Joomla is a great platform to create full-feature e-commerce sites. That being said, many people find it difficult to get shopping cart extensions that can actually turn a website into an e-commerce site. The reason being is that Joomla has a rich library of extensions and finding the right ones can be a challenge. This is why we’re bringing you our picks for the top 3 Joomla extensions for turning your website into an e-commerce site.
1. VirtueMart VirtueMart is widely regarded as the leading e-commerce extension for Joomla, and for many good reasons. First, the extension has been successfully running for over a decade, and with each upgrade its functionality reaches new heights. The latest VirtueMart update promised to satisfy both developers and shop owners and it truly did. Other than being compatible with Joomla 3.x, its stable interface, clean architecture, and responsive performance makes it a rich, full-feature e-commerce extension with built-in plugins and features. Highly customizable and SEO friendly, VirtueMart is the go-to extension for e-commerce success on Joomla.
Payment: PayPal, Cash on Delivery, System Pay, Klarna, Payzen
Our Rating: 5/5
2. j2Store j2Store is another top drawer extension for e-commerce that has been impressing developers and shop owners with its straightforward and easy-to-use interface. J2Store uses Joomla articles for products instead of having standardized categories based on the database of other extensions. This allows you to extend articles into products with pricing, image uploads, meta details, and more. You also get to leverage on product options ranging from digital products to physical products. With a user-friendly single page checkout and geo-zone shipment methods, your customers will love what j2Store has to offer.
Payment: PayPal, Ogone, DIBS Payments, Authorize.net, CCAvenue, iDEAL
Type: Basic Free; Standard, Professional, and Developer plans paid
Our Rating: 5/5
3. Hikashop If you are not looking to use third-party extensions and applications for your e-commerce site then Hikashop is a great extension for you. HikaShop is known for its simple, flexible, and elegant layout that can be customized according to your specific needs. While it looks like a fairly basic extension on the surface, getting the paid versions will give you complete e-commerce features that your website needs and deserves. This allows you to forget about using any other extensions for successful e-commerce with the Multilanguage support that always comes in handy. You also get to take advantage of the affiliate program, marketing, and promotional tools.
Payment: PayPal, VISA, MasterCard, Bank Transfers, Authorize.Net, Skrill, and many more
Type: Starter Free; Essential and Business plan paid
Our Rating: 5/5
BONUS EXTENSION: CometChat To run a full-feature e-commerce site, especially one operating on a large scale, you will have to have a chat extension that allows real-time communication between buyers and sellers. We have you covered for that with CometChat that can be used by members who sign up with your site and by customer support representatives who can resolve any issues arising on the spot to improve retention.