Top Best WooCommerce Alternatives
When we want selling anything online, there’s no doubt that WooCommerce is the runaway favorite. WooCommerce is easy to install, use and customize. Moreover, hundreds of extensions allow users to add functions as they please. That being said, WooCommerce may not be the best fit for all websites. It may be missing just the one feature that’s you want super important in your website.
Unlike WooCommerce, some of these alternate solutions are hosted eCommerce software like Shopify and BigCommerce. But there are others that are self-hosted eCommerce solutions, similar to WooCommerce. These include Magento and OpenCart, among others.
Let’s begin looking at some of the best WooCommerce alternatives
1. Easy Digital Downloads
We’ll start with Easy Digital Downloads, a plugin designed specifically to sell digital goods online. It’ll almost instantly change your WordPress website into an online digital store, since every important feature required for this purpose is built into the plugin. You’ll easily be able to sell your themes, eBooks, music albums, plugins or PDF files and collect payment for them without hassles using just the basic plugin.
Shopify is a hosted solution that caters to over a half a million online store owners, both big and small. Anyone can try this scalable software for 14 days for free, without submitting credit card details. Within minutes you’ll be able to set up your online store and be ready to accept orders and payments from all over the world.
At the end of your trial period, you can choose from plans that start from $9 per month (Lite) to $299 per month (Advanced). And, if you’re an Enterprise level operator, the team at Shopify will customize plans for you. For most beginners, the Basic package at $29 per month should suffice. You’ll easily be able to add new sales channels, manage products and inventory. Besides, you’ll also be able to fulfill orders in a single step, and track sales and growth trends.
Gumroad helps you sell almost anything you want online – digital or physical goods, subscriptions and even pre-ordered items. It’s a great place to sell if a creative streak runs in you, and you want to put it to commercial use. So artists, photographers, designers and writers – pay closer attention to this eCommerce platform. WordPress users can take the help of a plugin to embed Gumroad into their websites.
If digital goods is your forte, you’ll be glad that you can offer multiple versions of your product, generate license keys and offer discount codes. By simply adding a ‘+’ sign to the products, you can also ask customers to pay what they wish. To make sure that your product is not shared, there’s built-in abuse prevention, PDF stamping or turning off downloads.
If you’re looking to sell subscriptions or memberships, you really needn’t look beyond MemberPress. Almost every feature required for this is available with this plugin – digital downloads, pricing pages, subscription management, drip content and coupon code generation. Moreover, the plugin makes it easy to integrate your custom code with it. So you can go onto customize it anyway you want.
Depending on the members’ subscriptions, MemberPress allows you to control access to your posts, videos, feeds and other kinds of content. It integrates completely with WordPress to manage content, forums and communities. It also integrates with other third party solutions for payment processing, affiliate marketing and more, at no extra cost.
Magento is a complete standalone platform that includes every desirable eCommerce feature and offers a high degree of customization. Chances are that you’ll never go searching for an extension with Magento. Unlike WooCommerce, it’s not easy to set up or customize and many of us may need professional for this.
Magento is suitable for big businesses looking at fast growth. It can easily meet advanced eCommerce needs of operations spanning the international markets. Most importantly, it allows you to adopt a mobile-first approach to tap the growing mobile shopping market.
What are your thoughts? Would you recommend a different e-commerce option? We’d love to know what you think!