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7 Incredible WordPress E-commerce Plugins For 2017

7 Incredible WordPress E-commerce Plugins For 2017

WordPress initially started out as a blogging platform, but today it’s being used as the primary solution for building many e-commerce sites. WordPress has a powerful plug-in architecture which makes it possible for anyone to transform a fledgling site into a sleek digital shop. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on dedicated shopping cart software and you’d rather build your own with WordPress, then you are in the right place.

Once you’ve decided to build an e-commerce site with WordPress, you might be wondering which plugin is the best fit for you. Well, don’t fret. We have researched and put together a list of seven of the best WordPress e-commerce plug-ins to aid you to choose the right one. All the plug-ins mentioned here are free to use and suitable for creating any type of WordPress e-store.

1. WooCommerce

WooCommerce is by large the most popular and widely used e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It has more than 18% (approximately) share on the internet market in e-commerce and boasts notable clientele like Entrepreneur, Cosmopolitan, and Harley Davidson.

Its top features include integration with PayPal, multiple shopping, easy inventory management among others. On top of these, you can incorporate many other powerful extensions with WooCommerce that can help you to expand your simple site into a multimillion-dollar e-commerce store. Moreover, there are many free and paid themes that allow you to transform your online shop to meet your specific needs.

2. Easy Digital Downloads

If you are thinking of selling a digital product, Easy Digital Download is the right choice for you. It is simple to use and setup, lightweight, and has a broad range of features. Its powerful reporting system can be used to keep track of earnings and sales with an interactive graph and complex data table to analyze your performance.

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Moreover, EDD code is written with WP coding standards in mind, making it one of the most developer friendly e-commerce solution available in the market. Additionally, its code is also easy to change and with many free themes and extensions, and is one of the best e-commerce plugins.

The only downside of Easy Digital Download is that you can’t sell any physical products. But, if you only deal with digital products, this is a huge advantage because it has managed to exclude the useless features keeping only what will be useful to you.

 3. WP Ecommerce

With over more than 3 million downloads, WP Ecommerce is one of the most popular plugins, second to only WooCommerce. Whether it’s a physical inventory, digital download, subscriptions or membership, you can use WooCommerce to sell any sort of products.

Though simple, it is a very powerful plugin and allows you to customize HTML and CSS. One of its many unique features is its streamline checkout process that plays a great role in increasing the conversion rate of your store. In addition, its integration with many payment processors and shipper makes it one of the best plugins for a beginner.

Finally, it’s free, but you can unlock advanced features anytime with a premium upgrade.

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4. MarketPress

MarketPress is an effort by developers to put together all the features and power of several different plugins into the one single standard plugin. As a result, MarketPress is well designed, feature rich, and easily customizable.

When you start with MarketPress, it comes with a beautiful theme. It is easy to configure as you can customize your store without altering a single line of the code. Moreover, creating new products or categories and managing orders is relatively easy in MarketPress.

Initially, MarketPress is free but you will have to spend some money to upgrade it to the premium version and unleash its full potential.

 5. iTheme Exchange

iTheme exchange, the product of iThemes, is simple, intuitive and extremely extendable plugin. Thanks to its user-friendly interface, you can create your platform easily in comparison to other plugins.

One of the most unique features of iTheme exchange is that it has its own database table for the customers. This is helpful because information about the customer is automatically added to this page during the exchange of products. However, this plugin is still at an early stage and growing, which means it has got a smaller community compared to others.

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If you want to use it just install, activate, add payment process, products and start selling goods and services.

6. Shopp

Shopp is highly professional and high-performance e-commerce plugin for WordPress. The catchphrase of Shopp is, “Publish with WordPress. Sell with Shopp.” It is simple, straightforward, and clever and gives you a preconception about what you will get without any difficulty.

One of the distinctive features of Shopp is its security cart, which doesn’t need any security add-ons. Its SEO friendly code, responsive design and compatibility with the themes of WordPress and Plugins make it one of the most desirable plugins available in the market today.

This plugin is free but you will have to pay for support and access to community forums. The starter package of Shopp is priced at seventy-five dollars.

7. Shopify Buy Button for WordPress

Not every WordPress site needs a full-blown ecommerce setup on the backend. Sometimes you may only have a few products you want to offer online. In other cases, you may be looking for a fast, simple, and user-friendly way to sell a product on your site.

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The WordPress buy button from Shopify is a good choice in those scenarios. Sure, you could use it to build out a site selling a lot of products too, but, if you are looking for something quick and simple, this new offering from Shopify is something you are going to want to check out for sure.

Like many of the others listed above, they too offer a free WordPress plugin. The plugin includes secure checkout, shipping integration, and product sales tracking features. Style is not overlooked either, with the easy built in customization options.

If you are looking for a way to sell your products online, WordPress is a great place to build your site and the plugins covered here are all great choices for adding the needed functionality to your new site.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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