On the hunt for the best WooCommerce plugins of 2019? With all the WooCommerce plugins available, finding the best plugin for your website can be time-consuming. In this post, we cover some of the best plugins for WooCommerce that can improve the default functionality for your online store.
WooCommerce expert Patrick Rauland recently shared his “Best WooCommerce Plugins” list during a recent iThemes Training webinar. Patrick unpacked why these WooCommerce plugins (sometimes called extensions) are the best and why they’re in his arsenal for extending WooCommerce.
Patrick Rauland is obsessed with WooCommerce. He has developed core functionality in WooCommerce itself, led three releases, helped plan their yearly conference (WooConf) and worked for WooCommerce support, He now helps people by writing on his blog, creating courses for LinkedIn Learning / Lynda.com, and by writing books like “WooCommerce Explained” & the “WooCommerce Cookbook”. He is also the organizer of WooSesh, an online conference all about WooCommerce.
What Makes a WooCommerce Plugin the Best?
When choosing a plugin for an ecommerce website, you need a higher quality standard. Why? A plugin can break your website and ultimately cost you sales. If your cart or checkout process no longer works, customers won’t buy and you will lose money.
Here’s Patrick’s framework for choosing the best WooCommerce plugins:
- Functionality – Does the plugin do what it says? Plugin descriptions can be misleading, so be sure the plugin works as expected. Testing a plugin first is the best way to know for sure a plugin provides the functionality you actually need.
- Updates – Updates mean the plugin is still under active development, so they are a good sign the plugin is being maintained. Why are updates important? If your ecommerce website is dependant on a plugin to make the store or checkout work, you want to be assured you won’t have to find a new solution if the plugin is ever abandoned.
- Cost – For any functionality or feature that is critical to the operation of your online store, investing in the premium version of a plugin is really worth the cost. Critical functionality for an e-commerce website includes payments, shipping and taxes—things that necessary for checkout. If you’re using a plugin that extends one of these parts of an online store, you probably want to spend money on the pro version.
Best WooCommerce Plugins of 2019
Without further adieu, here are the best WooCommerce plugins of 2019 in the categories of Appearance, Products, Cart & Checkout, Shipping, Payments, Taxes, and Reporting and Analytics. Just note that this list is numbered, not ranked.
Best WooCommerce Plugins for Appearance
The following WooCommerce plugins can help with the appearance of your store. Appeareance includes the shop page and individual product pages. Just note that many common customization needs are already built into WooCommerce, including the ability to change the number of products per row, rows per page and default product sorting.
1. WooCommerce Product Archive Customiser
This plugin makes it easy to hide the default display of any page (archive) that shows a list of products (including product categories, the shop page, and product tags). A simple settings page allows you to hide default product listing with a click of the button with no coding necessary.
2. WooCommerce Colors
With the WooCommerce Colors plugin, you can easily change the colors of your store styles, specifically your WooCommerce styles for buttons and other WooCommerce Elements. This is great if you don’t want to change colors site-wide but for specific WooCommerce elements.
3. Site Accelerator (formerly Photon) in Jetpack
4. WooCommerce 360 Image
If you sell complicated or intricate products, you may want to offer 360-degree images or 3D images. The WooCommerce 360 Image plugin is the best option for WooCommerce at the moment, especially at $49/year.
5. Simply Show Hooks
Designed for developers building custom WooCommerce themes, the Simply Show Hooks plugin is a great way to visualize the hooks that fire on a given WooCommerce page. This plugin will save you a ton of time, so you don’t have to dig through code to find functions.
Best WooCommerce Plugins for Products
Here are some of the best plugins that add more functionality to WooCommerce products.
6. Product CSV Import Suite
A basic product importer is built into since WooCommerce 3.1. But if you need more complicated product imports, the Product CSV Import Suite plugin can handle it. Product CSV Import Suite lets you import thousands of products and supports complex products and custom data from Bookings, Product Vendors, Brands, Google Product Feed and more.
7. Smart Store Manager
This plugin hooks into a web app that simplifies product management into a more spreadsheet-like interface. Great for clients that are more comfortable editing spreadsheets but may find it difficult to log into their website to make changes to products.
8. Product Add-ons
The Product Add-ons extension is one of the most popular WooCommerce add-ons and for good reason. One of the easiest ways to make more money in e-commerce is to offer product upsells, cross-sells and accessories. The Product Add-ons plugin allows you to offer digital upsells for customizing products (think custom engravings, premium fabric or colors, spa service add-ons, etc.)
9. WooCommerce Subscriptions
Subscriptions and recurring payments are incredibly complex, but the WooCommerce Subscription plugin makes it easy to offer subscriptions using WooCommrece. If you’re doing any type of recurring billing, it’s really worth it to invest in this plugin. Want to see an example? Check out SimpleJar, an ecommerce site powered by WooCommerce and WooCommerce Subscriptions.
Best WooCommerce Plugins for Cart and Checkout
Several plugins stand out for improving or customizing your cart or checkout.
10. WooCommerce One Page Checkout
The WooCommerce One Page Checkout extension turns product pages into one-step checkout or a more “landing page” feel. Recommended for stores that know a bit about landing pages and can use them effectively.
11. Cart Notices
Related products are built into WooCommerce by default, but the Cart Notices plugin lets you specify upsell messages under certain conditions. This notice can be used to add notices to spend more for free shipping (unlockable free shipping), discount codes or recommended products.
12. WooCommerce Checkout Field Editor (Manager) Pro
This plugin is great for adding fields to your checkout. While the plugin allows you to remove fields from checkout, keep in mind that many payment gateways use checkout fields to verify identify and to flag fraudulent charges, so be careful what you remove.
Jilt started out as cart abandonment service, but the team behind it has since built 70+ WooCommerce plugins/extensions. Jilt has moved into broader email marketing and now offers transactional emails like receipts (the most read email you send from your store with open rates of 70-90%). They also handle lifecycle emails, segmentation, reports and more.
Best Plugins for Shipping
There are a ton of WooCommerce shipping extensions out there as most major shipping providers have their own WooCommerces plugins/extensions. Setup goes something like this: Create an account on their website, then paste API keys back and forth. USPS is by far the easiest to set up; FedEx is especially difficult to configure with multiple API keys in various locations.
14. Shipment Tracking
The Shipping Tracking plugin allows you to add a tracking number to a WooCommerce order so customers can track their orders. While it seems like something that should be built into WooComemrce by default, this plugin is still the best option for adding tracking info to orders.
Best Plugins for Payments
PayPal and Stripe are the default payment gateways of WooCommerce and for good reason.
15. WooCommerce Stripe Payment Gateway
This plugin is actually available as a free plugin on WordPress.org and can be auto-installed when you go through the WooCommerce welcome wizard. Using Stripe as your payment gateway has a ton of advantages, including easy setup and testing.
PayPal Standard is included by default in WooCommerce, but there are several additional PayPal extensions you can use. This PayPal Extension Comparison chart is the best view of the pros and cons of each.
Best WooCommerce Plugins for Taxes
Tax rates are built into WooCommrce to help you get started, but the setup is still tedious and confusing.
17. Automated Taxes (powered by WooCommerce Services)
You may not always know where to get tax rates. To help, use Automated Taxes, powered by WooCommerce Services. You can toggle this on during the setup wizard on the Extras page.
Best WooCommerce Plugins for Reporting and Analytics
Your store may need more advanced reporting and ecommerce analytics, so these plugins can help.
18. WooCommerce Admin Feature Plugin
New in 2019, the WooCommerce Admin Feature Plugin allows you to go deeper with analytics for revenue, orders, products, categories and more. This plugin will eventually be rolled into WooCommerce core, but this plugin is a great way to test it and get your data in advance. Compare sales reports from two different time periods (this month vs. last month, etc.).
Metorik gives you beautiful reports and dashboards for WooCommerce. They even offer multistore dashboards so you can see all your stores in one place.
Watch the Webinar: Best WooCommerce Plugins (2019) with Patrick Rauland
Hopefully this list helped you find some new, useful plugins for WooCommerce. Like this list? Give a shoutout to Patrick Rualand on Twitter for sharing his knowledge and expertise of the best WooCommerce plugins of 2019 and check out his WooCommerce training courses like WooCommerce Bootcamp.