WooCommerce is an eCommerce plugin, that provides you with an online shopping cart – allowing you to sell products (both physical and digital) from your website, as well as take bookings, subscriptions and memberships.
The Best Things In Life Are Three
Back in 2008, three WordPress lovers (Mark, Magnus and Adii) joined forces and began to sell WordPress themes, based on their strong belief in work-life balance (amen!), under the name WooThemes.
Based in three different countries, it wasn’t until 2009 that the three amigos met IRL but when they did, things really started to happen.
August 2011 saw the release of their 100th theme, closely followed by the launch of WooCommerce in September – a free e-commerce plugin. Aimed to “help individuals and businesses turn their sites into professional, e-commerce stores“ they wanted to enable “anyone to sell anything online“ and that they did:
Today, they powers more than 28% of all online stores and that’s with over 37,692,943 downloads. They’ve gone from a humble team of three to a strapping team of nearly 60 and in 2015 was welcomed into the Automattic family.
WooCommerce clearly has lots of fans and it’s not hard to see why:
– The basic version is F-R-E-E – Allowing entrepreneurs to start from humble beginnings
– It’s simple to install – Meaning that anyone can install it and get selling
– It’s open source – Allowing you to tailor it to your website and brand
– There are lots of extensions – Making it even more customisable to your needs
How to Install
Installing is just two clicks away from your WordPress dashboard. Under the plugins button, click Add Plugins, search for WooCommerce and then click Install Now. And, of course, they have a handy setup guide for you right here.
How to Link with Expandly
Linking your WooCommerce plugin with your Amazon, eBay and Etsy accounts is also super simple with Expandly. A few clicks from the Expandly dashboard and your listings, orders, inventory, shipping and reporting are synced across all four platforms. Detailed guidance here.