We’ve had a lot of experience with commerce solutions over the past 20 years. We were early adopters of osCommerce, done many, many ZenCart installations, and have worked with may other platforms, both custom and SaaS based from Shopify, to Commerce Cloud. Recently, we have come to find WooCommerce, a solution for use with WordPress, to be a truly outstanding offer.
As anyone who follows our blog knows, we’ve moved away from Joomla! and Drupal and embraced WordPress as our preferred CMS platform. Both of Joomla! and Drupal have fine ecommerce solutions, too, but it wold be difficult to find something that is as complete and well developed as WooCommerce. The free offering has provided us with everything we want in an online store and the professional offerings from WooCommerce of extensions and improvements are well worth considering, and very fairly priced. WooCommerce understands open source, making their offering free, improving it with the user base feedback and developer input, but offering additional services and extensions at a reasonable rate. This is in our opinion the best path to proceed with open source software.
Let’s take a look at all that one gets from WooCommerce’s free, open source offering:
- A very clean and highly thought out UI for the store and cart experience.
- Variable product offerings; virtual, physical, one of a kind or inventory controlled, an protected downloads with owner controlled options for controlling access.
- A very easy to understand and operate store administration area.
- Product reviews that may be enabled or disabled, set to have verified owners, etc.
- Upsell and cross-sell capabilities.
- A large number of payment extensions — most of which can be added for free.
- Template controlled and WordPress CMS managed pages.
- Coupons, including the ability to provide customers with single use coupons as a follow up “thank you” for their purchase or review.
- Category and subcategory capabilities in addition to tagging.
- Multiple shipping rate options and integrations with major logistics providers.
- Tax calculations and variations that should support just about anyone — or the ability to tie into a professional tax engine if needed.
This is all in the free offering! It is installed in the usual WordPress simply click-and-activate fashion, too. We’re quite happy with everything we have found with WooCommerce and give it our highest recommendation! You can see it in action on our new internal project Inquiry-Teaching.com