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 Authorize.net, 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.
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.
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, Authorize.net, 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.
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.
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.