WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads for your WordPress e-store?

WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads for your WordPress e-store?

Are you planning to set up an e-store to sell your products & target a broad range of demographics? Want to sell your products, increase your revenue multi folds & build up your brand name? WordPress has made the entire process very easy but which eCommerce plugin should you choose to manage your sales? The two most popular eCommerce plugins in the online world are WooCommerce by WooThemes & Easy Digital Downloads by Pippin Williamson. Both plugins have their set of features, pros & cons to make you go – “Which one is right for me? WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads?”

Let’s have a quick & brief comparison of the two eCommerce plugins now.

POPULARITY

WooCommerce: Downloads: 14,687,680 (and counting), Active Installs: 1+ million, Extensions: 370 (free + paid).

Easy Digital Downloads: Downloads: 1,000,000 (and counting), Active Installs: 50,000+, Extensions: 190+ (free + paid).

SHOPPING FEATURES

Available shopping features within the two plugins in the form of a free feature & paid add-ons.

WooCommerce

  • Coupons and Discounts: Free
  • Product Reviews: Free
  • Subscriptions / Recurring Payments: Paid add-on
  • Simple Shipping: Free
  • Advanced / Table Rate Shipping: Paid add-on
  • Shipment Tracking: Paid add-on
  • License Keys / Software Sale: Paid add-on
  • Manual Purchases: Free
  • Cross-sell and Upsell: Paid add-on
  • PDF Invoices: Paid add-on
  • Suggestions / Related Products: Paid add-on
  • Product Comparisons: Paid add-on

Easy Digital Downloads:

  • Coupons and Discounts: Free
  • Product Reviews: Paid add-on
  • Subscriptions / Recurring Payments: Paid add-on
  • Simple Shipping: Paid add-on
  • Advanced / Table Rate Shipping: Not available
  • Shipment Tracking: Not available
  • License Keys / Software Sale: Paid add-on
  • Manual Purchases: Paid add-on
  • Cross-sell and Upsell: Paid add-on
  • PDF Invoices: Paid add-on
  • Suggestions / Related Products: Paid add-on
  • Product Comparisons: Not available

PAYMENT PROCESSORS

Available payment processors within the two plugins in the form of a free feature & paid add-ons.

WooCommerce:

  • Paypal Standard: Free
  • Paypal Express / Pro: Paid add-on
  • Stripe: Paid add-on
  • Authorize.net: Paid add-on
  • 2Checkout: Paid add-on
  • WorldPay: Paid add-on
  • Braintree: Paid add-on
  • FirstData: Paid add-on
  • Amazon Payments: Paid add-on
  • Skrill / Moneybookers: Paid add-on
  • Google Checkout: Paid add-on
  • SagePay: Paid add-on
  • Mijireh: Free

Easy Digital Downloads:

  • Paypal Standard: Free
  • Paypal Express / Pro: Paid add-on
  • Stripe: Paid add-on
  • Authorize.net: Paid add-on
  • 2Checkout: Paid add-on
  • WorldPay: Paid add-on
  • Braintree: Paid add-on
  • FirstData: Paid add-on
  • Amazon Payments: Not available
  • Skrill / Moneybookers: Paid add-on
  • Google Checkout: Not available
  • SagePay: Paid add-on
  • Mijireh: Free

EMAIL INTEGRATIONS

Available email integrations within the two plugins in the form of a free feature & paid add-ons.

WooCommerce

  • MailChimp: Paid add-on
  • Constant Contact: Paid add-on
  • Mad Mimi: Paid add-on
  • Aweber: Paid add-on
  • CampaignMonitor: Paid add-on
  • GetResponse: Free

Easy Digital Downloads:

  • MailChimp: Paid add-on
  • Constant Contact: Paid add-on
  • Mad Mimi: Paid add-on
  • Aweber: Paid add-on
  • CampaignMonitor: Paid add-on
  • GetResponse: Paid add-on

INVOICING, SHIPPING AND MISC INTEGRATIONS

Available invoicing, shipping & miscellaneous integration features within the two plugins in the form of a free feature & paid add-ons.

WooCommerce

  • FedEx Shipping Costs: Paid add-on
  • UPS Shipping Costs: Paid add-on
  • USPS: Paid add-on
  • Freshdesk: Paid add-on
  • FreshBooks: Paid add-on
  • FastBill: Not available 
  • QuickBooks: Paid add-on
  • Zapier: Paid add-on
  • Amazon S3: Paid add-on

Easy Digital Downloads:

  • FedEx Shipping Costs: Not available
  • UPS Shipping Costs: Not available
  • USPS: Not available
  • Freshdesk: Paid add-on
  • FreshBooks: Paid add-on
  • FastBill: Paid add-on
  • QuickBooks: Paid add-on
  • Zapier: Not available
  • Amazon S3: Paid add-on

NICHE AND OTHER FEATURES

Available niche & other features within the two plugins in the form of a free feature & paid add-ons.

WooCommerce

  • Bookings / Time and Date Based Orders: Paid add-on
  • 3rd Party Vendors / Product Submission: Paid add-on
  • Wishlists: Paid add-on
  • Address Validation: Paid add-on
  • Product CSV Import: Paid add-on
  • EU Vat ID Collection: Paid add-on
  • Social Discounts (for Sharing or Reviewing): Paid add-on
  • Image Watermarks: Paid add-on
  • Points / Rewards System: Paid add-on
  • Support Forums / bbPress Integration: Paid add-on

Easy Digital Downloads:

  • Bookings / Time and Date Based Orders: Not available
  • 3rd Party Vendors / Product Submission: Paid add-on
  • Wishlists: Paid add-on
  • Address Validation: Not available
  • Product CSV Import: Free
  • EU Vat ID Collection: Paid add-on
  • Social Discounts (for Sharing or Reviewing): Paid add-on
  • Image Watermarks: Paid add-on
  • Points / Rewards System: Paid add-on
  • Support Forums / bbPress Integration: Paid add-on

PRICING

WooCommerce

  • Core Plugin: Free (WordPress plugin repository)
  • Extensions / Add-ons: ~$0 to $249 (The prices vary for usage on a single site | multiple sites)

Easy Digital Downloads:

  • Core Plugin: Free (WordPress plugin repository)
  • Extensions/ Add-ons: ~$0 to $239 (The prices vary for usage on a single site | multiple sites)

FINAL THOUGHTS

Each plugin is loaded with great features which can take your e-store to a whole new level.

 Easy Digital DownloadsIf you are selling only digital products with a software license, or you plan on running a marketplace only for digital assets then Easy Digital Downloads is the best option for you as it is a very lightweight eCommerce plugin crafted exclusively for a software store with a robust software licensing feature.

WooCommerce If your e-store offers physical products with physical shipments or you are a business running & managing a membership site, then WooCommerce will be a better option for you.

So which one did you pick – WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads? Let us know your choice/experiences in the comment box below.

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