One I first got into the world of online business, like most people out there, I turned to WordPress for my web hosting solutions. The flexibility and the massive user-base makes it the perfect choice for anyone looking for a complex solution to their web projects.
In particular, those running online businesses can find a range of eCommerce plugins that will enhance their sales.
Most people would be surprised to learn just how flexible WordPress is for eCommerce. I’ve run all but two of my 11 online businesses with the help of some of the plugins below. What makes most of them so great is that they are so user friendly and intuitive that they take very little effort to learn or use. They also install in no time.
Here is a list of plugins that every eCommerce blog or website should be using in 2014. They represent the perfect combination of high functionality, user-friendliness, simplicity and low cost. Each one on this list has the distinction of being virtually fool-proof and very powerful for their intended applications.
This plugin by Yoast has seen over 7 million downloads. It is one of the best WordPress plugins out there for optimizing content for search engines. Simply download it, install it, and set it loose. It does all the SEO behind the scenes and can save tons of money on SEO services. A quick glance at the customer reviews makes it clear that this plugin is a definite must-have.
WordPress Google Drive
Backing up your WordPress files is essential and having this kind of direct integration with Google Drive makes it so simple and reliable makes it mandatory for increasing productivity and making sure all your hard work and valuable data is protected. There are a ton of backup plugins out there, but the ability to back up directly to Google Drive with no tweaks or redirects is a major sell for this one.
Google Analytics Dashboard
This plugin provides a great way to track traffic without the need to navigate away from the WordPress dashboard. The plugin provides a real-time picture of how your site is performing and the info is available directly from WordPress.
This is one of the best – if not THE best – blogging plugins of all time. It helps get your blog posts noticed by integrating seamlessly with your social media accounts. It works with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pintrest, and Google+ to name just a few. It also provides all of Facebook’s most common buttons to increase the ability to share blog posts. Take it for a spin and marvel at its power. Yes, it’s that good.
If you run an online store via WordPress or are looking to expand your e-commerce site to include one, get ready to be floored. WooCommerce creates an incredibly efficient and singularly impressive e-commerce store on WordPress with enterprise-level features and quality.
It has been proven that fewer steps for checkout decrease cart abandonments. This distraction-free one-page system is sure to increase conversions. It also integrates well with social media by allowing merchants to offer incentives for using the “Share My Cart” feature.
WooCommerce also has an easy to use account panel and shipping calculator and a layered navigation widget that helps customers find what they need quickly. What’s more, there are a lot of WooCommerce themes to help you customise the plugin.