I’ve recently been commissioned to build a full e-commerce site, the first one in a while, and since ZigPress is now primarily a WordPress agency, I’ve done some research on the WordPress-based e-commerce solutions that are available.
It took a while to find “all” the solutions currently available, and so I decided to write this article to help others in my situation. In fact, I’m sure that I still haven’t found every possible solution that’s out there, which is why I put “all” in quotes just then…
Anyway, here’s what I found:
|Cart66||$89pa+||Plugin||Formerly PHPurchase, very US-centric, free version
|eShop||Free||Plugin||Adds fields to posts so they become products, currently has bugs in tax system|
|MarketPress||$209pa||Plugin||No digital product (i.e. downloads) support yet, surprising considering the price|
|Shopp||$55||Plugin||Powerful but buggy, and discount system not very versatile|
|ShopperPress||$79||Theme||Powerful though the "nulled" version I tried had navigation bugs|
|Templatic eShop||$65||Theme||Uses custom post types and taxonomies|
|TheCartPress||Free||Plugin||Uses custom post types and taxonomies, newly released but seems powerful and stable though no discount system yet|
|WP e-Commerce||Free||Plugin||Has reputation for being bug-ridden and poorly supported|
|WP eStore||$40||Plugin||Shipping costs by weight can only be done using PayPal profiles|
|wpStoreCart||Free||Plugin||Very limited shipping cost options|
|YAK for WordPress||Free||Plugin||Adds fields to posts so they become products, lacks flexibility in some areas|
|Zingiri Web Shop||Free||Plugin||Sends your admin email to the developers unless you tweak some PHP before activating for the first time - serious breach of trust|
I’ve installed and played with all of them except MarketPress (I managed to find freely-downloadable versions of the other non-free ones using Google and BitTorrent), so most of the comments above are based on my own experiences.
And before you say “illegal downloading?”, all these solutions are GPL-licensed, which means they may be distributed freely, even if the developers make it quite difficult to download without paying. I should also point out that if I decided to use one of the non-free ones, I wouldn’t hesitate to shell out, as it would give me support and updates.
However, I’m leaning towards TheCartPress for my client project, and I think it will provide a robust and flexible online store when combined with some custom theme magic. It is coded very well and hooks into core WordPress functionality, so creating additional features by means of extra plugins and theme tweaks shouldn’t be a problem.
Are there any more?
If you know of (or have developed) another WordPress-based e-commerce solution (whether a plugin or theme), whether free or commercial, please comment below with a URL and I’ll add it to the table