Ecommerce Joomla Extensions

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You probably already know that Joomla is a great content management system, but did you know that you can also use it to set up an online store and accept payments online?  We found some great ecommerce extensions for Joomla, including shopping cart solutions, payment gateways, a donation thermometer, and a membership manager.


Want to create an online store using Joomla?  Then download VirtueMart, a free shopping cart solution designed specifically for the content management system Joomla.  This extension supports multiple languages and currencies, and it uses various payment gateways, including, PayPal, eWay, Worldpay, 2Checkout, NoChex, and PayMate.  VirtueMart allows you to add an unlimited number of categories and products, and it can be used for the sale of tangible and digital items.


Like VirtueMart, SimpleCaddy is also a shopping cart application designed specifically for Joomla, but it is a simpler alternative for users who don’t actually need a full-fledged online store.  SimpleCaddy utilizes a small plugin  to present an ‘Add to Cart’ function and Joomla’s standard content to display product details.  This extension supports two methods of checkout:  PayPal (requiring payment) and simple mail (not requiring payment).  SimpleCaddy is fast and easy to install and use, making it a great option for users who want a simple shopping cart solution.

Donation Thermometer

If you use a Joomla extension to accept donations on your website, then you should also download Donation Thermometer, an extension designed to show you and your site’s visitors how much money you’ve raised.  This extension includes an editable image of a thermometer, enabling you to tailor the image’s appearance to your own needs.  Donation Thermometer is very customisable, allowing you to  use the module’s parameters to adjust the funding goal, height, width, current amount, currency, and date last updated.

Account Expiration Control – Membership Manager

Want to offer paid memberships to visitors to your Joomla website?  Then download Account Expiration Control – Membership Manager, an extension designed to help you set up memberships and process payments.  This extension boasts over 40 built-in payment processors, including PayPal,, CCBill, and Paycom, and it supports various payment plan options, including trials, paid, free, global free trials, and lifetime.  This extension also offers an integrated subscription and registration process with CommunityBuilder and JomSocial, and it features over 45 MicroIntegrations.

Pay to Download XT

If you want to use your Joomla website to sell downloadable products such as eBooks, then you need to get Pay to Download XT, an extension that simplifies the process of selling digital items online.  This extension will display descriptions of your products and a PayPal ‘Pay Now’ button on your Joomla site.  When your customers click the button, they will be redirected to PayPal to pay for the item, and then directed back to your website to download the file.  Pay to Download XT is a simple and secure way of selling downloadable items using your Joomla website.

DC MoneyBookers Payment Module

If you need a payment gateway for selling items online, then you should check out the DC MoneyBookers Payment Module, a Joomla extension that enables your customers to send you payments via debit and credit cards using MoneyBookers (it’s free to join).  This Joomla extension allows you to display a MoneyBookers logo or your own text on your website, and you can choose from multiple submit buttons (i.e., Pay Now, Donate, etc.) and currencies.

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  1. On October 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Webasyl said:

    Joomla is definitely the best CMS ever

  2. On September 29, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Kimberly@ sreo blog said:

    I had some of those extensions that you have mentioned when I used Joomla. And as far as I am concerned, they are really worth the try.

  3. On September 15, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Carla said:

    Though I am not using Joomla, those extensions are great! I am sure my friend, who is a Joomla fanatic, will surely love them.

  4. On October 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    FriendlyRoommate@Free Roommate Finder said:

    Yeah, Joomla and Drupal both have moved way beyond their original purpose. These days you can use those platforms to build just about anything. When I built my site (a roommate matching service, not a content management system at all!) I narrowed it down to Joomla and Drupal for platforms and ended up going with Drupal because it allows for more customization at this time. Joomla seems easier to use though, in time my guess is that the customization will overtake drupal as well.

  5. On October 5, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Balontang said:

    I’m still testing my Joomla site on a free hosting. I think the donation plugins are good, but the virtuemart plugin still give me doubt, as well as other shop related plugins. I mean, Joomla’s shop related plugins tend to have security bug and it’s freaking me out when see many Joomla based E-commerce site got hacked.

  6. On October 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Malcolm at GILL Media said:

    Thanks for this roundup. We’ve played around with VirtueMart for some experiments with Joomla. The drawbacks seem to be that getting pricing where you want it is tricky, and that entering product takes place in a different part of the back end than Joomla’s standard content management. When we use it as an affordable website design option for clients it takes a bit of extra time to educate them, but once you get over the hurdle it works pretty well.