One of the greatest benefits of running your online business on WordPress platform is the sheer number of Plugins available today. Various Plugins are developed to extend websites with advanced features and functionalities.
A wordpress (woocommerce) based ecommerce site is no different. eCommerce industry has been growing remarkably for many years and the worldwide eCommerce stores are earning more than $2.5 trillion annually.
And a large chunk of these sites are powered by wordpress. WordPress is the most flexible, scalable, robust and customized CMS that offers potential solutions to build a great eCommerce website as well with the help of WooCommerce.
But just having a storefront is not enough. It needs to be extended with various other functionalities that is a must have for any website, including ecommerce sites.
Here we have listed 5 such indispensable plugins that you must have for your wordpress powered ecommerce site.
When it comes for ecommerce in wordpress WooCommerce is a no brainer. WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the company behind wordpress and powers more than a third of all ecommerce stores on the web.
There are numerous reasons why WooCommerce has been growing to power more than 650,000 eCommerce portals. With this Plugin, you get full compatibility with WP themes, PayPal Integration, elegant dashboard with widgets.
WooCommerce has an ability to track orders, sales, stock, Google Analytics support and many other details. It is a free Plugin, advanced with powerful features. WooCommerce also has a number of extensions that cover all aspects of ecommerce store management like order management, warehouse management, checkout, shipping, product reviews management, etc
Jetpack is another powerful plugin from Automattic Inc. Jetpack is actually a suite of plugins that takes care of a host of functions starting from traffic analytics to contact forms to speed optimization to social integration to content optimization.
Jetpack is one of the most downloaded wordpress plugins and is a must have for any wordpress website.
3. WordPress SEO By Yoast
Wordpress SEO by Yoast is the most popular and most downloaded pluging for SEO. It is the swiss army knife of Wordpress SEO and much loved by SEO professionals as they don't have to bother themselves about technical SEO and let this plugin do everything for them – from meta tags to XML sitemaps to search console error spotting to adding social meta tags.
Majority of visitors come to your store through search engines; so it makes sense that WordPress has such Plugin that improves store’s performance in search results. No matter what type of your eCommerce store is, this Plugin offers best SEO functionalities.
The basic plugin is free but Yoast has a number of premium add-ons that can take care of all advanced on-page SEO requirements.
4. Contact Form 7
Contact Form 7 is one of the most popular wordpress pluging for contact forms. It gives merchants an access to an additional section in the WP dashboard – “contact”.
Merchants can create new forms and adjust the current ones. Contact Form 7 Plugin in easy to install, use and manage. Working with it is simple.
Ecommerce store admins can create as many forms as they want and add it on any page using shortcode. The best thing about contact form 7 is that takes on the CSS elements of the parent theme and so integrates perfectly with your store design and layout without you having to edit any CSS.
5. WP Super Cache
WP Super Cache is a static caching Plugin which generates HTML files, served directly by Apache without processing heavy PHP scripts. With WordPress Super Cache Plugin, store admins can optimize the page load speed of their store.
Faster loading pages have much better chance of getting better SEO rankings and product sale and is something that just cannot be ignored. And WPSuper Cache is the most advanced free wordpress caching pluging for faster page load time.
WordPress, a powerful platform with thousands of plugins to choose from. Most of these plugins are free to use and can extend your ecommerce store in all manner possible.
Before you download and install any plugin you should check it's popularity and features and should use it only when you are completely satisfied.
But apart from ecommerce related functionalities, which can be covered by the many WooCommerce extensions available in the market, the above plugins will give your store the advantage it deserves.
Author Bio: Mr. Maulik Shah is the founder and CEO of Biztech IT Consultancy Pvt Ltd., one of the leading web design and Development Company in India. He also runs Biztech Blog, where he shares insights from the world of ecommerce and other web based technologies.