5 Design Plugins For Your WooCommerce Store
WordPress powers roughly one-third of all websites in the world, and Woocommerce takes up another one-third of all ecommerce shops. For ecommerce owners, finding the right platform is crucial for success. And with the Woocommerce plugin, users are able to take full advantage of the open source capabilities of WordPress while running a shop.
Of the thousands of plugins available, there are a handful that contribute to the design of your page. The key is to find plugins that complement your overall vision. And when you’re using design for marketing intent–whether you’re a legal firm selling information pocket books or an apparel shop selling boho outfits–relevant plugins can boost your strategy and mission. Most importantly, they need to match the look and feel of your brand. Every plugin, regardless of its utility, needs to have a proper place on your site. And when you use the right plugins, you ensure that each feature has a valuable purpose in your marketing and design scheme.
Superfly is a responsive WordPress menu plugin that can help you take your navigation to the next level. For any website, navigation is a key component to the overall user experience. Your navigation is the foundation of usability, and if it’s not intuitive enough, your visitor might just walk away before they have a chance to figure it out.
Superfly allows you to be unique with your navigation without compromising simplicity. You can easily create a standalone user-friendly menu, or make a menu that complements your regular menu. Where Superfly really shines is its ability to add beautifully designed vertical menus; a design tactic that’s trending, but hard to add to existing templates that come packaged with pre-adjusted horizontal menus. You can add images to the menu background, display a compact icon bar, enable full-screen mode for your menu, and much more.
The Everest plugin is the perfect addition to your “About Us” page–but really, it can go wherever your creativity takes you. This simple plugin allows your to showcase your timeline and help visitors better understand your story. A timeline is ideal for startups and small businesses who want to convey the achievements of an organization without lauding the reader with blocks of text. Instead, you can choose from over 50 pre-designed templates, and customize your design according to your brand aesthetic. Choose from vertical or horizontal options, Facebook or Twitter layout, and add a wide range of media, from YouTube videos to Soundcloud clips. You can check out their templates on their plugin page.
The Responsive Lightbox allows users to access larger versions of any gallery image in a lightbox effect that’s optimized for mobile device. In today’s world, mobile searches are even more common than desktop searches, which makes the ability to easily view photos on mobile very important. Unfortunately, this is where many businesses miss the mark. You can select from seven responsive lightbox scripts, automatically add Lightbox to image and video links, and much more. Most importantly, it supports Woocommerce products, which allows browsers to seamlessly view your products.
Every ecommerce shop needs a blog. A blog increases SEO, builds brand awareness, and helps establish your business as a thought leader in your industry. The Swifty Bar plugin adds a neat, efficient bar to all your posts that displays the Read time (similar to Medium’s adored “read time” addition), the author, title, and next and previous posts. This is a very light addition to what you’ve already got working for it. A little enhancement goes a long way.
YITH Commerce Compare
As a consumer shops, they are constantly comparing one product to the next. Traditionally, these shoppers may be left to their own devices, and are forced to compare mentally or on a notepad. Many shops have advanced to providing a comparison base. YITH Commerce Compare makes this easy to do. Users only have to click a button near the product to compare differences. Those products are migrated to a table for intuitive choice-making. There are also plenty of customization options, as you’re able to style the compare table to your liking so it can align with your brand. Product comparisons allow users to clearly see key differences in features and products, making them feel much more confident about their purchasing decisions and less likely to feel buyer remorse.