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Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla

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E-commerce is on the hike with the increasing potentials of digital selling. Simultaneously, the number of Joomla shop extensions continues to grow. No matter what are you going to sell- clothes, food, auto parts, downloadable products like .mp3s, software, or whatever- your store featuring an appropriate shopping cart is a must. Moreover, it is even important to have such facilities without any bugs or crashes or else you may lose your customers in the short run.


Fortunately or unfortunately, there are numerous shopping cart options to choose from. And in order to assist you and save your time, I have prepared a short guide to help you find the right eCommerce extension for your Joomla website. The primary focus of writing the post is to justify extension price, support, compatibility of Joomla 3, and usability.


So, let’s take a quick walk through the 5 popular Joomla eCommerce extensions in running the Market.
#1 VirtueMart
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VirtueMart is the pioneer of the eCommerce extension in Joomla. In fact, several VirtueMart development companies consider it as the grandfather of Joomla E-commerce as it has been around for several years. And it’s an extraordinary achievement that even after 7 years, VirtueMart remains one of the most popular open source e-commerce platform across the globe. Till now, it has been through 2 major versions so far as it takes time to adopt new technologies. Though, users, who loved the version 1 have been a bit disgruntled by version 2 but don’t let this put you off.


It may quite interest you to know that VirtueMart’s strength lies in its community support. The forums are excellent and by simply Googling an issue you are most likely to find an appropriate resolution. The extension features a wide range of functionality such as:

  • It’s an open source
  • Perfect for Medium-size budgets
  • Nested categories
  • Adjustable pricing rates
  • Payment/shipment depending by shopper groups
  • Dynamic Calculator
  • Completely anonymous checkout
  • Shop size of 100+ items
  • With large community and forums available, it is perfect for Beginner to mid-level developers
  • It can be outsourced to third parties
Though VirtueMart slows after the development of VirtueMart 2, but last year they came back in a full swing with VirtueMart 3 release incorporating Joomla 3 support and several other features appreciated by a wide range of digital shop owners and developers.
#2 MijoShop
Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla - Image 2

Another leading application used for Joomla is MijoShop, a powerful shopping cart and eCommerce component crafted with feature-rich and user-friendly architecture. History says the extension first appeared in September 2012 but with continuous feature development and enhancement, they have successfully grown their own realm of client-base.


MijoShop contains a diverse range of features that are easy on the eye such as:

  • Price: $59 for 6 months (all MijoShop features included)

  • Offers A slick looking user experience. This shop will impress.

  • Personalized support

  • Compatible with Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

  • Unless you're looking for something bespoke, this shop should fit the bill.

The extension is quite popular among Joomla developers as well as site owners who sell tangible products. Those who wish to sell products online or fond of intuitive admin interface that allows one to have a complete control over the site with detailed sales report then MijoShop is the perfect extension to choose.
#3 HikaShop
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The extension featuring unlimited possibilities is a powerful and easy to set up tool for joomla eCommerce websites. Although, it may not offer as much functionality as other shops in the list but if you are looking for something that’s simple and works effective, then this is meant for you.


Its key features include:

  • Price: Free (Starter version only. Paid versions are available with more features)

  • Highly customizable checkout process (workflow as well as layouts)

  • Powerful dashboard

  • More than 60 payment plugins

  • Credit card plugin to collect credit card information for offline processing

  • Views customization override interface

  • Perfect for non-developers or non-technical professionals

  • Small-medium sized shop

  • Supports both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

  • Simple yet effective

It is always advisable to have a little knowledge on CSS and HTML especially when you are getting your eCommerce site build with HikaShop. CSS and HTML can beautify and tweak it around. However, the extension is gaining its popularity among the developer community because of its features like multi-vendor, powerful analytics, responsive design, layout variation which reduce the usage and dependency of third party extensions.
#4 redShop
Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla - Image 4

RedShop is an attractive webshop packed with a variety of features, providing superior access to any user just to style around without having much knowledge regarding HTML and CSS. The pricing structure is slightly different than other available shopping carts. For example, you can get the base package for free and then just buy the particular features (modules and plugins) that you want.


Features and characteristics:

  • Price: Free (but you have to pay for additional features)

  • 100% MVC

  • Dynamic Fields - Create new fields for products, categories or manufacturers on the fly

  • Complete tagging system - Insert new fields into templates using tags

  • Order Catalog feature with action emails

  • Perfect for medium to large shops

  • Compatible with Joomla 2.5 and not 3

  • Support only available for paying subscribers

E-commerce is on the hike with the increasing potentials of digital selling. Simultaneously, the number of Joomla shop extensions continues to grow. No matter what are you going to sell- clothes, food, auto parts, downloadable products like .mp3s, software, or whatever- your store featuring an appropriate shopping cart is a must. Moreover, it is even important to have such facilities without any bugs or crashes or else you may lose your customers in the short run.

Fortunately or unfortunately, there are numerous shopping cart options to choose from. And in order to assist you and save your time, I have prepared a short guide to help you find the right eCommerce extension for your Joomla website. The primary focus of writing the post is to justify extension price, support, compatibility of Joomla 3, and usability.

So, let’s take a quick walk through the 5 popular Joomla eCommerce extensions in running the Market.

#1 VirtueMart

Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla - Image 1

VirtueMart is the pioneer of the eCommerce extension in Joomla. In fact, several VirtueMart development companies consider it as the grandfather of Joomla E-commerce as it has been around for several years. And it’s an extraordinary achievement that even after 7 years, VirtueMart remains one of the most popular open source e-commerce platform across the globe. Till now, it has been through 2 major versions so far as it takes time to adopt new technologies. Though, users, who loved the version 1 have been a bit disgruntled by version 2 but don’t let this put you off.

It may quite interest you to know that VirtueMart’s strength lies in its community support. The forums are excellent and by simply Googling an issue you are most likely to find an appropriate resolution. The extension features a wide range of functionality such as:

  • It’s an open source
  • Perfect for Medium-size budgets
  • Nested categories
  • Adjustable pricing rates
  • Payment/shipment depending by shopper groups
  • Dynamic Calculator
  • Completely anonymous checkout
  • Shop size of 100+ items
  • With large community and forums available, it is perfect for Beginner to mid-level developers
  • It can be outsourced to third parties
Though VirtueMart slows after the development of VirtueMart 2, but last year they came back in a full swing with VirtueMart 3 release incorporating Joomla 3 support and several other features appreciated by a wide range of digital shop owners and developers.

#2 MijoShop

Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla - Image 2

Another leading application used for Joomla is MijoShop, a powerful shopping cart and eCommerce component crafted with feature-rich and user-friendly architecture. History says the extension first appeared in September 2012 but with continuous feature development and enhancement, they have successfully grown their own realm of client-base.

MijoShop contains a diverse range of features that are easy on the eye such as:

  • Price: $59 for 6 months (all MijoShop features included)

  • Offers A slick looking user experience. This shop will impress.

  • Personalized support

  • Compatible with Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

  • Unless you're looking for something bespoke, this shop should fit the bill.



The extension is quite popular among Joomla developers as well as site owners who sell tangible products. Those who wish to sell products online or fond of intuitive admin interface that allows one to have a complete control over the site with detailed sales report then MijoShop is the perfect extension to choose.

#3 HikaShop

Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla - Image 3

The extension featuring unlimited possibilities is a powerful and easy to set up tool for joomla eCommerce websites. Although, it may not offer as much functionality as other shops in the list but if you are looking for something that’s simple and works effective, then this is meant for you.

Its key features include:

  • Price: Free (Starter version only. Paid versions are available with more features)

  • Highly customizable checkout process (workflow as well as layouts)

  • Powerful dashboard

  • More than 60 payment plugins

  • Credit card plugin to collect credit card information for offline processing

  • Views customization override interface

  • Perfect for non-developers or non-technical professionals

  • Small-medium sized shop

  • Supports both Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3

  • Simple yet effective

It is always advisable to have a little knowledge on CSS and HTML especially when you are getting your eCommerce site build with HikaShop. CSS and HTML can beautify and tweak it around. However, the extension is gaining its popularity among the developer community because of its features like multi-vendor, powerful analytics, responsive design, layout variation which reduce the usage and dependency of third party extensions.

#4 redShop

Pick The Best Shopping Cart To Use With Joomla - Image 4

RedShop is an attractive webshop packed with a variety of features, providing superior access to any user just to style around without having much knowledge regarding HTML and CSS. The pricing structure is slightly different than other available shopping carts. For example, you can get the base package for free and then just buy the particular features (modules and plugins) that you want.

Features and characteristics:

  • Price: Free (but you have to pay for additional features)

  • 100% MVC

  • Dynamic Fields - Create new fields for products, categories or manufacturers on the fly

  • Complete tagging system - Insert new fields into templates using tags

  • Order Catalog feature with action emails

  • Perfect for medium to large shops

  • Compatible with Joomla 2.5 and not 3

  • Support only available for paying subscribers



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