Posted Mar 17, 2014 by Matt Kuritsyn, Ecwid Team

Milestone: Ecwid's WordPress.org Plugin Hits 160,000 Downloads

Ecwid Shopping Cart WordPress plugin, one of the most popular e-commerce solutions for WordPress, has hit another milestone and continues growing.

Ecwid is an embeddable shopping cart solution that can be installed easily on any website by inserting a few lines of HTML/Javascript code. For the most popular CMS and site-building platforms, there is Ecwid’s plugin available that simplifies integration of Ecwid store and extends its functionality to fit the given platform better.

WordPress.org, one of the most popular CMS platforms, continues to support the Ecwid plugin as it becomes more popular in the WordPress development community. Moreover, a few weeks ago, Ecwid became available as an integrated plugin option to users of WordPress.com hosted version as well.

So Ecwid now works with hosted and downloadable WordPress sites and provides e-commerce functionality for millions of WordPress users around the world!

Read also: How to Create an Online Store with WordPress

160,000+ downloads

Ecwid’s shopping cart plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites recently hit 160,000 downloads! According to WordPress statistics, Ecwid averages 1000 downloads per week — that’s a download every ten minutes to someone’s WordPress site!

Ecwid is now one of the most popular e-commerce extensions for WordPress. In addition to Ecwid’s out of the box feature set available on any platform or website, Ecwid plugin for WordPress has many useful functions to tighten integration and make your store even more powerful. Here are some of the key features:

  • Easy store layout configuration including cart and categories, product browser layout management and sidebar widgets for products search
  • Powerful SEO features including Google AJAX Indexing to index your store faster and rich snippets markup to ensure better search engine results
  • Automatic login to your store using the “Single Sign On” tool allows your customers to shop on your site without having to sign in to Ecwid (i.e. if a customer is logged in to your site, he/she is logged in to your store automatically, even if he/she didn’t have an account in your store before)

Ecwid plugin for WordPress: General settings

Recently added features

Ecwid’s plug-in for WordPress continues to improve by adding new features and integrating with other popular plugins. Here are some of the most recent features:

  • Compatibility with popular WordPress SEO plugins: Ecwid displays your store pages in an SEO-friendly format to make the store indexable by search engines. We adjust the plugin to make it compatible with popular third party SEO modules. Ecwid is now compatible with WordPress SEO by Yoast, All in one SEO Pack, Platinum SEO Pack and SEO Ultimate plugins. Please feel free to install one of those plugins to optimize your site and your store for search engines indexation.
  • Multilingual plugin “Settings” page in WordPress admin area: English, Italian, Russian, French, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. That’s seven languages — and more translations are on the way for the WordPress plugin. Since Ecwid is available in 45 languages, customers from all over the world can shop at your store.
  • Compatibility with Google XML Sitemaps: now you can add your product links along with other site pages to a site map. Just install the Google XML Sitemaps plugin (it’s free), use it to generate a sitemap, and submit it to the search engines for better search and categorization of your online store

Appearance settings in Ecwid plugin for WordPress.org plugin
Wordpress is the most popular and the fastest growing content management system today and that’s for a reason. We use WordPress ourselves for our www.ecwid.com site. So, if you need an online store, a combination of WordPress and Ecwid shopping cart plugin will be a good solution. Install the most recent Ecwid plugin for your self-hosted WordPress site on this page to access the latest features. If you have a hosted blog on WordPress.com, go ahead and add your Ecwid store to it.

Realted: New Updates to Ecwid’s WordPress Plugin Makes Adding a Store Even Easier

We continue improving Ecwid plugin for WordPress — new cool features are on their way, so stay tuned. If you have an idea of what we should include in the future versions of Ecwid WordPress integration, you are welcome to share it in the comments.