While WooCommerce is probably the most popular eCommerce plugin for WordPress with over 5 million downloads to date, there are other options out there for building an online shop with WordPress.
One popular alternative to WooCommerce is another free plugin with almost 3 million downloads: WP eCommerce. While it’s not the most loved eCommerce solution for WordPress users, if you’ve already built your store with this plugin then this post will help you find the best and most useful add-ons for WP eCommerce. The modules can help you enhance and upgrade your store for a better customer experience and hopefully increased sales.
WP eCommerce Extensions for a Better Online Store
Among the extensions available for WP eCommerce you will options for adding more payment gateways to your store, integrating FedEx shipping, allowing social media logins, and even adding affiliate products from Amazon to your store to give you more ways to earn money online with WordPress.
Gold Cart contains a collection of new features to upgrade your WP eCommerce powered online store. It’s a premium extensions and it gives your site the ability to use additional payment gateways, display products using a grid view, add multiple images to each product, and let shoppers perform a live search on your site.
The additional payment gateways this extension allows you to use on your store includes Authorize.net, PayPal Payflow Pro, and many more.
This module will add some pretty essential features to your WordPress ecommerce store in one easy to install package.
As the increasingly popular Stripe isn’t one of the payment gateways included in the Gold Cart module, if you want to start using this service to accept payments on your store, you will need to install this module.
If you’ve made a payment on an ecommerce store via a Stripe-powered checkout, then you will be keen to be able to offer this simple user experience to your shoppers. Stripe does require a valid SSL certificate so bear that in mind before downloading this add-on.
If you already have a FedEx shipping account, or want to offer your shoppers the ability to ship their goods with a service they know and trust, then you will need to install the FedEx shipping module.
Once this module is added to your store you will be able to provide your customers with an accurate and up to date shipping quote to deliver their chosen products to them via FedEx. For each product you sell you will need to know and add the weight to the product description in order for the module to make the calculation.
This plugin allows you to import products from Amazon into your WP eCommerce powered store. Why would you want to do this? When a customer clicks through to Amazon and buys one of these products you earn a commission based on the total check out price of their shopping cart, through the Amazon Associates programme.
Whether you are building an affiliate-only store, or you’d like to populate your shop with complementary products that you can offer your customers and still earn money from, this is a great module to make use of.
If you want to make it as easy as possible to your potential customer to sign in and start placing orders on your website then this plugin will be of interest to you. This add-on allows your customers sign up and sign in using their social media accounts, rather than filling out all their details to register an account at your store.
The sign up button for this plugin is auto-integrated into the checkout page for an even more convenient payment process on your site. Alternatively you can choose to display the social login button anywhere on your site using shortcodes or the included widget.
If you want to allow your customers to specify a delivery date and time at checkout then this extension gives you all need to offer this feature. The plugin has been created by Tyche Softwares, who has a good reputation when it comes to WordPress ecommerce store extensions.
As the store owner you can define the windows when customers can specify a delivery date and time to ensure you are able to meet their demands. The developers have thought of every scenario that might arise when offering delivery dates, such as order processing times, next day delivery cut off times, and blocking out holidays.
You can also use this plugin to add a booking calendar to your WP eCommerce store. This will allow you to offer appointments for services sold online, such as health treatments or hire and rental items.
Everyone loves a gift certificate. They help to eliminate all the stress from choosing a present for someone, while giving the lucky recipient the chance to buy something they really want.
Online gift certificates are no different and if you want to follow in the steps of leading online retailers like Amazon, offering gift certificates on your store is a great way to diversify your product range and hopefully generate some more sales.
The gift certificates module for the WP eCommerce plugin is still in beta mode. However, during this period you can get a 50% discount on the expected full release price.
One proven way to encourage repeat custom and increase sales is to offer a rewards scheme to your customers. Now even the smallest of online stores can offer a loyalty scheme to their customers, thanks to the Shopper Rewards extension for WP eCommerce from Pye Brook.
With this module installed on your site, shoppers can earn points based on the amount they spend, with the ability of covering those points into coupons. When using the Shopper Rewards module you can opt to import historian purchases to reward past customers.
With this module you have the ability to create a range of redemption options for your customers to make use of when redeeming their points. This includes offering a fixed amount or a percentage off discount on future purchases, or redeem points for a free product.
You also get full control over how many points shoppers can earn for each amount spent at your online store. If you want to encourage brand loyalty and repeat visits from your customers, then starting a shopper rewards scheme is a great way to do so.
Price: from free
WP eCommerce Services and Extras
If you are yet to build your store and install the plugin, and WP eCommerce is your weapon of choice, the team behind this tool are offering an installation service. For a one-off fee, the WP eCommerce developers will install the plugin and add one product to get you started.
This aforementioned Gold Cart upgrade module is included in the price and will also be installed on your site. The turnaround time is two working days making this a super-fast way to get your store up and running.
If you want to hire someone to handle the installation of your chosen add-ons, the WP eCommerce team offer an installation service. Just make sure you check the add-ons you want installed are covered by this service.
While WP eCommerce doesn’t have the vast library of extensions available to users of the WooCommerce eCommerce toolkit for WordPress, there are still come good options out there for upgrading your store.
All the essential items and features are covered, including adding additional payment methods, shipping calculation, and offering gift certificates, so if you have chosen WP eCommerce for your store, you should still be able to build the shop you need.
If you have any other recommendations for extensions for WP eCommerce, please leave a comment below.