Based on the number of users WooCommerce is the most popular platform used to set up online shops. It is not a self-hosted platform like Shopify or Wix. But you can easily install it on WordPress and set up your store using thousands of beautiful themes that are compatible with WooCommerce.
Why WooCommerce is the most popular platform?
- You can design the store as you wish. With the help of different page builders or plugins, you can build a good-looking online store.
- It is cost effective too. Installation of the plug-in is completely free. You can add some paid plug-in for better performances.
- No hidden cost or commission per transaction included here. Different payment options like PayPal, Stripe are available.
- It is compatible with maximum themes. Thousands of free and paid plug-in are available. You can add them depending on your needs.
Why we need extra plug-ins to set-up the store?
After installing WooCommerce, you may need plug-ins for the complete functionality of the store. Only WooCommerce is not enough to setup a fully functional store. Different stores need different plug-ins as per the requirements. There are some advanced features of WooCommerce that can be enabled and enhanced by adding these plug-ins. In the below section we will mention such 8 plug-ins that are used by many WooCommerce stores.
1. WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips:
This plug-in automatically creates a PDF version of the invoice and packing slip and attach the pdf to the confirmation order email. The PDF is downloadable and printable too. Many businesses need this feature, but WooCommerce does not have this feature by default. You can customize the mail template as you like. This plug-in is available in different languages. They are providing these features without any cost, though a paid subscription is also available of this plug-in with some added features. Due to its flexibility and error-free operations, it has 1000+ 5-star rating and 300000+ active installations.
2. Beeketing for WooCommerce:
This is a marketing automation tool with 10+ features. ECommerce sites can use this tool to boost online sales, increasing average order value and other purposes. It induced site visitors to add products in the cart by showing recent order pop-ups at the site corner, low order indicator, coupon pop-up, etc.
It can increase the average order value by offering a bundle product bought together with a discount, suggesting more related products, fixing a target to reach a cart value and receive coupons or reward points.
Beeketing helps to increase cart checkout rate, prevent cart abandonment rate, and even get back the abandoned carts. All these things are possible because it can show discounts when check out the cart or a free shipping facility, sending reminders of cart abandonment.
It offers both free and paid subscriptions. Some vital features are not available on the free version. Depending on features paid subscription is available from $8 to $49 per month.
3. WooCommerce Customizer
WooCommerce allows you to customize the button text, product heading and more. To do this you need to write code in PHP. That is not possible if you don’t have the skill on coding. To avoid this, you may install this plug-in.
From the ‘add to cart’ button, text on product pages, product heading text, checkout page coupon or confirm order button, you can change everything.
You don’t need to write a single line code, just install it and go to WooCommerce setting then the customizer tab.
This plug-in is completely free. Still, they offer support for any issue related to WooCommerce customizer.
4. PickPlugins Product Slider for WooCommerce
If you want a product slider, then it can be the best option. You can create many sliders and display them on your pages using shortcodes. Many options are available to customize the slider; you don’t need to add extra CSS code for that.
Slider column number can be fixed for different devices like desktop, mobile & tabs. You can customize other options like slider autoplay after loading the page, exclude out of stock products and filter the products on a category based.
As well as free version it offers a premium version with some extra features for $29. In the premium version, you can add top-selling products, related products, etc.
5. Booster for WooCommerce
This is another useful plugin used by many store designers. It has hundreds of features related to currency, button, products, cart & checkout, payment gateway & Shipping. Some important features among them are mentioned below:
- Currency Switcher & Different price format for different currency and countries.
- Customized button and texts.
- Automatically add to cart features when visiting products.
- Product visibility by location.
- Cart & Checkout Customization.
- Coupon code generator.
- Add multiple payment gateway options.
- Add a minimum amount to avail a specific payment gateway.
- Set a format of address for shipping.
Read more to know the complete features of this plug-in. The core plug-in is free to use but you need to pay $49 for the premium version.
6. Checkout Field Editor
If you need a customized checkout page for your shop then this plug-in is the perfect solution for you. It allows adding, editing or deleting elements on the checkout page. The default checkout page contains name, address & payment information. For some specific businesses, more information is needed. By using this plug-in, you can add a new level, a placeholder on the checkout page.
The plug-in is basically free; you can upgrade it for $39 to get the complete features.
7. YITH WooCommerce Compare
This plug-in is specially designed to compare different products on a store. You can add products to a table, and then compare them to find out the differences.
It is a handy feature for shoppers. This is a pop-up widget, so your customers don’t need to open another page to see the comparison. Different settings are available to set the product image size, button text inside the plug-in.
This plug-in is totally free but you can upgrade the plan for $63.99 to get complete access of other plug-ins provided by YITH.
8. Enhanced Ecommerce Google Analytics Plug-in
Though WooCommerce provides a short analysis report, still you need Google Analysis to track your store performances completely. The complete analysis from the Google Analytics dashboard helps to make a strategy to rank your product organically or for many other purposes. This plug-in can integrate Google Analytics to your store. You can check different information like traffic, which product sells most etc. from your store. This plug-in is totally free to install.