If you’re reading this blog you likely already know about WooCommerce, which is a free WordPress plugin that makes setting up and selling products online super easy. As of this posting, WooCommerce has over 5 million active installations, so needless to say you’re not alone in your quest to run a successful ecommerce website.
Unless your business is only selling downloadable products, shipping is going to be a key component of your online store.
With so much competition for similar products on the internet, it’s vitally important to plan ahead for the shipping options and features that you need for your store. The user experience (UX) is your biggest concern as an online merchant. You want the process of buying a product and shipping that product to go smoothly. A customer is far more likely to come back for future purchases if they had a pleasant buying experience.
WooCommerce can technically be the only plugin needed to set up and manage a successful online store, but there are lots of additional plugins available that can make things easier for not only the customer but for the shop owner as well. Plugins that will connect directly with certain shipping companies or even plugins that will add special features to the shipping options on your site.
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a shipping plugin. One of the great things about WordPress is that you can try out plugins and if they don’t do what you wanted, they can simply be removed. The best time to experiment with shipping plugins is while you’re setting up a new website and it’s in development and not live.
One tip when searching for plugins is to not only check the reviews, but also check the last time the plugin was updated. I would highly suggest avoiding plugins that aren’t updated regularly. As WordPress and WooCommerce get updated, sometimes plugins fail. If a developer isn’t making updates to their plugin, they’re very likely to cause problems on your site as WordPress gets regular updates.
I am going to highlight just a few below, and will discuss the benefits of each, to hopefully help narrow down your choices:
Below is what I think are some of the best plugins available, and although it’s pretty comprehensive, it’s not even close to listing every available plugin. My hope is that you’ll find what you need from my list below.
Please vote for the plugins that you find the most helpful for your WooCommerce site. To learn more about addons, read our Best WooCommerce Plugins guide.
Final Thoughts on Shipping Plugins
The bottom line is this; as you can see there are tons of options for shipping plugins. My hope is that this blog will help you find some good additions to your site. It’s important to remember that your customers’ user experience is paramount to your business. When adding functionality, look at your site from the perspective that YOU, as a shopper would want to make your experience fast and smooth. Again, remember that many of these plugins work simultaneously with other plugins, so don’t think you need to stick with just one.
To learn more read our How Much Does WooCommerce Cost guide.
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