12 Essential Plugins for WordPress Ecommerce Sites

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Many WordPress site owners are passionate about subjects like Design, Social Media, Cooking or Art. They work on their WordPress site part time and dream for their passion to lead to generating some money so that they can spend more time doing something they love.

Given the thousands of WordPress plug-ins available, where do these independent creatives start. It can be daunting, and too many plug-ins might slow down your site or increase the chances of a security risk.

The idea of adding ecommerce to your site so that you can securely sell digital files like ebooks or offer paid consultation session is attractive. However, for non-technical owners adding ecommerce to WordPress meant using feature rich ecommerce solutions like WooCommerce or WP e-Commerce. Each is well-respected solutions but seem like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

These site owners don’t want to worry about using specific ecommerce compatible WordPress Themes, SSL certificates, or complex customisation. They want a well functioning WordPress ecommerce site quickly and easily so they can focus on doing what they love not spend time building a website.

One of the good things about WordPress is the fact that it has a lot of developer support, which means that there is plenty of room for a lot of customization in the form of plug-ins. It comes as no surprise that most plug-ins are available for free.

Here are some of the essential plug-ins for any independent creative’s that have a few things for fans or visitor to purchase and who want a well functioning WordPress ecommerce site without the hassle.

1. Digg Digg

diggdigg 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

If you aren’t into social media as a business owner yet, it is time to join the bandwagon of those businesses who heavily rely on social media for their marketing strategies. Digg Digg comes in handy by allowing you to place a familiar floating box on your website allowing your visitors to share with other social media users the page they are on.

The plug-in supports all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google Plus. One of the most useful features of this add-on is the fact that you can customize which social media you want to use it for while eliminating those you are not interested in.

2. Selz

selz 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

WordPress ecommerce doesn’t have to be hard if using a plug-in like Selz to handle the credit card payments and orders. The easy-to-install plug-in has dozens of features that I find of particular interest to any independent creative site owner who is looking to sell their work from a WordPress site.

Selz is incredibly easy to setup and use without needing to do any coding or amending of themes. In page widgets or buy now buttons can be embedded into any WordPress page, and can be integrated with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to maximise your reach on social media. Using Selz you can sell physical, digital or services.  Nice features to kickstart your sales include offering promotional discount codes or asking potential customers to pay what they want. But here is my personal favorite: you only pay for this plug-in if you actually sell a product (even a digital product) or service thanks to it. It is a win-win for everybody.

If for some reason you don’t sell anything, you will not be charged, which means that you have nothing to lose by installing it on your WordPress site. The Selz plug-in is easy to get started with as it doesn’t require any prior programming knowledge.

3. 404 Redirected

redirected 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

Another useful WordPress plug-in and let me explain why it can be helpful. Way too many websites in the Internet return 404 errors and their owners seem to be in the dark about it. This crafty little plug-in will show you all the pages that return the error and fix the problem immediately. Broken links and missing pages on a website can pose a serious threat to a business.

Not only will people see such a website in a negative light, but also Google will not pass Page Rank to any 404 page.

4. Updraft Plus

updraft 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

I am sure that I don’t have to convince anybody about the importance of online backup. When something such as your PC or your connection goes suddenly haywire, you have this little plug-in to thank for. Even when it seems that you lost some of your data, it will always be there waiting for you stored thanks to the online backup option that you chose to use.

You can store your data in the cloud (my preferred solution) or in any other way you find suitable in your situation. Then, with one click, you can restore any piece of information that you had lost. Updraft Plus is currently the highest-ranking backup plug-in for WordPress according to rankwp.com with over 510,000 downloads worldwide.

5. All in One SEO Pack

seo pack 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

This neat plug-in is perfect for all SEO-oriented website owners. It has many features, the most notable and practical of which include Google Analytics support, automatic optimization of titles for SEO purposes in Google and other search rankings, and automatic META tags generation.

What is more, XML sitemap support to Google and Bing is also included, which is perfect for improving your SEO. The software is very easy to use for the beginners as it works out-of-the-box, but more experienced users will find it enjoyable to customize it according to their needs.

6. Contact Form 7

contact form 7 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

To the untrained eye, it might seem like another contact form plug-in, but it shines by being very flexible and simple. It perfectly does the job for which it was designed. With its help, a site owner can manage a few contact forms and customize each one of them at the same time. The plug-in supports submitting powered by Ajax, Akismet spam filtering, CAPTCHA, and more.

7. CloudFlare

cloudflare 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

If you have been fighting spammers and hackers before, you know that this plug-in is absolutely a must. Thanks to this addition to your WordPress site, you will be able to recognize the IPs addresses of the spammers and block them accordingly. CloudFlare will allow your website to load faster, which is another plus.

8. Google XML Sitemaps

google xml sitemaps 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

I am sure that you would agree with me that every ecommerce website benefits from being indexed in Google or Bing. If for some reason you don’t want to install All in One SEO Pack, you can just opt for Google XML instead. Google XML Sitemaps makes it a lot easier for crawlers to access an ecommerce website and then index it in no time.

9. Clicky

clicky by yoast 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

If you are a fan of keeping track of where your visitors come from, or what type of pages on your website they like to visit the most, you will thank Clicky for all that it has to offer to you. Apart from being able to track what countries your visitors represent, you can also use its many other features such as visitor segmentation, Twitter analytics, video analytics, and many more.

10. WP-reCaptcha

recaptcha 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

This practical plug-in makes the life of spammers and hackers miserable by not allowing their bots to access your website. This convenient piece of software is a real challenge for bots, which is good because you don’t want your website to be flooded with endless spam.

11. Casengo

live chat casengo 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

Casengo is probably the most popular live chat plug-in on the market right now. Thanks to this handy piece of software, you can offer live support directly from your website, but you can also handle enquires via email or social media.

12. Comment Luv

commentluv 12 Essential Plugins for Wordpress Ecommerce Sites

CommentComment Luv is a great tool that can attract lots of traffic to your website. My favorite feature of this particular plug-in is the ability to showcase your top commentators (everybody loves to be one), but there are many other features I find to be helpful such as the ability to add keywords, integrate twitterlink, as well as other social enticements.

Over 60 million Internet users worldwide use WordPress as their CMS making it currently the most popular customizable software of this type in the world. There are literally thousands of plug-ins available to WordPress users, so it would be beyond the bounds of possibility to mention all of them in the article. I mentioned only those that I consider to be of most use to site owners who want the minimum of work while maximizing the capabilities of WordPress for ecommerce.

This post was written by Adrian Zaremba who has been a Web Publishing and Internet Marketing professional since 2007.

Comments

  1. Thanks for the useful information. Though I have not worked much on ecommerce sites but as I have worked on wordpress sites, I’am familiar with the All in One SEO Pack, Contact Form 7, Google XML Sitemaps and Comment Luv plugins. Bookmarked this for future, its handy.

  2. Hi Adrian

    Thanks for the good list.

    Personally I prefer WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin instate of All in One SEO Pack. WordPress SEO by Yoast also have sitemap feature and you do not have to use Google XML Sitemaps plugin if you use WordPress SEO by Yoast. Less Plugin means Less load in your server mean Fast loading site.

    Another think I want to mention that you do not suggest any Security Plugin.

    For me “Limit Login Attempts” and “Bullet Proof Security or Better WP Security” are must Install Plugin.

  3. Hello Adrian,

    Really a good post for a word press beginner especially for a E-commerce website we usually don’t see a Live Chat box in very E-commerce website. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Cheers.

  4. Thanks for the usefull information but i have little dought as i am not getting 404 Redirected .How it work or how it help.
    I will be very greatfull If anyone helf me in this.

  5. I have mine Commentluv, they’re popular on blogs and where professional bloggers go into.

  6. hi thanks for this article this post is such an importance because all the plugins and essential details are summoned up for a blogger

  7. A really good list Adrian.

    Apart from Updraft and Casenga, I have used the other plugins. Thanks for recommending.

    For those just starting with eCommerce, I wholly recommend “Selz”, their service is awesome. Try it out.

  8. Hi thanks for sharing these plugins, i was looking for a captcha plug in to save my website from spammers.

  9. I simply want to say I am just beginner to blogging and seriously savored your web page. Almost certainly I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have very good stories. With thanks for sharing with us your website

  10. I think comment luv is not needed for an e commerce site.
    Instead, payment plugin Astoundify is really handy plugin :)

  11. Bookmarked this for future. Much obliged concerning the convenient data. Despite the fact that I have not worked much on ecommerce destinations however as I have chipped away at wordpress locales, I’am acquainted with the All in One SEO Pack, Contact Form 7, Google XML Sitemaps and Comment Luv plugins.

  12. unfortunately, my website is not a wordpress blog. I can’t take advantage of what wordpress has to offer, specially these very helpful plugins. Soon, I’m gonna migrate with wordpress. Thanks for sharing this useful plugins anyway :D

  13. I use Clicky on all my sites and it is definitely one of the best WP plugins I have ever used. Thank you for the list, will check others out and maybe leave a feedback again.
    Regards.

  14. Very good post. All these 12 Plugins are important for WordPress Blog. I’d really like to use Clicky, All in One SEO, Google XML SiteMap, Casengo, and CommentLuv Plugins in my blog. It’s definitely free plugins and easy to use and handle.

    Thanks for sharing this information and showed us some beautiful plugins for WordPress.

  15. This article is outstanding. Thank you for sharing it with us. I am visiting this blog on a daily basis and I am finding extremely helpful article each time. Keep working on this and thank you once again.

  16. Great list but I have a question. ReCaptcha is annoying (it’s hard to read numbers/letters), is there a similar plugin? Thanks.

  17. All the great WP plugins for eCommerce site is here! I don’t have much experience about eCommerce sites. But, I see most of those plugins works smoothly for other WP sites too. You have precisely written about them here . Thanks for sharing those nice plugins here

  18. Thanks for sharing the full of Knowledge content for those users who are new in the wordpress. I have experience of using few plugins like All in One SEO Pack, Contact US Form. These are I am familiar with articles. But Few are new for me. I will test them and then back to you with my experience

    Thanks AGains

  19. Awesome post about plugins. Can you suggest me which seo plugin is the best, All In One Seo Pack or Yoast Seo plugin? I will be glade if you reply me..

  20. I am not too much familiar with e-commerce site. But the plugins you described in this article is also much important for any other wordpress site. So this post is important to any wordpress developer. I have a little question, can you please tell me which seo plugins is the best All in one Seo pack or Yoast seo plugin?

  21. What I hated the “404 redirected.” Oh well, I wasn’t introduced that great!

  22. Hi

    The most difficult part with an ecommerce website is to handle payments. Selz is undoubtedly the best plugin for ecommerce website but rest of the plugins you mentioned could also be used with any blog.

    Like you i also love to use Comment Luv plugin as it really attracts lots of new visitors.

  23. Quite a good list of all the essential and useful plugins required for running a wordpress enabled E-Commerce website.I do run quite a few of them, and would like to implement your suggestions in the future.

  24. I was seeking for some useful WordPress plugins. I am using many plugins from all plugins explained above. I wanted to know some other plugins to install. This post will help me. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Won’t all these plugins slow down the load time of the site?

  26. Nice and informative post

    Well I use WordPress right from when i started my career. It is a great CMS tool for maintaining blogs and websites. Plugins are a great feature in WordPress. It reduces our work and performs effectively. I have almost covered all of them mentioned in the list except a few like selz, casengo ,and clicky. I would surely like to try them .

    Thank for sharing

  27. I don’t really agree that “all in one seo” is a good seo plugin to go with I tried it once and didn’t like it… in my opinion yoast has a much better plugin..
    can you give a benefit of all in one seo pack over yoast’s seo plugin?

    another thing comment-luv is great for comments and this recommendation is very good on your side when ever i am been asked on a good comment plugin i always say that it is the best one..

  28. Thanks – great list! We use the 404 redirected plugin on all of our sites but find that it gives thousands of false positives by registering 404s against post previews and temporary links that are generated while writing content. On the other hand, it does a great job of finding and redirecting valid 404s. We use this in conjunction with Broken Link Checker (only switch it on when you want to run a check or it will drag your site performance down!).

  29. These are really must have wordpress plugin for every one not only for ecommerce blogs.

  30. Great list!
    Almost every plugin listed above is an important one for not only eCommerce blogs, but also for other blogs. I use 10 among the above 12 plugins in my site.

  31. You have described about many useful plugins of WordPress. All have their specific work. Though I haven’t used all of these plugins but some. There are many spammers who do fake comments. To keep your blog safe from it’s necessary to use some plugin. 404 redirected is of great use for every blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  32. Thanks for the article – I’m going to have to have a look at Casengo, sounds like it might be perfect for me :)

  33. Hey Awesome article
    All plugin are very useful and helpful. I also use all these plugins but commentluv plugin i am not using but you are right commentluv great tool that attract lots of traffic on your blog. because many blogger wants backlink and they try to find commentluv enable blog to comment on those blogs.Great list and thanks for sharing with us :) .

  34. Yeah! good post. And recently i have bought a new wordpress education blog, so now i will install the all plugins for my blog. And ALL In ONE SEO is really awesome plugin.

  35. I like the list and there are two that I want to implement on my sites ASAP.

    1-Casengo–for my local insurance business, I think this will help convert more of my traffic for property and casualty insurance

    2-Commentluv—Although there are some negatives associated with Commentluv I think the benefits are far greater and should improve traffic/engagement at my blog.

    Regards,

    Scott aka Massman in Boston

  36. Really good article! I am using CloudFare and DiggDigg. I am thinking that your list is very adequate. But of course a lot from this plugins we can use not inly for blogs.

  37. Hey, Digg Digg is good but I still wonder is it anyhow better than Flare?

    I’m seriously in love with Flare as it looks good and works pretty well than any other social sharing plugin. You should have included that :(

    I missed Google XML Sitemaps but ow to figure that out for Blogger platform?

  38. I already use many of these plugins on my daily routine blogs, and I love to see them mentioned for some real business on the internet. I was planning to start an e-commerce website, and hunting down the best solutions.

    Your list has serious mentions of great plugins. (Y)

  39. i like the google Xml sitemaps the most..

    this is the most important factor.. i suppose..
    please rectify if i am wrong.. sir

  40. alos mine site in google webmaster show many duplicate title and urls..

    thiugh i have removed..

  41. Hey,
    I have been using clicky for a long time.In my opinion it is the best to know that from where your visitors are coming from.
    Thanks,
    Salena Gomez

  42. Thanks for the share as this is one such information, I am looking for from a very long time. Appreciate your time in preparing this amazing list.

  43. 8 out of 12 is my favorite in your list, and the awesome one 404 redirect, nice to know about it but one question arise, as i know broken links result “404 redirect” effect SEO, so this plugin can help to reduced penalty on ranking or SEO

  44. Thanks for sharing informative information. There are important word press plugin for better to get good result as you want to according to post and use with E commerce Sites

  45. I added CommentLuv and am looking at Clicky because of this post. I look for CommentLuv blogs to comment on, why in the world wouldn’t I think other people would do the same.
    Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

  46. Nice post
    The list you provided is really good. Though I have not used some of them but would really love to try. I mainly use WordPress Yoast SEO plugin. It mainly controls all features and also WordPress XML sitemap to produce sitemap .
    Will try some of them and will surely get back to you.

    Thank you for sharing.

  47. nice article
    great wordpress plugin list. i used some of them in my website but i dont know about cloudflare wordpress plugin. thanks for sharing.

  48. Good collection of really useful WordPress plugins. All in one SEO, Comment Luv are my all time favourite.
    Thanks for sharing.

  49. Nice post

    I am not too familiar with e-commerce sites. The plugins you have mentioned are not only useful for e- commerce sites but are very helpful for any website. I am not familiar with all the plugins some of them are totally new to me, but there are some plugins which are very good and I have also used them.

    Thank you for sharing such great list of plugins.

  50. These are definitely some good suggestions though I’ve been having a few issues recently with Cloudflare that’s making me consider upgrading to faster hosting and/or a CDN.

    Hopefully it’s just a temporary issue though!

  51. Hello Adrian
    My friend wants to start a wordpress ecommerce site and was confused between which plugin to use.And i fount the list here.THanxx for providing the list of plugin with their function.I have a doubt that All In One Pack or WordPress SEO Yoast which is better ??
    Thanxx in advance :)

  52. I’m not running ecommerce site yet. I used some of the plugin you mentioned. Yoast seo plugin worths re-mentioning. A free plugin with premium features. I’m considering using cloudflare as I red this post.

    Thanks

  53. Digg Digg and 404 Redirected are some of the plugins that should be on the must-install plugins list of every webmasters. Got to know about Casengo and Updraft plus from this post.

  54. really a great list of wordpress plugins for those who wants to start ecommarce website thankyou

  55. I’ve found that the Captcha Bank plug-in is for better than any of the others to stop spam in its tracks. And you can control the amount of characters you’d like displayed for the reader to enter.

    I’m surprised you’re not using CommentLuv since you recommend it.

  56. Thanks for sharing this information. My website’s platform is wordpress and so this article becomes a lot more valuable.

  57. Very nice lists of plugins.
    I really liked the casengo plugin.

  58. Thanks for educating more by the great list of plugins which can be used for eCommerce type of sites. I’ve tried to use Google XML SiteMaps and ALL in One SEO Pack, Few of them I heard by never got chance to use that one to my site. I will definitely try for the rest!

  59. Excellent and well written post in which you beautifully calculates the WordPress Plugins. I hope this post is very helpful for newbies.

  60. awesome list!
    the list is very amazing and it is very useful for the beginners and even expertise in some cases. myself though i installed some of the mentioned plug ins already, i got to know about new plugins which are very useful and amazing. anyways thanks for the list :-p

  61. I have been using a 301 redirect plugin on my ecommerce site because it makes the most sense when it comes to making the most of my link building efforts. For example, if I put up a new product, market it, and then eventually take it down, I have the opportunity to redirect those links to another page of my site to repurpose those links.

  62. Nice article ….! Thanks for sharing this post

  63. i’m not sure about the Confirm Publishing Actions plugin. WordPress now offers a rollback feature and personally I would find it a bit of a pain to constantly have to confirm what I was doing.

    However, if you have a number of contributors in a company and want to make sure they are sure about what they are doing, then perhaps it’s useful.

    One plugin I would add to this list is Better WP Security (soon to become iThemes Security), which takes the best WordPress security features and techniques and combines them in a single plugin, ensuring that as many security holes as possible are patched.

  64. thanks for share some useful information. i am also use dig dig and 404 redirect plugin in my blog. comment luv is also good plugin.

  65. Hello Adrian,

    This is a very compact list of essential plugins to be used in a WordPress installation site. But I had a couple of problems with CloudFlare plugins. The images took forever to load on my website. Do you know what might have caused the problem?

    DJ Sid

  66. Wow Great post … for worrdpress seo. All the plugins are very useful for wordpress website..
    thanks a lot

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