When I lived in NYC, I used to love going to the 2nd Avenue Deli on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. You’d always be served by the Classic Jewish Grandmother who’d say: “Try the soup and half a sandwich… half a sandwich is enough, and try the cucumber salad, it’ll knock your socks off!”
If you’re looking for E-commerce Applications for WordPress, it’s no doubt because WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet. It’s widely supported, easy to learn, and is highly extensible–which means you can do anything with it. So if you’re going to build a website, do it on WordPress, and if you want to sell online try any one of these three applications below; like the cucumber salad from the 2nd Avenue Deli, they’ll knock your socks off!
My three favorite E-commerce applications for WordPress:
Cart 66: With Cart 66, an average user can sell memberships and subscriptions, and digital & physical products. It’s got support for over 45 payment gateways, and you can save customer credit cards and addresses for easy repeat purchases. Cart66 Cloud takes WordPress e-commerce to a whole new level by storing your e-commerce data in their secure, PCI-compliant cloud. They provide all the security so you don’t even need an SSL certificate. Awesome!
Shopp: Shopp Plugin is a developer’s dream. You can run sales, add new products, update inventory, ship orders. It’s all there, and it’s easy. Shopp is known for its WordPress-like administration tools giving it the most natural management experience you’ll find in a WordPress e-commerce solution. Shopp makes extensive use of the WordPress filter and action hook system with hundreds of hooks to add completely new functionality or override the core behaviors without core hacks. What’s that mean? You can customize it!
Woocommerce: There was a big brouhaha about WooThemes deciding to fork JigoShop into WooCommerce. Well, who cares? They did a great job. Woocommerce transforms your WordPress website into an eCommerce store for free. It delivers enterprise-level quality & features like running complex coupon campaigns offering a range of discount options, usage limits and product / user restrictions as well as free shipping. What I love about it are all the plugins to extend its functionality.
The overall winner in my humble opinion is WooCommerce, because of its large and growing base of 3rd party developers building extensions and themes around it. I use the Genesis Framework extensively to speed web development, and am a big fan of Genesis Connect for Woocommerce. This means you can build an e-commmerce application around any of the Genesis Themes. Recently I also recently used InfusedWoo Pro, to integrate Woocommerce and Infusionsoft, which is like a Nirvana of a E-commerce Application for WordPress.