Create A Buy/Sell/Trade Marketplace In WordPress

March 1, 2013 · 7 comments

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Create A Buy/Sell/Trade Marketplace In WordPress

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This great question comes from reader: Bonnie Brown

“I was wondering if it’s possible to have a buy/sell marketplace on a WordPress website and if you have any suggestions about it. Thanks very much!” 

A little investigating (since I haven’t built one of these in a while) turned up these alternatives: 

1) WPMU MarketPress (with or without BuddyPress)

2) Easy Digital Downloads with the Commissions extension.

3) WPMU Classifieds 

4) Create a directory style site using Gravity Forms

5) Directory Press

Between this combination, you should be able to set up classified sites, directory sites, buy/sell/trade sites, and even Etsy or Ebay-esque style sites. 

Thanks to Molly Ogren,  Adam Warner, Nile Flores and Mark Smallman for contributing feedback to assist in answering this one :)

~ Kim ~
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Shitij March 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I was looking for such a list and finally found one…thanks for the recommendation


Donna Merrill March 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hi Kim,

I often thought of the same question in the back of my mind. Not that I’m ready to do anything like this, but it is just good to know.
Thanks so much for the links! Another great bookmark for me to have in case someone asks the question to me. Of course I always tell them “Just Ask Kim!”

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Beverly Knox March 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

We parish for lack of knowledge. A tool that will be use in my future business.


Adam Connell March 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

Kim, this is a great list thank you.

I’ve been considering doing something like this for a while now. My only problem is having too many projects that I want to do, I’ll bookmark this for the future.

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Violeta March 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This is great! I wanted to add a marketplace to one of my WordPress websites and I wondered what I could possible use. The variants you list look interesting, I’m going to try them.


Prince Ramgarhia April 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

This is just a great i also want to add marketplace to by WordPress blog. i was just finding something like this thanx rely helping


Lei Broch April 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thank for sharing this great list. I find it really helpful!


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