5, 2012

    Great post, thanks! I knew about some of these ecommerce plug-ins, but you showed me some new ones too. As usual Vandelay, you’re a great resource. THanks :)

  • pacificglow, January 26, 2012

    I just finished a website using the Jewelry Shop Template – myfabpins.com Its easy to install, and TONS of features to use. I highly recommend this template because the documentation that comes with it is quite abundant and tech support is really great.