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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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          Ivan Dimitrijevic

          Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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          Last Updated on November 20, 2020

          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

          Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

          Many people look up to master typists and wish that they could handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

          How can you learn how to type faster?

          In this article, you’ll learn 12 useful fasting typing tips and techniques.

          1. Improve Your Workspace

          Many people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. However, the truth is that you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not work with your laptop or computer on your lap.

          If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

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          2. Fix Your Posture

          If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

          Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture[1].

          Learn how to type faster with correct posture.

            3. Hold Your Posture

            It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

            Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

            4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

            The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several things.

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            Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

            Work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

            5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

            Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you learn how to type faster.

            6. Start Slowly With Touch-Typing

            Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your muscle memory over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be learning touch typing[2]. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type key combinations without looking at the keyboard layout, your speed will increase.

            7. Don’t Look at Your Hands

            The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

            Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

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            8. Practice, Practice, Practice

            Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

            Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

            9. Check out Some Online Typing Games

            There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here are some of the best sites:

            10. Dictation Practice

            If you don’t know what you can write, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can write, and you can even make the practice process more fun.

            Get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a TV show or talk show.

            11. Monitor Your Progress

            Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. However, it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you’re practicing. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

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            12. Get Some Formal Training

            There are many specially designed courses and typing lessons that will boost your abilities. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

            The Bottom Line

            Typing is a skill that takes time to develop, but with practice and dedication, you can learn how to get faster at typing and improve your productivity on a day-to-day basis.

            One day, you may even improve your typing so much that you reach 40 wpm!

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            Reference

            [1] Well: Working WELL anywhere
            [2] Techopedia: Touch Typing

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