WooCommerce: 15 plugins for creating an ecommerce site with WordPress

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One of the first and most important decisions you make when setting up your ecommerce site is your choice of ecommerce platform. You can choose between open source and propriety solutions. Among the open source options you have Magento, PrestaShop (specialist ecommerce CRM), as well as Drupal and WordPress. WordPress is one of the most popular options, used by nearly 18% of sites around the world, including content sites and blogs, and some publishers have developed modules for transforming WordPress e-commerce solution.

Currently here are more than 10 modules to add online sales features to WordPress including:

WooCommerce has become the market leader by offering a simple and complete solution for creating an ecommerce site with WordPress. WooCommerce powers more than 2.2 million ecommerce sites in the world (10.8%), which is even more than Magento (10.07%), according to some sources.

To help customers sell online using WooCommerce, many online services vendors also offer connecting modules between WooCommerce sites and their own online services, Lengow has done this since April 2014. We offer a free WooCommerce plugin for exporting your products quickly to the Lengow solution, in order to for you to quickly and easily distribute them on the external channels.

You can find below a list of plugins to get your store up and running quickly and effectively when using WordPress with WooCommerce.

1°) Product Add-ons -$49 – is a module created by WooThemes (creator of WooCommerce), which enables clients to personalise their products using tick boxes or using a drop down menu.

Example: Engraving a jewel before shipping.

Product add-ons

2°) Table Rate Shipping -$21 – is an additional module to define different policies for shipping based on the shipping location, the order amount, package weight, etc.

Example: Free shipping when more than X € spent

Table Rate Shipping

3°) Product of the Day -$49 – is another module created by WooThemes, which enables you to promote different products every day by showing them to your customers in a handy widget.

Example: Programme in advance a list of products to be promoted for each day of the week.

Product of the Day

4°) Wholesale Price -$21 – is a module to enable users to add wholesale/ trade pricing for professional buyers wanting to buy in mass for resale. This plugin can be particularly useful if you have a b2b ecommerce site.

Example: Enter different pricing for individuals and professionals buying in batches.

Wholesale Price

5) Order Delivery Date -free – is a module which allows customers to choose an order delivery date at the checkout, which can be practical if they know that they will be absent during the standard delivery period.

Example: A customer can pay now, but have the items delivered when they return from holiday.

Order Delivery Date

6.) Google Autocomplete Address -$11 – is a very simple additional feature that automatically completes address information when a customer is making an order.

Google Address Autocomplete

7°) Loyalty Rewards -$22 – allows you to put into place a loyalty system for customers and offer them rewards based on what they buy.

Loyalty Rewards

8°) Cart Add-ons -$29 – This plugin allows you to suggest products for up selling and cross selling.

9°) Dynamic Pricing & Discounts -$25 – is a plugin to create promotional campaigns restricted by time (eg: 15% off until midnight) or incremental reductions depending on the quantity of products ordered.

Dynamic Pricing & Discounts

10°) YITH Zoom Magnifier- free-  enlarges product pictures when the visitor hovers their mouse over the visual.

YITH Zoom Magnifier

12°) Catalog Visibility Options -$49  allows you to Transform WooCommerce into an online catalogue by removing eCommerce functionality. If you take out the cart, checkout process and ‘buy now’ buttons, WooCommerce is actually the perfect platform upon which to showcase a catalogue of products, which aren’t currently for sale online.

Example: You are going on holiday and know that you will not be able to send a package in the time required.

Catalog Visibility Options

13°) Social Coupon -$22 – is a very useful plugin to offer discounts to your visitors in exchange for sharing the product page of their choice on the social networks.

Social Coupon

14°) Discount for Likes -$10 – is a plugin that allows to reduce the price of a product based on the number of Likes on your Facebook page. You can set the required number of Likes to grant a discount based on each product. This plugin will help you increase traffic in your WooCommerce store and get more clicks and sales of your products online.

Discount for Likes

15°) Smart Sale Badges -free – allows you to add badges to your items on promotion and display the total amount that the customer will save.

Smart Sale Badges

Bonus: Product SKU Generator -free – generates SKUs for all products and parent products.

Product SKU Generator

Note: the order of the plugins is not relating to any ranking. Not all plugins will be relevant to your type of ecommerce.

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Kathryn Bird