15 Resources for Setting Up an E-Commerce Site with WordPress

by Steven Snell

on July 28, 2009

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This post is part of e-commerce week, which features e-commerce related content on DesignM.ag and the Vandelay Design blog, as well as e-commerce design inspiration at CartFrenzy.

WordPress is a popular blogging platform and content management system, but it can also be used for powering e-commerce websites. Although its primary purpose is not e-commerce, there are a number of plugins and themes available that will allow you to use WordPress for your online store (some are free and some are premium).

In this post we’ll take a look at some of the resources that can help you to set up your own e-commerce site on WordPress.

Plugins:

WordPress e-Commerce Plugin
An extremely popular plugin that offers a lot of options for setting up an online store with WordPress. WP e-Commerce integrates with PayPal, Google Checkout, Authorize.net and more. Designers will have the flexibility to tweak and customize the appearance as well.

WordPress e-Commerce Plugin

Shopp
Another popular e-commerce plugin. The cost is $55 for a single-site license or $299 for a developer’s license. The plugin includes a lot of features, including several payment options and flexible shipping calculations.

Shopp Plugin

eShop
eShop is a free plugin that also has a lot of features and options for setting up an e-commerce site with WordPress.

sShop Plugin

Quick Shop
Quick Shop is a free plugin that users sidebar widgets to create a simple shopping cart. You can place tags in your post that will generate a form to add products to the cart.

Quick Shop Plugin

YAK for WordPress
YAK is a free plugin that creates a simple shopping cart that associates products with posts, so it uses the post ID as the product ID.

YAK for WordPress

Themes:

Crafty Cart
A free e-commerce theme designed to work with the e-commerce plugin.

Crafty Cart

SimpleCart(js)
A new free theme from Chris Wallace (a child theme for Thematic).

SimpleCart(js)

Ecommerce Theme
A premium theme from iThemes. A single-use license costs $79.95 and a developer’s license costs $199.

Ecommerce Theme

Market Theme
A premium theme that provides you with everything you need to run an e-commerce site with WordPress. The cost is $55 for a standard license or $150 for a developer’s license.

Market Theme

WPShop
A premium theme that is available through ThemeForest for $35. Includes 2 child themes.

WPShop

eGoods
Another premium theme that is available through ThemeForest for $30. Includes 3 child themes.

eGoods

ArtShop
Another premium theme that is available through ThemeForest for $30. Includes 2 themes, each with a child theme.

ArtShop

Tutorials:

How to Create an E-Commerce Website with WordPress in Under 5 Minutes
This video tutorial will show you how install WordPress, change the them, and use the e-commerce plugin to quickly get an e-commerce website online. The focus is on getting the basics set up rather than going in to great details of the plugin settings and options.

How to Create an E-Commerce Website with WordPress in Under 5 Minutes

Getting Set Up with the WP e-Commerce Plugin: Settings and Configuration
This video tutorial covers how to get set up with the WP e-Commerce plugin for your online shop.

Getting Set Up with the WP e-Commerce Plugin: Settings and Configuration

How to Build an Online Store with WordPress
A basic article from iThemes about what you will need to get an e-commerce site started with WordPress.

How to Build an Online Store with WordPress

Other Posts from E-Commerce Week:

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