Starting your e-store is certainly an exciting experience. Whether you are planning to sell hundreds of unique items or a single subscription service, a lot of hard work goes into establishing and launching a store.
Thanks to WooCommerce integration, you can today create a powerful e-commerce store that will help you build a strong relationship with your target audience. WooCommerce is designed to incorporate smoothly with WordPress, which has become the most preferred Content Management System and a great platform to create sites. However, there are a plethora of factors to consider while setting up the store, from marketing opportunities to payment gateways to budget.
Part of the beauty of WooCommerce is that it offers almost every feature and functionality required to build a successful online WooCommerce store in the form of extensions. Therefore, among all the free and paid extensions, we have pulled together some essential and must-have WooCommerce extensions (that were indeed of most help to us) to help you get your store up and running quickly.
Amazon Payments Advanced plugin is one of the best WooCommerce extensions which integrates payment gateway between Amazon’s credit card processing and your WooCommerce store. Amazon Payments Advanced ingrains an Amazon Payments widget on your store and every transaction interaction occurs in this widget to prevent users from leaving your website during the checkout process.
It also allows you to accept payment using all major credit cards. In order to securely carry out transactions through this extension, you would need an SSL certificate since payment information is gathered on your website.
Developed by Mike Jolley, popular lead developer of WooCommerce plugins, WooCommerce Product Gift Wrap allows store owners to offer gift wrapping services along with the products since a majority of customers use gift wrapping services, particularly around the holiday season.
This extension adds a “gift wrap option” to each product and configures an additional price for it if any. If a customer selects this services, it will be displayed on the order page as well as in the cart.
The WooCommerce New Product Badge is developed by Coen Jacobs and James Koster, a leading developer of WooCommerce. WooCommerce New Product Badge adds a “New” badge to products that have been added recently by the site owners to the list of products. It also allows you to configure the number of days for new products from the catalog settings page.
WooCommerce Customizer is a product from SkyVerge, which offers a settings pages to help website owners customize filters without having to write a single line of code. It basically helps non-coders tweak WooCommerce labels, button text and so much more. You can edit the number of products displayed per page, tax label test, “Add To Cart” button text and other WooCommerce defaults settings as per your requisites.
Stripe for WooCommerce extension offers support for stripe payment gateway in your e-store. It enables you to accept payments via credit cards without having to invest a lot of time and money in making your site ultra secure. Stripe for WooCommerce saves user’s sensitive credit card details on a different server than your store’s server, using different passwords, usernames and limiting access.
WooCommerce Product Slider is yet another popular WooCommerce extension that adds a responsive slider to your e-store. It comes with various inbuilt features such as easing and FX effects, pagination, navigation arrows, and so much more.
WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge displays how much a customer will save on each item to enhance the inbuilt sale badge. It basically transforms the way the “sale” badge is showcased on your products. In a nutshell, instead of merely notifying your customers that a product is on sale, you can tell your customers how much exactly they can save by buying the product while it’s on sale. The extension is compatible with almost every WooCommerce product types, external and simple products and shows a badge that says “Save $X!”.
WooCommerce Checkout Manager creates a highly customized and user-friendly checking out experience for your customers by adding additional fields to the checkout process. It allows you to add new fields, make checkout fields optional, enable/disable additional fields section, upload files on the checkout page and so much more.
Product Enquiry for WooCommerce, as the name suggests, allows your potential customer to make an enquiry from the product page by adding an “enquiry” button to every product page. After every enquiry submitted by the customer, the webmaster receives an email with information such as enquiry message, customer name, product URL, and product name in a well-formatted way.
You can configure advanced rules for product quantities with the help of WooCommerce Advanced Product Quantities extension. It allows you to set maximum and minimum quantities along with incremental quantities. Aside, you can configure more than one rule and apply them to products as per your needs.
Catalogue Visibility Options removes e-commerce functionality from your WooCommerce to convert it into an online catalogue. It may seem a little strange but there are times when you only want to display a catalogue of products without allowing customers to buy them.
The best of this extension is that when you are ready to enable cart, checkout and “buy now” processes, you can do so with a flick of a switch. Also, this extension does much more than just keeping your entire store offline. It allows you to restrict visitors who are logged in from adding products to the cart or buying them from your store completely.
Product CSV Import Suite allows you to export, merge and import variations and products to and from WooCommerce with the help of a CSV file. Product CSV Import Suite comes with a detailed step-by-step instructions that help you import product details, products, tags, and categories into WooCommerce.
This WooCommerce extension supports:
- Import attributes, taxonomies, custom fields (meta) and so much more
- Importing text-based product details such as images, descriptions, prices and more
- Exporting variations and products
- Merging products, which is helpful for adding details to existing products
- This user-friendly suite helps you save a lot of time when managing an e-store with hundreds of thousands of products.
13. Dynamic Pricing
Discounts and offers are a part of marketing strategy and plays a crucial role in capturing the attention of customers. If you are also planning to add such offers to your WooCommerce store, Dynamic Pricing is the right extension for you. Flat 50% off on T-shirts or 20% off to registered members, all such offers made possible by Dynamic Pricing.
Dynamic Pricing WooCommerce extension further has 7 modes.
Advanced Product Pricing –Bulk –
Bulk Advanced Product Pricing is based on the number of the items available in the cart and dynamically configures a pricing rule using a table based configuration.
Advanced Product Pricing – Special Order –
Advanced Product Pricing offers you a meta box to configure pricing rules for a particular product. Click on Add Pricing Group to get started. It also allows you to configure more than one set for every product.
Advanced Category Pricing – Bulk –
It enables you to set pricing rules for categories depending on the quantities of the category in the cart. No rules are set, by default, which allows you to configure more than one rule set according to your needs.
Advanced Category Pricing – Special Order –
This mode allows you to add special offer discounts to all the product categories available in your e-store by choosing how many goods from a category should be bought at discounted rates and how many goods from a category will be provided at a full price.
Simple Category Pricing –
Simple Category Pricing allows you to configure pricing rule for a particular category of the products. You can also configure bulk category pricing rule.
Simple Membership Pricing –
Simple Membership Pricing allows you to configure pricing rule for different members on your e-store. Enable the toggle for the role to enable a pricing rule for a role and then select the discount type and amount. You can choose the discount amount from either a percentage value or a dollar amount.
Order Total Based Pricing –
It enables you to configure discount offers depending on the order cart subtotal. Unlike other modes, Order Total Based Pricing uses the total sum of the items to determine whether to apply a rule or not. As an instance, offering a discount of 10% on a purchase of $100 of items.
Did we miss something?
We have tried to include every important WooCommerce extension. However, if we have missed any other important extension, don’t forget to share it with us in the comments section below.