The Ultimate Ecommerce Platform Comparison

The Ultimate Ecommerce Platforms Comparison

Types of Platforms in This Guide

Copy-and-Pastable Buttons

Do you have a pre-existing website you would like to start selling from?

If you only have a few products to sell or your stock does not change often, “Buy” or “Add to Cart” buttons might be the quickest and easiest solution for you. Using them is about as simple as copy-and-pasting some code wherever you would like a button displayed.

All the technical aspects– creating the payment form, and ensuring that it is secure– are handled for you, as your customer is taken to the button provider’s site for checkout (this is called “hosted checkout”).

Just keep in mind that product pages are not automatically created for you through this method. You are required to set up the page that sells your product, that you’ll then copy-and-paste the button into.

The table below compares popular services of this kind but does not account for the costs or requirements of your pre-existing domain name, web hosting, and/or website software– just those of the e-commerce functionality you’d be adding.

PayPal The PayPal website (paypal.com) says: Finally, a payment gateway and merchant account in one easy solution. It’s all you need for all the ways you do business. Start selling on your website with our secure payment buttons. You can set up your button in about 15 minutes. It involves little more than copying and pasting a few lines of HTML onto your site.
Live Example Sites: Nice Ops: Freshly Implemented, Aspire & Grow, Laura C George
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

(Though I always end up paying a few cents more in fees to PayPal than I do with other services claiming the same numbers. Haven’t found anything concrete on this)

Nothing PayPal’s default button graphic can be replaced with your own custom images

However, customers are transferred to the PayPal website for checkout

PayPal is a widely recognized company

A lot of people prefer to pay with PayPal (/perceive it as more trust-worthy than other forms of payment)

Again: takes your customer away from your site to checkout

Though most businesses have no trouble with PayPal there are a good many horror stories online— mostly in regards to having funds frozen unexpectedly

No Invoicing

Credit card swiping device for in-person sales

Subscription functionality (recurring payments)

Donation functionality for verified non-profits

WePay The WePay website (wepay.com) says: If you can embed a Youtube video, you can accept payments with WePay. It’s as easy as copy-and-paste. “Add to cart” buttons let you sell multiple items, “donate” buttons help you raise money, and “register” buttons make registration simple. Payments are made on your site. Your customers never have to leave. Just embed the button, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Live Example Sites: WePay’s own demo (Best I could find. If you know of one, please let me know so I can feature it.)
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

1% + 30¢ per bank account transaction

(US residence) Because checkout takes place in a lightbox overlay on your website (like a popup but not its own window), it doesn’t give your customer the impression that they’ve left your site at all Checkout is slick and modern

Does everything PayPal does, thus making it a viable replacement (for the many people who dislike working with PayPal)

Not all that popular yet, which I suppose is why I couldn’t find any live examples showing the buttons! No Invoicing

Can take credit card numbers over the phone or in person

Subscription functionality (recurring payments)

Donation functionality – With a widget to publicly display progress towards a goal

Event registration

E-junkie The E-junkie website (e-junkie.com) says: E-junkie provides shopping cart and buy now buttons to let you sell downloads and tangible goods on your website, eBay, MySpace, Google Base, CraigsList and other websites. For merchants selling downloads, we automate and secure the digital delivery of files and codes. If you are selling tangible goods, we automate the shipping calculation and inventory management. Our shopping cart has a built in sales tax, VAT, packaging and shipping cost calculator.
Live Example Sites: Abby Kerr & The Voice Bureau, Hamptons Honey, Virtual Staff Finder
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
$5/month and up

(This price is for 10 products and 50MB storage space)

PayPal fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

PayPal account Typically pops up as a lightbox overlay on top of your site when an item is added to cart

Using the standard settings, however, it will take your customer to PayPal.com to go through the actual checkout process

Is known for its automated digital goods delivery, though it will work for a mix of digital and physical products The seller’s admin space is dated-looking

Does not connect to many payment gateways other than PayPal

Yes Built-in affiliate tracking program so that others can promote your products and earn a commission on sales they send your way
Gumroad The Gumroad website (gumroad.com) says: Creating is hard, selling shouldn’t be. Upload your work and pick a price — and start selling in seconds. Share your product directly with fans and followers. They’ll be two clicks away from buying your work. Sit back and let Gumroad take care of everything else. From the secure payment all the way to the delivery.
Live Example Sites: ThinkTraffic (example button in post), Brandiing, CameraSim
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
5% + 25¢ per credit card transaction Nothing The whole checkout process takes place in a lightbox overlay on your site, so your customer never has to leave Delivers digital products expertly

Really smooth, professional checkout experience that looks great even without customization

Not for physical products

The percentage cut may seem steep depending on how many sales you typically make

Yes “Pay what you want” functionality

Choice between having your link open as an overlay over your site or a separate product page hosted by Gumroad

Sales analytics

Magento Go The Send Owl website (sendowl.com) says: We know what it’s like to be a creative. You want to create products and leave the details of selling online to someone else. And that’s why we created SendOwl – to leave you free to do what you do best. SendOwl securely stores and distributes your files. Files are only released to buyers via a timed or download limited link, the exact details for which you can configure precisely to your needs. There’s no limits on where you can sell your products from, whether that be on your sales website, Facebook or anywhere else. And with the SendOwl checkout buyers are automatically shown pages in their native language. SendOwl is universal and local.
Live Example Sites: Etsy Pro, DEG Consulting, Sidestone Press
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
$9/month and up
(This price is for 10 products and 1GB storage space)

PayPal or Stripe fees: typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A PayPal and/or Stripe account You can enable more than one payment gateway at a time. If you enable checkout with PayPal, your customer may leave to check out at PayPal.com

If you enable checkout with Stripe, your customer is taken to a SendOwl page for checkout that you can customize with CSS to match your own site

Advanced features for digital product delivery

No added transaction fees on top of PayPal and Stripe’s cut

Not ideal for physical products. Because SendOwl was built for digital delivery, they never worked out some of the kinks with shipping options Yes Automatic license key generator for software sellers

Product bundles/packages

Add email addresses to MailChimp or aWeber lists

Subscriptions, PDF protection, and affiliate program included with $15/month accounts and up

ShopLocket The ShopLocket website (shoplocket.com) says: ShopLocket easily drops into any website platform, and can support multiple products. Not to mention it’s fully customizable to suit your design needs. ShopLocket will grow with you from pre-orders to a full shopping cart and is packed with powerful features to support your business.
Live Example Sites: Learn to Code Day, Nomiku, Dash Wallets
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
2.5% per credit card transaction

PayPal or Stripe fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

OR

$99/month

PayPal or Stripe fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

PayPal or Stripe account The entire checkout process takes place in a lightbox overlay on your site, so your customer never leaves your site Really slick, modern checkout

Good for someone selling a mix of physical and digital products

On the expensive side, though if you regularly sell more than $1800/month, you’ll save by switching to the monthly option Yes Pre-order functionality

Product variants (like sizes and colors)

Choice between selling from an overlay on top of your site or a separate page hosted by ShopLocket

Amazon Payments The Amazon Payments website (amazonpayments.com) says: Activate a complete checkout flow on your site with a simple HTML button. If you’re selling and shipping goods online and want an easy checkout solution that helps you manage your orders, you can add a button on your site to start accepting Amazon Payments. To get started, register and follow the online instructions that explain how to add our HTML to your site.
Live Example Sites: I couldn’t find any! If you know of one, please let me know so I can feature it here.
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
2.9% + 30¢ per transaction over $10

5.0% + 5¢ per transaction under $10

US residence

Legal business name

I believe it is a lightbox overlay but am not sure since there is no demo on their website or anywhere I have looked (can someone confirm?) Fee structure is designed to save you money on small payments (under $10)

Customers can choose to check out with their Amazon.com billing and shipping info

Buttons can be used for purchasing one item at a time– no “add to cart” functionality

Requires a registered business name

Also they hold a small reserve in case of chargebacks

No Customers can checkout using existing Amazon.com shipping and billing information
2checkout The 2checkout website (2checkout.com) says: Online businesses around the world sell more every day with 2Checkout payment processing. We’re here to help you truly “go global” and offer a local buying experience to your customers. Our checkout experience maximizes conversions by adapting to local languages, currencies and payment methods. It also reflects your brand, which buyers trust.
Live Example Sites: A screenshot on 2Checkout (Best I could find. If you know of one, please let me know so I can feature it.)
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction in the US

5.5% + 45¢ per transaction for sellers in other countries

Nothing You can choose between checkout that pops up as an overlay on your own site or a separate checkout page with colors of your choosing There are a lot of features especially for international sellers, such as a wide variety of language and currency options Unfortunately,as much as 2Checkout likes to say they have no hidden fees, I don’t find them particular trustworthy

International sources online have said it can cost up to 8.5% in fees, and that sometimes another 5% goes into a special reserve that 2Checkout holds onto for a while

No Invoicing

Subscription functionality (recurring payments)

Embedded Shopping Carts (Currently Just One)

Do you have a pre-existing website you would like to start selling from?

If you have a a variety of products to sell (or a stock that changes frequently), an embedded shopping cart might be the quickest and easiest solution for you.

You simply copy-and-paste some code wherever you would like your store displayed on your pre-existing website. Once this code is on your site, an iframe (you may think of it like a window) appears, with your store inside.

This makes it look as though the store is on your website, though technically speaking, the store you see is hosted on someone else’s website. The illusion makes for a completely cohesive design, whereas the hosted checkout means you don’t have to deal with creating a payment form or securing it yourself.

The table below does not account for the costs or requirements of your pre-existing domain name, web hosting, and/or website software– just those of the e-commerce functionality you’d be adding.

Ecwid The Ecwid website (ecwid.com) says: Free plan is always available. Can be easily integrated to any existing site in minutes. Can be mirrored on many sites at the same time. Add your store to many sites, manage from one place. Run your own store on Facebook, mySpace and many others. Simple to use and maintain both for store owner and for customer. Lightning fast. New-gen technologies make Ecwid much faster than usual shopping carts despite which hosting service you use. Seamless upgrades.
Live Example Sites: Hello Magpie, Embe Shop, K&K Broadway
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
FREE for under 10 products or $12.50/month for 100 products, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth

payment gateway fees: typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

Payment gateway account, such as PayPal Because the whole shopping experience is embedded right into your own site, your customer never leaves your website Can simultaneously display store on multiple websites

Inexpensive

Very fast page load time

Because the store is generated by AJAX code, it is hard to get products indexed in search engines (Instructions here)

Also I’m not a huge fan of the way categories are displayed before products– see examples

No Product variations

Stock control

Realtime shipping quotes

Tracking code on “Thank you for your order” page

(Full list here)

Hosted Shopping Carts

A hosted shopping cart is its own standalone website, therefore you’re not required to have a pre-existing one already online.

(However, if you do have a pre-existing site, you can easily make your shop and blog design look reasonably similar and just link them to each other in your navigation bar, so it seems like one cohesive site. For example: Megan Auman – using WordPress and Big Cartel)

How you use your hosted shopping cart account will be similar to how you use your Facebook account– when you sign up, you’ll get a login username and password, and a default website will be there for you to fill in and customize. You never have to see web code if you don’t want to.

With hosted shopping carts, a recurring monthly hosting fee is to be expected.

Shopify The Shopify website (shopify.com) says: Shopify is perfect for beginners and experts alike. You don’t need to have any technical or design experience to easily create a beautiful online store. Simply choose a stylish ecommerce website design, easily customize your online store, add products, and you’re pretty much ready to accept payments. Whether you already have products, are looking to sell digital goods or are interested in drop shipping — Shopify has a complete solution for you.
Live Example Sites: Magical Game Time, So Worth Loving, CXXVI, Hard Graft, Tattly
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

$29/month and up (This price is for 100 products, 1GB storage, unlimited bandwidth)

2.9% + 30¢ per transaction

Nothing if you use Shopify’s own payment gateway Your design is 100% brandable A reputation for having the most gorgeous e-commerce themes anywhere

Slick, modern admin area

I see a lot of sellers switch to Shopify after trying other platforms

Doesn’t come with some of the advanced features built-in that others have

Add-on apps can become pricey

Yes, with a paid app Built-in blog functionality

Credit card swiping device for in-person sales

Analytics

(Full list here)

Big Cartel The Big Cartel website (bigcartel.com) says: Big Cartel is a simple shopping cart for artists. It’s easy to use, customizable, and awesome. Who uses Big Cartel? Over 400,000 clothing designers, bands, record labels, jewelry makers, crafters, and other artists. We offer affordable (or free!) pricing plans to fit your needs and budget. We don’t take a cut of your sales.
Live Example Sites: Megan Auman Studios, Bandito Design Co, Jessica Hische, Creepy Cute
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

FREE for under 5 products, with 1 image each, and bigcartel.com URL or $9.99/month and up (This price is for 25 products, 3 images each, your own URL)

PayPal fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A PayPal account Your design is 100% brandable Very simple and straight-forward

Good-looking minimalist free themes that can be customized with HTML/CSS if you like

Limits on number of product images

Bare bones store functionality

Yes, beginning at an extra $6/month Inventory tracking
Bigcommerce The Bigcommerce website (bigcommerce.com) says: We have more built-in marketing tools than anyone else, including promotional campaigns, coupons and newsletters. Our clients reign supreme on Google, Yahoo and Bing because their stores are built to rank higher from the start. The second you sign up, you’ll have access to features like SEO, analytics and product reviews. And it’s all included – there are no hidden costs.
Live Example Sites: Thirty Seven West, Torie & Howard, Revolution
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

$24.95/month and up (This price is for 100 products, 1GB storage)

Payment gateway fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per transaction

Nothing if you use Bigcommerce’s own payment gateway and shared SSL certificate Your design is 100% brandable Most advanced store functionality built-in

Beautiful store designs that rival Shopify’s and can be customized with HTML/CSS

Your own SSL certificate costs extra

The admin space can be a bit overwhelming

I have heard that Bigcommerce was caught employing false advertising / endorsement, which has tainted my opinion of them since :/

Yes Product image zoom

Product reviews

Advanced product options

Advanced rules to control pricing, weight and availability of products

(Full list here)

IndieMade The IndieMade website (indiemade.com) says: IndieMade offers the simplest, most affordable way for indie entrepreneurs to build an online presence. For a low monthly fee, IndieMade helps crafters, artists, photographers, DIYers, and artisans of all types easily produce creative websites. If you have an email address, you can get your own website, right now, risk free for 30 days. No credit cards. No contracts.
Live Example Sites: Jesika Jack, Ear Jeans, Vintage Renewal
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

$4.95/month for 10 products, 2 images each, indiemade.com URL or $12.95/month for 100 products, 4 images each, your own URL

PayPal fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A PayPal account Your design is 100% brandable Simple and straightforward

Features meant especially for crafters

Template designs are one of the least polished out of the platforms I’ve profiled

Limits on number of product images

Bare bones store functionality

Yes Simple blog

Image galleries

Event calendar

Storenvy The Storenvy website (storenvy.com) says: Storenvy Stores are a new kind of e-commerce platform. Set up a store in 5 minutes. The Storenvy Store admin panel was designed to be simple and fun to use. We believe you should be able to focus on running a great business, not learning how to use complicated online store software. The Storenvy marketplace is what makes Storenvy Stores truly different. When you list something in your store, it is automatically added to the marketplace where shoppers can discover, share, and buy it without ever visiting your store. Some Storenvy stores have seen more than 50% of their total sales come through the marketplace — over twice as many sales as they would have made on their own.
Live Example Sites: Noirlu, Dolly Dynamite, Mucho
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

FREE if you use a storenvy.com URL or $5/month to use your own URL, unlimited products with 5 images each either way

PayPal fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A PayPal account Your customer is taken to a Storenvy page for checkout— modern and neat, but nonetheless Storenvy-branded Very inexpensive

Free default theme looks great since the last update, plus it can be customized with HTML/CSS

Can have your products seen through the attached Storenvy marketplace in addition to having your own branded store website

Not everyone wants their products to show up in a marketplace like Storenvy’s

Storenvy-branded checkout

Discount codes are an extra $5/month

Yes, with a paid app “Envy” and “Watch Store” buttons for marketplace shoppers

Inventory tracking

Facebook store

Squarespace Commerce The Squarespace website (squarespace.com) says: Whether you need simple pages, striking galleries, a professional blog, or an online store, it’s all included with your Squarespace website. Best of all, everything is mobile-ready right from the start. Squarespace powers millions of websites across hundreds of industries for people just like you. Everyone on our Customer Care team is an experienced Squarespace user and works in our office. Nothing is ever outsourced.
Live Example Sites: Luke’s Lobster
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
$24/month when purchased for the year, $30/month month-to-month
(This price is for unlimited products, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth)

Stripe fees: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

US or Canada residence, Stripe account Your design is 100% brandable Built for the design-minded with beautiful themes, store templates, free Typekit fonts, in-browser image editor, etc. Squarespace Commerce is bare bones when it comes to actual store functionality

In my research I came across several Squarespace sites linking up a Shopify store instead of using Squarespace Commerce to get more shipping options, etc.

Yes Full-featured blog

Slick gallery displays

Portfolio functionality

Calendars

Free Typekit fonts

(Full list here)

Volusion The Volusion website (volusion.com) says: Make your site shine in less than sixty seconds by choosing from any of our high-quality ecommerce templates. With a wide variety of free templates to choose from, you’ll have a stylishly professional site that’s sure to impress. Give customers a crystal clear view of your products with our innovative vZoom tool. Highlight all of the colors and textures of your products with our built-in Color Swatch feature.
Live Example Sites: Swoon Jewelry Studios, Nalgene, Walls 360, Rosenthal
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

$15/month and up
(This price is for 100 products, 1GB storage)

Payment gateway fee: 2.17% per credit card transaction

SSL certificate: $79/year

A payment gateway like PayPal unless your application allows you to use Volusion’s

An SSL certificate if you don’t want to use Volusion’s shared one

Your design is 100% brandable Most advanced store functionality built-in

The company was one of the original hosted shopping carts

Free templates are not as polished as some other platforms’

The overuse of tables in their web code is out of date and can potentially slow your site down

Your own SSL certificate costs extra and it’s a pricey one, there’s a large $99 one-time fee for applying an SSL you bought somewhere else

You could potentially rack up extra bandwidth fees if you got a huge surge of traffic, though they are secretive regarding the details of these fees on their public-facing website

No Product image zoom

Advanced product options

Daily deals

Customer wish lists

(Full list here)

Magento Go The Magento Go website (magentogo.com) says: Build a better online store with the eCommerce platform trusted by more than 150,000 merchants. We know that every business needs to compete effectively online. That’s why we created Magento Go, our hosted eCommerce solution for small businesses with big ambitions. Magento Go offers the power and flexibility of Magento – the platform chosen by many of the world’s most respected brands – at a price that every business can afford.
Live Example Sites: Oth, The Grain Mill, Vizi Di Gola
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
Domain name

$15/month and up
(This price is for 100 products, 200MB storage, 4GB bandwidth)

Payment gateway fee: 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A payment gateway account like PayPal

An SSL certificate if you don’t want to use Magento Go’s shared one

Your design is 100% brandable Magento is a respected name in e-commerce

Lots of advanced features

You’re own SSL certificate costs extra– and the ones they offer are very pricey, $99 fee for buying it somewhere else

Magento Go appears at times to possibly be resting on its laurels, because its name comes from one of the world’s most popular enterprise-level shopping carts

One of the six real-life example sites on the front page has now switched over to Shopify

No Product image zoom

Advanced discount rules

Recently viewed

Gift cards

(Full list here)

WordPress Plugins

Do you have a pre-existing WordPress website you would like to start selling from?

While copy-and-pastable buttons or an embedded shopping cart might work for you, another option is a shopping cart plugin made specifically for WordPress.

This route works best for those who have a variety of items to sell or a stock that changes frequently, and who don’t mind their ecommerce operation using the same internal WordPress notification and login systems as their blog.

The table below compares popular services of this kind but does not account for the costs or requirements of your pre-existing domain name and web hosting– just those of the e-commerce functionality you’d be adding.

Etsy Pro From the Etsy Pro page: Etsy Pro looks + functions with all the professionalism of complicated shopping cart software, but it takes just minutes to install. And it updates as your Etsy shop updates, so there’s no need for upkeep. As an Etsy seller, perhaps you’ve heard all the reasons why you should have your own website independent of Etsy.com, but you just can’t bring yourself to create one since all your products are already displayed on Etsy. The Etsy Pro WordPress plugin can help by streaming your entire Etsy shop onto your WordPress website– even single product pages.
Live Example Sites: Pincurl Girls, Betty Octopus, Bundle & Stow
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
$39 one-time flat fee A live Etsy shop Streams your Etsy shop items onto your WordPress site, giving them the appearance of being for sale through your own website

When a product thumbnail is clicked, a single product page is auto-generated, complete with description text, shipping table, and “Add to Cart” button

When the “Add to Cart” button is clicked, the customer is directed to Etsy.com to pay

Copy-and-paste, ready-in-seconds easy

A helpful jumpstart for your WordPress site content-wise, so you direct people there instead of to your Etsy.com URL

Bridges the gap between needing your own site but not being ready for your own shopping cart yet

Updates as your Etsy shop updates

Customizable with CSS

Dependent on your Etsy shop to display products No
WooCommerce The WooCommerce website (woocommerce.com) says: A WordPress eCommerce toolkit that helps you sell anything. Beautifully. Transform your WordPress website into a thorough-bred eCommerce store for free. Delivering enterprise-level quality & features whilst backed by a name you can trust. Say hello to WooCommerce.
Live Example Sites: Cozilee, Wise Blue Lotus, Laura C George
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
FREE

Payment gateway fees: typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A PayPal account Your design is 100% brandable Free!?

Actively updated by the WooThemes team

Gorgeous compatible WordPress themes are available (free and paid)

Comes with some pretty thoughtful, detailed features

Getting it to look good can be very easy or very difficult depending on the theme you’re using– must give it a whirl to find out

Might be more complex than a lot of sellers need

Requires a paid extension and SSL certificate to use a payment gateway other than PayPal

A lot of advanced functionality requires paid extensions $50+

Yes Customer can sort by price, rating, recency, or popularity

Stock management

Automated thumbnail size options

Product ratings

Site-wide store notice text

Can ensure there’s no way around the secure “https” checkout

Jigoshop The Jigoshop website (jigoshop.com) says: Elegant, lightweight code built upon core WordPress functionality. Detailed order and stock reporting via graphs and dashboard widgets. Add functionality your Jigoshop with our premium themes and extensions. Create a unique store using built in widgets and shortcodes. Attentive Community member forums & Blisteringly quick premium technical support. One-step-checkout, filterable products, bundles of short codes & widgets. Oooh yeah!
Live Example Sites: Loot + Law, Mimal’s, Slavna
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
FREE

Payment gateway fees: typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A payment gateway account like PayPal Your design is 100% brandable Can purchase priority support at $39.99/month if you need it

They provide a live demo on their site, complete with admin login, so you can kick the tires before you commit

Not compatible with the Disqus comment system or the NIVO slider

A lot of advanced functionality requires paid extensions $50+

Isn’t known to well with every WordPress theme out-of-the-box

Yes Sale scheduling

Related products

Reviews

Cart 66 The Cart 66 plugin website (cart66.com) says: Cart66 Cloud is more than just a plugin for WordPress. You get a bunch of extra services that make your life so much easier including all the security you need for a safe and PCI compliant WordPress store. You host your own WordPress site on any server you want. Cart66 Cloud will host and secure your customer and e-commerce data. When you use Cart66 Cloud all your sensitive data are safe in your own slice of the ultra secure cloud. So, if your site ever gets hacked, your customer and e-commerce data are never exposed to the hacker. Just restore your WordPress site, reconnect to Cart66 Cloud and you’re back in business!
Live Example Sites: Artios, Pure Nintendo, Identity Web Host
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
$25/month or $199/year

Payment gateway fees: typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A payment gateway account like PayPal Your design is 100% brandable Cart66 embeds the checkout pages into your site (so they look like part of your site, even though they are hosted by Cart66)– so you don’t need to worry about an SSL certificate or security of any kind Not very much information on Cart66’s website about how to customize the cart’s buttons and design elements with HTML/CSS, though it appears possible Yes Invoicing

Customer follow-up messages

Membership

Recurring billing

MarketPress Plugin The MarketPress eCommerce plugin website says: MarketPress is the easiest to use, best designed and most powerful ecommerce / shopping cart plugin available for WordPress today. Developed from the ground up to make it simple to set up a stylish online shop, MarketPress has all the features you need, including: Multiple payment gateways, works great with any WordPress theme and looks great with AJAXy goodness, fully internationalized by the WPML crew, sell real objects, or digital downloads (with limits and tracking!), with ease, shipping, coupons, Google Analytics eCommerce, sales pricing, unlimited product variations, and so so much more!
Live Example Sites: I couldn’t find any! If you know of one, please let me know so I can feature it here.
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
$19 one-time flat fee

Payment gateway fees: Typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

Payment gateway account like PayPal I believe that checkout is a popup overlay over your site Has a dedicated team of WordPress experts working on the plugin

Integrates with the BuddyPress and Multisite plugins– which means you could theoretically build your own marketplace à la Etsy or Ebay if you put all of this software together and had the help of a web developer

I had this plugin a while ago, and it would NOT stop flashing a big red notification in my WordPress admin area telling me to upgrade to an ongoing membership with WPMU Dev. I don’t know if it’s a good service or not, but I found this very misleading since buying the single plugin for a flat fee was the option presented

You only get upgrades of the plugin (including bug fixes) for a short period of time when you’re not an ongoing member

Yes Stock management

Customizable URLS

Lots of shortcodes, widgets, and customization options that require no coding

Ecwid The WP e-Commerce website (getshopped.org) says: WP e-Commerce remains the most popular, most robust e-commerce plugin for WordPress and is the ideal way to sell products, downloads or services online. Whether you are setting up a WordPress store for yourself or are a WordPress developer setting up a store for a client, WP e-Commerce offers the most features and capabilities of any store plugin. Start by downloading our plugin for free- fully functional with no limitations. Upgrade if you’d like additional capabilities, display options or premium support.
Live Example Sites: Dawn Jackson Blatner, Journeys of the Spirit, lightspeed
Total Cost Also Requires Brandability / Professionalism Main Pros Main Cons Automated Digital Product Delivery Extra Features
FREE to display 1 image per product, $47 for Gold Cart upgrade that allows multiple product images

Payment gateway fees: typically 2.9% + 30¢ per credit card transaction

A payment gateway account like PayPal Your design is 100% brandable One of the oldest and most well-known e-commerce plugins for WordPress

Has a large library of documentation and tutorials

Has a reputation for being a little clunky and a huge hassle to customize, as just HTML/CSS won’t do it– you’ll need some PHP knowledge as well

You’ll need an SSL certificate to secure the payment form as it will be on your own site, not theirs

No Flexible coupon/discount pricing rules

Multi-tier pricing for quantity discounts

Search Engine Friendly URLs

Cross-sells on product pages

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Disclaimer

Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that all of my information is accurate or complete. The last update was made on 9/5/13, though services like these will always be evolving.

I have used affiliate links in this post, so if you sign up for any of these services I will get a commission. Nonetheless, my reviews are always my 100% honest feelings.

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