Free WooCommerce Extensions that are sure to Enhance your eCommerce Site
As I’m writing this tutorial, the WooCommerce plugin has been downloaded a total of 1,471,547 times. Just today (9/26/2013 at 2:00pm CST) it’s already been downloaded 3,981 times according to WordPress.org. It’s no secret that WooCommerce has greatly increased the popularity of WordPress by making it possible for small business owners to create professional eCommerce sites on their own terms. Brick and mortar stores that just a few years ago could not afford the cost of a web design firm are now able to sell their products online thanks to WordPress and WooCommerce.
New WordPress themes and add-ons (premium and free) built specifically for WooCommerce are launching each day. In this tutorial, I’m going to highlight four free extensions for Woocommerce that I think are awesome and will benefit many eCommerce sites. Specifically, I’m going to introduce you to free plugins that do the following; add video to product pages, customize pages without writing code, display a total savings badge, and add a grid/list toggle button to product archives. Let’s start by introducing you to an extension that is sure to help increase your sales conversion rate via the use of video.
Free Extension 1 – Increase Conversions by Adding Videos to your Products with WooCommerce HTML5 Video
Imagine owning an eCommerce site that sells stand up paddle boards. How would you structure your product detail pages so that they convert visitors into paying customers? First of all, a well written and informative product description is an essential component, especially from an SEO perspective. Great product images are also critical to achieving consistent paddle board sales. However, that’s where most eCommerce site owners leave it… Long description, short description and product images.
What if you were to take it one step further and do something that your competitors most likely are not doing? I’m talking about adding video at the product detail level with the free WooCommerce HTML5 video plugin…
Now envision your site visitors watching a video of a happy couple paddle boarding through emerald green water and seemingly having the time of their lives. That’s going to create an emotional need for the product and push people to click the Add to Cart button…
How to use the WooCommerce HTML5 Video Add-on
Step 1: Install the WooCommerce Add-on.
In the WordPress admin go to Plugins > Add New > search for “woocommerce html5 video” > click “Install Now” > Activate the plugin
Step 2: Embed or Upload your video.
Go to Products > find the product you want to add a video to and click Edit > scroll down to the “Product Data” section and click on the Video link > there you’ll have two options… you can Embed a video from YouTube or you can Upload a video from your computer > when finished click Update and the video will appear at the product detail level on your site.
- If you choose to upload videos from your computer, the supported video formats are MP4 and Ogg.
- This plugin works with all themes and all product types.
- You can also download the plugin here… Click Here to Download WooCommerce HTML5 Video
Watch our video below to learn how the HTML5 Video plugin will enhance your eCommerce site…
Free Extension 2 – WooCommerce Customizer
In our last tutorial, we showed you how to override WooCommerce template files via the use of a child theme. Overriding files allows you to make deep customizations to any of the WooComm pages. However, that method is somewhat advanced and does require editing PHP code. The beauty of the WooCommerce Customizer plugin is that you can still make many customizations to your site without touching any code.
How to use the WooCommerce Customizer add-on
Step 1: Install the plugin.
In the WordPress admin go to Plugins > Add New > search for “woocommerce customizer” > install and activate it
Step 2: Go to the plugin settings and make your customizations.
Once the plugin has been activated go to WooCommerce > Customizer > there you’ll be able to make updates to Shop Loop, Product Page, Checkout and Tax labels
You can also download the plugin here… Download the WooCommerce Customizer plugin
Watch our tutorial video below to see how to use the WooCommerce Customizer…
Free Extension 3 – Display Total Savings Amount with WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge
This free plugin beefs up the WooCommerce Sale badge functionality. The extension automatically calculates and clearly displays the total savings your customers will receive for on sale items. Seeing the actual savings amount is much more powerful that a simple sale badge so use this extension to help increase your sites’ conversion rate. WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge works with all product types and all themes. Using this plugin is simply a matter of installing and activating it. When you put an item On Sale, the badge will display the total savings amount as seen in the screen capture below.
Click the following link to get the plugin… Click Here to download WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge
Watch our video below to see how easy it is to use the WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge plugin…
Free Extension 4 – WooCommerce Grid / List Toggle plugin
The WooCommerce Grid/List Toggle extension allows your site visitors to choose how they want to shop on your site. The plugin adds a Grid / List toggle button to the Shop and Product Category pages. With most themes, the Grid/List toggle button will display under the Default Sorting drop down. Its easy to remove the default sorting drop-down from the shop page if you don’t want it to look too cluttered. There is no setup / configuration required with this free plugin. Simply install and activate it.
Click the following link to download the plugin… Click Here to download WooCommerce Grid/List Toggle
Watch our video below to see the WooCommerce Grid / List Toggle plugin in action…
Please tell us about your favorite WooCommerce extensions and how you use them to enhance your site… Share with us in the Upload WP Community Forums.