WordPress might have earned its reputation as the leading CMS system for blogging and content-rich websites, but it is also regarded to be a great platform for ecommerce stores, especially because of the variety of plugins that can add value to the user experience. Building a feature rich and high-performance website on WordPress is no longer difficult with the available range of plugins for every different purpose. When it comes to WordPress plugin development, the ones built for ecommerce make up a considerable portion.
Here through the length of this post, we have picked the most important plugins that can turn a WordPress website into ecommerce store with all the required features and functionalities. In doing so, we have explained the principal reasons for using these plugins and their features.
Woocommerce has been built by WordPress for helping the WordPress users to incorporate eCommerce store functionalities right into their websites. Naturally, this plugin comes with all the strengths of typical WordPress features. Now it is not only the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin out there, but it also comes with its own reserve of rich Woocommerce plugins. At present, it is credited to power one-fifth of all eCommerce websites.
Not just that, these plugins allow you to process the payment in a NET-D way. How? Simply by adding the Woocommerce NET-D plugin for WordPress. Moreover, you can build online stores furnished with the rich feature set and great shopping experience, just like WordPress, the Woocommerce platform also demands a meticulous consideration about your choice of plugins.
After a successful Woocommerce integration, all that you need is to select a range of useful plugins to deliver all the required features and functions of a store. Fortunately, you have a really extensive range of plugins for Woocommerce eCommerce websites.
Let’s have a look at the key Woocommerce features and strengths of this platform.
This plugin having been launched very recently rose to fame and became appreciated globally for helping people selling goods over digital platforms. It has been adopted by a vast majority of digital goods sellers thanks to an effortless sales and shopping experience.
BigCommerce which is already known to be a standalone eCommerce CMS system also offers a fully featured WordPress plugin. While the BigCommerce was always regarded to be a best CMS for online stores, it is now possible for the WordPress users to integrate the platform’s functions within a WordPress store for allowing transactions and sales of products.
Here are some of the key features and popular functions of BigCommerce WordPress plugin.
As of now, we have mainly spoken about the big and most popular WordPress plugins that can add eCommerce features to a regular WordPress website or blog. But since Woocommerce almost became synonymous to a WordPress ecommerce platform, we need to mention one or two deserving Woocommerce plugins as well. When you need a robust Woocommerce plugin for analytics, CRM and automated emails, you need to look no further than Metrilo.
Metrilo comes as the ultimate marketing tool for any Woocommerce store. Here are the key strengths and features of Metrilo plugin.
Beeketing is a robust marketing and sales plugin for WooCommerce that delivers a complete automation suite for businesses running on Woocommerce. It is a complete marketing automation platform loaded with upselling and cross-sell feature, promotions and gifts, powerful social promotion, email marketing, personalised product recommendations and many more.
Here are the key features of this powerful plugin.
The Ecwid eCommerce Shopping cart is a very flexible and power-packed plugin for WordPress eCommerce stores. It allows using the plugin across all content management systems including WordPress. While the core plugin comes as absolutely free with an array of built-in features, for advanced functionalities you can always opt to pay a reasonable monthly price. In contrast to other eCommerce plugins, it comes with a lot of inbuilt features instead of add-ons. The only downside is the product limit restriction of 10 products with the free plan. But with $15 monthly plan you can escalate it to 100 products and with $35 you can have a store featuring as many as 2500 products.
Some of the key features and strengths of this awesome eCommerce plugin include the following.
WP eCommerce according to many experts is regarded as the most credible alternative to the Woocommerce. In fact, this plugin in look, feel and substance is much similar to the Woocommerce, in respect of both dashboard and pricing. While the core plugin comes as free you can always opt for variously paid add-ons for the sake of value additions. By selling some powerful add-ons that a user will not want to miss is priced accordingly to make up the lost revenue with free users.
Here are some of the key strengths and features of this plugin.
Cart66 Cloud is a unique plugin that focuses on minimising the number of plugins to boost performance while not missing all the irreplaceable functions and features of an eCommerce website. It primarily focuses on easing out the process of development and value additions with an extensive package of inbuilt features. It is particularly useful for all those eCommerce startups and people having no development background and experience.
The best part is even when the plugin offers choices of add-on, it offers the same through its own marketplace, i.e. Cart66 Marketplace. It delivers the core plugin for absolutely free but the best and most sought-after features come against the monthly payment of $49
Here are the key strengths and features of the Cart66 plugin.
Every WordPress site including both blogs and eCommerce websites needs one quality SEO plugin. When it comes to SEO, there is hardly any better plugin than Yoast SEO for boosting search engine rank and listing. This plugin over the years has almost become synonymous with SEO for millions of WordPress and Woocommerce users.
Some of the key features and strengths of Yoast SEO include the following.
Finally, there is not a better tool than Google XML Sitemaps for ensuring your WordPress eCommerce website and its context are properly indexed so that Google shows your content in search ranks. The Google XML Sitemaps plugin allows you generating a sitemap effortlessly. It is extremely important from the perspective of the search engine as it will allow indexing web contents easily. This indexing is equally important for eCommerce websites.
Here are the key strengths and features of Google XML Sitemap plugin.
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WRITTEN BY: Jeegnasa Mudsa
Jeegnasa Mudsa is Executive Director at CMARIX Technolabs Pvt. Ltd. a leading eCommerce development company with 15+ years experience. A blend of true Engineer and…
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