WooCommerce is a popular platform for building and running an online store. It comes with a whole range of functions to run a business of any size. There are many extensions made especially for WooCommerce, either to add functionality or to carry out a specific unique task with WooCommerce.
This article is the third part in the series of articles on WooCommerce extensions. To check out extensions dealing with product pricing, product display, and printing and invoicing, check out Part I. If you’re on the lookout for WooCommerce plugins to help with marketing, social media, and payments, head over to Part II.
In this part, we will get to know extensions that help with the following:
- shipping and delivery
- general utility
ShipStation is a plugin from WooThemes that helps to automate the shipping process. You will no longer need to manually print labels and weigh each package individually. The integration into shopping platforms is real time. You can import orders from WooCommerce with all the details of weight and product options. The plugin can include the preferred shipping method of the customer and any special instruction.
With ShipStation, create the shipping label and post the details of the shipping carrier, the shipping status, and the tracking number back to WooCommerce. The customer can receive a standard or customized email when the product is shipped. This plugin is web based, so you can access the shipping function from anywhere.
ShipStation is free for 30 days, after which you will have to subscribe to monthly subscription plans ranging from $25 to $125 per month.
Weight/Country Shipping for WooCommerce
Most shops do not charge for delivery at flat rates. Weight/Country Shipping for WooCommerce calculates the shipping rates based on the weight of the package and the destination of delivery. You can group together countries for which the same rates apply, or you can set rates on a per country basis.
You can do much more with the premium version of the plugin. Multiple rates are possible for a single group of countries or a particular weight slab. You can set any number of groups and any number of rates. If the delivery is free up to a certain weight, you can set the charges to zero for that weight range. The plugin also supports carts with zero weight and can set a maximum cart weight as well. In addition, you can set default rates for shipping to a country that is not on any group.
Purchase the premium plugin for $5.
WooCommerce Advanced Shipping
This plugin, WooCommerce Advanced Shipping, lives up to its name, offering a number of options in shipping products. It applies conditional logic using parameters, such as country, zip code, subtotals, quantity, weight, and size specifications. You can work out and apply your own shipping rates with suitable conditions and arrive at your own table.
It is developer-friendly and customizable. Two extensions are available: Shipping Zones, which will help you create shipping zones based on area, zip code, and country, and Advanced Pricing, which will help you treat one whole group of countries as one, such as the European Union. Prices can be per product, per category, or per shipping class. If you want to insert a condition that isn’t there, get in touch with customer support.
Purchase the plugin for $17 and be entitled to future updates and six months of support. You can get support for another six months for an additional $5.10.
Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce
Table Rate Shipping for WooCommerce adds a new shipping method directly to your WooCommerce settings. The plugin can categorize your destinations into various zones. You can charge additional fees for certain zones, and you can set the rates as fixed or variable.
This plugin can apply multiple rates for deliveries based on conditions like destination, weight, price, volume, shipping class, and any special transport requirements. Separate levels of service can command different rates. For example, you can apply a different rate for express deliveries.
With this No. 1 best-selling WooCommerce extension on CodeCanyon, compute the shipping rates inclusive or exclusive of tax. Rate bundling is also possible for customers who purchase many items. In addition, you can arrange the shipping option in the order you want and can set the default option.
The plugin costs $22 and comes with six months of support and future updates. Support can be extended to 12 months for an additional $6.60.
It would not be fair to call UltimateWoo a plugin. It is an entire suite of plugins that gives you access to a number of modules. All you have to do is install UltimateWoo and enable the extensions you need. To get an idea of what this plugin can do for you, just glance at the screenshot below. UltimateWoo also helps your shop to receive payments, analyze and report on various aspects, ship out orders, send out emails, and more.
The 78 extensions included would cost you a cool $5,922 if purchased individually. You can choose to download the Lite version containing only 12 modules for free and receive limited support and updates. Or you can pick the Personal License for use on one WordPress website for $99, the Business License for use on five WordPress websites for $199, or the Developer License for use on an unlimited number of websites for $299. All premium licenses will receive regular support and one year of automatic updates.
WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates—Wordpress Plugin
WooCommerce Amazon Affiliates converts your WooCommerce store into a powerful affiliate marketing enterprise, earning income by way of commission. With the Advanced Search and Bulk Import module, a store owner can search for and select products by category and subcategory. You can also choose variations of any product or select a price range.
The ASIN Grabber helps to browse through products and then import it into your store in bulk with CSV Importer. You can automatically modify your content from Amazon. This means your products are in sync with Amazon products. You can use your Onsite Cart to collect products and checkout from Amazon. You can check out directly from Amazon, too.
If a user is redirected to Amazon, the product will be added to your cart and kept there for 90 days. So, if purchase is postponed, you will still earn a commission from it. This plugin also allows cross-selling. This plugin can only be used as an addition to an existing or a new WooCommerce store. A user cannot set himself up to be a pure Amazon Store dealer.
A regular license, which comes with six months of support and future updates, will cost $34. For an extra $10.20, the support will be extended to 12 months.
WC Marketplace is a free extension that promises to turn your store into a marketplace. For a visitor, it would be very much like walking into a virtual huge multistore marketing complex. You can allow users to sell anything on your site, much like Amazon, by registering as vendors on your site.
WC Marketplace’ design is strictly according to WordPress coding standards, and all the documentations are available for download. As it is free, with extensions being added continuously, this is a great addition to your e-commerce store at no extra cost.
With this plugin, approve vendors in bulk automatically or individually and manually. Manage them via bulk actions. Allow products to be uploaded automatically by vendor or only after manual approval. Set a threshold limit, product-wise or vendor-wise, for sales before commission is paid, and make a charge for the withdrawal of commission. You can make the payment through PayPal.
WC Marketplace lets you edit the vendor page URL from your WordPress, and you can block vendors. You can link the product page to a vendor, and vendors can set shipping from the front end. Vendors can configure their own stores and export data in bulk. They can add or edit products and add coupons to products. Also, they can get immediate notification of new orders, view the back end, and withdraw their commission.
Five premium add-ons make this plugin more attractive for vendors to register on your site. Vendors can view inventory reports, transactions, and sales from the front end. They can also view specific Google Analytics dates and set their own stock alerts.
This plugin, developed by Dual Cube, has earned for itself an impressive five-star rating.
WooCommerce CSV Importer
WooCommerce CSV Importer helps to import large product files and to manage your products in WooCommerce with ease. It uses AJAX for importing, so there is no timeout during the import process.
Once you have created the fields, put in separators, link the fields to the columns, and import the product files. The plugin has been tested for up to 10,000 products. You can also handle product variations with the import variable product add-on. Add a few more add-ons like import attributes, custom fields, premium, and taxonomies to fine-tune your import process. For a huge inventory, it can save days of work.
A premium plugin for the same functions is also available on WooThemes for $199.
Some more options that can help you to generally spruce up your WooCommerce are listed here.
- WooCommerce Store Exporter is for the reverse function of CSV Importer, exporting store details out of WooCommerce into files outside WooCommerce. It can export products by categories, variations, brands, tags, and much more. The premium version will also export to an email address and schedule regular exports.
- W3 Super Cache WordPress Plugin helps in the efficient use of server resources by serving up static files to users who are not logged in or to those who do not leave a comment on your site. This helps products load faster as outdated and obsolete files are cleaned.
- WooCommerce Customizer will help you to customize without having to use code.
- WooCommerce Multilingual enables fully multilingual sites. You can translate store pages and switch languages.
WooCommerce Bookings is very useful when you want to sell your services by time (such as hotel rooms), when you want to allot a particular resource to a particular time slot (such as an instructor to a class), or when you want to offer appointments.
With this extension, you can create booking slots and allot them on request. You can send email confirmations as soon as booking is completed. Then, you can send reminders closer to the dates booked. A booking calendar is handy so that you have an overview of how many slots are available and how many are booked. Customers can also view the slots that are available and make their pick.
If you notice that some slots are not really a favorite with customers, you can offer a discount on them. You can give special rates and off-season rates as well. The plugin enables you to manage multiple products, too, for example, rooms in a hotel and seats on a bus for local tours. You can further set and alter the buffer period between bookings. If you combine this extension with product add-ons, you can offer extras on the booking. Note that only the website administrator can modify the bookings.
The price for this plugin ranges from $249 to $449.
WooCommerce Product Gift Wrap
WooCommerce Product Gift Wrap is a simple extension that allows customers to add a gift wrap to the product they purchase. It sets up an option in WooCommerce settings. It displays the cost of the gift wrap on a per product basis. When customers pick this option, the cost gets added to the cart. This simple extension can add some delight to the process of gifting online. It is a must-have for gift shops.
A premium extension for the same function is available on CodeCanyon, and it allows free gift wrapping. You can choose different styles of gift wrapping at different prices. The premium extension can be purchased on CodeCanyon for $16, including future updates and six months of support. Support is extended by six months when you pay an additional $4.80.
Order Delivery Date for WooCommerce
Order Delivery Date for WooCommerce will allow you to offer a customer the option to pick any date for the delivery of their purchases. It uses the datepicker that is inbuilt in WordPress. This plugin will reduce the chances of the delivery person finding a locked door when he goes to deliver and save a second trip.
You can display the possible delivery dates you want and allow the buyer to pick a date. You can exclude days like Sundays or any special holidays. The date picked by the buyer will show up when you view the order, so you can take note of the specific instruction for delivery.
The premium version of this plugin will allow you to customize the calendar and allow cutoffs for the same-day and next-day deliveries. You can include the delivery date in a custom email. Further, the calendar can display two months, and the time range for the delivery can be shown.
WooCommerce My Account Widget
WooCommerce My Account Widget provides a lot of information about your customers in your WooCommerce shop. See the number of items in the shopping cart and the number of incomplete orders. The plugin also displays the unpaid orders and the link to the shopping cart. It is compatible with WPML and is available in over five languages.
Here are a few useful extensions:
- WooCommerce Memberships helps you sell memberships. Restrict access to content, and distribute content to members according to a set schedule. Create many types of membership plans, and attach different perks, privileges, and access for each. The extension costs $149.
- Create, manage, and sell gift certificates through WooCommerce Gift Cards. Accept payments through regular payment gateways.
- WooCommerce Product Enquiry for WooCommerce lets you ask questions right from the products page. You can turn a visitor into a buyer.
- Checkout Field Editor lets you add custom fields on the checkout page. Edit existing fields, or remove them altogether. You can also add text, datepickers, and checkboxes. Purchase this extension for $149.
- WooCommerce Product FAQs helps viewers ask specific questions about products, see threads, and get replies. The admin will be notified of any question, with a link for making a reply.
- WooCommerce Currency Switcher helps you convert one currency to another in real time. It is available both as a shortcode and as a widget. The customer can pay in the selected currency. The premium version will convert the currency automatically based on the customer’s IP geolocation.
- WooCommerce Checkout for Digital Goods is for selling digital products. It is easy to install and skip all the unnecessary fields, like addresses and phone numbers. Purchase this plugin for $7.
This list concludes my three-part series on useful extensions that add functions to your WooCommerce store. If you have found any plugins that are particularly useful, please share them with us.
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