Ecommerce websites have traditionally have required the use of one of a number of complex back end software choices of which users find incredibly difficult to use. Often notoriously buggy and time consuming to implement in current websites. They often required a big initial budget to even consider!
But over the past few years with the growth of WordPress an extensive ecommerce plugin, WooCommerce has emerged. It works seamlessly with WordPress, is easy to implement and style, comes packed with a bunch of useful features by default, easy to manage via the admin area for clients and as such is currently the only choice at Argon when discussing an ecommerce solution with our clients. We look at some of the reasons why we rate this plugin as the best in the WordPress web development business!
Whilst there are many ecommerce plugins that work with WordPress, many of them come at a yearly license cost. WooCommerce on the other hand is free, and despite being free it offers extensive features out of the box, whilst also being extremely flexible both by nature, and via the additional of extensions.
When adding products into WooCommerce merchants have a huge amount of flexibility in setting up the product. They can be categorized, given sales prices, independent attributes, and more. Additionally, WooCommerce stores are capable of selling physical, virtual or downloadable items.
All the seamless and simple operations clients have come familiar with in WordPress are also present in WooCommerce. That kind of familiarity when building an online store could easily save time and confusion, whilst bolstering creativity.
Professional Yet Simple
Although WooCommerce is a free, user-friendly ecommerce platform, you shouldn’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t a professional online store solution – because that’s exactly what it is.
Built into the platform can be found detailed order tracking and customer engagement tools, which allow merchants to view past and open orders, update delivery statuses, apply discounts and so forth. In fact, tax settings, inventory management, shipping options, coupon codes and pretty much everything else you need for a professional ecommerce setup, is part of WooCommerce, right out of the box.
Whilst WooCommerce comes with a lot of functionality packed into it, most of it will be useful for the majority of sites. It doesn’t come packed with absolutely everything so it is lightweight. Looking for some extra functionality that isn’t included? Then there is probably an extension for that! WooCommerce officially has over 200 extensions that can be added. But unofficially there are thousands of extra extensions that are available for purchase on sites such as codecanyon.net.
So if you’re looking at starting up an ecommerce site or adding it onto your existing site at a reasonable price then get in touch with Argon.