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After WooCommerce, What WordPress Plugins Do You Install?

I am fascinated by all the WordPress Plugins available. Free or in-expensive, you can do anything on your website by using a simple search of the plug-in directory.

I looked at the array of plugins across all my sites, and there seems to be a recurring theme. However, with the continued expansion of Jetpack by WordPress, soon we’ll only need it.

I currently have 15 plugins installed on this website, but only nine are activated, and several of those are redundant with Jetpack.

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WordPress eCommerce Themes

Now that you are thinking about starting a website to sell merchandise, you need to think about the overall look and feel of the website. Let’s look at what kind of WordPress eCommerce Themes there are.

Of course, we’re using WordPress and one of the good Shopping Cart plugins to run the backend, but what about the front? How important is a good looking website? How “nice” is “nice enough?” Should you first buy a premium theme or hire a graphic designer to build a custom look?

Great Question

To me, using a free theme to begin with lets you learn for cheap. A website can be launched quickly and with a few changes, it doesn’t have to look like every other website out there. Continue reading

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Variations in eCommerce

As I looked at eCommerce software in 2006, the WordPress plugin could not handle the variations and different prices we required. That one missing feature caused me to choose ZenCart in 2007. That is not true with current WordPress Shopping Carts.

Variations in eCommerce

What are variations in eCommerce? Good question. Variations refer to the different configurations of a particular product you sell. If you sell more than one item in your store, chances are you need Variations. Different configurations usually require different prices, so your shopping cart needs to handle this to the extent you need.

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