Essential Ecommerce Plugins

Essential Ecommerce Plugins

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Over the past 3 years, I have learnt some hard lessons of what to do and what not to do when working with WordPress Plugins. The right plugins can enhance your ecommerce website, making it sing and dance, but ignore best practice and they will ruin your day.

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Plugins extend the functionality of a website or blog. There are over 50,000 plugins available. It is crucial to make sure the plugin you want to use on your website is compatible and has recent updates. If they are not they may not function properly or at all.

You can download plugins through the WordPress repository or through the plugin developers website. You can upload them either through the WordPress dashboard or via FTP.

When I started with WordPress e-commerce almost 3 years ago, mistakes with plugins were frequent. Learn which WordPress plugins I use and consider to be essential, useful or just good to have. The plugins in this blog are used with the Storefront Theme.

  • always back up your site
  • ideally, have a staging or test area to modify without working on your live site
  • check plugins for compatibility and make sure they were recently updated
  • upload and install plugins one at a time

Ecommerce Essential Plugins

Yoast SEO by Team Yoast

Woocommerce TM Extra Product Options by themecomplete

PDF Invoices & Packing Slips by Ewout Fernhout 

Google Analytics Integration by Woocommerce

Theme Customisations by Woo Themes

Nochex Gateway by Woo Themes

WP Bakery Page Builder by Michael M WPBakery.com

Jetpack by Automattic

Flexible Shipping by WP Desk

Cool, but not essential

Broken Link Checker by Janis Elsts

  • ideal I’ve found for when you have guest posts and their own links break

Contact Form 7 by Takayuki Miyoshi

  • just everyone uses this!

Cyclone Slider by Nico Amarilla

  • nice for adding rotating banners of your products

Insert Headers & Footers by WP Beginner

  • easily add code to your pages

MailChimp for WordPress by Mailchimp

  • ideal for signups at checkout and so much more. I wouldn’t be without this one

Simple 301 redirects by Scott Nellè

Tawk.to by Tawk.to

  • this is another app I wouldn’t be without because it encourages browsing customers to chat to you any time.

Storefront Top Bar by WooAssist

Woocommerce Hear About Us by Site Optimo

  • nice to find out where your customers found out about you, so you can promote what works

 

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