WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems on the Internet today, used by more than 22% of all websites and an estimated 60 million people worldwide. WordPress has many different uses; some people use it to create their own personal website, others use it to build online stores and others still use it as a blogging platform. Whatever you’re planning on using WordPress for, there are plenty of useful plugins that can make your life easier, saving you both time and money in the process. Here are five of the best e-commerce related plugins to use with WordPress to help make your life easier!
Giving you everything you need to create an online store, WooCommerce is a plugin that has thousands of eCommerce plugins, themes, and extensions. The best thing about WooCommerce is that you can use it to turn any site into an online store or cart with your products.
This is especially true if you’re selling physical goods. It offers in-depth analytics that let you see exactly how well your products are selling, as well as all sorts of helpful customer management tools like coupons and shopping carts. Whether it’s physical products or digital downloads that you’re trying to sell on your website, WooCommerce is a great tool to have at your disposal.
2) Easy Digital Downloads
Easy Digital Downloads is one of my favorite plugins to sell digital goods on your website. It can be used to sell pretty much anything you can think of—like eBooks, video courses, or even lead magnets. Perhaps its greatest feature is that it allows you to integrate a shopping cart into your website so people can buy more than one product at a time.
If you’re serious about making sales online, there really isn’t another plugin that compares. If you want to learn more about Easy Digital Downloads and how to use it with WordPress, check out my guide on getting started here.
3) All in One SEO Pack
A search engine optimization plugin, All in One SEO Pack makes it easy to optimize your site. The plugin adds a meta description, title tag, and more to help you get found by Google. (You’ll need to know how to write meta tags, which can be tricky.) If you know how to write good copy, All in One SEO Pack can help take that writing to another level and let you post content with optimized titles and descriptions.
It also includes a link builder tool that lets you look up metrics on links from sites such as Compete or Quantcast, allowing you to not only find links from niche blogs but establish whether they have high or low traffic levels.
4) Yoast SEO
Yoast SEO is one of those plugins that any website owner should install. It’s super easy to use and offers a lot of great information in terms of making sure your content is optimized. In short, it allows you to choose specific categories for individual pages so your posts will end up on them.
The plugin also allows you to make advanced changes when editing your titles and descriptions—making it super simple to stay within character limits! Yoast SEO is a must-have plugin if you want your site or page to rank high in search engines like Google.
5) Contact Form 7
This is one of those must-have plugins. With it, you can create forms for users to fill out. The form data can be added to a custom post type called Contact Form and then published as a page (or pages) on your site—ideal if you’re running an eCommerce business.
This plugin has all sorts of options, so it’s worth taking some time to go through them and decide which are right for your needs. If you want even more power and control, contact form 7 also allows users to log in with their social media accounts (Facebook in particular). That way, they can input their contact information once and never have to do it again!
6) WP EasyCart
EasyCart is a popular e-commerce platform for users of WordPress who want to set up an online shop without having to spend time coding their own platform. Since EasyCart was designed as a plugin, it’s compatible with all versions of WordPress and works on any site or network.
Users can quickly set up an online store using EasyCart by adding a product catalog, shopping cart, and checkout page. Adding additional features such as SEO optimization, product comparison charts, and subscription services are also made simple by EasyCart’s user interface.