Whether you have your own online store or are planning on starting one, and regardless of its success, you may be interested in looking into WooCommerce. Launched in late 2011, this ecommerce toolkit has become one of the most popular in the market today. Does it hold up to its reputation? You decide.
Soon reaching the 4 million download mark since its release back in September 2011, WooCommerce is a free, open source ecommerce plugin for WordPress-based websites that offers an impressive number of standard features and WooCommerce extensions. Now, if you’re new to all this and not quite sure what all this means, fear not as both experts and newbies have praised this software’s overall simplicity and intuitive user interface.
When first contemplating opening an online store, you face an inevitable question: where to base your website? Well, this is where it gets really simple. Forget about looking through the pros and cons of dozens of website-building systems because, if you’re looking to use such a complete tool WooCommerce will be your only option. For the uninitiated, this may seem like a very limited set of rules that might hinder creativity when developing your unique website. However, as soon as you begin exploring the beautifully designs and seemingly limitless creative potential of WordPress, you’ll quickly understand why it’s so sought-after, and you’ll be glad to have had this one option.
So, what exactly is WooCommerce and why should you consider it? Imagine your brand new online store is finally completed, all the layouts are in place, the products are ready to be sold and you’re anxious for the grand opening. That’s when you notice there’s something missing: the shopping cart feature. The world collapses around as you realized this means no transactions. You curse the months of hard work you put into it and get cold shivers as you recall the heavy investment you made and how you’re never going to see that money again! Then again… You remember that one article you read about shopping cart extensions and plugins and the name WooCommerce comes to mind. Suddenly, you feel a wave of relaxation go through your entire body, washing away all your problems. WooCommerce is, in essence, a free, open source transaction plugin but, as you’ll soon find out, such a simple description will not do it justice.
I’ll illustrate this point by presenting a number of features you can add to its already fairly complete standard free version.
This crafty extension will send you a text message every time an order is placed on your website.
Download Woo360 Product Viewer
Provides 360 º fully responsive views of product images.
Download Checkout for Digital Goods
Speeds up the process from item selection to actual item purchase by skipping over unnecessary merchant requests.
Download Products Designer
An HTLM5 Editor that allows clients to personalize products, such as logos, mugs, business cards, and more.
Download Recover Abandoned Cart
Abandoned online shopping carts can happen for a number of reasons such as an internet connection interruption or the client had second thoughts about purchase and left the website. This plugin will recover the abandoned cart and contact the client in order to complete the interrupted transaction.
Download Galaxy Funder – WooCommerce Crowdfunding System
A “Keep What You Raise” crowdfunding system that allows users to create their own crowdfunding website or add a campaign to their existing online store.
Download Dynamic Pricing & Discount
Allows user to create unlimited pricing strategies and discounts to attract customers.
Download Simple Auctions
Simple and easy to use, this plugin allows the user to quickly create an Ebay clone auction on their website.
Download Quick Export Plugin
Need a change of scenery? No problem! Simply export your customer and order database from your old website into a CSV file and then import it all into your new.
Simple to use and highly customizable, the Delivery Time Picker widget allows clients to select a specific date and time for shipping.
As the name suggests, this will add the translate feature to a website and allow clients to switch languages.
Download PDF Invoices & Packing Slips
This plugin will automatically add a PDF invoice to order confirmation e-mails.
Download Most experienced users suggest using a WooTheme template for smoother integration and installation of WooCommerce in a WordPress website. All WooCommerce themes are tested in the latest Safari, Chrome and Firefox version, and only support Internet Explorer 8 or above.
Whether you’re a settled giant in the online retail universe or this is your first attempt at becoming one, WooCommerce can be a powerful, helpful ally that will turn an arduous battle into an adventurous and rewarding journey.