Apr 252013
Plugin version: 5.0.5
Last updated: March 27, 2024 (3 months ago)
Tested up to (WP version): WP 6.5.4
Downloaded: 0
Rating: 5 (out of 5)


The WordPress Simple Shopping Cart plugin allows you to create ‘Add to Cart’ buttons for your products or services on your site. This simple shopping cart plugin lets you sell products and services directly from your own WordPress site and turns your WP blog into an e-commerce site.

With this plugin, your customers have the convenience of paying for their selected items using popular payment gateways such as PayPal and/or Stripe.

It allows you to add/display the shopping cart on any post, page or sidebar easily. The shopping cart shows the user what they currently have in the cart and allows them to change quantity or remove the items.

You will be able to create products by using shortcodes dynamically.

If you have a responsive theme, the shopping cart’s output will adapt seamlessly to ensure a mobile-friendly shopping experience.

Furthermore, this plugin provides a simple solution for selling digital products. To see a demonstration of how you can effectively sell your digital media files using the simple cart plugin, please refer to the following video:

Designed as a lightweight solution with minimal lines of code and a streamlined set of options, this plugin ensures optimal site performance. Moreover, it is designed to be a low maintenance solution, minimizing the likelihood of frequent site disruptions caused by upgrades. With this plugin, you can enjoy a stable and hassle-free shopping cart functionality while maintaining the overall stability of your website.

It offers the newest/latest PayPal Commerce Platform (PPCP) checkout option. You can enable it in the settings menu of the plugin.

The plugin also has an option to use the smart PayPal payment buttons. The following video shows a checkout demo using PayPal smart button.

WP Simple Cart Plugin, interfaces with the PayPal sandbox and Stripe testmode to allow for testing.

For video tutorial, screenshots, detailed documentation, support and updates, please visit:

WP Simple Cart Details Page
WP Simple Cart Documentation


  • Easily create “add to cart” button with options if needed (price, shipping, options variations). The cart’s shortcode can be displayed on posts or pages.
  • Use a function to add dynamic “add to cart” button directly in your theme.
  • Minimal number of configuration items to keep the plugin lightweight.
  • Sell any kind of tangible products from your site.
  • Ability to sell services from your your site.
  • Sell any type of media file that you upload to your WordPress site. For example: you can sell ebooks (PDF), music files (MP3), audio files, videos, photos, images etc.
  • Your customers will automatically get an email with the media file that they paid for.
  • Show a nicely formatted product display box on the fly using a simple shortcode.
  • Option to enable terms and conditions for your customers to agree to before they checkout.
  • Uses the newest/latest PayPal checkout option.
  • Option to use the PayPal Commerce Platform Checkout option. You can enable it from the settings menu of the plugin.
  • Option to use the smart payment buttons of PayPal. Allows the customers to checkout in a popup window (using a credit card, paypal or paypal credit).
  • Your customers will be able to use the PayPal’ Pay in 4 payment option (Buy Now Pay Later).
  • Collect special instructions from your customers on the PayPal checkout page.
  • You can use PayPal sandbox to do testing if needed (before you go live).
  • Ability to offer the Stripe checkout option. Your customers can conveniently make credit card payments through the secure Stripe payment gateway.
  • You can use Stripe testmode to do testing if needed (before going live).
  • The orders menu will show you all the orders that you have received from your site.
  • Ability to configure an email that will get sent to your buyers after they purchase your product.
  • Ability to configure a sale notification email that gets sent to the site admin when a customer purchase your item(s).
  • Ability to configure discount coupons. Offer special discounts on your store/shop.
  • You can create coupons and give to your customers. When they use coupons during the checkout they will receive a discount.
  • Create discount coupons with an expiry date. The coupon code automatically expires after the date you set.
  • Compatible with WordPress Multi-site Installation.
  • Ability to specify SKU (item number) for each of your products in the shortcode.
  • Ability to customize the add to cart button image and use a custom image for your purchase buttons.
  • Ability to customize the add to cart button text via shortcode parameter on a per product basis.
  • Track coupons with the order to see which customer used which coupon code.
  • Ability to add a compact shopping cart to your site using a shortcode.
  • Ability to show shopping cart with product image thumbnails.
  • Ability to use a custom checkout page style.
  • Ability to configure region based shipping additions.
  • Ability to use blocks to add the ‘add to cart’ button and the ‘shopping cart’ to your posts/pages/sidebar.
  • Works nicely with responsive WordPress themes.
  • Can be translated into any language.
  • and more…

Shopping Cart Setup Video Tutorials

There is a series of video tutorials to show you how to set up the shopping cart plugin on your site.

Check the video tutorials here.

Language Translations

The following language translations are already available:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Breton
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Czech
  • Hebrew
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • Danish
  • Turkish
  • Dutch
  • Brazilian Portuguese

You can translate the plugin using this documentation.


  • If you are a developer and you need some extra hooks or filters for this plugin please let us know.
  • Github repository – https://github.com/Arsenal21/simple-wp-shopping-cart


1) To add an ‘Add to Cart’ button for a product, simply add the following shortcode to a post or page next to the product. Replace PRODUCT-NAME and PRODUCT-PRICE with the actual name and price.

[wp_cart_button name=”PRODUCT-NAME” price=”PRODUCT-PRICE”]

2) To add the shopping cart to a post or page (eg. checkout page) add the following shortcode to a post or page or use the sidebar widget to add the shopping cart to the sidebar. The shopping cart will only be visible in a post or page when a customer adds a product.


3) Alternatively, you have the option to utilize the Gutenberg editor blocks provided by this plugin to conveniently insert the add to cart button and shopping cart in desired locations within your content.

Read the documentation for using the blocks

4) To insert the ‘Add to Cart’ button from a template or PHP file, you can utilize the following PHP function:

<?php echo print_wp_cart_button_for_product(‘PRODUCT-NAME’, PRODUCT-PRICE); ?>

Replace PRODUCT-NAME and PRODUCT-PRICE with the actual name and price.

Using Product Display Box

Here is an exmaple shortcode that shows you how to use a product display box.

[wp_cart_display_product name=”My Awesome Product” price=”25.00″ thumbnail=”http://www.example.com/images/product-image.jpg” description=”This is a short description of the product”]

Simply replace the values with your product specific data

Using a compact shopping cart

Add the following shortcode where you want to show the compact shopping cart:


Using Shipping

  1. To use shipping cost for your product, use the “shipping” parameter. Here is an example shortcode usage:
    [wp_cart_button name=”Test Product” price=”19.95″ shipping=”4.99″]

or use the following php function from your wordpress template files

Visit the shipping setup documentation page for more details.

Using Variation Control

  1. To use variation control use the variation parameter in the shortcode:
    [wp_cart_button name=”Test Product” price=”25.95″ var1=”VARIATION-NAME|VARIATION1|VARIATION2|VARIATION3″]

example usage: [wp_cart_button name=”Test Product” price=”29.95″ var1=”Size|small|medium|large”]

  1. To use multiple variation for a product (2nd or 3rd variation), use the following:

[wp_cart_button name=”Test Product” price=”29.95″ var1=”Size|small|medium|large” var2=”Color|red|green|blue”]

[wp_cart_button name=”Test Product” price=”29.95″ var1=”Size|small|medium|large” var2=”Color|red|green|blue” var3=”Sleeve|short|full”]


Where can I find the documentation for this pluign?

Visit the documentation page here

Can this plugin be used to accept paypal payment for a service or a product?


Can this plugin be used to sell products and services using the Stripe payment gateway?


Does this plugin have shopping cart


Does this plugin have the option to use the new PayPal checkout option

Yes. you can enable the new PayPal checkout option in the settings menu of the plugin.

Can I enable terms and conditions for my customers to agree to before they checkout?

Yes. you can enable terms and conditions in the settings menu of the plugin.

Can the shopping cart be added to a checkout page?


Is the ‘Add to Cart’ button customizable?


Does this plugin use a return URL to redirect customers to a specified page after PayPal has processed the payment?


How can I add a buy button on the sidebar widget of my site?

Check the documentation on how to add buy buttons to the sidebar

Can I use this plugin to sell digital downloads?

Yes. See the digital download usage documentation

Can I configure discount coupon with this shopping cart plugin?

Yes. you can setup discount coupons from the “Coupon/Discount” interface of the plugin.

Can I configure product sale notification so I get notified when a sale is made?

Yes. You can configure sale notification from the “Email Settings” interface of the plugin.

Can I modify the product box thumbnail image?


Can I customize the format of the price display?


Can the customers be sent to a cancel URL when they click “cancel” from the PayPal checkout page?


Does this plugin have a Stripe Checkout option?

Yes, you can configure the Stripe checkout option in the settings menu of the plugin.


Other notes:

Latest Change log entry:

  • New option in the settings menu to force collect customer’s shipping address for stripe checkout.
  • Fixed an issue with the quote character in the shipping variation settings.
  • Updated the language POT file.
  • Added blueprint.json file to enable plugin preview feature of WordPress.


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+ Jason's Comments

This is a basic on site shopping cart. To more easily insert the buy now button with an easy form for adding product details combine with the User Interface plugin.

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