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A sneak peek in eCommerce plugins

The growth of eCommerce is one of the reasons that demonstrate how much people love anything that can be delivered to their door.

This appears to be impossible if that was the case a few years ago, as the user’s mentality was shaped in such a way that they never trusted anything that they couldn’t see with their own eyes or have physical touch with. So the platform doesn’t need to start from scratch to add a single or few features and can add the feature of their likes with the help of plugins. 

The eCommerce industry has exploded as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. 

During the time when the platforms were growing slowly and gradually, one of the finest unsung heroic routines, plugin integration, entered into the picture to improve the platform. As a result, the platform does not have to start from scratch in order to add a single or few features, and users can add the features they want using plugins.

In this blog, we will discuss the plugins that you should install on your WordPress to ensure that your eCommerce is up to date with the latest and most important features.

WooCommerce 

This simple plugin, considered the most widely used, was created in the year 2008, and millions of websites have been created as a result of its ease of use. No one ever imagined that creating eCommerce websites would be this simple with this WordPress plugin.

The plugin’s flexible feature lists are handy, from easy inventory management to smart sales reporting, WooCommerce is widely regarded as the finest WordPress plugin to date.

Pros
Cons
Orders for eCommerce are processed.Each payment gateway necessitates the installation of an additional plugin.
WordPress integration.Makes shipping solutions difficult to implement.
Maintains product inventoryNo printable packing slips or invoices for out of the box,
Capable of handling large stores.Does not have first-rate templates for displaying products

WooCommerce is as complete as possible, with 67 payment extension gateways. The following are some of the well-known payment gateways that are supported.

  • Paypal
  • Stripe 
  • Square
  • Amazon Pay
  • Authorize.Net
  • Sofort Uberweisung
  • 2Checkout

Shopify

As stated on the website, “Anyone, anywhere, can start a business,” and the hosted solution truly works in that manner. Considered as one of the best plugins, Shopify was founded in 2006. The platform’s primary and sole focus is on allowing anyone to create an online store to sell their goods and services. With its wide range of themes as well as its catering for developers through the use of full access to CSS, HTML, and Liquid Shopify, without a doubt, stands out.

Pros
Cons
Selling in multiple currencies.A product’s variants can only include up to three product options
Create language-specific versions of your website.App installation frequently requires key functionality
Excellent choice for dropshippingProfessional reporting capabilities are available for expensive plans only.
Templates are both appealing and fully responsiveUnavoidable transaction fees for third-party users. 

Shopify, in addition to all of the major payment gateways, provides its users with a variety of other options, such as net banking to cash on delivery, making its user experience one-of-a-kind. The payment gateways offered by Shopify are listed below.

  • Shopify Pay
  • PayU
  • Paytm
  • PayPal
  • ccavenue 
  • Stripe
  • WorldPay

Shopp

This premium WordPress plugin has expanded to cover nearly all WordPress themes. Shopp, with its ability to support both physical and digital products, is for users who are willing to spend more in order to gain far more, the plugin provides a single licence with support for a one-time fee of $75. 

Pros
Cons
Better documentation for extending its functionalityIt only has a few features.
less tinkering requiredlimited free assistance
Simpler to set up and useUnable to integrate with the site’s appearance intelligently. 
Themes are integratedThere is no free forum

The following are excellent payment gateways that the platform offers as part of their excellent service.

  • Authorize.Net
  • eWay
  • FirstData
  • HSBC ePayments
  • iDEAL Mollie
  • PayPal Pro
  • PayPal Checkout

WordPress eStore

This powerful cart enables you to securely sell goods and services from any WordPress site with minimal effort. The plugin, which was first released in 2003, is useful for developers who want to make online shopping easier. Written in PHP the WordPress eStore is an impactful and polished conversion oriented WordPress Shopping cart that allows you to completely automate the sale of any digital product or service.

Pros
Cons
Instant digital product deliveryHigh Risk to Security
Secure download embeddingCustomization and scalability are limited.
The most straightforward one-click checkoutAdvanced or specific features are restricted.
Use of plugin on all sites for a single priceUncompitable  themes

The following are the flexible payment methods that the platform accepts in order to provide their customers with an even more flexible experience.

  • PayPal Standard
  • Authorize.net Standard
  • 2Checkout
  • eWay Rapid 3.0
  • Google Wallet
  • BitPay
  • Braintree

ShopperPress

WordPress created ShopperPress to make developers’ lives easier, as the plugin is an open-source plugin, it provides fully-featured shopping cart themes for WordPress is the most efficient medium to get started with selling merchandise and services. If you’re looking to build an eCommerce platform, this is a great plugin to use. It also comes with a few extra add-ons.

Pros
Cons
Completely customizableDepending on the configuration, some child themes may contain bugs
It only takes five mins to set up.Can be insufficient for larger-scale retailers
Have more than 20 payment gatewaysTransferring listings from the old framework to the new responsive framework is difficult.
Installations of websites are unlimited.The theme control panel is difficult to use.

The platforms include some major payment gateways, ensuring a flexible user experience. Here are the payment gateways that the platform provides in order to maintain its flexibility.

  • Paypal (standard and Pro)
  • 2Checkout 
  • Worldpay
  • eWay,
  • Google Checkout 
  • Authorize.net 

Conclusion

Make sure whichever plugin you choose, fits best for your business perfectly and has nothing to do with how the world around them eCommerce is exaggerating it. All the factors from budget to the type of platform you have or the feature the platform is necessitating are the only reason by which choosing the right plugin happens in the first place. The plugin plays an important role in adding extra features to your website and applications, allowing new technologies to be adopted over time.

With all of that and more, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or are new to the world of plugins; we would love to fill you in and assist you in creating one.