When most people think of WordPress and ecommerce, Woocommerce naturally comes to mind. Originally developed as a bolt-on system for WordPress, Woocommerce has since been purchased by Automattic, the company behind WordPress, and fully integrated into the blogging and content management platform, giving WordPress users from beginners to veterans an easy way to add online shopping functionality to their websites.
If you’ve already got Woocommerce installed, you’re probably wondering why you need Woocommerce plugins. In short, plugins help to build upon what Woocommerce already offers, making it easy for you to create your ecommerce store the way you envision, as well as add some interesting and helpful features that don’t exist in Woocommerce right out of the box.
So what are the best Woocommerce plugins worth having? Let’s take a closer look:
Woocommerce PDF Invoices and Packing Slips
How great would it be to be able to create your own invoices and packing slips and print them out directly from within the Woocommerce order admin? The Woocommerce PDF Invoices and Packing Slips plugin lets you attach invoice PDFs to Woocommerce emails of your choosing. You can also generate invoices and packing slips in bulk. The fully customizable HTML and CSS invoice templates are easy to edit with some basic web design knowledge, and you can download all of the invoices right from within the My Account page.
And if your ecommerce shop ships internationally, you’ll be glad to know that this Woocommerce plugin for WordPress is also available in over a dozen languages.
Customer Reviews for Woocommerce
One of the best ways to sell more of your product is by building trust with your visitors, and one of the best ways to do that is through the use of customer reviews. This Woocommerce WordPress plugin lets you automatically remind your customers to leave a review for your product after purchasing it. The system also goes a step beyond merely collecting reviews and verifies their authenticity as well. A great way to display social proof and encourage purchases from prospective customers who are still “on the fence”
With this plugin, you can also display trust badges and reward customers who leave a review with a discount on their next purchase. The plugin also lets you import reviews and it integrates with Google Shopping, making it easy to display reviews where and when they matter most.
Ajax Search for Woocommerce
Woocommerce comes with a built-in search option, but it’s not the fastest or the most intuitive search out there. Enter Ajax Search for Woocommerce, a robust site search plugin that lets your users search by product title, description, excerpt and more. The search result automatically loads as they type, making it easy for them to find exactly what they’re looking for.
In addition to helping users find what they’re searching for quickly, each suggestion can optionally display the product image, price, description SKU and even an add to cart button with a quantity field when you hover over the result, making it easy for customers to add an item to their cart instantly when they find precisely what they’re looking for.
Woocommerce Cart Abandonment Recovery
Online shopping carts are abandoned for all kinds of reasons. Perhaps the customer found the same item cheaper somewhere else, or shipping costs were too high. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to just let them go. With the Woocommerce Cart Abandonment Recovery plugin for WordPress, you can reach these customers before they leave.
The way it works is simple. At checkout, you can capture the user’s email address. If they don’t complete their order within fifteen minutes, a series of automated emails goes out. Within this email series, you can include as many messages as you’d like in different timeframes. For example, you can inquire as to whether or not there was any technical issue, or offer them a limited discount to complete their order. Coupons can be generated (and limited according to time) automatically from within the plugin and sent to them via email without you having to lift a finger.
What sets this plugin apart from your typical email followup plugin is that it remembers the user’s actions on the checkout page. So, if they were filling out the checkout page and stopped to get their credit card, but got distracted by something else, then your email jolted them back to remembering about their order, the checkout form will have as much information already filled out for them just as they left it. This, in turn helps reduce friction and encourages a checkout and a sale!
WOOCS Currency Converter for Woocommerce
WOOCS, which stands for Woocommerce Currency Switcher is a Woocommerce plugin for WordPress that allows your users to choose their currency and (optionally) pay in that currency from within your Woocommerce store. Rates change automatically and are pulled from over seven different currency aggregators. You can choose to have the rates update hourly, twice a day, daily, weekly or even in minute increments, such as every 5 or every 15 minutes.
There are three different ways to configure the design of the currency converter and you can choose a variety of price formats. You can even have Woocommerce update prices based on the country the user is from thanks to individual GeoIP rules for every product.
Why Choosing these Woocommerce Plugins?
Overall, these are great Woocommerce WordPress plugins worth considering for your online store. Even if you don’t ship internationally or only to a few countries, it’s definitely worth installing a couple of these plugins to help remarket to users who have abandoned their shopping carts or to make it easier for users to search within your site.
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