With over 5,000 WooCommerce plugins in the WordPress plugin directory, how do you choose which WooCommerce plugins to use? In this post, we’ll cover some of the best WooCommerce plugins for your store.
How Do You Find the Best WooCommerce Plugins?
These three criteria can help when considering WooCommerce plugins:
- Functionality – Does the plugin do what it says it does? Sometimes the plugin description can be misleading (especially with free vs. premium), so make sure to fully test and be sure your chosen plugin does what you need.
- Updates – Choosing plugins that get updates and support is super important. Sometimes you’re locked into a plugin (a membership site, for example), so you better make sure the plugin is going to be around for a while. Look at the plugin’s past history and see if you’re comfortable with the updates they devs have done.
- Cost – We all like free, but don’t skimp on anything that could break the checkout of your store. That’s one area where it’s definitely worth paying for quality. You should also balance the cost of a plugin with how much it’s going to save in development costs or generate in sales.
Best WooCommerce Plugins
Patrick Rauland, WooCommerce expert and trainer, recently shared some of his favorite WooCommerce plugins. Here is Patrick’s recommended WooCommerce plugins:
Plugins for WooCommerce Appearance
1. WooCommerce Product Archive Customiser – This plugin allows you to change all kinds of things in the product view: images, prices, ratings, new badge, sale flashes, quantity, etc. It won’t do in-depth changes, but it does allow you to tweak the basics quickly and easily.
2. WooCommerce Colors – Change any of the basic colors in WooCommerce.
3. Photon in Jetpack – A content delivery network (CDN) is a good way to speed up your site. Jetpack offers a free image CDN. You upload images to your site like normal and Photon uploads them to the CDN. So even if Photon goes away, it will still load images from your site without breaking.
4. WooCommerce 360 Image – If you’ve got expensive or intricate products, show them off with all kinds of product image angles.
5. Simply Show Hooks – If you’re a developer and someone hires you to develop a custom theme, you need to know where all the hooks are.
Plugins for WooCommrece Products
6. Product CSV Import Suite – WooCommerce has a built-in product importer, but if you need more robust features, this plugin is worth it.
7. Smart Store Manager – If a client isn’t familiar with a CSV file or tends to mess things up, this plugin is for them. It makes it easier to bulk manage products and harder to delete a row or rename a column. This plugin provides a locked down spreadsheet, dummy proofed for clients.
8. Product Add-ons – One of the easiest ways to make more money is to offer up-sells, cross-sells, and accessories.
9. Subscriptions – Recurring payments is one of the most complicated things you can do, so this isn’t an area where you should skimp with a cheap plugin. This is one of the more well known subscription plugins—and also the most complex. That complexity is a good thing, because it means it can handle all the weird issues with ease.
Plugins for WooCommerce Cart & Checkout
10. WooCommerce One Page Checkout – The standard WooCommerce checkout page is pretty well streamlined, but this plugin is really useful for clients who want landing pages.
11. Cart Notices – You can add a notice to the cart based on what shoppers are buying (or not buying) to encourage them to buy more. This can be used to cross-sell related products or encourage spending more to unlock free shipping.
12. WooCommerce Checkout Field Editor (Manager) Pro – Everyone wants to edit the checkout fields (but be careful about removing fields), and this WooCommerce plugin will let you do it.
Plugins for WooCommerce Shipping & Fulfillment
14. WooCommerce Services – Free USPS shipping rates, no API key required. If you need to use something besides USPS or if your client has a discounted rate, you’ll need to use one of these shipping extensions.
15. Shipment Tracking – When you add a tracking number to an order, all future order emails will automatically include that tracking number. This is a great way to answer customer questions before they ask them and cut down on customer service requests.
Plugins for WooCommerce Reporting & Analytics
16. iThemes Sales Accelerator – Of course we’ve got great things to say about our own WooCommerce reporting plugin. But maybe one thing we haven’t emphasized that much is the WooCommerce mobile app for iOS. WooCommerce has been slow to offer an iPhone app, so if you need one, iThemes Sales Accelerator is the best solution.
17. Metorik – This is another option for reporting and stats. One of the best features here is a great ‘compare against previous period’ option when looking at data.
How Many WooCommerce Plugins Is Too Many?
Everybody asks this question, and unfortunately there’s not a straight answer. You could have 100 plugins and everything works just fine, or you could have a single plugin that slows WooCommerce and kills your site.
What really matters is the quality of the plugins, not the quantity of the plugins you’re using. If WooCommerce plugins are coded well, they shouldn’t cause any problems.
If you have more questions about WooCommerce plugins, watch the free webinar: Best WooCommerce Plugins with Patrick Rauland.
If you’re curious about specifics like payments and taxes, you should also check out our WooCommerce Bootcamp webinar for in-depth details. WooCommerce pro Patrick Rauland spends three hours exploring payments, taxes, shipping, checkout, and more.