WordPress eCommerce Plugins Compared

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e-Commerce plugins are between the most used and popular of all plugins for WordPress. Just to name one, WP e-Commerce, the 1st shopping cart plugin ever made for wordpress, it has been downloaded over 2 million times up to date.

However in today’s comparison chart we are not even going to evaluate WP e-Commerce. Even though it is probably still the most complete solution as far as features, in our opinion the plugin core should have gone through a major redesign already a couple of years ago. Browsing around on other blogs and forums, you’ll notice that it is a pretty common opinion throughout its users.

We will instead compare the main features of 4 other plugins. WooCommerce, Jigoshop, MarketPress and Cart66.

For the most demanding E-commerce site admins, we have edited the following comaprison chart, where the most important features of the 4 plugins have been exposed.

Given that all the contestant seems to offer more or less everything an ecommerce site would need, we focused the evaluation on 4 key points:

1) Usability
2) Tax and shipping handling / Payement Gateways
3) Product variations / Product bundles / Inventory Management
4) Unique features

Comparison Results

The overall winner of our research is WooCommerce, but mainly because of its popularity and a bigger base of 3rd party developers building extensions and themes built around it. The result is an incredible number of extension and themes, some built by highly reputable developers.

Jigoshop, from which WooCommerce was forked, is basically as good and Cart66 or Marketpress can do an excellent job too.

A special mention goes to MarketPress. While it still lacks in extensions such as payement gateways and shipping modules, it is the only one developed with WordPress multisite in mind. MarketPress allows anyone to create a Etsy like network of stores or an Ebay clone. Where the Network admin may collect commisions from everyone’s sales.

Jigoshop has a similar extension called Product Vendor (price $99), which allows other users to sell products on your site. However it is not a multisite soluition, where the main site serves as a marketplace. For this reason it is limited in my opinion.

WordPress e-Commerce Plugin Comparison Chart

Features/Plugin WooCommerce MarketPress JigoShop Cart66
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Sell physical products yes yes yes yes
Sell digital products yes yes yes yes
Sell Service yes no yes yes
Multivendor Marketplace (Etsy Clone / Network of Stores) no yes no no
Global Cart (Network) no yes no no
Global Product Categories and Tags (Network) no yes no no
Manage orders yes yes yes yes
Promotions yes yes yes yes
Tax by state or zip code yes no yes yes
Multiple shipping options yes yes yes yes
Custom field for products yes yes yes yes
Sell internationally yes yes yes yes
Set your currency yes yes yes yes
Customizable email receipts yes yes yes yes
Affiliate integration yes yes yes yes
Price changing product variations yes yes yes yes
Product Bundles yes no yes no
Recurring payments & Subscriptions yes yes yes yes
Membership Integration yes yes yes yes
Dashboard Widgets yes yes yes yes
Google Analytics integration yes yes yes yes
Constant Contact integration yes no yes yes
Spreedly integration yes no no yes
Zendesk integration yes no no yes
Gravity Forms integration yes no yes yes
iDevAffiliate integration yes no no yes
MailChimp integration yes no yes yes
Sales reports yes no yes yes
Inventory tracking yes yes yes yes
Shipping Modules 20+ 4 20+ 7
Weight Shipping yes yes yes yes
Table Rate Shipping yes yes yes yes
Live UPS shipping rates yes no yes yes
Live USPS shipping rates yes yes yes yes
Live FedEx shipping rates yes no yes yes
Live Canada Post shipping rates yes no yes yes
Live Australia Post shipping rates yes no yes yes
Payment Gateways 90+ 11 60+ 14
iDEAL yes yes yes no
Stripe yes yes yes yes
Braintree yes no yes yes
PayPal Website Payments Standard yes yes yes yes
PayPal Express Checkout yes yes yes yes
Offline Payments yes yes yes yes
PayPal Pro yes no yes yes
2Checkout yes yes yes yes
Authorize.net (AIM) yes yes yes yes
Quantum Gateway yes no yes yes
eWay yes yes yes yes
PayLeap yes no yes yes
Merchant Warrior yes no yes yes
Sage Pay yes no yes yes
Google Checkout yes yes yes no
Moneybookers yes yes yes no
Paypal Payflow Pro yes yes yes no
PayPal chained payments (Network) no yes no no
Extensions Lots Few Lots Few
Price Free

Support starts at: $70

Add-ons: $0-$50/each
Lite version is free

Premium Version $19

Support starts at: $19/m

Free

Add-ons: $0-$99/each
Lite version is free

1-site: $89

5-sites: $179

Unlimited: $299
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What’s the best WordPress e-Commerce Plugin for you? Please express your opinion with a comment down below!

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2 Responses to WordPress eCommerce Plugins Compared

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    veshman says:

    Hi, thank you for the comparison. I have a related question… How did you make the comparison table? Is it hardcoded or did you use a plug in or some other easier way? Thanks!

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