10 Must Have Plugins for Your Ecommerce WordPress Site
When building your WordPress site plugins can help you along the way. With thousands of plugins out there, finding the best ones for your site can be hard. We have created this guide to get you started. We believe each of these plugins can help make your ecommerce site a success.
What is it: WooCommerce is an ecommerce plugin designed for WordPress. It is open-sourced, so it is continuously being updated by developers to ensure exceptional performance. WooCommerce allows you to customize your store: homepage, menus, site structure, store, payment, and shipping options. With this customization, you can sell anything while still having all the options you need.
Why you need it: If your site is selling any products or services, this is the plugin for you! WooCommerce makes the set-up and updating processes easy and reliable. With the plugin being so widely used there is endless documentation and a public support forum. They also don’t charge fees for installation or transactions making it the most affordable option on the market.
W3 Total Cache
What is it: W3TC is a WordPress Plugin that enhances your site’s SEO and user experience by increasing performance and cutting load times. It does this by advancing your content delivery network (CDN) integration and continuously caching.
Why you need it: Site performance can impact your site’s rankings and your users’ experience. By installing this free plugin, you can make sure your site is fast, reliable, and up to date.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tiqnk4ZJYok
What is it: ElasticPress is a search and query plugin. It teaches your site to recognize misspelling and create a smarter search (Elasticsearch). ElasticPress also allows you to customize what appears with specific searches, auto-suggest, add related searches, and more. Plus at Alpha Hosting we provide free Elasticsearch.
Why you need it: Slow and unadaptable search can give your visitors a negative experience on your site. With Elasticsearch and ElasticPress your visitors will always get the fast and reliable search results.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dcQMRAEuqE&t=3s
What is it: Elementor is the world’s leading WordPress page builder plugin. It allows you to drag and drop elements from a library to build your page. Elementor allows you to create beautiful and modern layouts without knowing complicated coding. With a free and pro version you can start simple or go pro for more extensive elements.
Why you need it: Building websites and perfecting code can take awhile, and developers can be expensive. With Elementor you don’t need either, you can create your perfect site just by dragging and dropping. Plus this plugin includes a vast array of tutorials, a knowledge base, community forum, and more.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqXr6ZrjLEs
Contact Form 7
What is it: Contact Form 7 is a WordPress plugin that can manage multiple contact forms and customize the form and mail. It also supports security with Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA, Akismet spam filtering. Contact form 7 is a free plugin.
Why you need it: When growing your business, it is important to be able to engage with your customers. By installing Contact Form 7, you can interact with your page visitors, collect their contacts, set up mailing lists, and more. Plus, even though the plugin is free there is a wide variety of FAQ docs and support forums.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoKzZBtuho
WP Google Fonts
What is it: WP Google Fonts is a plugin giving you the ability to access Google’s free font library and use them on your WordPress site. It also allows you to assign different Google fonts and elements to automatically appear in different sections of your site.
Why you need it: When building your site you want to customize it to your brand and tastes. Sometimes the theme you are using doesn’t have a font that you need. WP Google Fonts is a free plugin that allows you to add different fonts to your WordPress site.
What is it: Yoast SEO is a plugin that provides search engine optimization tools. It includes features to help you improve your site and reach more people, even if you don’t have a SEO background. Yoast SEO free features: Google preview customization, one keyword or key-phrase, readability check, full control of breadcrumbs, and more. Yoast SEO paid features: all the free features plus, one year of free 24/7 support, focus key-phrase export, customizable previews on all social media, content insights, and more.
Why you need it: Driving traffic to your website isn’t always easy, especially when you are trying to reach people out of your circle. Yoast SEO gives you tips and tools to help boost your site traffic. Since they offer a free version, no matter how new your site is, you should definitely download it!
Insert Headers and Footers
What is it: Insert Headers and Footers is a WordPress plugin that gives you the ability to insert code like Google Analytics, custom CSS, Facebook Pixel, and more to your site’s header and footer. You can add all of these without editing your theme’s files or adding unnecessary plugins.
Why you need it: Editing your theme can cause many unnecessary problems, but you need to be able to link things like Google Analytics. This free plugin allows you to add what you need easily.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdYBssN2S0w
What is it: Crisp is a plugin that provides a live chat feature to your site. With Crisp your team can collaboratively respond to site visitors, leave notes about the conversation, and build out automated conversations. Besides chat, Crisp has other features include: CRM, application integrations, a knowledge base, shared inbox, campaigns, and more.
Why you need it: In today’s culture people want instant feedback without having to get on the phone. Crisp allows you to interact with your customers quickly and easily. With free (basic), pro, and unlimited versions, they have a plan that fits your needs and budget.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Tqzr59IfQw
Easy Table of Contents
What is it: The Easy Table of Contents plugin allows you to create a clickable, scrollable table of contents. In the settings you can set these tables to automatically create themselves and how you want them to look (title, color, and more). Plus it’s free!
Why you need it: If your site has long pages or blogs this plugin is for you! It allows your visitors to click on the exact section they are looking for without having to scroll and search. Plus, with the ability to customize the appearance, you can make sure it matches the overall look and feel of your site.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF0Qkm-ul2w
BONUS: Duplicate Page
What is it: The Duplicate Page plugin allows you to duplicate posts and pages with just one click! You can also redirect, clone link location, add a post prefix or suffix, and more. The Duplicate Page plugin is free or you can upgrade to pro to get additional features and support.
Why you need it: When building your site or adding pages this tool allows you to make duplicate or similar pages easily. If you love the format of one page you can duplicate it and update the content.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-ooEHfEnTk