WooCommerce has been a hot keyword for the past year. Almost every website uses it according to this survey. Oh you don’t know what it is? It is just a plugin that allows you to build a shop for your WordPress website, which may sound simple but behold, it is very powerful. Launched in late September 2011, WooCommerce reached almost 5 million downloads as of October 2014.
Here is the list of 5 reasons why you shouldn’t ignore WooCommerce next time you build an e-commerce website.
It’s open-source, flexible and fully-functioned
WooCommerce is developed by WooThemes, a big name in the WordPress world. It’s open-source and flexible, yet very easy to use. You can easily build a shop with WooCommerce and customize its look or add/remove functions.
Examples of a store built with ONE theme using WooCommerce
WooCommerce supports various payment gateways and shipping methods. It can handle thousands of transactions without any hassle. Moreover, it also has a built-in analysis and tracking system, to help you understand how well your e-Commerce store has fared – total sales, total by date, average sales per day, inventory management, tax calculation and settings, etc.
Honestly, sometimes I feel like WooCommerce was just our sales-assistant, it handles almost everything without a word of complaint.
Loads of supported themes
There are more and more themes that are fully integrated with WooCommerce. They are all smart and beautiful; it’s very hard to decide which one to choose. Currently, users can choose between 52 different WooCommerce enabled themes – many of which are free, via the WooThemes Store. Once a theme has been selected, you can then get to work on changing pre-set CSS styles and colour themes, tweaking the code and experimenting with the special features which each theme offers.
If you are seeking something even better, try other theme stores and you will feel lost among thousands of great layouts.
If you’re building a clothes shop, it’s easy, look at this one:
A food shop? Isn’t it so delicious?
Still find it hard to decide? Oh, this ONE comes with 8+ designs for any purpose. Just look at its stunning interface, you won’t believe its simple and user-friendly usage.
WooCommerce is free!
And it is totally free, can you believe that? You can use WooCommerce with all of the great functions listed above free of charge!
If they still don’t satisfy you, you may consider purchasing some premium plugins/add-ons to go with WooCommerce.
The WooCommerce plugin works smoothly on its own, but there are tons of extensions for us to choose for our website, some of which are free, and some of which require a fee. From these extensions, one can find applications relating to accounting, payment gateways, marketing, reporting, and so on.
You can read more about plugins that compliment WooCommerce here.
It just makes me want to start my own business
Yes, it does! WooCommerce comes in so handy when you start your business, especially online. It’s fun to work with too!
I have to say it’s a must to have WooCommerce on your ecommerce website if you are using WordPress. It works better than any other plugin out there and provides you with everything you need to build and maintain your shop. Most of all, it’s free!
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