Practical Ecommerce

21 Free Tools to Open a WordPress Shop

WordPress is a free content management system with an abundance of free plugins and themes to launch and manage an ecommerce shop. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and flexible solution to test the ecommerce waters, WordPress might be right for you.

Here is a list of free tools to open a WordPress shop. There are a variety of free ecommerce and site management plugins, as well as free ecommerce themes to model your shop.

Getting Started

WordPress.org. WordPress started as a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system through the thousands of plugins and themes. Download the latest stable release of WordPress for free.

WordPress Lessons. Here is some free help for getting started on WordPress. There are lessons for beginners and advanced lessons on designing your website, theme development, and website development.

WordPress.com. Build a site and spend nothing. WordPress.com offers a free site to get up and running. Upgrade the account when you need increased customization and additional space.

Free Plugins

WP e-Commerce. WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress shopping cart plugin that lets customers buy your products, services, and digital downloads online. It features multiple payment gateways, easy customization, marketing and search-engine-optimization options, flexible shipping options with real-time rates, and catalog management and browsing tools.

Ecwid. Ecwid is a full-featured shopping cart and ecommerce solution that can easily be added to any blog or Facebook profile. It offers performance, flexibility, and features seamless upgrades.

Cart66 Lite Sell products and services, incorporate product variations and promotions, and manage orders. Conveniently sell through PayPal Websites Payments Standard or Express Checkout.

Zingiri Web Shop. Zingiri Web Shop is a WordPress plugin that turns a great content management system into an ecommerce solution for digital and physical products. It features customer and stock management modules, Ajax powered shopping cart, multiple payment gateways, and multiple language libraries.

WooCommerce. WooCommerce transforms your WordPress website into an ecommerce store for free. The free version features reporting on store performance, intricate tax and shipping options, store management functionality, and the ability to run complex coupon campaigns and discount options.

All in One SEO Pack. All in One SEO Pack automatically optimizes your WordPress site for search engines. Utilize Google Analytics support. Generate meta tags automatically, override any title, and set any meta description or meta keywords. Basic version is free.

JetPack. Jetpack is a plugin that connects to WordPress.com and increases its features. Get simple and concise stats. Enable your visitors to use WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook accounts to comment. Allow users to subscribe to your posts and comments to receive a notification via email.

Google Analytics for WordPress. The Google Analytics for WordPress plugin allows you to track your site easily and with lots of metadata. It allows usage of custom variables in Google Analytics to track meta data on pages. Easily connect it to your Google AdSense and Google Analytics accounts.

Google XML Sitemaps. This plugin generates a special XML sitemap that helps search engines to better index your site. With a sitemap, crawlers can see the complete structure of your site and retrieve it more efficiently. Also it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.

WP Remote. WP Remote provides a single place to monitor and update all of your WordPress sites. It handles updates to installed plugins and themes remotely via the WP Remote website and provides quick access to core updates.

Free Ecommerce Themes

Mystile. Mystile is a clean, lightweight WooCommerce theme, designed as a canvas that you can use as-is, or easily create a unique design to match your products. The theme is responsive as standard, and comes bundled with plenty of options and alternate color schemes.

Artificer. Artificer is a free responsive ecommerce powered theme for people selling arts and crafts. There are several color schemes to match your brand identity, as well as two custom shortcodes for a sticky note and a sale banner.

Wootique. Wootique is intended to be a great solution for any online store. It features a home page slider and customizable home page. Stamp your brand style by changing color, adjusting the menu and footer, or adding a background image.

Kakileema Lite. Kakileema Lite is the lite version WordPress eCommerce theme from Tokokoo. Kakileema is ideal for a clothes, fashion or apparel shop. It includes a featured products section, product slideshow, and widgetized sidebar and footer.

Zenshop. The Zenshop theme is designed with a minimalistic style and a grid layout to showcase your store. The supports custom post types, menus, taxonomies, meta boxes, and page templates. The theme also comes with an options page and user-guide page.

FrameMarket. FrameMarket provides a variety of features to create and customize your ecommerce store. Customize the product grid, header, background, and navigation menus. It includes six widgetized areas and Google Analytics integration.

Mio. Mio is a free WordPress ecommerce theme with an Apple-like style. It’s responsive and contains a home page slider, several widgetized areas, and over 20 custom shortcodes. Use product grid or list view display, as well as four areas for promotions.

Balita. Balita is a theme dedicated to shops that sell products for children. The theme is free for both private and commercial projects.

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Comments ( 5 )

  1. Joe Robison October 2, 2013 Reply

    This is a good list for beginners – it would be good for beginners to have a little bit of direction about what to choose for WordPress Ecommerce, I know when I was first starting out I was confused by all the options and eventually chose Woocommerce, but it would be good to get an idea of the pros and cons for each. Thanks!

  2. Rudd October 20, 2013 Reply

    Too bad, Easy Digital Download didn’t make to the list. It’s probably one of the best plugins to sell digital items. Btw, also take a look at ManageWP.org, they pretty much have similar service with Remove WP but with more advance features.

  3. John October 24, 2013 Reply

    I did try one of the ecommerce wordpress theme ‘Ready to go’ I downloaded that for free and could not make it easy to work. Do you have suggestion for me to download the best yet easiest ecommerce theme for my next project. I am a bit struggling to manage the options and patters in the present on marganto.com

  4. Keith Hecht November 17, 2013 Reply

    Thanks, A very useful information.

  5. Demian November 21, 2013 Reply

    Good article! thank you so much. Found uses for some of their projects and so very grateful for the information. Best regards, Davias!

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