16 Free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugins

Did you know that e-commerce company Groupon was initially built on WordPress?  Customizing WordPress to support e-commerce can be very challenging for beginners though.  Fortunately there are numerous shopping cart plugins available for the WordPress platform.  Below is a list of 16 free WordPress shopping cart plugins:

Are PayPal

Are PayPal is a plugin used for monetizing blog content using PayPal.  Posts and pages can be set to contain hidden content.  The user is asked to take an action to see the content.  All of the features are configurable using administration screens.  The plugin uses the PayPal Instant Payment Notification.


ArtPal is a free WordPress plugin written for artists to integrate PayPal with their WordPress blogs so that they can sell their work online.  The plugin has easy PayPal integration and real-time sales updates.


Bigcommerce lets you host ecommerce shopping cart product images and links into WordPress.  You can easily find and link to your Bigcommerce products from within WordPress and embed your store’s images using the WordPress Add an Image button.


The Digital Products PayPal Store for You (Dippsy) plugin is an easy to use PayPal e-commerce solution with a hassle free installation and downloadable goods.  It supports multiple files per product, simple order review, order status e-mailing, and automatic PayPal IPN handling.

Easy Donation

Easy Donation lets you easily add a donation button to your website using InspirePay.com and you can get paid via PayPal, Dwolla, and credit cards.  It supports a sidebar widget that connects to your InspirePay page.  You can use short codes to add donation form functionality to your content.


Ecwid is a full-featured shopping cart and e-commerce solution that lets you easily add to any blog.  Ecwid stands for “ecommerce widgets.”  The plugin has AJAX drag-and-drop features and can also be easily integrated.


eShop is a shopping cart plugin for WordPress that has features like basic stock control, merchant gateways, downloadable sales data, and automatic e-mails on successful purchase.


FoxyPress is a free shopping cart and product management tool for WordPress that integrates with FoxyCart’s e-commerce solution to let you get your store going.

Image Store

Image Store (ImStore) is a photo gallery and store plugin for WordPress that works with PayPal and Google Checkout.  The plugin has a gallery widget, CSV sales download, CSV customer download, customer Mailpress integration, price lists, etc.


Prospress lets you add an auction marketplace to your WordPress website.  Publishing an auction is as easy as publishing a blog post.  Prospress finalizes transactions with an invoicing system that supports payment with PayPal, credit cards, and bank transfers.

Quick Shop

Quick Shop is a WordPress plugin that is supported through sidebar widgets.  The plugin adds a sidebar widget that shows the user what they have in their cart and allows them to remove items.  The plugin has a checkout page and provides the ability to create different product options in a drop-down.


Volusion is a WordPress plugin that lets you set up an e-commerce shopping cart.  After the plugin has been configured, you can easily embed product images using the WordPress “Add an Image” button.  Volusion is used by President Obama’s campaign and is trusted by over 100,000 merchants.

Wazala Ecommerce

Wazala is a hosted e-commerce and shopping cart solution that lets you add multiple websites, blogs, and Facebook through one backend.  Wazala is integrated with PayPal and Google Checkout.  Wazala includes a mobile web browser optimized store complete with touch and gesture based product browsing and shopping.

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart

WordPress Simple PayPal Shopping Cart allows you to add an “Add To Cart” button for your product on any posts or pages.  The shopping cart plugin lets you sell products and services from your own WordPress blog.  It integrates easily with the NextGen Photo Gallery plugin as well.

WP e-Commerce

WP e-Commerce is a plugin that lets you add products and fully customize your own shop with HTML and CSS.  The plugin is compatible with all of the best payment gateways like Google Checkout, PayPal, BluePay, ChronoPay, Sage Pay, Paystation, and Authorize.net.  While Wp e-Commerce is free, there are some paid premium add-ons like Gold Cart and Authorize.net SIM Payment Gateway.


wpStoreCart 3 is a free and open-source e-commerce platform built on WordPress.  The plugin supports an unlimited number of products and categories.  You can add product properties like weight and dimensions.  The plugin supports USPS and UPS shipping integration.  You can run your shop as digital products only and physical products only.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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