Often we are not aware of what we want simply because we don’t know it is available. WooCommerce plugins are one of them.
WooCommerce is one of the major eCommerce platforms for online selling of products & services.
As a part of WordPress, WooCommerce has at its disposal a vast dedicated developers’ community.
The developers continuously create various plugins to enhance user experience. These plugins introduce amazing new features to help the merchants.
There are more than 2,282,000 live websites using WooCommerce today!
That’s a huge number.
But for most of us, when we find the right setup for our online stores, we usually don’t hunt for newer features.
That’s a mistake. Because new WooCommerce plugins are created regularly.
And few of them can be considered as an important plugin for WooCommerce.
Some of them are free and some are premium.
These plugins are created to keep up with the latest trends and demands.
However, there are a lot of such plugins in the market for improving WooCommerce.
Here we have brought 5 of the best WooCommerce plugins that you didn’t know were essential.
5 amazing plugins that after reading this, you won’t be able to operate your ecommerce business without!
1. WooCommerce Currency Switcher
This WooCommerce plugin is a must-have for any business that wants to expand.
Even though it’s a well-known plugin, the reason I included it here is that even those businesses with the great potential need it.
Currently, there are more than 20,000+ active installations today.
This plugin propels your online stores capacity to handle customers even from beyond the national boundary.
This is a very neat and handy plugin to have on your platform.
WooCommerce Currency Switcher is a plugin that allows your store & visitors to switch currencies & accept payment in multiple countries.
This means that customers can buy products using their preferred currency. They don’t have to sit down with their calculator to figure out the rate.
It eases the whole ecommerce process for both the merchants and the buyers.
WooCommerce Currency Switcher requires WordPress version 3.8.0 and PHP version 5.4 to operate.
The currency switcher is available as both shortcode and widget. The widget comes in 3 types of functions: currencies switcher, currency converter, and currencies rates.
The plugin also has both free and a premium version. The premium version cost $29 for a regular license and $180 for an extended license.
The free version only allows users to add only 2 currencies. But the premium version has no such limits.
This plugin is a great tool to expand the horizon of any ecommerce store and introduce itself to the world.
2. AfterShip WooCommerce Tracking
AfterShip WooCommerce Tracking has a vast intricate network of supported carriers (360+). This huge network covers almost all the continents.
This plugin allows merchants to track all of their product shipments from a single place. Additionally, the customer can also receive the real-time status of the ordered products.
This is crucial for any ecommerce business to ensure delivery of the product and build a strong reputation.
The best thing about this WooCommerce plugins is that almost all necessary featured is given for free!
The only aspect that the premium version provides is notifying the customer or you about delivery status.
Even though it’s a handy feature, those who don’t want to pay can function just fine without it.
The pricing of the premium version is flexible according to your need. You can choose according to how many shipments you might have in a month.
The pricing starts from $10 a month for 100 shipments and can cover more than 100k shipments.
AfterShip WooCommerce Tracking is one of the best reviewed WooCommerce plugins in the market. It currently has 4.9 stars out of 5.
The AfterShip WooCommerce Tracking is still able to operate on old versions of WordPress. It is even possible to run it in WordPress version 2.9.
3. YITH Infinite Scrolling
The design of the website can make or break it. Believe me, I’m not overstating.
Websites that have attractive, responsive and flawless web design will always attain more returning customers.
One of the most happening things today in web design is the ‘single page’. Social media has conditioned us to associate infinite scrolling with a sense of comfort.
But how do you integrate ‘single page’ on a WooCommerce platform?
It’s quite simple really. By using the YITH Infinite Scrolling plugin.
YITH has numerous WooCommerce plugins on the market already. The plugins they develop are highly acclaimed and used. So you know they are good.
Instead of navigating through page after page for products, customers can just see the contents in a sequential way.
This saves time and hassle for the customer.
The YITH Infinite Scrolling plugin not only gives your online store an alluring element but also reduces loading time, product confusion and simplifies surfing.
As a merchant, you don’t have to worry about your product being lost, like on the 2nd page of Google.
The plugin would cost you $59 a year for your single site. But they also offer licenses for multiple sites, which is comparatively cheaper.
WordPress version 4.0 is the minimum requirement for integrating YITH Infinite Scrolling.
A very simple, yet one of the best premium WooCommerce plugins available today.
4. WooCommerce AvaTax
One of the most tedious things in our professional life is doing taxes.
Unless you make a living doing it, nobody likes it. Sadly, we all have to do it every year. And if you run an ecommerce business, calculating sales tax of every purchase & tax management is a hard, complex task.
That is where AvaTax comes in.
No longer do you have to do complex taxes. AvaTax does it for you automatically.
AvaTax calculates sales tax of every purchase based on concise, geo-spatial mapping with 100% accuracy. They guarantee it.
They are even willing to compensate if there is any error is found.
AvaTax trims down your burden by taking on the whole tax management process.
They’ll do this by calculating sales tax on every checkout, on-time tax filing, producing audit-ready reports and tax returns.
Customers can also save documents like completed cart orders, invoices, credits, and returns, for example, for filing tax returns and audit defense.
The plugin also supports manual transaction submission and tax exempts.
No need to worry even if you live outside the US. They support several other countries.
AvaTax offers several options in terms of pricing based on transaction limit. Starting from $50 per for 250 transactions annually to customizable price for high volume transactions.
Even though AvaTax costs more than its counterpart TaxJar, it has several features which give it an edge over it.
5. GoUrl WooCommerce
Now comes the most unorthodox plugin in the list. The one I’m sure anyone would be a fool to ignore for their online store.
Recently we have seen the rise of Crypto Currency. With Bitcoin hitting 10,000 USD mark; Bitcoin transaction is at an all-time high.
In order to keep up with the changing times, every ecommerce business owner needs to integrate a Crypto Currency payment method in their store.
This includes not just Bitcoin, but also others like Litecoin and Dash.
The GoUrl WooCommerce plugins are the perfect tool for accepting and maintaining transaction for this.
It is a 100% free open source plugin that can be integrated to WooCommerce to accept a wide range of Crypto Currency.
GoUrl WooCommerce doesn’t have any monthly fee, transaction fee or chargebacks.
The payments go straight to the Bitcoin/altcoin wallet address.
The plugin provides live exchange rate for traditional currency to cryptocurrency. However, extra 5% will be added to the price in Bitcoins.
The plugin requires WordPress version 3.5 to operate and is constantly updated.
This particular plugin has seen a rise in recent times. It is definitely on the path to becoming a contender for best WooCommerce plugins 2017
I know what you are thinking. ‘How did I not know about these?’
Don’t get worked up. It’s very easy to miss if you don’t have your ear to the ground.
But this is the goal of such an article; to convey to you the latest in the world of WooCommerce plugins.
Now that you know about these plugins, you also know that you need them very much. And undoubtedly these are some of the best WooCommerce plugins for WordPress
These will be the tools to help you keep up-to-date with the recent changes, reduce hassle and enhance your online store.
Maruf Iftekhar Khan is an up-and-coming content writer currently working in Orbit Informatics, one of the leading Web design & development firms in Bangladesh. His writing is a fusion of humor, technology, and logic to bring forth articles that are easy to connect with.