WooCommerce is one of the most popular tools for creating and managing an eCommerce site nowadays. While WooCommerce comes loaded with several useful features out of the box, we can make use of WooCommerce product addons to further boost our sales and enhance the product variations and offerings on our online store.
In this article, we will be talking about some very useful extensions using which we can add WooCommerce product addons.
WooCommerce Product Addons: A Handy Guide
We will be covering both free and paid extensions for adding WooCommerce product addons, and also seeing ways in which such extensions can help our online shop.
The Importance of WooCommerce Product Addons
The fact that it works atop WordPress, the world’s most well known Content Management System, gives WooCommerce an extra edge. It means WooCommerce stores can make use of the simplicity, ease of use, robustness and reliability that WordPress has to offer.
Furthermore, WooCommerce makes very good use of the WordPress plugin ecosystem. In fact, WooCommerce itself is a WordPress plugin that can be installed from the official repository free of cost. Coupled with the right WooCommerce-friendly theme, we can have an online shop up and running in no time!
Thereafter, we can even choose to extend the functionality of WooCommerce by installing WooCommerce extensions. For instance, we can add or integrate multiple payment gateways, shipping rules, and so on.
But beyond that, we can easily add WooCommerce product addons to our shop.
Wondering what is meant by such ‘addons’? Well, let us say you have an online jewellery shop. Now, there is a particular ring that you are selling on your store. However, what if this ring were available in two variants — the same design, albeit in gold and platinum versions?
Naturally, this can boost your sales as you can target buyers of both gold and platinum rings. Such “variations” within the same product can be implemented by means of WooCommerce product addons, wherein you add the product (ring), then add its addons (gold and/or platinum).
How to add WooCommerce Product Addons?
There is no rocket science involved when it comes to adding product addons within a WooCommerce store. All we need to do is find the right WooCommerce extension for the job, and the rest will take care of itself!
So, this brings us to the big question: what are the best WooCommerce product addons extensions out there? We will now be taking a look at some of the major free as well as paid options that are out there.
WooCommerce Product Addons
WooCommerce Product Addons by Acowebs is a simple WooCommerce extension that does what its name suggests — lets you add addons and options to your products.
This extension adds a series of custom fields that can be specified for each individual product. Thereafter, upon selecting a product, users can tweak the custom values to suit their preferences.
WooCommerce Product Addons comes in two flavors — free and premium. The free version should, ideally, suffice for most small to medium-sized online shops. The paid version, on the other hand, comes loaded with several additional features, such as conditional logic, the ability to integrate Google Maps within the custom fields, allow users to upload their own media files (such as images, product screenshots, etc), and so on. The premium version is priced at $19.
This WooCommerce extension is not extraordinarily popular and has roughly 4000+ active users. However, it has stellar reviews, with most of them being 5-star ones. This does speak favorably about the developers’ efforts with this plugin.
WooCommerce PPOM stands for Personalized Product Options Manager. This WooCommerce extension lets users personalize their orders on the basis of product options and addons that are available.
Much like many other such WooCommerce extensions, WooCommerce PPOM too comes in both free and paid versions. However, the free version of this extensions is rather feature-rich and boasts of things like conditional logic, responsive grid display, etc.
With that said, perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of WooCommerce PPOM is that it integrates well with many other WooCommerce extensions, such as WooCommerce Currency Switcher.
The Pro version of this extension is priced at $30 for a single site license. Among other things, the premium variant lets you control access to product addon options on the basis of user roles. You can also better control the output and frontend display, including the ability to tweak colors, modify metadata, change layout, and more.
YITH WooCommerce Product Addons
YITH WooCommerce Product Addons is a simple and straightforward WooCommerce extension that strives to make the task of adding product variations and addons easier.
In essence, when using this extension, the store owners can choose to have a text field displayed on the product page, wherein the users can enter customizable text or other information. Furthermore, sellers can also add radio buttons or checkboxes for additional options, such as color variations, size variations, and so on. The extension automatically adjusts the total billing price on the basis of the addons that are selected.
For the most part, that is all there is to talk about this WooCommerce extension. If you are in pursuit of a highly simple plugin that lets you simply specify product addons for your shop, and have no need for all the fancy features that other plugins and extensions tend to offer, YITH WooCommerce Product Addons is the ideal pick for you!
However, this does not mean that the plugin is lacking in features. There is a Pro version available that comes with all the bells and whistles, including the ability to customize the appearance of addon options (color, fonts, etc), multiple input fields, conditional logic and settings, and a lot more!
On the downside though, the premium version of YITH WooCommerce Product Addons is slightly on the costlier side, with a single site license being priced at €73.99
This is, obviously, much higher than many other similar premium extensions in this niche. Irrespective of that, this is a robust and reliable plugin that does justice to its purpose.
Extra Product Options (Product Addons) for WooCommerce
Extra Product Options (Product Addons) for WooCommerce (that’s a really long name for a WooCommerce extension) lets you add custom fields and options to your WooCommerce products.
It supports multiple data and field types, such as checkboxes, radio buttons, text area, etc. Users can specify their product variations and the price is adjusted accordingly.
The free version is rather feature-rich as far as custom field types are concerned. However, the paid version of this extension offers additional field types, data validation as well as conditional display of data on the basis of user roles.
The premium version is priced at $39 for a single site license. The free version does have a good number of positive reviews in the repository, so that speaks highly of the plugin overall.
WooCommerce Product Options and Price Calculation Formulas — Uni CPO
Another WooCommerce extension with a noticeably long name, WooCommerce Product Options and Price Calculation Formulas – Uni CPO comes with its own visual form builder to help you add custom fields and specify WooCommerce product addons for your store.
Essentially, this plugin provides the users with full control over the appearance of such addon options on the product page. Thereafter, it can also adjust the price as per the addons selected by the users. It is noteworthy that store owners have the options to specify complex mathematical price adjustment rules — if X addon is selected, price increases by y%, and so on.
The free version of WooCommerce Product Options and Price Calculation Formulas – Uni CPO has good reviews, albeit it is not the most popular one out there (with approx 3000+ active users). One noticeable aspect of the plugin is that the introduction text is not grammatically impressive. Of course, this may not be a major consideration for most WP users, but for native English speakers, the documentation may be slightly difficult to read and follow along.
The extension also has a Pro version that comes with additional conditional and validation logic settings as well as frontend display customization options. The Pro version is priced at $49.99 for a single site license.
WooCommerce Variation Swatches
WooCommerce Variation Swatches is an impressive extension when it comes to adding WooCommerce product addons. Unlike most other extensions that rely heavily on text input fields, this one focuses more on “swatches”. In other words, you can get rid of dropdown selection fields for your addon options, and instead opt for buttons that, when hovered over or clicked, show the product’s image change in real time.
For instance, say you have a pair of shoes on sale and you have added two variants — black and brown. Now, when the user clicks on the “brown” color icon/button, the shoes’ picture will be changed automatically to showcase the brown variant.
Naturally, this is a rather useful WooCommerce extension as it offers great UI and UX experience both for the store owners as well as buyers. There is, as such, no reason why this extension will not be really popular! The free version currently has over 40,000+ active users and has a near-perfect record of 5-star reviews.
WooCommerce Variation Swatches also has a premium version that comes with features such as integration of addon options with product attributes, better display settings, the ability to blur out or cross out “out of stock” variations, border styling, and more. It costs $49 for a single site license.
The last extension on our list is a paid-only one. Furthermore, it is developed and maintained by the folks at WooCommerce itself!
Product Addons offers a simplified mechanism for adding product variations and addons to your store, such as custom messages, color and size settings, additional options, and so on!
This plugin, available only as a premium offering priced at $49 for a single site license, has an intuitive interface that does not get in the way. It shows the product options on the store pages in an impressive manner, complete with buttons, checkboxes and various other input and entry fields.
Quite obviously, since this particular extension is maintained by WooCommerce developers, you can be assured of a robust code base, good security practices and optimum performance. However, since there does not seem to be a free version, folks on a tight budget may not find this WooCommerce extension noteworthy.
Purchase (Premium only)
That brings us to the end of this article about WooCommerce product addons. As can be seen, the options are plenty when it comes to adding custom addon options to your WooCommerce store.
It might be a good idea to give the free plugins a try before investing in a premium offering. WooCommerce Variation Swatches is the most popular name in the mix, and is definitely well worth a look! With that said, all the other plugins mentioned above are under active and steady development, have a happy client base and do not seem to be missing out on any specific features.
As such, it is probably more a matter of personal preference as to which particular WooCommerce extension you should opt for here. Nonetheless, it goes without saying that adding product variations to your online store can greatly enhance your sales as it will entice the users to spend more on customizable products.
Have you tried adding product addons and variations to your WooCommerce store? If so, which extension do you use? Share your views with us in the comments below!