Best WooCommerce alternatives

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Nadejda Milanova · 16th January 2020·Wordpress, Business

Best WooCommerce alternatives

Ever since Automatic bought WooCommerce in 2015, it has become the most popular e-commerce platform. But are there any alternatives to it? In this post we will discuss all other available options (and there are plenty!).

In today’s digital landscape nothing changes faster than technology. New platforms are launched all the time, existing ones are acquired, while older ones are shut down almost on daily basis. Is it wise to rely on just one eCommerce tool?

WooCommerce – the absolute eCommerce market leader

Currently WooCommerce powers over 3.3 million websites with over 30% of eCommerce market share. This makes it the most installed eCommerce platform on the web. On WooCommerce’s official websites you can view data, stating that the plugin has been downloaded over 75 million times.

Finding a quality alternative for WooCommerce is getting more and more difficult for WP users. However, a number of eCommerce plugins developed at the beginning for WordPress, have a loyal fan base, so let’s check them out.


WooCommerce Alternatives

Cart66



If your biggest concern is security, look no further. Cart66 focuses not only on security, but it comes with a variety of sales-enhancing features.

The plugin offers two subscriptions. The first one comes with the standard features such as:

  • Built-in CDN for additional security
  • PCI-compliant hosted payment portal
  • Over 100 payment gateways
  • Secure hosted payment page
  • Advanced tax rate and shipping calculator
  • Sale of physical or digital products
  • MailChimp integration
  • Coupon integration

The second subscription plan is significantly more expensive, but it allows you to manage the whole shopping experience from start to finish.


Easy Digital Downloads



One of the few free ecommerce plugins, Easy Digital Download is great if you are looking to sell digital products like e-books, images or software and you just need a simple store setup. Features beyond adding products and discount codes requires an upgrade.

Best features:

  • Free of charge
  • Easy to create digital product pages
  • Works with popular payment systems like Amazon and PayPal.
  • Integrated reporting system
  • Discount code creation

eCommerce Product Catalog Plugin by ImpleCode




The plugin, which is also free by the way, is ideal if you are looking to create and manage a physical product catalog, made easier with a drag-and-drop catalog builder.

Highlights:

  • It’s free
  • Option to customize design or use pre-made templates
  • Drag-and-drop builder
  • Works with over 150 currencies
  • Build a product catalog for up to 100 000 products
  • Control over shipping options
  • Included breadcrumb functionality
  • SEO friendly


WP eCommerce



If you are looking for something different and a step up from the standard eCommerce plugin, you should give this a try. It’s user-friendly in terms of setting up a store, but also made with the developers in mind, offering a great number of API’s to extend further your store’s functionality.

WP eCommerce uses the same model as WooCommerce, but the eCommerce platform is free. There are however a limited number of add-ons and extensions you can purchase.

Highlights:

  • Compatible with payment systems like Stripe and PayPal.
  • Easy management of tax and shipping rates
  • Managing coupons
  • Processing refunds, configure for recurring billing
  • Sales monitoring within the tool


WP Easy Cart



Another free plugin to consider instead of WooCommerce. WP Easy Cart is very easy for installation and can add a straightforward shopping cart. You can sell both physical and digital products, and can achieved the desired look by playing around with the settings.

Highlights:

  • Free
  • It comes with included several menus, widgets, and easy to manage features – price, filters, specials, categories and more.
  • Live shipping, internationalization, payment integration with numerous systems.
  • Advanced product settings
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Coupons and promotions
  • Administrative software
  • Social sharing


Ninja Shop



This plugin promotes itself as “the quickest way to start selling on WordPress!”. Further information on its features can be found in the site’s documentation section.

The installation is quick and easy and guides you the whole time through the process. The customization however, requires some knowledge in CSS, while the plugin itself is still in development.

Highlights:

  • It’s free
  • Very light and easy to install
  • Features and options can be turned on and off and used when needed.
  • Zoom features for product images.


Other platforms to integrate with WordPress

You have some other options when building an eCommerce site with WP. This includes the following platforms bellow:


Shopify



Shopify generates a buy button code which you can copy and paste as to add products to your website. Once you choose the products you would like to be featured and drop the Buy Button into place, you will see a standalone mini-storefront on your blog or site which connects to Shopify’s secure shopping cart platform where product details, images and process are displayed. This is a great option for an existing WP site and a Shopify shop.


BigCommerce




BigCommerce will provide you with a scalable headless ecommerce on WP with the help of a plugin.

It allows you to link to your BigCommerce account and display your products with embedded store images inside your site on the front-end while at the same time handing thinks like processing payments, catalog management and so on.

If you are not very familiar with HTML and CSS, this is a good option for an eCommerce site. As this plugin supports WP standard method for overriding template files you can customize product cards and lists, modify designs, and all of this without the risk of losing the changes after a plugin update.


Should you switch from WooCommerce?

If you don’t want to build a store or run an eCommerce business, there are other options available. WooCommerce has, however, one step ahead of other platforms due to its long-standing presence on the market.

Like all business organizations, web development is driven by economy factors, therefore it’s expected to gravitate towards servicing markets related to growth, which in turn will have a direct impact on your business.

This is why you need to carefully consider your options before switching from WooCommerce.