The WordPress software platform has always been known as being one of the most robust and certainly one of the most (if not thee most) versatile open-source software packages available anywhere. I’ve been using WordPress since not too long after it was first introduced. WordPress was first released in 2003, and I started my very first WordPress blog in the spring of 2004. I have had a number of WordPress blogs running continually since then. So, I can tell you from personal experience that WordPress is one of those rare open-source software applications where the developer’s just got it right — right from the get-go — they just nailed it. And, they’ve been doing nothing but improving it ever since.
Along with the proven functionality and reliability of WordPress to operate as a pure blogging platform, it has, pretty much since its very inception, always been capable of being used as some sort of eCommerce solution. And, now, with its current incarnation, (version 3.8.1 as of the time of this writing) it actually stands as one of the most capable open-source eCommerce solutions available anywhere — even rivaling many dedicated, stand-alone eCommerce software packages.
Of course, WordPress does not contain all of the functionality required to turn it into a powerful eCommerce solution right out of the box. The power of WordPress in this regard lies in its potential for this functionality, and the ease of which this potential is able to be achieved. Indeed, the designers of WordPress, with their particular method of including third-party plugin functionality, have made the WordPress blogging platform exceedingly simple for anyone (whether you have any programming experience at all, or absolutely none whatsoever) to transform a basic WordPress installation into a fully functional eCommerce solution merely through the clicking of a few mouse buttons. All you’ll need is a cursory knowledge of how to obtain and install third-party plugins for WordPress (an extremely simple task to learn, if you don’t already know how), and the knowledge of exactly which such plugin is a good fit for your particular needs.
There are now actually quite a number of WordPress eCommerce plugins available, but our pick for number one is definitely Market Theme — if for nothing else but its incredible ease of use. Market Theme isn’t strictly or purely a WordPress plugin alone, per se. It’s a WordPress theme which, upon its installation, instantly transforms your WordPress site into a fully functional on-line store. And, of course, there’s not much that’s more simple than installing a WordPress theme into your WordPress installation. If you were able to get WordPress installed on your site, then installing a custom theme should pose no problem for you whatsoever.
Once Market Theme is installed as a custom theme in your WordPress blog, it will automatically add to your WordPress installation a host of custom menus and fields which will allow you to easily and painlessly add products to your online WordPress store, along with all necessary information to each of your entries — such as, price information, descriptions, item options, images, payment information, shipping info., and much more.
So simple is the installation process of the Market Theme package that it’s actually possible to go through the entire process of installing WordPress onto a server, and have a fully functional online store, ready to take orders, completely online and entirely functional in well under ten minutes. It requires the installation of absolutely no additional plugins at all. All of Market Theme’s online store functionality is added to your WordPress installation merely by installing the theme — just the way you’d install any other WordPress theme.
The best part is, of course, that even though its installation and use is such an unbelievably simple task, Market Theme just works, and works well! The resulting WordPress eCommerce site you’ll find yourself with will be highly functional and it will look slick! I’ve tried, and used at length, a good number of WordPress installable eCommerce solutions, and I’ve yet to find one that so well combines functionality, a look of professionalism, and ease of both installation and on-going use as Market Theme does.
So, if you’re looking for the best WordPress eCommerce plugin, give some consideration to a WordPress eCommerce theme instead! Visit the Market Theme website and try the on-line live demo of the software. I absolutely know you’ll be very impressed. If you know how to run a WordPress site (and who doesn’t, or can’t learn how to in under a few short minutes?) then you already know how to run a Market Theme WordPress site. That’s really the true beauty of the Market Theme solution — aside from adding all of your necessary product information (which you’d need to do no matter what eCommerce solution you were using) running a Market Theme eCommerce WordPress installation is no different than running any other WordPress installation using any other theme. There’s no need to find and install additional plugins and make them work with whatever non-eCommerce theme you choose for your WordPress site. Instead, you really just install and go.
What is the best WordPress eCommerce plugin, you ask? In my personal opinion, it’s actually not a WordPress ‘plugin’ at all. It’s a WordPress theme.