Essential Free WooCommerce Plugins for Small Business
There are millions of e-stores operating smoothly out there and hundreds of them are generating sizeable revenue every year. In this article, we’ll run the rule over some of the best, free WooCommerce plugins that will help your small WooCommerce-based business reach the next level.
WooCommerce EU VAT Compliance
The new changes to the European Union Value-Added Tax (EU VAT) have been in effect since the beginning of this year. It’s applicable to anyone who sells digital services to customers residing in Europe.
The WooCommerce EU VAT Compliance plugin was designed to assist small, WooCommerce-based businesses comply with the new law. It can:
- Identify customer location.
- Displays prices inclusive of VAT.
- Adding and maintaining each country’s VAT rates.
- Advanced mini one-stop shop (MOSS) VAT reporting.
- Prohibit EU sales on VAT chargeable goods.
The WooCommerce EU VAT Compliance plugin is a must-have if your e-store attracts customers that are EU member countries.
You’ve probably heard that the key to running a successful business is to speak the language of your customers. Now that may be a cliché but it’s got some truth ringing behind it.
Nearly 72% of consumers said that they spend most or all of their time on websites in their own language. Numbers like those are hard to ignore.
The WooCommerce Multilingual plugin bridges your WooCommerce-based site and WPML together to form a fully multilingual e-store. It enables customers to order products from your e-store in their native language.
Pay With Amazon
Millions of consumers worldwide use Amazon for online shopping which means every single one of them already has an Amazon account set up and ready to go. The Pay With Amazon plugin enables your customers to make purchases from your e-store using the payment and shipping information on their Amazon accounts – without leaving your site!
With the help of this plugin, the customer’s order amount is passed on to Amazon Payments and they’re covered with its fraud protection system.
WooCommerce Product Slider
Sliders are one of the best (and easiest) implementations you can add to save screen real estate on your e-store. WooCommerce Product Slider is a free plugin that enables users to showcase their products on their site.
The slider is responsive and works just as great on a mobile device as it does on a desktop. It gives users full control over the slider’s customization. You can change the slider’s color to match your brand and alter its dimensions till it’s a perfect fit.
WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge
WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge sure is a mouthful, but it’s a great plugin for adding on to your e-store’s marketing efforts. Although WooCommerce already has a built-in sale badge, this plugin takes its functionality to the next level by displaying the total savings a customer will receive.
It works for all sorts of products – simple and external or variable and grouped. With the WooCommerce Smart Sale Badge, you can let your customers know that they can ‘Save $10!’ or ‘Save up to $25’ on special products and boost sales. This plugin is a must-have for every WooCommerce-based e-store — especially around the holiday season!
WooCommerce Checkout Manager
Once your customers make it to the checkout page, you can rest assured that your e-store is about to make a sale. But what if you want to spice it up a bit? Perhaps collect more information or enrich your customer’s checkout experience?
The WooCommerce Checkout Manager enables users to fully customize the checkout fields. Users can add and remove fields from the checkout form and re-arrange them to make the overall flow smooth. The plugin has a total of four different types of fields that you can add:
- Text input
- Check box
- Date picker
- Select options
Minimum Purchase for WooCommerce
Those of you who run an e-store that offers free shipping to customers need the Minimum Purchase for WooCommerce plugin today. As the name suggests, the plugin enables users to add rules to their e-store by which a customer can only proceed to checkout once they’ve met the rules.
In the case that a customer tries to checkout without meeting the rules, an error message will be displayed that notifies the customer of the rule and its requirements. This plugin is pretty useful in many scenarios e.g. if you want to offer free shipping to customers who’ve made a minimum purchase of, say, $100.
WooCommerce Product FAQs
Anyone who’s ever been on eBay can guess what this plugin does. For those of you who don’t know, WooCommerce Product FAQs enables customers to ask product-specific questions on every item and receive answers.
The user can also add questions and answers to products themselves thereby saving some time and improving their customer’s shopping experience simultaneously. It’s a WooCommerce version of eBay’s Ask Buyer.
Whether you want to enhance your customer’s online shopping experience or boost your sales, there’s a plugin out there that will help you get the job done. Hopefully, our list of free plugins will be useful for building the foundation of a successful e-store.
Which free WooCommerce plugins do you use for your e-store? Which ones would you like to recommend? We’d love to hear from you so let us know in the comments section below!