For many retailers, employers, freelancers and entrepreneurs there is nothing more convenient than selling products on a popular marketplace. You get to control your inventory, pricing, images and more–yet, you don’t have to worry about maintaining the site or much advertising. Connecting retailers, job seekers and job posters with an online marketplace can seem like a lot of work. This is why it is critical to have a well-designed marketplace that provides appealing aesthetics and products deemed valuable by your target audience. Still, it can be quite costly to build a functioning marketplace from scratch. Thankfully, WordPress has several marketplace plugins that do almost all of the work for you. Here are 10 of the best.
For car dealers, Auto Dealer is a WordPress theme that is both powerful and customizable. You can use this theme to build your own auto marketplace website. Both sellers, and dealerships, can list their vehicles for sale. Plus, users can purchase submission packages which lets them submit their vehicles.
- Powered by WooCommerce
- Users can register, edit profiles, submit and manage listings and more from the front-end.
- 1-click automatic setup
- Built-in Ajax registration
- Advanced filtering
- WPML plugin support for several languages
- Customizable colors
- Massive menu system
- Three different layouts
This WordPress plugin emulates the contemporary designs found in popular marketplaces such as Etsy and Shopify. It is built on the responsive Twitter bootstrap framework. It offers a wide variety of options for multi-vendor websites. Not to mention, Catalog is quite user-friendly.
- Powered by WC Vendors and WooCommerce
- Streamlined theme
- Support for bbPress plugin
- Drag & drop pages
- Control icons, colors and typography
- Regularly updated
If you prefer a flat and clean display, then Checkout is for you. This plugin is lauded for its spectacular UX. Plus it is mobile-ready and loads quickly.
- Sleek design
- Additional templates
- Support for testimonials sections
- Support for portfolios
- Two pricing table widgets
- Translation ready
Developed by WeDevs, Dokan is a multi-vendor WordPress marketplace theme. You can use this plugin to create either multi-vendor marketplaces or a single website. Plus, it only takes a few minutes. In fact, you can even create separate online stores.
- Built-in commission system
- Detailed earnings reports
- Support for separate dashboards
Cost: Free for the lite version. Pro version ranges between $199/year to $499/year
Similar to Etsy, the Handy plugin is for creative souls. This shop theme was designed specifically for handmade items. You can select from multiple layouts with options for adjusting fonts and colors.
- Powered by WooCommerce, WordPress and WC Vendors
- Free Revolution Slider
- Comes with video tutorials
- Responsive and mobile-friendly
6. Hire Bee
This WordPress marketplace plugin lets you build a freelance jobs website similar to Upwork, 99designs or Guru. It is a premium plugin from App Themes with the option to create your own niche marketplace for the services you prefer. Employers can easily post jobs and freelancers can conveniently bid. It is also built on the mobile-responsive Foundation Framework.
- Clean, modern design
- Custom project forms
- Payment gateways
- Private workspaces
- Credit plans
- Project matching
- File uploading
- User-friendly admin options panel
This WordPress plugin offers a modern and classy aesthetic. Its use of whitespace gives the site an airy feel. It can also be utilized to create a wide swath of unique marketplaces.
- Powered by WooCommerce
- Supports WooCommerce add-ons
- Drag & drop page building
- Slider revolution
- Support for the Ubermenu plugin
- Real-time previews
This Engine Themes plugin lets you create a site for micro jobs and tasks in a marketplace format. It matches employers and professionals conveniently in a user-friendly setting to get tasks done quickly.
- Search functionality with filtering
- Review and rating system
- Secure payment system
- Email notification system
- Custom payment plans
- Quick checkout
- Money withdrawal
- Custom dashboard
Cost: $89 for MicrojobEngine Basic and $139 for MicrojobEngine Plus
We all need images for our sites. Stocky is a marketplace plugin for photography. You can create your own unique version of Shutterstock or iStockPhoto. It also depends on the Easy Digital Downloads plugin for functionality.
- Varying backgrounds
- Built on HTML5 and CSS3
- Multiple color schemes
- Fully documented
This responsive theme lets you design a fully-featured marketplace with customizable post types. Each user can get their own profile. Designed by SiteMile, this plugin supports physical, digital and downloadable products.
- Users can create their own shops
- Manage purchases and orders
- Communicate with other marketplaces through private messaging systems
- Monetization options
- Subscription plans
- Commission-based plans
- User-friendly admin panel
- Email notifications
- Social integration
Cost: Between $79.99 and $199.00
There you have it, the 10 best WordPress marketplace plugins. Regardless of the plugin you choose, you still need to make your site visible and alluring for your target market. WordPress can help you build the site. Now, it’s up to you to get users to sign up.