There are many Open Source ecommerce building software available on the web these days and each has its own unique following.
Building and maintaining an ecommerce store is not an easy task as it involves regular troubleshooting and updates. You may want to add new features as the time passes by. Plus, there is always the need of optimization. On top of everything, you need to make sure your visitors find your web store simple and efficient.
To create a simple store, you will most probably be using WooCommerce, the fastest growing and most-used ecommerce plugin for WordPress.
[Read: How to setup a WooCommerce store]
WooCommerce powers almost 22% of the ecommerce stores on the web. It is popular because of its powerful and easy-to-use features that usually come out of the box. Furthermore, the features of WooCommerce can be further extended by adding extensions.
In this post, we are going to explore WooCommerce extensions that you can use to add more features and make your life easier.
This plugin is rather a collection of plugins. It adds a lot of functionality to your WooCommerce store like AJAX real time product search, product comparison, product magnifier, quick view, wishlist, Live Chat, Cart Messages and much more. All in all, this plugin adds 23 useful features to your WooCommerce store..
If you are looking for invoices in high definition, then this plugin is for you. This plugin generates invoices in PDF format. The plugin attaches invoices to the emails that are sent out to your customers. You can also print these invoices for record keeping.
Do you have a membership based offer? However, you are confused how to set charging rules for them. Then, WooCommerce Subscriptions by WooThemes can help you by adding a new payment method on your Woo store. Oh yeah, this one’s a paid extension, but it is money well-spent.
This plugin helps you keep track of your customer’s behavior. Through this plugin, you can know about the pages that visitors on your website are spending time on before making a purchase. This plugin can be a blessing as it will help you dig deeper into the customer behavior. This way, you can optimize the sales funnel of your e-store.
Email marketing still performs way better than many other mediums. With this plugin, you can create targeted email templates that you can send to your customers. You can even automate your email marketing campaigns to further reduce your manual work.
If you are a PayPal Pro account holder and want to accept payments through PayPal Pro and credit cards, then this plugin enables your store to accept payments through a secure checkout process. This is a very useful plugin for building trust with your customers.
[Wondering about WooCommerce security measures? Perhaps, you should read this.]
Even though there are many such extensions available on the WordPress repository, finding a reliable and feature-rich social sharing plugin is a tough job. This plugin is definitely the best when it comes to adding social sharing options to your WooCommerce store. You can add social icons anywhere on your pages, widgets, footer, header or product pages just by just adding a shortcode.
Some potential clients that come to your site are too lazy to fill in registration forms on your ecommerce stores. To make the registration process easier, you can use this plugin and add the functionality of social login to your Woo store. Using this plugin, your users can quickly register and login through their Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts. It will also help you in verifying your customers easily.
The presence of your ecommerce store on Facebook should be your topmost priority. Manually adding stores on Facebook and managing it as a separate entity is a time-demanding and repetitive task. This plugin will automatically migrate your store products to Facebook along with many additional features.
Even though a global language, English does have its restriction and not everyone can read websites written in English. Therefore, it is essential to have a store in popular languages of your target market. While there are many options available on the WordPress repository for language plugins, but this one particular is useful when you are operating Woo stores in different languages. This plugin acts like a “glue” between WooCommerce and WPML plugins. This way, you can create stores in different languages with multiple currency options.
You have thousands of products on your website and want to perform bulk actions on them. This plugin will help you do that. Whether it is changing prices in bulk, changing or adding more currency symbols, adding other buttons such as “Call for Price” as opposed to “Add to Cart”, this plugin will help you manage your store without much hassle.
Love the predictive search feature on Google or Amazon? You can have it too. This plugin adds predictive search on your Woo store. It will display product titles, thumbnails, and descriptions as your users type in a query in the search bar. This will improve the user experience of your visitors on your Woo store.
If you want to make your display window most stylish, this gallery plugin will help you in adding sliding image galleries that will make your products look better. This plugin is also mobile responsive. Now, you don’t need to do all that hard work.
[But, what about coupons? Well, here’s a tutorial.]
You will find countless extensions for WooCommerce out on the web, but you need to make sure the plugin is compatible with the versions of your WordPress and WooCommerce. You also need to be sure that you are not bloating your WooCommerce store by adding too many plugins and extensions, as each will add to the processes and thus may affect your page loading time.
If you want to keep the loading speeds of your Woo store to optimal, then you need to make sure that your store is hosted on a top-of-the-line hosting provider. Also, you need to take obvious steps of optimizing content and images along with reduction in page sizes. Cloudways provides managed cloud hosting servers that are optimized for WooCommerce with advanced caching techniques. We have a FREE trial period. So, just sign up for WooCommerce Hosting and test the power of our platform.
I have tried to cover all the major extensions that will help you optimize your ecommerce store using WooCommerce as backend. I know I have missed a lot of the plugins. If you have any plugin or extensions that should be a part of this list, then mention them in the comments sections below.