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Great WordPress Plugins for Your E-Commerce Website

Great WordPress Plugins for Your E-Commerce Website

Unlike your everyday bricks and mortar shop, where your staff can show customers around and make sales pitches, in the online world the lack of human contact forces you to make a few design choices that will hopefully end up catching the attention of your visitors.

You need an effective way to showcase your products, provide key information, and make the products seem like a good deal. It’s not just about displaying your wares – you need to have a professional-looking shop if you want the products you sell to seem like high-quality items. You want to build up your credibility, so that your shop has a serious, even dignified, feel about it.

As WordPress is a very popular CMS that is widely used for e-commerce websites, let’s look into some useful WordPress plugins that can help you customize your website and make it a bit more attractive and user-friendly. Some of these are designed specifically for either WooCommerce or JigoShop, and will require having one of these installed, some will work with both, and some will work with any WP theme and will not require either WooCommerce or JigoShop to be previously installed. This way you have a somewhat diverse list of plugins to choose from, depending on how you have envisioned your online shop – in the end, only you can decide on what feels right for you. So, if you are getting started with WordPress, remember: good research and a rich plugin database are your most valuable assets.

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uSquare

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    With uSquare  you get a fully responsive, universal grid that is ideal for displaying products and services. First of all, this plugin is the work of a longstanding CodeCanyon member and elite author Br0, who ranks amongst the top 40 by overall number of sales, and the plugin itself has an average rating of 4.54. The huge popularity of the plugin, amongst the 20 top selling WP plugins on CodeCanyon, can be explained by its simple, elegant and highly intuitive design that offers the user many avenues of customization. It is highly adaptable and can be used for a variety of tasks, but since we are interested in enhancing our e-commerce website, its primary function will be to display pictures and information about any number of products.

    uSquare allows your visitors to quickly scan through a number of products, the pictures and basic description fitting neatly into squares that form a checkered pattern. Visitors can then pause on something they like and quickly expand the selected square to gain more information, and then simply close it back up when they are done, so they can continue their shopping spree. You can fit as much information as is needed as it can be scrolled through within the compact space, and you can also include social media icons that allow quick sharing of the content. It is a very stylish and efficient way of presenting your products to the potential customer and it works as well on mobile devices as it does on big screens.

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    Zoom In/Out Effect Slider

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      The Zoom In/Out Effect Sliders Full Collection WordPress Plugin is a tightly knit package that offers you some pretty good slider options. You can go with a basic slider with no effects and simply have some animated text and a bunch of images and/or video files lined up. Or you can create a video gallery. The plugin comes in four basic versions that include: a fixed-dimension slider, a full-width slider, a full-screen slider, and sidebar sliders or mini galleries. The plugin is the work of longstanding CodeCanyon user and elite author Lambert Group, and is fully responsive, enabling touch screen navigation on mobile devices.

      There are three predefined skins, but there are a great deal of customization options available as well. The zoom in/zoom out effect is particularly well executed – you can adjust the final zoom size of each image as well as the duration of the zoom effect. You can also disable this effect if you wish. The plugin allows you to play around and utilize it in many possible scenarios, going from basic to very flashy. It is a great way to showcase the best deals and top sellers for example, or to provide key information and video material on various product lines. The plugin is very adaptable and highly functional, a great asset to any serious online shop.

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      Fancy Product Preview

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        Fancy Product Preview comes in two versions: the WooCommerce version and the JigoShop version. The plugin is the work of a fairly new CodeCanyon user, James Kemp, but it has gotten some good reviews. It embraces the minimalist philosophy, offering some additional functionality to the basic WooCommerce shop layout. The plugin allows you to see a larger preview image of the product when hovering over the smaller images, with the addition of some light aesthetic features like shadowing and the fading out of the rest of the page to better focus on the image.

        A cool feature is the ability to select a number of additional images that can be viewed in the Fancy Preview, thus allowing easy access to a mini gallery for each product. If you don’t really want to go far beyond the basic web store look, but you still want some additional functionality without too much hassle, then this is the perfect little plugin for you.

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        WooZoom

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          A pretty straightforward item, WooZoom provides you with an image gallery and the titular zoom feature. It was designed for WooCommerce, and allows you to quickly scan through thumbnails and to magnify the image to the desired size in the center of the screen by hovering over it. This way you can avoid making the mistake that so many do of only providing the viewer with small resolution pictures that don’t reveal much about the product. With the WooZoom you can have thumbnails, smaller preview images, and easy access to a fairly large picture that contains many subtle details on the product, focusing on separate parts as you hover over the smaller image. Pull away from the image and you can continue clicking through the thumbnail gallery. It is a very quick method that allows the viewer to switch between products and laser focus on details, so that he or she can make a final choice. The plugin is mobile-friendly and allows you to tap the screen to zoom in on mobile devices. This is a great little addition to your online shop.

          These four plugins offer you good options in two distinct schools of thought in e-commerce: uSquare and the Zoom In/Out Effect Slider give you something a bit different, they help you stand out from the competition and are great for more serious and dignified websites; while Fancy Product Preview and WooZoom let you add a bit of functionality to your basic online shop layout, and are good for simple online retailers that deal with the more banal side of online shopping. In any case, it is up to you to use all available resources and improve your website.

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          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

          40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

          Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

          There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

          Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

          It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

          For Getting Things Done

          1. OmniFocus

          This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

          Download it here.

            2. Forest

            Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

            Download it here.

              3. Things

              Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

              Download it here.

                4. 30/30

                Recently covered here at Lifehack

                , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                Download it here.

                  5. Any.Do

                  A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                  Download it here.

                    6. PocketLife Calendar

                    This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                    Download it here.

                      7. Asana

                      We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                      , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                      Download it here.

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                        8. ToDoist

                        This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                        Download it here.

                          9. FlowTasks

                          From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                          Download it here.

                            10. Calendars 5

                            This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                            Download it here.

                              11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                              A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                              Download it here.

                                12. Due

                                A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                Download it here.

                                  13. Checkmark 2

                                  I use this app

                                  for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                  Download it here.

                                    14. TeuxDeux

                                    Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                    Download it here.

                                      15. Wunderlist 

                                      Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                      Download it here.

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                                        16. Nirvana

                                        For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                        Download it here.

                                          17. Priorities

                                          An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                          Download it here.

                                            For Building Habits

                                            18. Productive

                                            With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                            Download it here.

                                              19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                              You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                              Download it here.

                                                20. Streaks

                                                This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  21. Remember The Milk

                                                  Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    22. Day One Journal

                                                    When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      For Files Organization

                                                      23. Evernote

                                                      Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        24. Pocket

                                                        You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                        Download it here.

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                                                          25. Sync.Me

                                                          This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            26. Droplr

                                                            One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              27. Dropbox

                                                              Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                28. iDolly 

                                                                In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  29. Soulver

                                                                  It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    For Working Smarter

                                                                    30. Captio

                                                                    A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      31. Drafts

                                                                      A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                        This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                          33. Doodle

                                                                          This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                            I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                              A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                36. GoodReader

                                                                                This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  37. LogMeIn

                                                                                  Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    For Improving Security

                                                                                    38. 1Password

                                                                                    There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                      You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                      All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        40. Truecallers

                                                                                        Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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