The Best WordPress eCommerce Plugins: Comparison List Pros and Cons

Clients often ask which eCommerce plugin best suits their online business/online store (WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads or Memberpress), and what are the pros & cons of each. The answer to that is: it depends. So let's take a quick look the main points for each pros & cons of these eCommerce plugins.

WooCommerce

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Pros

  • Hundreds of Extensions and Themes
  • 100% customizable
  • Great Flexibility
  • Supports Both Digital and Physical Goods
  • Complete Inventory Management
  • Large Community of Users, Developers, and Contributors

Cons

  • Hampered with Plugins Slowing Down Performance 
  • Need to Pay for Extensions
  • Upgrades Often Crashes or Incompatible with Other Plugins

BigCommerce

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Pros

  • No Transaction Fees
  • Multiple Sales Channels
  • Security
  • Lots of Shipping Options
  • Complete Inventory Management
  • Creating Products is Simple

Cons

  • Extra Fees for Successful Customers
  • Expensive BigCommerce Themes
  • No Lite Version
  • Theme Editor Nees Improvements

Easy Digital Downloads

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Pros

  • Easy To Setup
  • Can Set Recurring Charges
  • Works With All Themes
  • Great Features and Beautiful Interface
  • Works With All Major Payment Processors

Cons

  • No Lifetime Plan and Costly
  • Limited Licensing
  • Too Many Required Plugins Hurt Performance

MemberPress

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Pros

  • Email Autoresponder Integration
  • Powerful Access Rules
  • Affiliate System Included With Higher Priced Plan
  • Easy To Use Intuitive Setup
  • Multiple Payment Processors

Cons

  • Slow Development And Few Improvements Made Over Time
  • Fake Marketing Tactics “Limited Time Offer”
  • No WooCommerce Support
  • All Front End Elements Look Ugly And Dated

Shopify

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Pros

  • Selling products on multiple channels
  • Make money with Shopify “Buy Button”
  • Boost sales with Abandoned Checkout Recovery
  • Integrate your store with Shopify POS
  • Sell both digital and physical products
  • Excellent site performance
  • Support over 100 payment processors

Cons

  • No email hosting
  • Apps come with pricing
  • Advanced features at a higher price