7 Plugins You Must Install For Your Ecommerce Store
Content management systems have made it very easy for anyone to create their own online store and sell their products or services. They provide business owners with already made templates that can be used to design eCommerce websites. Business owners only need to make a few tweaks and personalize these templates to their taste. Since these website design templates are already made, their scalability may be limited.
Business owners may not get a particular template to suit their specific eCommerce needs. To make up for this setback, content management systems allow businesses to install plugins on their website to increase its scalability. These plugins offer extended features that web design templates may not provide. Looking to create an eCommerce store to suit your specific business needs, here are 7 plugins you must install for your eCommerce store.
Yoast SEO+Yoast WooCommerce SEO
Yoast SEO improves the SEO and increases the visibility of your eCommerce store. This plugin analyzes the content of your eCommerce store. From this analysis, it can ascertain readability difficulty, keyword density, title, meta description and targeted keywords placement. It identifies if the title is too short, if the keywords are properly placed or if there is a need to rework your meta description. To use this plugin, input the keyword or keywords you want your online store to rank for on search engines. This plugin will then analyze the keywords you input and offer recommendations.
Woocommerce Shop As A Customer
The WooCommerce shop as a customer plugin is helpful when designing a website. This plugin is an extended version of the “preview website” feature. While the preview website will only show you how your website will look like when you launch it, this plugin offers much more. Woocommerce shop as customer gives you the total experience of how your website will be when online shoppers use it to patronize you. With this plugin, you can access your eCommerce store, select products and even checkout to see if your online store is working well.
Many customers want easy access without having to compromise security. It becomes very tiring when they have to fill out forms whenever they need anything. With the super socializer plugin, you can help your customers bypass the filling of forms. They can login to your eCommerce store using their social media accounts. Besides giving customers easy access, this plugin (with the permission of customers) gathers information about these customers and can help you serve customers better. With this plugin, you get to reduce cases of spam accounts and customers can easily give feedback about your product or service delivery.
Woocommerce Smart Bundles
Certain products complement each other, and you will really save your customers stress by simply putting them as a bundle. Woocommerce smart bundle plugin enables the web admin to pre-set products together as a bundle and fix a price for them. This plugin is perfect for black Fridays, discounted bundles and other promotions. In a case where a product in the bundle is out of stock, this plugin will stop users from adding product bundles to their cart.
Forms are very important for eCommerce websites. They help with the registration of members and can be used in every case where you need to gather information. WPSForms Lite offers a very simple means to create forms for virtually any purpose. Its drag and drop feature allows anyone who can operate a computer to create personalized forms in less than five minutes. Most of the features of these plugins are free, with only a few advanced plugins requiring users to pay a token.
Woocommerce WhatsApp Order
WhatsApp is arguably the most popular instant messaging platform. You can leverage on it to increase sales. Woocommerce WhatsApp order plugin enables customers to make orders via WhatsApp. With this plugin, web users will not have to even register on your website. Once the plugin is installed and activated, an option to “order gia WhatsApp” will appear on your website. Once customers click on that option, they will be automatically redirected to WhatsApp where they can place their order.
This plugin issues invoices to customers and keeps a record of purchases in your admin dashboard. It also has a form feature that you can use to get basic information from your customers.
Chatbots are the new norm, and it is essential that an eCommerce store has one. However, not many businesses can afford to pay monthly or yearly for chatbots. Instead, WP Chatbot offers eCommerce stores the opportunity to use Facebook Messenger chat as your chatbot. This plugin adds the messenger chat widget and users can easily connect with you 24/7. To use this plugin however, you will have to create a Facebook page for your business and link the page to your website. You will not be able to use this plugin without a Facebook account and it is not advisable to use your personal account.
There are also plugins for security like Word fence. However, it was not included in this piece because security is non-negotiable and should be the very first consideration. The plugins listed above are mainly to improve the user experience of your website.
Junaid Ali Qureshi is an ecommerce entrepreneur with a passion for emerging tech marketing and ecommerce development. Some of his current ventures include Progos Tech (Woocommerce plugin company), Elabelz.com , Titan Tech and Smart Marketing.