Below are some of the best ecommerce plugins for Wordpress that have helped me.
What it does is you can choose which products you want to import to your site from Aliexpress, and the plugin gets all the information, data and pictures from Ali and then loads them into your Woocommerce backend.
All you have to do is to change the titles, prices and some editing of the product description. Aliexpress, to be honest, does a terrible job of product descriptions and titles. But the tremendous grunt work is all done by the plugin for you.
You can set up the plugin to change the price while importing so that you bring the price in x% more than Aliexpress, or by $x greater, etc… You can set prices & percentages by categories, or for all products.
The plugin will create all the variations from Aliexpress (a lifesaver if you import clothing or other items with various colors / sizes).
It works fast and accurately. But not only does it do the importing exceedingly well, it will also keep track of price changes in Aliexpress and then update your prices accordingly. This eliminates a huge headache of having to manage changing prices so that you don’t inadvertently lose money if the cost actually exceeds what you were selling it for.
I should have mentioned that the team that makes this plugin, also creates the exact same plugin for non-woocommerce users. Both the woocommerce version and the non-woocommerce version do the same things, but if you use woocommerce, then get the alidropshipwoo plugin.
I had to send their support team a couple messages while I was loading items, and they always got back to me quickly and resolved the issues I had. (They had updated the plugin to a newer version and I had trouble getting my older version updated).
Overall, it is a great plugin and well worth the cost if you plan to drop ship from Aliexpress.
There are several ecommerce plugins for wordpress, but in my opinion, Woocommerce is the best.
Since it does so much, it has a small learning curve, but not too bad.
It makes sense. Basically, you have to set up items, either as a variable item, a downloaded item or a non-variable item.
Depending on the type of item, you fill out the corresponding fields in the set up.
Woocommerce gives you a lot of flexibility in defining things like products, shipping, shopping cart, payment processors, etc…
It accepts a lot of different payment processors, and has tons of ‘add-ons’ that will allow you to do a lot of great things like integrating it with an autoresponder, gravity forms, the US post office, etc…
The bottom line is Woocommerce is dependable, works very well, is easy to understand and scalable.
They have excellent videos that explain how to do things and how to set it up.
Also, they are big enough to find lots of help on youtube or in google.
Mailchimp for woocommerce
Obviously this plugin is only good for you if you use Woocommerce and want to integrate with Mailchimp. Whats nice about it is it will run a quick integration program that will then keep track of revenue from items in your store that are in your emails.
I am not a huge fan of Mailchimp though. I only use it when I start a new project since its free for the first 1000 subscribers.
Mailchimp suffers from a common flaw that many tech companies and sites have… and that is they try to make it so easy that they end up making it difficult.
So, I am recommending it here only under the following conditions:
- You are using Woocommerce
- You want to collect email addresses from subscribers
- You don’t have the money for one of those expensive autoresponders, so you want to go with Mailchimp
This is a great plugin for making Mailchimp integrate with your woocommerce store.
Once you reach 1000 subscribers though, I think you should move to a better autoresponder that gives you more control. Meanwhile, Mailchimp is fine and I use it myself on some of my sites.
Title Toggle for Storefront Theme
This plugin is just a simple little plugin that lets you toggle the post or page’s title on or off, and it also lets you display or not display the post meta data.
You made never need this, but if you ever want to eliminate the titles ( or metadata) on some pages, then this is a very quick way of doing it.
Keep in mind it only works if you are using the Woocommerce Storefront theme.
You can install it from Plugins – Add New from your wordpress menu, and then search for “Title Toggle for Storefront”
Woocommerce Stripe Payment Gateway
This plugin GREATLY simplifies integrating the Stripe payment processor with Woocommerce. I highly recommend using Stripe to accept credit card payments if you are creating an ecommerce store. Of all the payment processors I’ve use, Stripe is by far the easiest to set up and the one who has hassled me least (Not at all, as a matter of fact.)
With this pluin, you just give it a few pieces of info, and you can designate which credit cards you’ll accept, along with Apple Pay, and then your all done. And… it works. Stripe gives you an easy way to test and when you’re done, you can immediately start using it to sell your items.
Woo Title Limit
This is a great little plugin that allows you to truncate the product titles to x characters.
The reason you’d want this is because if you have uneven lengths of titles, your shop pages will look terrible with ‘uneven’ products on the front page.
If everything looks symmetrical, its pleasing and people will think your page is professional.
But if the page is all uneven with some title longer than others and some pictures not on the same line, it will look very unprofessional, and it won’t help your sales efforts.
The reason I got this plugin was because I imported about 10,000 products from Aliexpress and their titles are terrible, all of different lengths; basically gibberish.
This pluin gave me a very quick way of truncating the titles so that everything on my shop and category pages is uniform and even.
Doing this gives me the time to later on go in and update the titles with my own wording, but in the meantime, my pages still look good.
Woocommerce Menu Cart
When I visit an ecommerce site, I, personally, always like it when the shopping cart is easy to find… right up there on the site at the top.
Surprisingly, a lot of themes for Wordpress don’t put a shopping cart up in the top part of the screen (the header) and so when I wanted to put one in my own ecommerce store, I found this plugin.
Its lightweight, and installs a shopping cart in the navigation bar at the top of your site.
It can display: the cart, the items, the prices, or any combination. You choose.
It even gives you shortcode that you can use anywhere on your site (pages, posts, widets, or menus (if you use the ‘shortcode in menus’ plugin).
You can float the cart icon either on the left or right side of your navigation bar.
They have a ‘pro’ version too, which I don’t use since the free version is good enough for me.
I think the primary difference is that the Pro version allows you to choose from 14 different cart icons, whereas the free only offers you one.
You can download the free version in Plugins – Add New and then search for Woocommerce Menu Cart.