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22 Must-Have WooCommerce Plugins for 2018

For store owners, WooCommerce gives you full control over you store, allowing you to sell anything online.

WooCommerce powers over 28% of all online stores and is the most popular eCommerce platform on the web. Not bad for a bootstrapped product that you can download for free.

For store owners, WooCommerce gives you full control over you store, allowing you to sell anything online. And for developers, the plugin is open source, extendable, adaptable and integrates seamlessly with WordPress

There are hundreds of extensions available for WooCommerce that can help you add greater functionality to the core software. So whether you want better manage your store, grow your marketing efforts, display shipping information or even save time calculating sales tax, there’s an extension to help you do it.

In this post, I’ll share 22 of the best WooCommerce extensions available in our marketplace to help you improve your online store as we count down the days to 2018. Not only will these plugins make it easier to manage your store, but they will also help you increase your sales.

 Let’s kick off this collection with an extension that plays on the psychology behind buying decisions. With XL WooCommerce Sales Triggers, you can add one of 7 psychological triggers to your online store. These include:

  • Displaying a countdown timer to create urgency

  • Showing the items left in store to induce scarcity

  • Displaying potential cost savings to trigger loss aversion

  • Sharing the most recent sales activity for social proof

  • Displaying a list of what your store guarantees to reassure shoppers

  • Displaying the satisfaction rate to increase shopper confidence

  • Highlighting your store’s best sellers to reduce anxiety

It’s a clever plugin that uses sales tactics employed by stores like Amazon, eBay and Zappos to increase buyer confidence, reassure people who are nervous about checking out, and create a sense of urgency around making a purchase.

This useful and versatile extension lets you add additional product options to your store so you can provide more information to shoppers. Using a simple and intuitive interface, you can create forms (and use conditional logic), add new pricing options and create priced product variations.

The form builder provides advanced functionality so you can create checkboxes, radio buttons, select boxes, text areas, input fields and add range and color pickers.

If you’ve reached a point where you’re feeling limited by the basic setting WooCommerce provides, this extension will help you achieve even more with your store.

Want to earn some extra cash using your WooCommerce? With WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates you advertise Amazon products in your store and receive advertising feeds from qualifying purchases. You can also receive advertising feeds from products your site visitors buy and visit, not just the products you advertise thanks to the extension’s built-in 90 days cookie feature.

The on-site cart feature enables your customers to checkout with any Amazon products they want to buy using your store, which means more commission fees for you.

This extension is constantly being updated and features some nice additions, including shipping availability, cross-selling, Amazon coupons and reviews, and geo-targeting.

Help your customers find products in your store easier and faster with this useful must-have extension. It provides advanced product filtering functionality so customers can do everything from basic searches to advanced filtering with specific criteria.

Setting up this extension is a straightforward process and the admin interface is easy to navigate and configure. The filter is fully customizable and you can choose layouts, colors, filter criteria and terms, and create filter presets.

This is a great plugin for making your site easier to navigate and show shoppers what you have in stock.

When your store has hundreds of products, providing shipping options can be a headache. Fortunately, Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce takes the stress out of setting up multiple shipping options based on a variety of conditions and pricing models.

This extension provides a comprehensive and well-organized settings page, making set up a breeze. Shipping options include an extensive list of conditions based on price, quantity, weight, dimensions, shipping class, categories, specific products and dates. You can also provide numerous cost types including flat, percentage and different multiplies for all numerical product data.

No matter what your pricing strategy is, this extension can help you achieve it. This all-purpose pricing and promotion tool provides a comprehensive list of pricing methods and conditions that you can mix and match to fit your online store.

There are lots of ways you could use this plugin, including for sales, promotions, special offers, bulk pricing, tiered pricing, bundle pricing, member pricing, loyalty programs and even location-based pricing. In addition, you can conditionally increase your prices or charge extra fees when needed.

Here are a few examples of what you can do with this extension:

  • Run a Christmas, Easter or Black Friday promotion
  • Set up clearance or flash sales
  • Clear stock – “All shoes 10% off until midnight!”
  • Create incentives – “Free case with every phone purchase!”
  • Reward loyal customers – “VIP members get 25% off items at checkout”

This comprehensive cloud-based solution allows you to manage online sales and process orders for your physical store at the point of sale using WooCommerce. What’s more, there are no monthly fees or hosting costs so you can activate this plugin and start using it right away without worrying about hidden costs.

Features include cash management, barcode scanning, order notes, product add-ons, currency rounding and reporting/analytics. The intuitive interface makes it easy to manage stock, print and email receipts, and offer discounts and coupons.

This is a great extension if you want to bring your online shop into your physical store.

Do you offer car rentals or some other product that people can book and hire? This extension offers everything you need to run your business through your WooCommerce store. It features a comprehensive set of features, including pricing, booking calendar, unlimited bookable products, inventory management, product availability control, pricing discounts, and the ability to request a quote.

You can also provide time or data-based bookings, set a general, daily or monthly price, in addition to many other settings.

Whether you’re a developer or a store owner who doesn’t code, this handy extension will help you create flexible shipping rates for your store. There are lots of options that allow you to set shipping rates based on conditions based on the cart (i.e. tax, coupon, weight, shipping class), user (zip code, city, state, country, user role) and product (width, height, stock, category etc).

The extension also provides conditional logic and multiple shipping methods, making it easy to configure and charge what you want to for shipping. For example, you could set your shipping costs based on the weight of what the customer is purchasing and charge more for heavier items.

Whether you sell t-shirts, business cards or mugs, this plugin provides the features you need to sell any kind of custom product in your store. Say, for example, you want to sell custom hats. You choose what kinds of hats shoppers can buy and what parts of the hate can be customized, including colors, prints and logos.

Products can be customized in any number of ways. Customers can upload images (i.e. JPG, PNG and SVG), use a color picker (or choose from a color preset you set), create and style text, and edit images.

What’s cool about this particular extension is the interface it provides for designing products. It’s user-friendly and just looks really cool – an easy win if you’re looking to further impress customers using your store.

According to the Baymard Institute, the cart abandonment rate for online retailers is 69.23%. If you’ve already put in place other measures to reduce abandonment for your store, this useful extension could help you get customers back and increase sales.

Here’s how CartBack works: After you install the extension, it adds a “Send to Messenger” checkbox to your product pages. When a customer adds an item to their cart, they are automatically opted in to receive Facebook Messenger alerts. If the customer doesn’t check out, he/she will get two reminders, which you can set.

It’s a useful chatbox and something many online companies like PayPal are already using to provide customers with information about their online activities.