For DIY websites, WordPress – a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL – is considered the best platform. If you plan to launch an online store for your blog or business in an open source platform, it makes perfect sense to use WooCommerce – a WordPress-based Ecommerce platform.
WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin and it powers 17.77% of all ecommerce websites, “that’s more than 381,187 websites!” according to company reports. Packed full of features, perfectly integrated into your self-hosted WordPress website.
You can easily perform modifications and changes in your online store conveniently without being locked into proprietary software or a monthly contract. WooCommerce is the ultimate choice for niche websites that are just starting their ecommerce journey. If you are already familiar with WordPress, then using WooCommerce for your online store will result in ease of use and expediency.
Pricing: Available for free download.
Boost Online Sales With These Tools
The fastest way to reach customers and chat with potential clients in real time. LiveChat tools are a great add-on to any online store since they do the heavy lifting phone and email can’t handle; while helping you improve customer service response times and efficiency. Get rid of long queues and surprise customers with instant answers.
Pricing: Try it 30 days, no credit card required, for free. Or start with the entry plan at $26 per month to access unlimited chats, a ticketing system, enhanced security, and basic reporting.
If you want to deliver a new customer experience, then opt for Vee24. Maximize sales and delight customers with their interactive selling platform, featuring voice, video, text and co-browsing. Their online customer engagement tool boasts the latest video technology to allow online retailers to engage customers and answer their queries and concerns. Vee24 offers three different products: VeeKiosk, VeeChat and VeeStudio.
Pricing: Not available; inquire online.
If you want to go mobile with your online store, then MobiCart is a great choice. Mobicart is a mobile commerce company that allows e-commerce companies to build and manage their business as a native or web app. Their mobile commerce solution is fully customizable and works independently or it can link up to your existing website or shopping cart. Mobile commerce is growing, so this full featured add on can help you improve your mobile presence and engage with mobile customers, from sending out powerful push notifications based on location, to keeping your customers up to date with your blog or Twitter feed.
Pricing: Get started with their free plan that offers basic plan features and a limit of 10 products.
This article has been edited and condensed.
Jyoti Wadhwa is a web programmer and developer by trade. She is an avid member of design and development community. She loves engaging on technical topics related to designing and programming. Connect with @WadhwaJyoti on Twitter.
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