Your e-commerce requires a shopping cart, but you can find our reviews of the top e-commerce shopping cart plugins here. Now we will show you a few tasty plugins to empower your e-commerce and take you to the next level. There are too many to review here, but we will do our best to expose you to the range of e-commerce plugins. Hang onto your hats!
Protect your site 24/7 with constant monitoring. Receive instant notification whenever anything at all causes your site to go down. Measure latency as well. This is a paid service, so once the trial period is up you will pay at least $10 monthly.
Set up a speedy auction site in less than a minute. This is a beautiful plugin. I would definitely recommend it for this purpose of launching an auction site. After installation configuration is quite simple. Your current theme is also easily integrated.
Google Maps Store Locator Download
This is a very cool plugin, but the author went on haitus in 2010 and said he might not return until 2012. This is too long to leave a map plugin sitting. This particular area develops far too quickly to let it lie dormant for two years.
WP Stripe Download
Stripe.com offers an easy way to start accepting Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards online. You do not need a Paypal account and Stripe.com handles storing and securing all the card information for you. The drawback is that to accept Stripe payments you must reside in the U.S., though your customers can be anywhere in the world. I wonder, though, how it handles things like the European Visa Electron card.
If you are having troubles with spammers registering at your site, you need this plugin. It is free if you have fewer than 500 registrations each day or if you make less than $200 per month. In other words, it is free to most of us. This provides no protection against comment spam, however. Custom registration forms might not be compatible, though.
My Brand Login Download
Customize your site’s login, registration, admin panel, and lost password screens.
Cleeng Content Monetization Download
Cleeng introduces a new way to monetize fragments of your content. It reminds me of the little games at Apple you pat $1-$2 for and play for a few weeks. You can hide parts of your content so your visitors enjoy some of it and then have to pay to see the rest. You can hide photos, text, video, whatever you wish. Your user buys the hidden content with a single click. It is made by a French team, so you can expect that there will be something that is unfinished. Pricing is deceptive. The “Free” version still requires from 10%-20% of your revenues be passed on to Cleeng. But they do not say it clearly anywhere, only hints here and there. I’d pass on this one.
The website is a disaster. It is so difficult to read I do not trust this guy’s skills at developing a clean interface. It is unclear also whether the integration plugins that support this plugin on various e-commerce platforms work with the free version or not. He says they do, but when you go to the page they are for purchase. On the free version’s page there is mention of pro and enterprise versions, but the enterprise version appears nowhere else. He must be French too. This is yet another confusing and deceptive plugin producer. I say skip it.
Coin of the Realm Download
Although the home page is part of a comics community and lacks any information at all on the plugin, this stands out as a rather unique approach to the affiliate award system. Rather than the traditional approach, COTR rewards users who refer visitors by giving them coins (points) towards digital downloads.
Ad Rotate Download
If you have ever dreamed of managing your own ads on your website, this plugin will do it for you. It is easy to set up and configurable to your heart’s delight.
The Final Word
E-commerce plugins are so diverse that it is impossible to do them justice in this space, but these are a sampling. Site protection, an auction site, map locator, taking credit cards, spam protection, branding, monetization, an affiliate program, and ad management are all fantastic ways to expand a shop into a full e-commerce business.