One of the best things about WordPress websites is that you can easily transform it into anything you want – from blogs talking about animals, makeup, travels, to websites that function as your very own e-store.
First, you have to prepare your e-store by setting your WordPress platform up from being a blogging software to becoming an e-commerce platform, complete with products, orders and an awesome money maker. You can do this with several plugins available on WordPress:
Over two million users have rated it 4.1 out of 5 and this plugin continues an impressive performance all throughout. It is known for its strength and flexibility. It has a very instinctive dashboard that has options for detailed reports about sales, stocks, statistics and overall store performance, customizable and compatibility with a lot of WordPress themes. It is also a PayPal gateway, with Mijireh checkout, enabled with a number of options for payment (credit card, CID and cheque), with Google Analytics and social sharing through Sharedaddy or ShareThis. This one is free, though it comes with paid extensions via CodeCanyon.
Coming in with 2.6 million downloads and rising, this is also considered as another popular plugin but with a lower rating of 2.8 out of 5. It has, however, good features you might want to consider. This plugin comes with seamless WordPress integration, compatible with most themes and plugins. It also has WordPress widget support, template shortcode and tag features, compatibility with WordPress and WordPress multisite, also customizable with CSS and HTML. It also offers several payment platforms (Google Wallet, iDEAL, Chronopay, BluePay, Paystation, Sagepay, FirstData/LinkPoint , Authorize.net, etc.), PayPal options (PayPal Payments Pro, PayPal Payments Express and PayPal Payments Standard,), and is marketing ready.
IThemes Exchange: Simple Ecommerce
A silent e-commerce solution comes in the form of iThemes Exchange. It has been downloaded at 14,000 with a 5 out of 5 rating. It allows you to run and set-up an ecommerce store by eliminating difficult aspects and instead, channels you to its simplicity.
It offers a simple interface, allowing integration with Paypal and Stripe. It is extendable and allows you to run your store how you want to,
Cart66 Lite: WordPress Ecommerce
Tagged as a very user friendly e-commerce WordPress shopping cart plugin, Cart66 is definitely something to look out for. It enables you to accept credit card payments with Mijireh, you can integrate it to Amazon, you can run promotions, manage orders, calculate taxes, place products whenever you want on your website, provide multiple shopping options to your customers, integrate affiliate platforms, send out custom-made email receipts and set custom currencies.
Another WordPress e-commerce plugin that is very professional is Jigshop. It boasts of its outstanding performance and customizability, yet it is still straightforward. It is unique for its multiple product options (downloadable digital products, affiliate products, variable products and grouped products) detailed sales reports, orders and overall store performance, stock tracker, multiple shipping methods, extendibility, multiple payment platforms, setup and use with a breeze and is awesomely free.
Marketpress – WordPress Ecommerce
Fans of WPMUdev plugins will go crazy with Marketpress. It is another simple and easy to use e-commerce plugin that enables you to setup that stylish store you have been dreaming about. It is compatible with most WordPress themes, it is AJAX based, and it offers a lot of options for payments gateways (Google Checkout, PayPal, Authorize.net, , 2checkout, MoneyBookers, etc.) and has internationalization options, WordPress Multisite compatibility, and BuddyPress. It also has Google Analytics, shipping coupons, countless product variations, and sales pricing.
EASY DIGITAL DOWNLOADS
This was made specifically to allow for digital downloads to be made easy. With a rating of 4.8 out of 5, it has been known for its features that are answers to digital download challenges. Its features include multiple payment platforms, promotional code system, payment history, cart system, bundle purchases, multiple file download. It is also extensible. It offers Sales charts and re-download able.