15 Surprising Things You Can Do In Woocommerce

Woocommerce is our platform of choice with our e-commerce development.

I am a big fan of Woocommerce due to its flexibility and customization that allows us to build awesome sites!

1. Completely customize your Checkout pages with 3-Column Checkout

Offering customers the ability to see the Cart, Shipping, and Billing columns on an one page Checkout is crucial.

The ability to customize the checkout is not possible on Shopify is not possible unless you are on their Shopify Plus plan that starts at $2k/month.

Here is a example of a Woocommerce 3-column checkout we developed for a client:

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2. Slide-in Cart with cross-sells

Slide-in carts help increase your average order value. A lot of e-commerce sites make the mistake of redirecting the customer to the Cart page after adding a product to their cart. With a slide in cart, customers can see recommended products to go with the product added to their cart.

For example, I add a Navy 1/4 Zip pullover to my cart, I see recommended jackets that go with this style.

Here is an example of a site we developed a site who uses the “slide-in cart”.

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After a user adds the Men’s Waffle Knit Pullover to their cart, two additional products are recommend to be purchased.

3. Recurring Subscriptions

Users may be tempted to use a SaaS such as Recurcly or Chargify for their subscription products. However, if you are already using the Woocommerce platform, use Woocommerce Subscriptions. We have worked with a client that does over $50,000 in recurring subscriptions a month all on Woocommerce.

Customers have the ability to edit their subscription with the following options:

  • Ship Now
  • Skip Next Package/Next Shipment
  • Change Frequency of Subscription (i.e. change from every 1 month to every 2 months or every 3 months)
  • Change Next Shipment Date
  • Update payment method
  • Cancel subscription
  • Change Address
  • Change Payment/Update payment method

Below is an example of a subscription platform setup on Woocommerce.

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4. Logged-in Pricing

Do you run a B2B business where users that are logged in see different pricing?

For example, let’s say your site shows non-logged in users a retail price of $100.

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If a user has been approved for a distributor account, their price would be 1/2 the price after logging in.

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This is just one example of how you can show different prices based upon if the user is logged-in. Another possibility could be to show different prices if the user has the role “customer” vs. “distributor”.

5. Delight Customers with Tracking and Delivery Updates

Customers are eagerly waiting for their shipments. Adding a shipment tracking link to their Orders page allows you to keep customers updated of the whereabouts of their orders.

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6. Search Bar That Autocompletes

Notice when you type something in google the search bar shows suggestions? This can be set up in Woocommerce so your customers can search a product based on the name or specific product SKU.

See an example we did below. After typing in “breathable”, the search results populate with suggested products and even a page that has the word “breathable” included in the content.

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7. Order Matrix Tables

Essential for B2B businesses that do a large quantity of order quantities for a single product.

A order matrix table allows customers to see the sizes, colors, and inventory available all in one clear table making it easy to add multiple quantities to their Cart.

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8. Size Chart Popups on Product Pages

If you never bought a product from a e-commerce store an unknown is if the clothing will fit. Size charts are effective to be added as popups so customers can easily see if your products will fit them.

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9. Recommend Products In Your Blog Sidebar

Writing content for your e-commerce site is beneficial to document your journey. Whether you are writing about the process it took to create that awesome new product just launchd or spotlighting a holiday gift guide, show select products in your blog sidebar can easily convert the casual fan to purchase your product.

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10. Use Woocommerce Integrations With Your Existing 3rd party Tools

Woocommerce is the most popular CMS in the world.

Due to its popularity, there is an integration for almost any email marketing software, CRM, and marketing tool on the market.

Want to add customers to your CRM in Zoho, Insightly, SalesForce and others? This takes 10 minutes.

What about automatically adding customers to your Mailchimp, Constant Contact, or Drip list? Done.

11. Over 100+ Payment Gateways Options

Easily take payments on your Woocommerce store from Stripe, PayPal, Square, ApplePay, AmazonPay, Google Pay, Authorize Net, Evalon, Intuit and many others.

Is your business setup to send invoices and receive checks or cash on delivery? A payment gateway can easily be setup to accept payments by cheque or cash on delivery.

Want to check if the gateway your business uses is offered on Woocommerce? See the list.

12. Coupon & Promo codes before checkout page

A complaint of many Shopify store owners and developers (that’s us) is that users are not able to add a coupon code until the final Checkout page. In Woo you are able to apply a promo code on a link, Cart page, and Checkout page.

13. Unlimited product options and variations

Woocommerce allows unlimited product options & variations. Product options think size, color, features, price, etc. Product variations would be a Small Blue T-Shirt. A downside of Shopify is that they limit each product to 3 product options and 100 product variations.

14. Do (and build) more with the Woocommerce API.

Woocommerce’s API allows you to connect your store to your existing product lifecycle management system, customer relationship manager, or business database.

Below are just a few of the features of Woocommerce’s API:

  • Create, modify, and delete products, product variations, orders, and customers.
  • Display real time shipping rates and methods
  • Add, update, delete product images
  • Retrieve all current tax rates or batch update all tax rates across your store
  • Access sales reports based upon top sellers and time period (i.e. top sellers in the month of April)
  • Connect inventory to your centralized inventory management system to keep your inventory across all channels correct

Learn how to get started using the Woocommerce API without knowing how to code.

15. Migrate from Shopify/BigCommerce/Magento to Woocommerce

If you are currently using Shopify, Magento, Bigcommerce, or another e-commerce platform, it is easy to move to Woocommerce. Learn how to move woocommerce orders, customers, products, and coupons to start.

Looking for an expert to help design and develop your Woocommerce store? Get in touch with us by starting a project today.


What is possible in Woocommerce that is surprising to you?