New WordPress Plugins Weekly Roundup - 26 November 2017 - Shop Owner Academy
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New WordPress Plugins Weekly Roundup – 26 November 2017

These are the most interesting new plugins I found added to WordPress.org site this week.

Unless stated otherwise, I’ve not tested these, but am just highlighting those that stood out to me as being most interesting.

New Plugin Releases

Plugin Name: Woo SMS Pro

https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-sms-pro/
By CodeBite
WooCommerce is configured to send emails when certain events occur. This plugin connects to Twilio and lets you send SMS messages for new purchases and when the order status changes.

Simple PayPal Buy Now Button

https://wordpress.org/plugins/simple-paypal-buynow-button/
By WPCodelibrary
If you don’t need the full power of a shopping cart and store like WooCommerce, this plugin could be for you. It allows you to create multiple PayPal buy now buttons that can be easily added to pages using shortcodes.

WooCommerce MultiStep Checkout Like Magento

https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-multistep-checkout-like-magento/
By Commercepundit
Breaking up the WooCommerce checkout process into smaller steps may make it appear less daunting and reduce cart abandonments. As with most things, it’s probably best to compare results with and without this plugin to see if it’s having a positive affect.

WooCommerce Distance Based Fee

https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-distance-based-fee/
By Webbisivut.org
I don’t think I’ve seen a WooCommerce plugin approach shipping in this way. It allows store owner to set calculations for deliver based on the distance to the customer. This could be useful for businesses that handle their shopping personally, perhaps if onsite installation is required.

Deals of the Day WooCommerce

https://wordpress.org/plugins/deal-of-the-day/
By ThemeLocation
This plugin lets you set up special deals that are displayed on their own page along with a countdown timer.

Autocomplete WooCommerce Orders

https://wordpress.org/plugins/autocomplete-woocommerce-orders/
By Liam McArthur
By default, WooCommerce requires store owners to manually mark orders as complete. This plugin allows you set orders as complete under several conditions, such as sales of virtual products where there is no shipping.

PHP Fatal Error Blocker

https://wordpress.org/plugins/php-fatal-error-blocker/
By MoreAddons
If a plugin update is released with a bug, you could be unaware that it’s crashing your site for your users. This plugin is designed to automatically disable any plugin that’s causing a fatal PHP error.

Table Reservation – WordPress Booking Plugin

https://wordpress.org/plugins/table-reservation/
By True-Emotions.Studio
While this has been designed for cafes and restaurants, it could probably work for any business where customers need to book seating. It appears you can just upload a seating plan and draw boxes on top that customers can click to select.

Rearrange Woocommerce Products

https://wordpress.org/plugins/rearrange-woocommerce-products/
By MailGet
Probably best for smaller WooCommerce stores without huge inventories, this plugin allows you to rearrange the order of products on your shop pages.

Advanced Plugin Search

https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-plugin-search/
By klick on it
Selecting plugins is something all WordPress site owners should do. This plugin can help in this by adding search options that allow you to get results that filter out plugins based on their last update and the number of downloads.

Advanced Theme Search

https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-theme-search/
By klick on it
This does just the same as the plugin above, except it’s for searching themes.

WooCommere Invoice Me

https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-invoice-me/
By Anas
In some sectors and markets, it’s common for customers to be invoiced for payment. This plugin makes invoicing a payment option in WooCommerce stores.

WooCommerce Photo Reviews

https://wordpress.org/plugins/woo-photo-reviews/
By VillaTheme
With this plugin, customers can add photos to their product reviews.

Limit quantity for WooCommerce

https://wordpress.org/plugins/limit-quantity-for-woocommerce/
By Mohit Agarwal
This plugin allows you to set a maximum number on your products that restrict how many a customer can buy. This could be useful when launching a new product with limited stock and you wish ration supply.

EDD Tab Manager

https://wordpress.org/plugins/edd-tab-manager/
By Igor Benić
Here’s one for Easy Digital Downloads users. This makes it easy to add tabs to product pages, similar to the tabs that WooCommerce product pages have.

That’s the end of this week’s roundup. Please let me know if you’re going to give any of these new plugins a try.

Ian Pullen

Ian Pullen

Graphic designer, web developer and writer with experience working on projects for solo entrepreneurs and big businesses like The New York Times and Unilever. Lives in Spain with Kate and an eccentric number of dogs and cats.