This is the list of plugins you will need in order to build a platform like Shopify with WordPress.

You need to install and activate them network-wide.

1- WP Frontend Admin

This plugin allows you to display any wp-admin page on the frontend using a simple shortcode.

You don’t need to be a programmer in order to create beautiful frontend dashboard, web apps, and platforms based on WordPress.

In this case, it will allow us to create a beautiful global dashboard for our platform. Our platform users won’t need to use the normal wp-admin dashboard to manage their sites.

Try plugin for free

You can try the premium plugin on your website for free for 7 days.

2- WP Ultimo

This plugin allows you to create your own Website as a Service platform. It provides a system to monetize your WordPress multisite network by selling membership plans.

Note – The plugins below are free, so you can search for them in the WordPress repository, or click each plugin’s button.

3- WooCommerce

WooCommerce is a free plugin that converts your website into an ecommerce store. It’s highly customizable and allows integration with other plugins, payment gateways, etc.

WooCommerce provides all the eCommerce features that you’ll offer in your platform, including the ability to create a product catalog, set up taxes, shipping, payment methods, sales stats, coupons, dispatch orders, etc.

4- Elementor free

We’ll use Elementor to create the frontend dashboard pages. It will also help us build a beautiful home page for our main site, and a custom login page for our entire network.

To build the frontend dashboard, we’ll use one of our beautiful frontend dashboard templates for Elementor.

5- Elementor Header & Footer Builder

This plugin allows you to use navigation menus, site logos, page titles, and other cool elements in the free version of the Elementor page builder.

Our frontend dashboard templates require this plugin to work correctly.

6- JetSticky for Elementor

With this plugin, we can add sticky style to whole sections in Elementor. Some of our frontend dashboard templates use this plugin.


This plugin will help you improve the appearance of the menu for your dashboard by allowing you to add icons to the main menu.

8- Shortcode in Menus

With this plugin, we can show shortcodes as links in the main menu of the front-end dashboard. We will use it to display the logout link, link to view the site of the current user, etc.

9- User Menus

User Menus allows you to create navigation menus with conditional visibility. We’ll use it to add menu items that will be visible only when the users are logged-in.

You can also install the themes you want to use on your platform.

We will use the Kadence theme as it is easy to use and provides with cool starter sites that we can use to simplify our WP Ultimo template building process.

In the next lesson, we’ll set up some general configurations for the settings.

Download the whole platform

If you have a premium license of WP Frontend Admin, you can download the full backup of our platform and import it on your site, so everything shown in this course will be already configured for you. It will save you a lot of time.

Note – You need WP Ultimo 2.x.