Best ecommerce / store plugin? (34 posts)

  1. johnzimmerman
    Posted 5 years ago #

    OK, doing some research, would appreciate opinions.

    Goal: small, easily managed web store to sell a small assortment of products.

    Prefer: basic inventory management, accounting integration would be excellent, support for affiliate reselling (ie, allow affiliates to resell my products) and associated tracking required to pay commissions.

    4 options I am considering - not sure if any of these support affiliates?

    1) Free instinct e-commerce - http://www.instinct.co.nz/e-commerce/
    2) $55 + add-ons - Shopp - http://shopplugin.net/
    3) $55 - Market Theme - http://www.markettheme.com/
    4) $80 - iTheme's ecommerce - http://ecommercethemes.com/

    Can I get some opinions? These seem to be the 4 best options I have found so far? Anyone have any others I should consider or know if affiliate marketing is supported by any of these?


  2. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Have you tried eShop yet?


  3. johnzimmerman
    Posted 5 years ago #

    James, thanks for that. I actually haven't tried any of these plugins yet as I am hoping to avoid extra work and simply start with the best option possible.

    Looks like both eShop and Shopp work well with the Tips and Trick's WP Affiliate plugin (http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-affiliate/)

    However, I note that WP Affiliate is designed to be immediately integrated with Tips and Tricks WP eStore plugin

    ( http://www.tipsandtricks-hq.com/wordpress-estore-plugin-complete-solution-to-sell-digital-products-from-your-wordpress-blog-securely-1059 )

    Do you have any specific experience with any of these plugins? I am happy to use eStore, eShop or Shopp as long as they are easy to set-up, maintain and integrate with both Members and Affiliate plugins for a nice, clean online shopping experience for our customers.

    Many thanks,


  4. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I tested eShop for a project once, but funding feel through, so we scrapped everything and I never got to use eShop to its full extent.

    If anything, I highly recommend eShop simply for the fact that its developer is one of the few who answers every support request regarding his plugin here every day.

  5. johnzimmerman
    Posted 5 years ago #

    That's great - thanks James. I agree - that makes a huge difference. I have spent a fair bit of time reviewing its documentation though and it doesn't look like it supports Members? Meaning, it is likely the store won't be able to allow login for repeat customers? That's a pretty big hit if not.

  6. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    There is a setting which automatically creates accounts at checkout stage is enabled. However it doesn't require anyone to be logged in to make a purchase, but if they are then they are able to track their orders.

  7. danaskallman
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I agree with the comments on eShop, it's the best free e-commerce plugin I've found.

    I came across this option recently for a premium e-commerce plugin, may be worth looking at too: http://www.phpurchase.com/

  8. johnzimmerman
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks guys! I don't mind (at all) paying for a good option to use, as long as it is reasonably priced (as these all seem to be) and does what I need it to do.

    These tips are very much appreciated though. I will look at Phpurchase too but am leaning towards eShop as of now.


  9. Airone
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi, I've been testing both eshop and phpurchase in the last 2 weeks. They are good but very different: eshop has more extensive options, more complete for international users too, but you need some time to really make it work. Phpurchase is well organized and easy to understand, many less options but immediatly working and easier to customize with your graphics. I tried to set up a cart with Paypal with both plug-ins and I hade some problems with eshop, while with phpurchase it worked immediatly (Paypal Express is supported too). Both plugins have a support forum, but the eshop developer is always ready to give you fast and good free assistance and that's very cool for a free plugin. Phpurchase's support forum is quite bad as you can check by yourself, developers, even if paid for their plugin, are givin rare assistance: sometimes is better to do not open a forum if you dont find time to manage it. On the other side, I directly mailed them a couple of times and they always respondend in 24 hours. Hope this helps. Peace.

  10. johnzimmerman
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Wow, Airone - thank-you!

  11. Covi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    eshop is good... till you try to improve (or extend) it: I'm so sorry, but the code sucks :(
    *PHP-Nuke time :S

  12. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    thank you for your constructive criticism. Though I admit to not remembering when you contacted me to ask for filters/actions to be added, I guess I missed the email. Feel free to resend.

  13. Covi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Oops... I was working on it. So sorry by style, you're right, it's not constructive... I'm nuts :(

    I've written a small improvement (I think) based on template html system and a coding standard for PHP (ZF based). In this case for shortcodes functions:
    I like OOP and not too many html tags inside scripts, ...even when PHP is a embed HTML script language :S
    [snipped code blocks - please use http://wordpress.pastebin.com as per the forum guidelines]
    Now, you have 3 arrays of items vars and you can use your templates to apply your html structure.
    You get only Data: $tplProducts, $tplItems and $tplOptions.
    And you can apply your View: your template, e.g. renaming the original template.

    I would work to improve (if necessary and you want) the plugin based in this concept ;)

    One more time, ...excuse my previous message :S

  14. Covi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I forgot the most important:
    ...and you can use the templates through all system (DRY, Don't repeat yourself with html code in each function).

    ...mmm ideas: att for template.
    e.g. you can set an ol list, and dl...
    We only need setup options for $eshopTemplate to use a diferent template. We don't need rewrite the html tags inside script.

  15. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    The code was snipped, too long for the forums here, feel free to email me, or post on the forums over at http://quirm.net and I'll take a look.

  16. Covi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, sorry:

    Templates example:


    Sorry, ATM, I don't have time to register on forum. I want help you if you need it.
    See you later ;)

  17. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for those, grabbed them straight away.
    Feel free to keep in touch via email - eshop@blackwidows.co.uk
    (oops edit)

    I'll try and implement what you've done, and see if I can apply it to the rest.

    Thanks ;)

  18. Covi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ok, glad to be helpful :)
    I'll try to migrate all the shortcodes to OOP -a little more complicated, of course-, and mailed you the result. Do you like the suggestion?

    Thx for ur work ;)

  19. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Yes! I'll have to adapt a few things but it looks good.

    You're also doing this at the right time - I'm not planning any updates for a while (which my users will be be glad to here).

    and thanks for your contribution.

  20. Covi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    mmm... just one more thing:
    I'm focusing on "PHP coding standars", I think this is the most important point so that people can help you to improve it (if necessary).

    S! and sorry for my poor English ;)

  21. elfin

    Posted 5 years ago #

    fine by me ;)

  22. adriatic
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My Shopp login information has inexplicably stopped logging me in (username does not exist) and they won't answer my support requests through the website.

    This is a major problem because all of their support and KB docs are locked behind a login.

    Worth being aware of if you are weighing up options. I'l probably ditch them this week for instinct e-commerce.

  23. BigBangThinking
    Posted 5 years ago #


    In relation to the subject of this post. I tried to use WP E-commerce, Bought their gold cart and even their drop cart. Even went for a Template they recomended. Nothing worked properly. Forget about trying to post in the forum. You will not get an unswer.

    Im gonna try the other ones.

  24. zota
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Shopp seemed like the best when I was researching this a year or so ago. It felt much less convoluted than some of the other options, and it's good when it works. But it has an minor problem with inexplicable non-functionality. Tracking down the specific issues can be very difficult -- the list of incompatible plugins is pretty intense (Wp-SuperCache, Bad Behavior, MailChip...)

    I'll give eshop another go -- it looks very well maintained, and I definitely appreciate the public feedback of the developer!

    But I gotta to say, I'm not a fan of the automatic page creation. Many users probably find it very useful to have them spawned automatically, but our page structure is already chaotic enough. When I was stumbling though the repetitive torture of shopping cart testing and a whole bucket of new pages suddenly splashed into being... it provoked an emotional overreaction. This time, I'll create a nice fresh test install and evaluate it in more rational frame of mind.

  25. samfusion
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi dear ones,

    I have a WordPress blog and I need to allow public to add their ads such as selling their cell, motor bike etc. I want to allow them upload image, description, rate without registering at my site. But I will need to approve it before it appears in site, can any developer here help to achive this? Lemme know about any plugin or theme that will have this feature. Please guys, I am good at WordPress but, could not find proper plugin to make this happens.
    I want to allow public to:
    Upload car/product image
    Email address
    That's all. No PayPal purchase cart etc...
    When other user comes to my site, he must look at sellers details.

    Thanks guys,

  26. Inigo Gonzalez
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi to all,

    Have you tested TheCartPress?

    It has 100% native integration with WordPress 3.1+

    Best regards

  27. fauxfire76
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Seeing as the last response here was from a few months ago I thought I'd ask again if eshopp was still the primarily recommended e-commerce plugin for the most recent stable version of wordpress?

  28. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    is eShop fully compatible with WP3.2.1? Yes.

  29. fauxfire76
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Well that wasn't quite my question. I meant more whether or not it was still the plugin that people were recommending most or if there had been anything else developed in the last couple months that was worth also looking into. Otherwise I'll just keep poking eshop and go from there. =)

  30. James Huff
    Support Representative
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I still recommend it.

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