Essential Ecommerce Plugins
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.
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
Theme Customisations by Woo Themes
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