WooCommerce’s huge growth is in part down to it’s thriving marketplace where you can find a huge array of extensions. We’ve done the hard work and listed the best WooCommerce extensions for your store.
WooCommerce is a free product which uses the GNU general public license but also operates a marketplace for 3rd party developers to sell additional functionality and extend the e-commerce platform.
Some of these extensions are invaluable. Some are really niche. Here are the best of the bunch.
Our Best WooCommerce Extensions for all stores
- Create an automated email strategy for customers and prospective customers
- Ready to go – no integrations requried
- Google Analytics Integrations
- Advanced Rules
- Auto create and attach an invoice PDF to your order email
- Can be customised (logo etc.)
- Loyalty setup improves customer retention
- Choose how many points per pound and how these can be redeemed
- Easy to manage customers points
- Easily customised
- View real-time data on your customers shopping cart behaviour.
- Check abandoned carts.
- Allow customers to create an Amazon style wish-list so they can come back later and purchase.
- Improve your conversion rate
- Give a customer store credit – great for customer service.
- Trigger multiple and specific emails to be sent when:
- Low stock
- No stock
- New orders
- Create complex pricing discounts. eg:
- Give a 10% discount to Product Name when shoppers purchase 5 or more Product Names.
- Give a $20 discount to Gold Members when they purchase between 2-5 Product
- Names. Give them a $25 discount when if they purchase more than 5.
- Give a 5% discount to Everyone and a 10% discount to Gold Members when they purchase 5 or more Product Names.
- Offer a Laptop carrying case at a %10 discount if they purchase 1 or more items from the Laptops category.
- Print invoices from the backend
- Print Packing Lists for multiple orders from the backend
- Add multiple products together and sell as a unit
More information on the difference between bundles, chained products, grouped products.
Licences and why they are important
It’s important to stay upto date. That’s why WooThemes sell their extensions with 1 year licenses that allow you to get updates to the plugins. WooThemes are just launching a new tool which lets you keep a track on which plugins are upto date and will easily update them for you.
We’ll soon write a bit more about this but until then you can look at the WooThemes FAQ
Drowning in Extensions
We’ve seen our fair share of WooCommerce sites that have overloaded with extensions. By throwing as many extensions as you can afford at a site is not smart. Most likely it will be confusing for the customer. For front-facing extensions, think through the user experience and how it will help improve conversion. Remember not to bombard the user with conflicting messages and offers.
For the back-end really consider how an extension fits into your process. Make sure it will add value and improve how you manage your store.