Best resources to create an ecommerce website with WordPress

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Figured out that you can make an awe inspiring ecommerce website with just WordPress, but not sure how?

It is as easy to create an ecommerce website with WordPress, as it is to make a WordPress blog or a WordPress business portfolio.

Though this looks like – “Big deal! It is just one ease task”

It isn’t. There are so many resources out there leading to lots of confusion.

I’ve compiled some resources that I find are the best to create an ecommerce website with WordPress in a snap.

While visiting an ecommerce store the first thing that the users notice is the ease of use. Hence, the first priority must be given to making the online store as simple and user friendly as possible. All the resources listed here take utmost care of that.

So let us have a glimpse into some of the best resources that will assist you to create an ecommerce website managed on WordPress.

Web Hosting

Selecting a reliable web host is the first and most vital step in setting up an ecommerce site. You must go for a webhost that offers wide array of facilities, while focusing on speed and security. Usually it is recommended to purchase a dedicated hosting if you are aiming at tremendous traffic. But that again depends on the rate of your online store’s growth. Initially you can manage with a shared hosting though.

Read how to choose a WordPress hosting for your ecommerce site, buy getting acquainted with various prerequisites for a host to qualify as the best WordPress ecommerce hosting.

Visitor Analytics

A tool to track your visitors is a must since you are about to run a large business. You need to install a tracking script like Google Analytics. As far as today’s online entrepreneurship is concerned, it has become too tough to stay in business and ‘the fittest survives’. Therefore, tracking the customer behavior and modifying your online store to fit in your traffic’s requirement will always be an unavoidable practice. Such tracking tools enable you to perceive your traffic’s behavior in terms of pages viewed most, number of new and returning visitor and more of this sort. Acquaintance with these aspects make it easy for you to modify your website and your products according to the liking of your target buyers.

Link Shortener

Link shorterers are so much in vogue due to the fact that sharing long URLs is annoying as per most of the social media users and internet marketers. And hence, now there are lots of services available to make URLs short. For instance, services like Pretty Link Pro, can be used to shorten URLs. Shortening URL will help us in reducing the lengthy URL into smaller ones so that it suits the Twitter cut off of 140 character and people can share them easily. Moreover, long links consume few lines in an email (which could be a newsletter too).



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A theme that suits your store’s target traffics’ liking is necessary. It is a crucial factor in deciding your site’s success and failure. Themes that give an ecommerce look must be used and all other kinds of themes should be avoided because no one will expect an ecommerce site to look like a blog.

Also, it is recommended not to go for any free theme because support and features in those will be very limited. Just be sure that the theme you choose is responsive to cater to people who shop from tablets and smartphones too.

Payment Checkout Solutions

Payment Checkout solution is perhaps the most essential factor of an ecommerce website as that is where the real business happens. Most of the ecommerce themes do not come with a payment checkout server and you will have to install it manually. Using a Payment checkout solution is the best way to secure the data of your customers and so effective PCSs like Stripe and Mijireh can be used for this purpose. These tools will also help in maintaining your brand’s name throughout the transaction.

Content Delivery Networks

Content Delivery Networks or CDN are cache creating tools that will cache the static data of your website such as photos of products, and show them as fast as possible when users go through your website. But you cannot cache all the things of your site. Instead, you may cache images using Photon CDN or Jetpack’s new Image CDN. If you use MaxCDN then you will be capable of caching almost all things of your site including images. The same is possible with W3-Total Cache too.

Remember the more you cache, the quicker your website loads. Hence it is important to use a CDN on your Website in order to provide a flying site performance. Don’t let your prospective buyer wait. He may change his mind in a matter of seconds after all.

Table Rate Shipping

Table Rate Shipping enables your customers to outline the shipping rates depending on factors like location, weight of the product, delivery time, etc., so as to adjust with his or her need. To make it possible you can use tools like WooCommerce, WP eCommerce , Cart-66, etc.

Dynamic Pricing

Dynamic pricing lets your customers be rewarded discounts for different kinds of purchases they make. For example, if a customer buys a product in bulk, you can give discounts to that user. You can also define sale discounts and member discounts as well to boost your sales. To do this you can make use of Gravity Forms that will allow you to set up pricing options for each of your products. If you are using a theme from WooThemes, you’ll find this facility as a built-in feature.

WP E-Commerce Related Products Slider

This WordPress plugin is used by most of the ecommerce website webmasters to show the related products with a good looking slider with products from the same category as the one the customer is viewing. Using this plugin ensures cross-selling of related products.

WordPress E-commerce Earning Graphs


This WordPress ecommerce plugin adds an extra tab to your WordPress dashboard called “Earnings Graphs”. This page depicts the graphs of monthly earnings for the present year or of a chosen year. The earnings will be calculated from the total cost of all the sales that has been made each month.


I have tried to cover all major aspects on an ideal ecommerce website. However, if you know some tool that you think fits in this list, please feel to free to comment below. We’d always want to expand this list and make it comprehensive.