3 Best WooCommerce Alternatives for WordPress
Although WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress, it does not mean that it is the perfect solution for everyone. There are, however, alternatives that might better suit your needs. In this article, we discuss 3 alternatives for WooCommerce.
Why would you need alternatives to WooCommerce?
WooCommerce enables everyone to quickly set up an online shop. Thanks to the great ease of use, a wide choice of payment gateways and many expansion possibilities, more than 30% of all webshops run on WooCommerce. We can therefore safely say that it is the best e-commerce plugin for WordPress. However, it may be that WooCommerce does not have the features you are looking for, or that you are looking for a simpler solution. In that case, it is certainly worthwhile to take a look at these alternatives for WooCommerce.
# 1. MemberPress
If you want to build a membership website that offers access to premium content with subscriptions then MemberPress is the ideal solution. This e-commerce plugin offers you the possibility to sell subscriptions or set up a drip content model. With support for multiple payment gateways, price tables and other tools, you can easily set up a membership community yourself. You could try the same with WooCommerce, but then you should use multiple add-ons to get the functionality that is built in at MemberPress. However, MemberPress does not have ‘traditional’ shopping cart functionality. So if you want to sell physical products in addition to subscriptions, you will have to combine MemberPress with WooCommerce. Fortunately, these two e-commerce plugins work perfectly together!
# 2. Easy Digital Downloads
Easy Digital Downloads is a WordPress e-commerce plugin that has been specially developed for selling virtual products. You can think of software, music, e-books, digital manuals, videos and more. You can manage software licenses and downloads, accept payments, and install add-ons to further expand the functionalities.
If you only want to sell digital downloads, Easy Digital Download is one of the better alternatives for WooCommerce. Of course, you can also use WooCommerce to sell digital downloads. But because there are many features for physical products built in as standard, you have a chance that the interface will be too messy. In addition, you will need several add-ons, among other things to manage licenses. If you want to offer both digital and physical products in your webshop, we recommend using WooCommerce.
# 3. Shopify
Although it is possible to combine Shopify and WordPress using the WP Shopify plugin, Shopify is in fact, a self-contained e-commerce platform. You, therefore, do not need WordPress for this. Shopify actually takes everything out of your hands: hosting, software installations, updates, backups, and so on. That makes it an attractive option for people who have no technical knowledge at all. But there is also a downside. With Shopify, you get much less control over your webshop, especially compared to a WooCommerce webshop. In addition, transaction costs are calculated, which means that your costs will rise once you start selling more. I would not recommend Shopify personally unless it really does not matter that you have little control and have to pay transaction costs.